Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Robinson’

The Spurs’ Coyote catches a bat

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The AT&T Center in San Antonio is a good place to watch a great basketball team, as it’s the home of the San Antonio Spurs. It is also, apparently, a pretty good place to see wild animals. You may recall a few years ago, when a bat flew too close to the action and was swatted from the sky by Manu Ginobili, a maneuver that eventually resulted in Ginobili receiving a rabies shot.

Then there was the playoff game in San Antonio two years ago, when the Portland Trail Blazers entered their locker room to find a large snake in Thomas Robinson‘s locker.

So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that last night in San Antonio, before the Spurs hosted the Timberwolves, another bat got loose in the arena. This time, however, instead of relying on their All-Star shooting guard to corral the bat, the Spurs mascot, Coyote, took to the floor dressed as Batman, of course, and caught the winged beast in under 90 seconds…

VIDEO: Spurs’ Coyote catches bat


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

A quick honorable mention this week to Rajon Rondo, who has a terrific dunk last week against the Knicks, his first dunk in years. But try as I might, I don’t believe we can count this as a #POSTERIZED dunk, as you can clearly see Carmelo Anthony wisely get out of the way as he realizes Rondo is trying to put him on a poster.

VIDEO: Rondo dunk

Either way, nice dunk. Besides, there are some great entries this week with people getting directly dunked on.

Oh, and before we get to all the latest dunks, congratulations to last week’s winner, Kevin Garnett!

Now, let’s go to the posters, and don’t forget to vote for the winner…


VIDEO: Barton on Motiejunas


VIDEO: Gay on Beverley


VIDEO: Hill on Ilyasova


VIDEO: Holmes on Horford


VIDEO: Jordan on Monroe


VIDEO: Millsap on Whiteside


VIDEO: Robinson on Capela

Robinson Sends Rip City Into Frenzy

VIDEO: Thomas Robinson shines in his opportunity off the bench

Thomas Robinson was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and is on his third NBA team. It’s safe to say his career hasn’t gotten off to the start his draft position demands. Robinson’s 11.1 minutes per game this season is filled by 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds.

But with LaMarcus Aldridge on the mend with nagging groin pains and Kevin Love coming to town Sunday, the Blazers needed every able body on the oak to chip in.

Enter the former Jayhawk T-Rob, who played over 33 minutes against the Wolves, a season-high, and recorded 14 points and a game-high and career-high 18 rebounds. He did it in electrifying fashion, treating the Moda Center to a brand of power not often seen from their frontcourt.

In the fourth quarter with the game very much in the balance, Robinson began hawking down notorious speed demon Corey Brewer, who got loose on the break. Few foresaw the pandemonium that would follow. If we didn’t know before, we know now that the Portland faithful has no problem going insane with the right nudge:

VIDEO: Thomas Robinson obliterates Corey Brewer’s layup, leading to an oop on the other end

Thomas Robinson Yells ‘Lunch Meat’

VIDEO: Blazers knock down 21 3-pointers in win over Bobcats

By Jonathan Hartzell,

It’s hard to imagine any team in the NBA is having more fun this season than the Portland Trail Blazers.

They have the best record in the league at 26-7, beat their division rival in Oklahoma City to close out 2013, set an NBA-record with 21 3-pointers last night, and now they’re yelling “lunch meat.”

But why would Thomas Robinson yell “lunch meat” when LaMarcus Aldridge is in the post? Simple, according to Robinson and SB Nation blog BlazersEdge:

“Lunch meat,” Robinson explained to Blazersedge, smiling. “Whatchu do when you got some lunch meat? You eat it. Exactly! Whenever someone [is guarding Aldridge], he’s always eating. He’s L.A. Whenever somebody on him, he eat him. Lunch meat. That’s how it is.”

Fellow Blazer Myers Leonard goes on to explain:

“There’s no one that can really stop him one-on-one on the block, let alone anywhere on the court,” Leonard told Blazersedge. “L.A. is so skilled. It basically just means that L.A. is about to get a bucket. He’s eating.”

And, yes, Aldridge seems to enjoy it. But he won’t let lunch meat get to his head:

“It means the guy can’t guard me,” Aldridge sheepishly told Blazersedge. “That I’m going to score at will. It’s not that simple when I’m doing it. They say it looks that easy sometimes. It’s fine, but I’m not going to get into it, I’m not going to say it myself.”

One thing worth noting, though: Aldridge is shooting 40.2 percent from the post this season, according to Synergy Sports.

Still, Aldridge has the perfect attitude to have towards lunch meat. Enjoy it, but don’t let it consume you.

(h/t BlazersEdge)

Bledsoe Channels Inner LeBron…Again

by Zettler Clay IV

Think Eric Bledsoe’s getting the hang of this chase-down block thing? Courtesy of last night’s Warriors-Clippers contest:


And for the sake of more jaw-dropping, let’s revisit a few more of Bledsoe’s handiwork from this season. There’s this. This. And then this on Dwyane Wade:



Yea, I think he’s got the hang of it.

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