Posts Tagged ‘Shawn Marion’

The time Shawn Marion and the Suns pranked people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The end of the NBA Finals last week was also the end of Shawn Marion‘s 16-season NBA career. Marion, who won a title with Dallas in 2011, played for a few teams during all those years, including a final season this year with Cleveland. But as a youngster, Marion was a member of some high-octane teams in Phoenix. And in this video below, watch as a rookie Marion pranks patrons riding on his pedicab…

VIDEO: Marion Prank

Do not look at this picture of Shawn Marion’s pinky finger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Look, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m even posting this photo after the jump, just so the squeamish don’t stumble upon it on the All Ball main page.

Because, you see, fingers aren’t supposed to look like this. At least, most of them aren’t. There are people with fingers that bend in non-traditional ways, mostly former athletes who suffered an injury and didn’t have the luxury of time to let the finger heal correctly. (Such as Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Yikes.)

Or, in this case, Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion, who took to Instagram this weekend and noted he probably can’t wear a pinky ring. Oh, you think?

If you want to see the picture, scroll down. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Shawn Marion introduces the Matrix training system

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShawn Marion has always had a jump shot that was best described as…well…non-traditional. Instead of extending his arms high above his head and following through with his shooting arm extended, Marion releases the ball from out in front of his face. (I once asked him about his release, and he told me his release came because he jumps so high on his shot that he was basically shooting down at the rim. I suspect time has affected at least the jump, but he’s retained that release.)

Either way, this latest video from the Dallas Mavericks promises to teach you how to shoot like Shawn Marion, if that’s something you might be interested in. This is funny, and good on Marion for having a laugh at his own expense…

VIDEO: The Matrix Training System

Shawn Marion sings during cryotherapy

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In recent years, cryotherapy has become a popular way for NBA players to recover from the rigors of NBA action. What is cryotherapy? Basically, it involves going into a room or chamber that is literally freezing cold, for a short period of time. This, I suppose, mimics the effect of putting ice on an injury, except that it ices your entire body.

Cryotherapy is not without its dangers — Manny Harris learned the hard way not to wear wet socks — but when carefully controlled, it can be invigorating and useful, as a few reporters who cover the Cavs found out earlier this year.

The Dallas Mavericks, always on the cutting edge, have their own hyper-cooling chamber. Here’s video of Shawn Marion giving it a whirl, and singing Ralph Tresvant’s “Sensitivity” to help pass the time.

VIDEO: Marion Cooling Off

JR Smith Keeps Trying To Untie Shoes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the weekend, cameras caught Knicks guard J.R. Smith untying Shawn Marion‘s shoe just before a free throw attempt. Marion then played two possessions with a shoe untied, before a break in play allowed him the time to fix his kick. This apparently drew a warning to Smith from the NBA, although there was no fine or suspension. And for his part, Smith admitted on Twitter that the ol’ shoelace trick is something he does had been doing regularly…

So in last night’s Knicks game against Detroit, as soon as Smith checked in during the first quarter, he ran over to line up for a free throw, stood next to Pistons big Greg Monroe, and went straight for the shoelace …

VIDEO: Smith Tries To Untie Shoe Again

This time, we should note, Smith was foiled by some fancy footwork from Monroe. Whether Smith will draw a warning about not untying shoes remains to be seen. One idea for Knicks’ opponents to perhaps add to their scouting reports: Double-knot your laces.

JR Smith Unties Shawn Marion’s Shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Knicks guard J.R. Smith is very many things. A scorer, for sure. Dynamic? OK! Mercurial? Well, yep. Maddening? At times. Surprising? Nearly always.

Perhaps a good word to describe Smith is entertaining, because you’re never quite sure what he’s going to do, on or off the court, but no matter what it is, it’s pretty entertaining.

Take last night’s game against the Mavericks. A few minutes before halftime, Smith checked into the lineup for the Knicks, while Dirk Nowitzki was at the free throw line. J.R. lined up along the lane next to Shawn Marion, and for reasons known only to J.R., he casually reached down and untied Marion’s left sneaker. Is this a new level of subterfuge previously unseen? It didn’t seem to have much long-term effect.

So why did he do it? I guess the best explanation is, it’s a J.R. Smith thing.

VIDEO: J.R. Smith unties Shawn Marion’s shoe

Wolves Announcers Stunned By Lack Of Love For Love (UPDATED)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Mavericks at Minnesota game came down to a final shot attempt. Down 100-98, the Wolves ran an inbounds play for Kevin Love, who popped free and stepped left for a long jumper that would have sent the game to overtime. Dallas had Shawn Marion defending on the play. Marion dominated the Wolves offensively, racking up 32 points, but it was the defensive play he made against Love at the end of the game that had people talking.

Specifically, the Wolves television (Dave Benz and Jim Petersen) and radio (Alan Horton) announcers couldn’t stop talking about it, as you can hear in the clip below. They just couldn’t believe a foul wasn’t called on the play. BRUTAL.

