Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

Draymond Green brings NBA Championship trophy to College Gameday

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you win an NBA Championship, you get to spend some time with the NBA Championship trophy, a.k.a. the Larry O’Brien trophy. Last season, for instance, a couple of the Spurs took the trophy back to Australia. The last few weeks we’ve seen some members of the Golden State Warriors taking the Larry O’Brien trophy around, but Golden State’s Draymond Green showed up this weekend for ESPN’s College Gameday on campus at his alma mater, Michigan State. And he brought a pretty cool friend with him: The Larry O’Brien trophy…

Shaquille O’Neal goes back to high school in South Korea

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned this summer, it’s that I clearly need to watch more international television. I mean, a few weeks back we saw that awesome French show with Tony Parker driving around a kart while being chased by a tiger, and today we’ve got another international program, this one from South Korea. “Off To School” is a reality show where, according to Wikipedia, celebrities go back to high school for three days. And who would be more entertaining going back to high school than Shaquille O’Neal? Here’s a clip of Shaq showing up at school, giving out pounds to people in the playground and instantly becoming, literally, the big man on campus…

VIDEO: Shaq back to school

Bogut, Dellavedova not intimidated by the Haka

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This weekend the national teams of Australia and New Zealand played basketball against each other. Whenever New Zealand’s national teams play, they preface the games by performing the Haka. What is the Haka? According to Wikipedia, the Haka is “a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.”

While New Zealand performed the Haka, the Australian team, led by NBAers Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills, linked arms and stood along the midcourt line and did their best to look unintimidated.

(via CBS)

Bonner beats Scalabrine in a game of Knockout

By Jeff Case

Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs is heading into his 12th NBA season. Brian Scalabrine hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011-12, but crafted an 11-year career in the league. Both players were second-round picks, both sport red hair, both are/were fan favorites on whatever teams they played and both sport “Mamba” nicknames (Bonner is the “Red Mamba”; Scalabrine is the “White Mamba”).

They’ve got some stuff in common, basically.

Both were in attendance for a Seeds of Peace charity event and played each other in the classic schoolyard game, Knockout. The showdown lasted nearly 10 minutes, according to the San Antonio Express-News, with Bonner emerging as the champ. And even though Bonner is still an active player, the game apparently took a lot out of him (and Scalabrine) …

(h/t Bleacher Report & CBSSports)



NBA teams celebrate Friendship Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday, apparently, was National Friendship Day, a day for celebrating friendship around the world. I say apparently because none of my friends let me know, SMH. Anyway, in honor of #FriendshipDay, several NBA teams sent out tweets to commemorate the day…

Stop! (Becky) Hammon Time!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has had a pretty good year, becoming the first female assistant coach in the NBA and then coaching the Spurs’ Summer League team to a championship. But yesterday, to celebrate #TBT, Hammon posted a video on Instagram showing her tribute to MC Hammer. Can’t touch this…

Tony Parker driving a car while being chased by a tiger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you’re trying to find a point guard to lead your team, one attribute that’s important is finding someone who is level-headed, who can keep their wits about them even in the midst of chaos. Chaos like an NBA game or, perhaps, being chased by a live tiger on a French game show.

The clip below comes from a French TV game show called “Fort Boyard,” where contestants apparently have to complete some pretty wild tasks. Here Tony Parker “drives” a metal-reinforced car around and tries to collect water to spray into a container, all while being chased by a tiger. Parker’s teammates in the endeavor include fellow Frenchmen Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf and Nic Batum, although they are safe and sound high above. TP is ground-level with the tiger.

VIDEO: TP Fort Boyard

Becky Hammon, Spurs celebrate Summer League title

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By coaching the San Antonio Spurs in the Las Vegas Summer League, Becky Hammon not only became the first woman to serve as head coach in an NBA summer league, but she coached the Spurs all the way to a championship. And after beating the Phoenix Suns in the Summer League championship game, the Spurs retreated to their locker room and celebrated the way champs are supposed to celebrate: By dousing their coach with Gatorade. Check out the video the Coach Hammon posted to Instagram…

Drenched! #summerspurs #spurs #nbasummerleague #nba #gospursgo #lasvegas #sanantonio #gatoradeshower @spurs @nba @nbasummerleague

A video posted by Becky Hammon (@officialbeckyhammon) on

Spurs fan makes portrait of Boris Diaw out of pushpins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here is a portrait of Boris Diaw that an artist made over 20 days by using 11,750 pushpins, according to Reddit user “shelocksme.”

I think that sentence sort of explains it all. You can see how the project came together here.


(via r/NBA)

Boris Diaw wrote a children’s book


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Part of what makes Boris Diaw such an important part of the San Antonio Spurs is his versatility, which apparently extends to his off-court interests as well. Turns out, Diaw isn’t just a basketball player, he’s also a wildlife photographer, which has led to him to now also becoming an author.

This week Diaw released his first book, Hoops to Hippos!, a National Geographic book aimed at kids and featuring Diaw’s wildlife photography. According to National Geographic, the book “takes young readers on safari as [Diaw] explores his off-court passion: wildlife photography! Join Diaw as he escapes from stampeding wildebeests, comes face-to-face with lions, and discovers why you should never come between a hippo and its watery home. Through engaging stories and photos by Diaw, readers will discover a whole new side to this basketball champ.”

Here’s a video with Diaw explaining the book…

VIDEO: Diaw Hoops to Hippos

(via MySA)