Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Kobe Bryant plays Gregg Popovich one-on-one

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s something you may not have known: Long before he became known as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, San Antonio Spurs head man Gregg Popovich spent years as an actual basketball player. Pop played college basketball while at the Air Force Academy in the late ’60s, serving as team captain his senior season.

Since then, of course, Pop has gone on to become the wonderfully grumpy leader of the Spurs, and this weekend he’s been running the Western Conference All-Stars. And while Pop’s teams have squared off against Kobe Bryant dozens of times over the years, we’ve never actually seen them go head-to-head…until now. Saturday morning during the Western Conference’s All-Star practice, Pop tried to play some D on the Mamba before his last All-Star Game. As Pop learned, that can be easier said than done…

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Shaquille O’Neal can still throw it down

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal is one of the most physically impressive specimens in NBA history, and back when he was an active player, he was able to viciously throw down on opposing players at a moment’s notice. But that’s when he was an active player — Shaq retired five years ago, and we haven’t seen him on a basketball court since. Which made Shaq’s “Inside the NBA” cohost Charles Barkley wonder publicly whether or not Shaq could still dunk the way he used to throw it down. So last night, before All-Star Saturday night really got underway, Shaq snuck on the court to let everyone know…yep, he’s still got it…