Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

Lopez Brothers right Star Wars wrong

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At the end of the original Star Wars film, our heroes (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca) are presented with the esteemed Medal of Bravery from Princess Leia. Well, Han and Luke are presented with medals — Chewie isn’t actually given a medal, a move that angered many longtime Star Wars fans and has spawned countless memes.

Well, leave it to the NBA’s proudest nerds, Robin and Brook Lopez, to right this egregious wrong. This weekend at Disneyland, the Lopez brothers presented Chewie with his long-forsaken medal.

Seems like a proper time to repost this video, too…

Klay Thompson has Jedi powers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Tonight it’s finally time for the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder to play Game 7 (9:00 p.m. ET, TNT) in the Western Conference Finals, with everything on the line. Win and go to the NBA Finals, lose and go home. But to get to a Game 7, the Warriors first had to win a wild Game 6 in Oklahoma City a few nights ago. The Thunder led most of the way, but Warriors guard Klay Thompson got hot in the second half and started raining threes, finishing with 11 made three-pointers, an NBA playoff record. How did he get so hot? Was it his form? His technique? Or maybe it was all a Jedi mind trick? Because as it turns out, Thompson wore a pair of Yoda socks to the game.

As Thompson told The Vertical after the game, “”I brought my Yoda socks to bring out my Jedi powers.”

The Force is strong in that one.

NBA teams celebrate May The 4th Be With You

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is May 4, which to a certain subset of people (including Brook and Robin Lopez, above) is better known as May The 4th Be With You, a day to celebrate all things Star Wars. And NBA teams, they’re just like us! Here’s how several teams celebrated the day on social media…


The Force is with them: NBA teams celebrate Star Wars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the newest movie in the Star Wars series — Star Wars: The Force Awakens — just days from coming out, teams from around the NBA are preparing to host (or have already hosted) their own version of “Star Wars Night.” Let’s hop in the Millennium Falcon and zoom through the NBA…

There has been an awakening in the Force in the ATL, as Mike Muscala and Kent Bazemore demonstrate…

VIDEO: Hawks awakening

The Dallas Mavericks host Star Wars night

VIDEO: Mavs Wars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you, like me, love the Star Wars franchise, you’ll appreciate this. Last night the Dallas Mavericks hosted Star Wars night, which basically means they found ways to tie in everything to Star Wars, like the great video above. The Mavs came up with about a hundred Star Wars comparisons. This also meant they did things like having Stormtroopers involved in the pregame intros. Fun stuff…