Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Raptors’

Drake makes seated halfcourt shot on Hawks practice court

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We recently saw Steph Curry drain a halfcourt shot while sitting down, which seems like a really hard thing to do. Perhaps Curry’s shot served as an inspiration for the hip=hop artist (and Raptors ambassador) Drake. While at Philips Arena in Atlanta on his current world tour, Drake somehow ended up on the Hawks practice court, and like Curry, he swished the seated halfcourt heave…

FOR THE KIA!!!!! @highlighthub @bleacherreport

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Toronto Raptors unveil alternate uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On the heels of their trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Toronto Raptors are heading into the new season with equally high expectations. And today they announced a couple of on-court changes that should keep attention high. The Raptors unveiled two uniforms they’ll occasionally wear on court this season. First, a Toronto Huskies uniform which is referencing the 70th anniversary of the team that played in the Basketball Association of America. They also introduced a jersey commemorating the Chinese New Year. Here are some quick looks at the new uniforms, and for more images and information, click here.

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USA Basketball cheers on Phelps, Ledecky

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With a night off last night in Rio, what should the members of Team USA do? For a group of guys like Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry, they took advantage of the downtime by attending one of the night’s biggest events, swimming, which featured a couple of the biggest stars of the Olympics, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Not only did the USA Basketball guys have a chance to cheer Phelps and Ledecky on toward gold medals, they got to spend some time with them post-race, as well…

Witnessed greatness tonight๐Ÿ… #20 #21

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It's just a Maryland thing!! #swimunited @kledecky

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DeMar DeRozan almost connects on 360 dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As far as slam dunks in international competition goes, the gold standard is from the 2000 Olympics, when Vince Carter jumped completely over Frederic Weis. But last night in Oakland, Team USA’s DeMar DeRozan attempted a dunk that nearly put him in the same pantheon.

With two minutes left in last night’s exhibition between Team USA and China, and Team USA sitting on a healthy 47-point lead, Draymond Green threw the ball ahead to DeRozan, who tried a 360-dunk over a defender. DeRozan nearly made it, and nearly made history.

Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also,ย San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Kyle Lowry is really, really focused

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It isn’t easy to get into the proper frame of mind to play in an NBA game. Most players sit in their locker and listen to music before taking the court, making sure they are completely centered on the task at hand. And some players are even more locked in, arriving to the arena completely focused. Last night in Toronto, before a critical Game 2 against the Miami Heat, Kyle Lowry was broadcast walking into the Air Canada Centre, and he was so focused on the game — which Toronto would go on to win in overtime — that Lowry leaves a security waiting for a fist bump. At least the security guard seems to get a good laugh out of it…

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Toronto Raptors mascot attends city council meeting

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Toronto Raptors advanced out of the first round by the skin of their teeth, and last night began their series against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. To celebrate their first second round appearance since 2001, Toronto’s City Council recognized the efforts of the Raptors, and Toronto’s mascot, The Raptor, showed up and caused all kinds of trouble…

Toronto Raptors mascot pays tribute to Justin Bieber

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Toronto Raptors often invoke their franchise ambassador Drake, who sits courtside at many games. But during Game 1 of their first round series against the Indiana Pacers, the Raptors mascot paid tribute to a different Canadian pop star: Justin Bieber

And when you look side by side, the Raptor did a pretty good job putting together his outfit!

Is it too late now to say sorry that we love the @raptors mascot's Bieber costume?

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The NBA reacts to Kobe Bryant’s final game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On a night where the Golden State Warriors set a record by finishing the season 73-9, the story of the night was the final game of Kobe Bryant. As it turned out, even in his final game, one of the NBA’s greatest players still had some magic left in him. Kobe finished with 60 points, on 22-of-50 shooting, in the performance of a lifetime, as the Lakers came from behind to win, 101-96. Players from around the NBA watched and shared their reactions on social media…

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The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game


VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…

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