Posts Tagged ‘Team USA’

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. 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.


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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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LeBron James Has A New ‘Unstoppable Move’

by Micah Hart

Add one new move to your offensive arsenal, that’s what every NBA superstar is supposed to do in the offseason if they want to stay ahead of the game.

LeBron James unveiled his newest weapon at Team USA practice yesterday, and ummm, yeah, good luck trying to defend this:

I don’t know if we’ll ever see LeBron pull this out in an actual game, but it’s nice to know that if and when he hangs ‘em up, he’s got a career with the Harlem Globetrotters waiting for him.

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No One Is Above The Kiss Cam, Not Even President Obama

by Micah Hart

The President of the United States is often referred to as the leader of the free world. The most powerful man on the planet. But even he, with the fate of the universe in the palm of his hands, is unable to resist when the Kiss Cam comes calling.

At Monday night’s exhibition game between Team USA and Brazil at the Verizon Center, President Obama and the First Lady were featured on the Jumbotron during everyone’s favorite timeout activity:

Michelle Obama wasn’t having it at first, but give the First Basketball Fan credit for being persistent.

UPDATE: Here is a view from the stands courtesy of Truth About It that shows the First Lady giving the First Rejection during Kiss Cam at first before the President finally wins her over.

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Do you believe in miracles?

by Micah Hart

Count me among the many who were stunned by the Lakers’ loss to FC Barcelona in Thursday’s preseason clash in Spain. Maybe stunned is a bit harsh (after all, it was preseason), but still pretty surprising to see the two-time defending NBA champs taken down by a team from outside the NBA — even by a team as good as FC Barca, which won the Spanish and Euro league title last season (my mistake – Baskonia won the Spanish League last year, FC Barcelona last won it in 2009).

It got us to thinking though around the newsdesk — does this rank among the all-time great international upsets? Here are a few memorable ones for comparison’s sake:

Russia 51, USA 50 – 1972 Olympic basketball

This one was a doozy — the first time the United States ever lost in international basketball competition, and one of the most disputed endings in sports history. Some from the U.S. side still refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the outcome — supposedly, U.S. team member Kenny Davis instructed in his will that no one in his family can ever accept a silver medal on his behalf.

USA 4, USSR 3 – 1980 Olympic hockey

Probably the greatest upset in American history across any sport, and Al Michael’s “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” gives me chills every time I hear it. Every time I talk about this game, I feel like I must bring up the fact that this was not, in fact, the gold medal game, but only a semifinal. The U.S. went on to defeat Finland to claim the gold two days later.