Posts Tagged ‘Tony Parker’

Spurs’ Team Selfie Takes Twitter By Storm

By Nick Margiasso IV

Hey, Oscars … anything you can do, the San Antonio Spurs can do better. Tuesday afternoon, the Western Conference’s top-seeded squad took a cue from last month’s now infamous and star-studded selfie posted by daytime talk show celeb Ellen DeGeneres at the aforementioned award show, posting one of their own to kick off the team’s upcoming fan night festivities.

So, eat your heart out Ellen and friends!

–Coach Pop & the crew

Follow the team on Twitter @spurs.

Tony Parker Makes Bid For Shaqtin’ A Fool

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the second half of last night’s Spurs/Bulls game, Joakim Noah picked up a technical foul during a fast break, after arguing that he’d been fouled moments earlier. Tony Parker went to the free throw line for the Spurs to shoot the T, and that’s when…something weird happened.

I think the referee asked him to wait just as he shot it, because Parker seemed to try to hold up as he was shooting. And after this play, he was given another chance at the shot (which he made). Still, as I tweeted when it happened, Parker shot a 7-footer…from 15 feet away.

VIDEO: Tony Parker’s Airball

Pranking With The Spurs Big Three

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just in case you haven’t noticed, right now the San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the Western Conference, at 13-1. They have won 11 games in a row, are 7-0 at home, and their last (and only) loss this season was all the way back on November 2.

Hey, we get it: The Spurs do what they do. They execute, they move the ball, they defend, they win. It’s not rocket science. But they do this with such remarkable consistency that it can become almost stultifying. People start to think of the Spurs as basketball robots — they have no feelings, no emotions, they just want to make the proper passes and find the open guys and oh hey the Spurs won again.

Which is why this video clip is so valuable: During the waning moments of a recent 30-point win over Cleveland, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had his big three (Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan) resting on the bench. And here, caught on video, we see Manu pull the old “Make Tim Duncan sit on the paper cup” trick.

VIDEO: Big Three Pranking

We know the Spurs are great, but now they’re actually having fun, too? Watch out. Next thing you know Tim Duncan will be throwing his warm-up jacket at analyst Sean Elliott


(GIF via r/NBA)

NBA Players Celebrate Halloween

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are just like anyone else, and end up celebrating Halloween by dressing up in wacky costumes. Here’s a sampling of images they’ve shared of them in costume via various social media thus far…

Serge Ibaka as Coming To America‘s Prince Akeem, and girlfriend Keri Hilson as Lisa McDowell…


Usain Bolt Has Some Advice For Tony Parker

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season during the All-Star Weekend in Houston, at one point I found myself on an NBA TV set sitting across from Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter and fastest man on earth. Bolt was in Houston to play in the celebrity game at All-Star Weekend, and he was obviously serious about putting up a good performance.

So we know Bolt not only cares about basketball but considers himself to be pretty good at it. But in this video clip from a French talk show, we see Bolt not only calling out Spurs G Tony Parker, but also making (well, appearing to make) a couple of trick shots on a basket that seems to be mounted high upon the Egyptian Obelisk on the Champs-Élysées. A lot to process here…

(via B/R)

Talk Show: John Wall

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What’s the most surprising thing about John Wall? Is it his superhuman speed? Is it how he returned from injury last season to post the best numbers of his career, averaging 18.5 ppg to go with 7.6 assists per? Or maybe it’s that even though he’s entering his fourth NBA season, he’s still just 22 years old?

It may be the last point that is most relevant, because as Wall is quick to point out, he’s a player still in development. And this season he’s looking to build off his superb second half and get the Wizards to the postseason.

Last week just before the Draft, I caught up Wall in Los Angeles at an adidas event.

ME: So how are you feeling?

WALL: I’m feeling good. Just making sure I’m staying healthy this summer, that’s my main thing. Getting the right treatment, taking care of my body, and making sure I’m getting stronger in the right places. That’s the main thing for me, just trying to have a full, healthy, 82-game season.

ME: What do you mean, getting stronger in the “right places?”

WALL: Just getting stronger around my thighs and leg area, my knees. Having tendonitis and playing so many minutes, that’s a lot of wear and tear, especially at a young age. So I just want to make sure my quads are strong, my hamstrings are strong, and all the joints and ligaments around my knee are fully healthy. I’ve had check-ups and they’re doing great.

ME: And you have to be 100 percent because you kind of only have one speed. I remember I saw you play pick-up ball in Vegas during the lockout and you were the only guy who went full-speed in every game. You were taking some hits, getting up and down the floor.

WALL: That’s all I know how to do, is go 110-percent when I play. Even when I play pick-up, I play against guys who are serious about it. This is a game I love, this is what I love to do, I don’t just do it for fun. So I feel like when I’m out there playing. Even if it’s just against a little kid, I end up playing harder than I’m supposed to. That’s a bad thing, but it’s just my competitive edge that I had growing up.

ME: No, that’s good! That’s what you need! You should always try to dominate, right?