UPDATE: Via the NBA, a statement on the play from Rod Thorn, NBA President of Basketball Operations: “Through postgame video review, we have determined that Minnesota’s Kevin Love was fouled on the right arm by Dallas’ Shawn Marion while attempting a two-point field goal.  Love should have been awarded two free throws with one second left on the clock.”

VIDEO: No Love For Love

Mavs Tell You What You Need

By Jeff Case

So far this season, the Mavs have tried to pump up excitement for their team by going to two pop culture wells: doing a tie-in with a current pop song (i.e. the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis’ “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)”) and doctoring movie footage (the Hulk gets his Mavs-colored tint on in a scene from “The Avengers”). Not to let too much time pass between viral videos, the Mavs are going to the music well again. This time, they’re offering up a cover of The Beatles’ classic, “All You Need Is Love”, with a version of their own:

The Nine Worst Shooting Motions In The NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite descriptions of all time came a few years ago, back when NBA TV’s Steve Smith was calling Hawks games on Atlanta-area TV. The Hawks were playing the Chicago Bulls, and Bulls center Joakim Noah got fouled and sent to the free throw line.

Noah stepped to the stripe, took a deep breath and then … well, he didn’t shoot the ball so much as he kind of launched it, with both hands, with sideways spin, toward the rim. The Hawks’ announcers were taken aback, and then Smitty said Noah shot like he had a charley horse in his chest.


The thing is, Smitty was correct. Noah shoots the ball in such a way that if you displayed similar form at basketball camp, they would promptly refund your money and send you home. But it works for Noah, and he’s managed to be effective enough with it that no coach has seen the need to fundamentally change it.

Noah, however, is not the only NBA player with nontraditional form. Shawn Marion immediately comes to mind — I once asked Marion where he developed his strange release, and he said it was because he jumped so high that he was basically shooting down at the rim.

My main man Kevin Lincoln over at compiled a list of the 9 Ugliest Shooting Motions in the NBA, and he makes a compelling argument for a lot of these guys. Check it out, and let us know who gets your vote for the worst shooting motion.

(gif via BuzzFeed)

Another Stinger In Valley Of Sun

By Jeff Case


No one will confuse the 2012-13 Phoenix Suns with a legit title contender, but they haven’t been as awful as some thought they’d be this season. At 3-4, they’ve beaten the teams they probably should (Cleveland, Detroit and Charlotte) and lost to the ones they probably should have (Utah, Miami) and taken losses in two others that were a toss-up (Orlando and Golden State).

Still, the memories of Steve Nash directing coach Mike D’Antoni‘s Seven Seconds Or Less offense are still somewhat fresh. Don’t forget about that great small forward they had too … what was his name … oh yeah! Shawn Marion. In remembering those days, though, Suns fans also recall the way those peak D’Antoni-Nash-Marion-Amar’e Stoudemire teams used to routinely falter against the Spurs, Mavs and Lakers in the West playoffs.

Since those glory days, D’Antoni has been hired (and fired) by New York, Marion was traded to Miami, Stoudemire bolted as a free agent for New York and Nash skipped town, too.

All that to say: is there any fan base that’s seen more of their icons tied to different successful eras leave more often than Phoenix has?

Consider these Suns icons who left town:

  • Paul Wesphal, a three-time All-Star in Phoenix and the leading scorer on the Suns’ 1976 Finals runner-up team, was dealt to rival Seattle in the summer of 1980. The Sonics, at the time, were easily one of the most dominant teams in the West and had won it all in 1979. Westphal, who coached Phoenix to the ’93 Finals, also coached Seattle in the late 1990s. Double-ouch.
  • Charles Barkley won the MVP in 1993, led Phoenix to The Finals that season and is, perhaps, the most well-known Sun ever. He forced a trade to Houston in 1996 so he could chase a ring with Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, who were key pieces to the Rockets’ last title team in 1994-95. That ’94-95 squad ousted a 59-win Phoenix team in the West semis.
  • Marion, he of the great nickname (“The Matrix”), was a four-time All-Star in Phoenix before the O’Neal trade. That opened the door for his trade to Toronto, which led to his eventual signing as a free agent with the rival Mavs in 2009. Dallas won the whole thing in 2011.
  • You name it, Nash did it for Phoenix. Yet in the summer, the chance to be closer to his children and have a good shot at a ring made the Lakers the easy pick. Need we explain the Suns-Lakers rivalry?
  • D’Antoni’s Suns exploits are many, but is there any worse place he could have landed for Suns watchers than the L.A. Lakers? Sorry to break the news …

Look around the NBA’s history and every so often you’ll see an MVP (Karl Malone to the Lakers) or a Finals MVP (Chauncey Billups to Denver) or an overall franchise face (Chris Paul to the Clippers) get moved or sign elsewhere. But it’s hard to think of a team outside of Phoenix that has seen more iconic players either move on or be moved on to chase a ring elsewhere.