Posts Tagged ‘Tyson Chandler’

Stat, Tyson play bully ball in Oakland

Coaches are fond of telling their team that whoever plays with the most physicality will win nine out of 10 times. The Pistons of the late 1980s took that to heart and it led to a dynasty and adulation many years later.

It didn’t work as well for the early to mid-90s New York Knicks, who boasted a trio of imposing bruisers — Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason — but couldn’t get out the East. Throughout the years, plenty of teams followed the rough and tumble blueprint. While it doesn’t always result in a championship, a physical brand of basketball does make things competitive…which is ultimately what we want to see.

Sunday night at ORACLE Arena, the (current) Knicks discovered what a bit of nasty could do. First Tyson Chandler got demonstrative on Jermaine O’Neal, capped off by a searing stare-down:

VIDEO: Tyson Chandler sends Jermaine O’Neal to the ground, then scowls at him

Then a quarter later, Amar’e Stoudemire did exactly what a 6-foot-10 person is supposed to do when a 6-foot-3 person is in his way under the rim:

VIDEO: Amar’e Stoudemire snatches board from Stephen Curry and throws down

Gotta love how Stephen Curry just helped himself to his feet, wiped his mouth off with his jersey and trotted up the court. As fierce as any competitor in the NBA, he dropped a cool 32 points and single-handedly almost led Golden State to a dub. But for another night at least, the bullies captured the flag.

Don’t Sleep Around JR Smith

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a rather eventful season for Knicks guard J.R. Smith, a designation that has pretty much nothing to do with his play on the court. If anything, we’ve learned that if you’re not on your toes, J.R. might untie your shoes, or pull your headband down over your eyes. And if you fall asleep around J.R., like a bunch of the Knicks players did yesterday on the team plane, leaving J.R. with nothing else to do, he might post photos of your sleeping on Instagram.

To wit, Iman Shumpert (wearing leather pants) and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tyson Chandler and Amaré Stoudemire (with the hat on)

New Knicks Shannon Brown and Earl Clark

NBA Players Observe Pranksgiving


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Halloween may be in our collective rear view mirror, but looming ahead is Thanksgiving. And to celebrate it in their own special way, several NBA players will be popping up on Disney XD beginning today and again over the new few weeks as part of something called Pranksgiving. According to a release from Disney…

A specially drafted NBA pranking crew — Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) and DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) — get in the pranking game with the comedic and unpredictable puppet Crash (of the sitcom “Crash & Bernstein”) and together, they pull fun and over-the-top tricks on Disney XD’s biggest stars.  Each Monday, a new fan-voted prank will be revealed on Disney XD along with new prank-themed episodes including Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets) guest starring in the new comedy series “Mighty Med.”

Curry said of his involvement, “Getting to be a part of Disney XD’s ‘Pranksgiving’ allowed me, and the other players, to connect with kids and families in a different way and show them a side of us they don’t usually see. I love to do fun things like this with fans and giving back to the community is something I’m committed to. I also loved that my family got to be there with me when we shot it, and when my daughter gets older and is watching Disney XD, I can tell her all about it.”

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the NBA’s involvement…

VIDEO: Pranksgiving

NBA Style: Spotlight On Round Two

NBA Style

By the Style Crew –

With the Conference Finals underway and the NBA Finals around the corner, let’s take a look back at the fashion of Round Two. Carmelo Anthony made the hat his wardrobe staple, Mike Conley continued to experiment with a spectrum of different styles, and Stephen Curry kept his look simple, letting his spectacular performances on the court do the talking. As always, keep up with the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle.

Carmelo Anthony pairs his signature hats with different outfits ranging from a colorful printed shirt to a maroon blazer. After Game 6, he loses the hat and dons a printed blue tee.  [PHOTOS 1-4]

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Knicks Players Perplexed By Mike Woodson’s Goatee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson‘s goatee doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Perfectly trimmed, densely populated, nearly symmetric, Mike Woodson’s goatee might be the NBA’s most wholly realized facial hair. And in order to fully explore Coach Woodson’s facial hair, the Knicks recently sent their “Kid Reporters” Ryan and Jaylah out to interview several Knicks players, to try and get to the bottom of the existential riddle that is Coach Woodson’s goatee.

Is Woodson’s goatee, as Carmelo Anthony suggests, completely detachable?