WALL: Yeah, I dominate when I play my nephew. He’s like 11th grade, and I dominate him. I feel like whenever I’m between those lines, I have to be competitive. I can’t take it for fun. Like, I went to a camp in Kentucky and was playing knockout against some little kid, and the little kid almost beat me, and so I just got serious at the end. I started playing serious. I was like, “I can’t miss any shots!” (laughs)


ME: What was it like last season for you, dealing with the injury?

WALL: It was the longest I’ve ever been out. I think it made me mentally stronger. And I think it made me a better leader. I already loved and respected the game, but I think now I respect it to another level. Especially being there with my teammates on every road trip, knowing I can’t play. Being there early to work out and make sure I’m getting treatment. I could have stayed back in D.C. while my team was traveling, but I wanted to be a leader, be the guy just sitting right beside the coaches and help guys learn, help guys out. That was my main focus. When I came back and played, they all knew what I was capable of and they accepted me for who I was. (more…)

Spurs Fans Get Spurs Players Shaved Into Their Hair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –There may be no greater way to show your devotion to your team than by having some sort of body art created of that team. And in San Antonio, where the Spurs rule everything around them, fans unsurprisingly embrace this fully.

As we saw last night, via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, there was a Spurs fan at Game 3 with an image of Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili shaved into his head …


And as ESPN’s Darren Rovell also tweeted last night, there was another fan there with an image of Tim Duncan shaved into his dome … (more…)

Spurs Through The Years

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There has been a GIF floating around the internet the last few days that pretty much explains everything you need to know about the San Antonio Spurs. The image, which according to the San Antonio Express-News was converted to a GIF from ABC’s Finals broadcast opening animation, shows the Spurs’ big four (Parker, Duncan, Ginobili and Popovich) in their first seasons and then again today.

Other than some missing hair and some added scars and wrinkles, there’s not a whole lot that is different. More than anything, it speaks to what we already know about the Spurs: Consistency is what they do. And they do it better than anyone.


(via r/NBA)

Tony Parker Is Just In Time

MIAMI — “I knew it was going to be close, obviously.”

Spurs G Tony Parker accepts that his game-winning circus shot to clinch Game 1 of the NBA Finals for the Spurs will probably go down as the biggest shot of his career. But he’s also certain of one thing that seemed to be in doubt when the shot went down: He definitely got it off in time.

“Oh, yeah. I looked at the clock when I fell down, and I turned around,” Parker said with a laugh a day after the shot, while walking through a deserted hall underneath Miami’s American Airlines Arena. “I looked at the clock so I knew I had a little time to pump fake and just get it up.”

So you’re sure, Tony? Even as the refs reviewed the play and you saw the replay, you weren’t a little nervous that maybe, just maybe, the ball had not left your hand before the shot clock buzzer sounded? Even after you saw just how close it was? As the replay seemed to rock from frame to frame and we all squinted and strained to make sure the ball had lost contact with your fingers? There wasn’t even a tiny bit of doubt that you had not gotten the shot off in time?

“Ah no, no. No, no, no, no. I thought it was good. That’s why I screamed so hard — I knew that it was good.”

While the referees agreed after viewing the replay that Parker was able to get the shot away before the shot clock buzzer, it was certainly incredibly close. Just how close? According to Steve Hellmuth, the Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology for NBA Entertainment, there are sixty frames of video per second. So each frame of video represents about one-sixtieth of a second, or roughly 16 milliseconds. (One millisecond is equal to 1/1000 of a second.)

“My estimate in looking at the video,” Hellmuth said, when asked to break down exactly how much time Parker’s release beat the buzzer by, “is that it is a little bit more than a frame, a hair more than a 60th of a second. It definitely wasn’t two frames of video, so it wasn’t more than 33 milliseconds.”

What else can occur in 16 milliseconds? According to Wikipedia, that’s just enough time for a honeybee to flap its wings three times. So not much time at all.

“To me, it was a great example of the NBA being completely transparent with the fans, the people in the arena, in search for truth with the best tools that we can,” Hellmuth said “All anybody ever wants — the teams, the fans, the players — is the right answer.”

“Longest 24 seconds I’ve ever been a part of,” LeBron James said of the play after the game. Unfortunately for Bron and the Heat, tape don’t lie: It actually was only 24 seconds. Even if the Spurs and Tony Parker used every millisecond of it.

By the way, Parker sat down today with NBA TV’s David Aldridge and broke the play down in detail. Check it out tonight on “Game Time” on NBA TV at 7:00 PM EST.


Tony Parker’s Rookie Diary

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Someone over at Reddit went into the internet’s way-back machine and unearthed this footage of Tony Parker, from back when he was a rookie in San Antonio. It’s fun to watch because we know Parker now as one of the NBA’s elite point guards. But back then he was just another rookie, the final pick of the first round, hoping to make his mark in the NBA. Also, he was evidently a kid who loved wearing oversized t-shirts.

(Sidebar: The NBA’s “Inside Stuff” TV show, which I’m pretty sure is where this video came from, used to be great. I still miss it. Just saying.)

(via r/NBA)