Posts Tagged ‘tony allen’

A decade of the NBA on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday, and over the last decade the social media platform has become an invaluable tool to use while following the NBA. Not only can fans and teams interact in real time, but NBA players and front office members have also taken to Twitter as a way to communicate with fans.

So, to celebrate Twitter’s tenth birthday, we got into the wayback machine and checked out some of our favorite NBA people’s first tweets…


Kobe gives shoes to Tony Allen, calls him best defender he’s ever faced

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago, Kobe Bryant named his top five opponents, a list that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Clyde Drexler.

But the best defender Kobe ever went up against? Apparently a different name is atop that list. After Kobe’s final game in Memphis last week, Kobe gave his shoes to Grizzlies forward Tony Allen, and he wrote a special message on the kicks: “The best defender I ever faced!”

Grizzlies bust out the ‘Dab Cam’

By Jeff Case

If you’re not familiar with the ‘dabbing’ craze, well, we’re sorry you’ve been living a cave these last few months.

The Memphis Grizzlies decided to get in on the action during a timeout at last night’s game, unveiling the ‘Dab Cam’. As you’d expect, most of the fans took part (and some had no idea what to do), but the best part of this video has to be the ending and (no surprise here) Tony Allen

VIDEO: Grizzlies unveil ‘Dab Cam’



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!

Quick second to send a shoutout to LeBron James. Not only did LeBron make a strong POSTERIZED appearance this week (see the poll below), but he also paid something of a POSTERIZED tribute to legendary power forward Karl “The Mailman” Malone. Check out this breakaway dunk against the Dallas Mavericks…

LeBron didn’t exactly dunk on anyone, so for our purposes it doesn’t qualify for the poll. But LeBron did do a dunk that Karl Malone put on numerous posters throughout his career…

Anyway, there were a bunch of terrific POSTERIZING dunks this week. Special shoutout to last week’s winner, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…where one of Porzingis’ fellow rookies, Jahlil Okafor, didn’t have the best of weeks… (more…)

Tune in to the Tony Allen News Network

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago, I asked Grizzlies forward Tony Allen about his ability to cover Twitter as thoroughly as he defends his opponents.

Me: You are one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter. It seems like you don’t miss anything on there.
Allen: I don’t miss nothing! I listen to all the writers, I listen to everybody.
Me: You must search your name.
Allen: No, I ain’t gotta search my name. If someone say something about me it comes right on my mentions. It’s all love.

So who better than The Grindfather to become a news anchor focused exclusively on Twitter videos, presumably of himself? (Also, the part at the end where he was straightening his papers is so great.)

VIDEO: Tony Allen News Network

Memphis Grizzlies ask if Warriors are ready to come out and play

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors had an incredible regular season, finishing 67-15 and losing just twice at home all season long. After dispatching the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round, they matched up against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round, and received a jolt in Game 2 when the Grizzlies snatched a win in Oakland, thanks largely to the defensive efforts of Tony Allen.

The series shifts to Memphis this weekend, and the Grizzlies took to Twitter and used a scene from the classic film “The Warriors” to make sure Golden State is ready to come out and play…

Tony Allen had a lot to say during Game 2

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In case you missed it, last night the Grizzlies and Warriors squared off for Game 2 in the Western Conference Semifinals. After missing Game 1 with multiple fractures in his face, Grizz guard Mike Conley returned for Game 2, and the Grizzlies used their grit and grind style to steal a game at Golden State, only their third loss at home all season. Multiple people involved in the game last night were wearing microphones, which makes the following video a lot of fun. Do you think Tony Allen thinks he should be first-team all defense?

VIDEO: Grizz/Warriors Game 2


Tony Allen joins children’s dance routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Playing in an NBA playoff game is an all-consuming event. Players have to be focused, with their attention fully invested in what’s happening during the game. So I’m willing to forgive Memphis’s Tony Allen, who accidentally joined a children’s dance group during yesterday’s Grizzlies/Warriors game. Warriors fans were a little more upset about it — they booed Allen every time he touched the ball after this happened. Draymond Green‘s mother showed her displeasure on Twitter…

I think it was more of a case of Allen being focused on the game, then looking up and realizing he was in the middle of dance routine. I mean, once he realizes what’s happening he does give the kid a pound…

After the game, a Warriors win, the kids were able to put on an uninterrupted performance…

Let’s do karaoke with Tony Allen

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen also keeps a heavy hand in the community. Last night in Memphis, he hosted his annual Karaoke Night, to benefit a local charity called JIFF, Inc.

One day later, some of the highlights from the event popped up on social media…

Tony Allen’s turnover celebration is amazing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen is something of a spiritual leader for the Grizzlies — the guy who spawned the “Grit N Grind” identity the Grizzlies have so fully embraced. Part of that leadership means that Allen occasionally lets loose a bit on the court, like whenever the Grizzlies force a turnover, Allen gives a football-style “first down” sign to signal the change of possession. But last night against the Dallas Mavericks, Allen broke out a variation on the first down sign, adding some popping and locking to the move…

After the game, Allen tweeted out an explanation…