Posts Tagged ‘Team USA’

Beard-Off: FIBA Edition

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We noted earlier that Team USA had little trouble with Serbia in the final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, winning 129-92. Team USA was excited, breaking into dance moves and making snow angels on the floor.

Serbia may have lost, but the players weren’t completely defeated. Just check out this quote from Serbia center Miroslav Raduljica

Now, if you’re not familiar with Mr. Raduljica, you should get familiar. As part of looking alarmingly like The Starters co-host Trey Kerby, Raduljica has a thick, cultivated beard, as you can see below…

Serbia v France

Now, this isn’t to say James Harden, who has made commercials about his beard, doesn’t have something significant happening on his own…

2014 World Cup Finals - Serbia v USA

But what we are here to uncover is, Who wore it better? And for that, we could only turn to you, All Ball readers, and ask for your input.

So tell us, who had the better FIBA beard? Cast your vote below…

Team USA busts a move after winning gold

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Team USA won gold in the final of yesterday’s FIBA Basketball World Cup with a decisive win over Serbia, 129-92. But before returning home, Team USA had to collect their medals and their trophies. And then, right there on the podium, they all broke into the “shmoney dance”…

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Well, everyone except Derrick Rose, who kind of just stood around on the right side there…

Also, Klay Thompson made a snow angel in the confetti…

(via SB Nation)

Stephen Curry never misses

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While most people thought Team USA would struggle in the FIBA Basketball World Cup without players like Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Paul George, Team USA managed to mostly sail through the competition behind strong performances from the players on the perimeter, from James Harden to Kyrie Irving to Klay Thompson.

And then there was Stephen Curry. We already knew he was one of the best shooters in the NBA, and Curry cemented that status in Spain, shooting 44 percent on threes. Check out this video below from the NBA’s Youtube channel, in which we see one of Curry’s off-day workouts in Madrid. There’s a reason why he never seems to miss…


VIDEO: Curry shooting

James Harden falling off a Segway in Barcelona

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Team USA is in Barcelona now with a couple of days off before the knock-out rounds of the FIBA Basketball World Cup start tomorrow. And with some free time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, James Harden decided to take a Segway on an excursion around the town. And apparently a Segway is tougher to ride than one might suspect…


VIDEO: Harden falls

(via r/NBA)

James Harden watches New Zealand do the Haka

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today in Spain at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Team USA faced off against New Zealand. Like they do before many international sports matches, the New Zealand players first performed a traditional dance called 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.”

Here’s an animated GIF of the New Zealand team performing the Haka, with James Harden looking on…

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(via Ben Golliver)

Klay Thompson is really dedicated to his fantasy football draft

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night a friend invited me to go with him to the Braves/Mets game at Citi Field. I’m a Braves fan, but because I live in New York, I don’t all that many chances to see them play in person. Normally, I would have jumped at the chance…but I hesitated because I remembered last night was also the night of my fantasy football draft. And as anyone who has ever played any fantasy sport — basketball, football, baseball, doesn’t matter — there really isn’t much worse than letting the computer auto-draft your team and winding up with a bunch of players you don’t want, or a bunch of guys who play the same position.

Lucky for me, I was wrong about my draft date — it is tonight — so I was able to get out and enjoy a baseball game on a nice evening. But being present for your fantasy draft sometimes takes extreme measures.

Take, for instance, Golden State guard Klay Thompson, who is currently in Bilbao, Spain, prepping for the FIBA Basketball World Cup as a member of Team USA. Despite being half a world and about a dozen time zones from home, Thompson woke up at 5:30 AM in order to take part in his fantasy football draft. As he wrote in the caption, he doesn’t trust the auto draft. Smart man.

(via HP)

British Comedian Takes Care Of LeBron And Team USA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During a recent appearance on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” British comedian Jack Whitehall told a story about working on a movie in Manchester, England, when to his surprise he ended up having a night out on the town with LeBron James and Team USA…


VIDEO: Jack Whitehall’s Night Out

(via BIL)

Team USA’s Olympic Gag Reel

by Micah Hart

The members of Team USA did a great job documenting their march to a gold medal at the London Olympics, but they weren’t the only ones following their journey. NBA Entertainment was with them pretty much every step of the way, and produced some pretty awesome videos as a result.

Going for gold is a serious pursuit, and Team USA committed to their cause fully and vigorously. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still time for a little fun along the way:


My favorite part — Chris Paul questioning whether James Harden actually has a chin underneath his beard. I think we all know the answer to that, though.

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US Olympic Team Tracking London Experience Through Instagram

by Micah Hart

Being a part of the Olympic Games is a special experience that must be hard for any participant to explain to someone who hasn’t been through it. Fortunately, through the wonders of technology and social media, the fans can at least get a glimpse of life from the inside looking out. Many of the members of Team USA have been documenting their time in London with the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, giving a nice little peek behind the curtain.

CNN.com has compiled a nice photo gallery of some of the team’s best images so far – definitely check out the whole thing as they take in the tourist sites, mingle with their fellow Olympians (like Deron Williams goofing off with U.S. track star Lolo Jones above), and prepare for the task of bringing home a gold medal for the second straight Olympiad.

I haven’t seen any Instagram photos from the Nigerian basketball team, but I imagine they look a lot like this.

[CNN.com]

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Wanna see the Blake Face? It’ll Cost You

by Micah Hart

You may recall Chris Paul‘s son went viral back during the NBA Playoffs with his famous Blake Griffin impression.

Chris Jr. has become something of a celebrity ever since, and with his talents increasingly in demand, Papa Paul was required to teach his youngster his first lesson in economics — there is no such thing as a free lunch:

Get paid, young fella.

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