Posts Tagged ‘Tyler Hansbrough’

Boban Marjanovic is huge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio Spurs rookie Boban Marjanovic is obviously a big man. A native of Serbia, Boban plays center, stands 7-3, weighs almost 300 pounds, and has a 7-8 wingspan. And while he has only played sporadically thus far this season, Boban has made an impact in the games where he has played, perhaps never more so than on Monday night when he came off the bench to score 17 points in 15 minutes against the Timberwolves. (According to this article, he also won a jump ball without jumping.) As Spurs forward David West said after the game, “I think people look at his size and sort of think he’s a big stiff, but Boban’s a hell of a player.”

But what has really set the internet abuzz the last 24 hours has been the postgame interview Boban did with Spurs sideline reporter Andrew Monaco. It’s a great couple of minutes, and Boban seems like a genuinely funny and personable teammate. If you want to watch the entire interview, click here. But the incredible part comes at the end when Boban gives Monaco a handshake, and Monaco’s hands basically disappear…


One other clip that really puts Boban’s size in perspective: Earlier this season against the Charlotte Hornets, Boban checked in at the end of a game and lined up next to Tyler Hansbrough, who is listed at 6-9. But standing next to Boban, he looks like a child…

Russell Westbrook almost runs over Clippers mop girl

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Nobody said being an NBA ballboy was an easy job. Just two months ago we saw a ballboy in Brooklyn show great hustle when he nearly got run over by Tyler Hansbrough. Yesterday in Los Angeles, during the Clippers/Thunder game, a similar situation almost came to pass. As you can see in the GIF below from @JDonSports, after Russell Westbrook ripped the ball from Chris Paul, he took off to the other end of the floor, where a Clippers attendant was still mopping up the court. She noticed in time and managed to get out of there, dragging the mop behind her. Again, great hustle. (Also, check out the sneaky shove DeAndre Jordan delivers to his teammate CP3 to get him out of the way in case there’s a rebound to grab.)


(via FTW)

Brooklyn ballboy shows good hustle

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I just spent about ten minutes trying (in vain) to find a video clip of a play from 2001, when then-Hawks guard Jacque Vaughn made a steal during a game in Cleveland, and had to forearm shiver an unsuspecting ballboy out of the way while sinking a lay-up. (There is a written recap of it here, though.)  This happens from time to time in the NBA, when a ballboy runs onto the court to do his or her job, and then the run of play suddenly reverses and the ballboy finds themselves caught out there.

This is exactly what happened last night in Brooklyn, where a ballboy ventured onto the court to clean up the floor and found himself in crosshairs of a Tyler Hansbrough fastbreak. What do you do when Psycho T comes crashing down on you? You dive off the court as fast as you can, that’s what you do …

VIDEO: Nets ballboy hustles to avoid Tyler Hansbrough

(via BDL)

When Metta Met Tyler

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sometimes the perception is more important than the truth. In the fourth quarter of the recent Knicks/Raptors game, Toronto forward Tyler Hansbrough found himself involved in a minor bit of extra-curricular activity with a Knicks player. Hansbrough, known as “Psycho T,” spun around to see what was happening, saw that it was Knicks forward Metta World Peace standing there, and then walked to the free throw line.

So did either guy back down? Well, a Vine of the incident from a different angle appeared to show Hansbrough backing down from a confrontation upon realizing it was MWP he was tangled with.

Did Hansbrough back down? Metta World Peace didn’t seem to think so. After the game, according to Newsday, Metta said that they both quickly moved on from the incident…

“He’s a good player, tough player. If it was back in the day it probably would have been more. It was enough. He was aggressive. He was running hard. We had a moment, but we both moved on. It was good for the game. It was good for the fans. He stood his ground and he got his fans excited. It was great. No fighting. It was face-to-face action. It was good.”

Also, he made an extended analogy between NBA players and an ice cream truck…

“I love guys like that. I need that physical action. The game has changed so much. Now we got all these Mister Softees. You know Mister Softee in New York? A lot of people are made from the ice cream cone. A lot of basketball players are made right from the Mister Softee ice cream cone truck. I like Mister Softee. I don’t like to play basketball with Mister Softee. I just like Mister Softee after a nice, hot summer day.”

Metta also took to Twitter after the game to express his admiration for Hansbrough…

Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Syracuse

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We now continue in the East region, with No. 2 seed UNC taking on The Cuse.


North Carolina Tar Heels

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Marvin Williams, Hawks: 16.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.0 steals
Raymond Felton, Nuggets: 20.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 2.2 steals
Tyler Hansbrough, Pacers: 24.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.3 steals
Vince Carter, Suns: 23.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.5 steals
Ty Lawson, Nuggets: 20.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 2.0 steals

Missed the cut: Ed Davis, Raptors; Wayne Ellington, Timberwolves; Brendan Haywood, Mavericks; Antawn Jamison, Cavaliers (injured); Brandan Wright, Nets

Team synopsis: With Jamison hurt, Hansbrough rides his recent hot streak into the starting lineup for the Tar Heels, which is a good thing for UNC because this team lacks an inside presence otherwise. Lawson and Felton take turns at the point in Denver, but share the backcourt here. Vinsanity may not be the force of nature he once was, but North Carolina will still need him to be the go-to scorer on this team.