Does Coach Woodson dye it, Steve Novak wonders?

Is Mike Woodson actually 70 years old, as JR Smith asks?

All that and more in the video…

(via r/NBA)

NBA Style: Spotlight On Accessories

By the Style Crew

While a basketball game can be won and lost based on the details, many players bring those same intricacies to their wardrobes. And when the tunnel becomes a runway, and the press conference podium becomes a stage, suddenly NBA players are the ones starting trends.

Here are some well-coordinated recent looks from around the League. As we continue to keep tabs on Playoff fashion and the new trends that arise during the NBA’s second season, use #NBAStyle on Twitter to communicate your thoughts.

Russell Westbrook always chooses bold accessories, sporting clear frames and a gold medallion necklace on Sunday after OKC’s Game 1 win against the Rockets…



Tim Duncan Finds New Way To Clean Boards

by Zettler Clay IV

So what happens when 39-year-old Jason Kidd boxes out 36-year-old Tim Duncan? An unusual rebound and score:

On top of grabbing the ball from around Kidd’s back, Duncan scores on reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler, runs back down court like he didn’t just grab a rebound from behind somebody’s back and score on a Defensive Player of the Year.

Gotta love the NBA.

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All Ball Fave Five: Players Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

by Micah Hart

You may have noticed it’s the offseason, which means we have plenty of time to sit around and think about many of the things that make it fun to be an NBA fan. Here at All Ball, we’ll be passing the time until the start of the season with a new series, the Fave Five. Each week will count down a list of the five best, or worst … somethings. We’ll try to get creative with it. Plus we’re taking requests! If you have a suggestion for a Fave Five post, give us a shout and you may see it appear in this space over the next several weeks.

You may not know this about me, but if you have read enough posts on All Ball you’ve probably seen enough links to surmise that I am a big fan of Saturday Night Live.

And with the start of the new season just around the corner, it got me to thinking: When will the next NBA player get a chance to host of the show?

Historically speaking, SNL invites a “sports figure” on average about once a year (this includes broadcasters, professional wrestlers, etc). Last year our own Charles Barkley became the first athlete to host for the third time, but overall basketball representation on the show has been sparse. Aside from the Chuckster, only Michael Jordan and LeBron James have ever hosted. Clearly, Lorne Michaels does not think much of the NBA’s collective comedic talents. But is that deserved, this allegation I’m making up on the spot?

It seems to me in this day and age there are more NBA players being funny than ever, and it’s just a matter of time before someone else gets a crack at being not ready for primetime.

But who? In this week’s Fave Five, we rank the top candidates to take to the stage in Studio 8H:

5. Roy Hibbert

The bonafides: A rising star on the NBA’s comedy scene, Hibbert has aligned himself with some very funny people in his burgeoning career. He’s guested on Parks and Recreation (the funniest show on TV for my money), hung out at Roscoe’s Chicken N Waffles with comedian Chelsea Peretti, and topped it off with Ben Schwartz‘s hilarious audition video for Hibbert’s cheering section. He seems pretty comfortable on camera — here he is from last year’s playoffs on Jimmy Kimmel:

Has he been featured on Funny or Die or Taiwanese animation? Not yet, but given who he hangs out with, it can’t be too long.


A Wild Block Party

by Zettler Clay

The Association has a tendency to use a lull as bait; just when you think the cadence of the season is figured out, something happens to heighten — or floor — the senses. On a 10-game Saturday night, copious highlights are a given. But what made last night unusual was the swat party invites.

Twenty-one players recorded two or more blocks. Twelve players rejected three or more shots, to wit:

Three Blocks
Tayshaun Prince
Timofey Mozgov
Tyson Chandler
Jared Jeffries
Elton Brand
LeBron James
Joel Anthony
Kris Humphries
Tyrus Thomas

Five Blocks
Serge Ibaka

Six Blocks
Marc Gasol
Samuel Dalembert

Without further ado, here are Saturday night’s top five stuffs:

5) Mozgov and ‘Melo

Apparently — maybe — Mozgov reads All-Ball, because a day after being framed as an early candidate for posterdom by yours truly, he posts a season high in points (16), along with a couple of highlights. One is here. Way to go, Tim. Nothing like a quick retort to silence the critics.

4) Serge “Iblocka” and Deron

OK, so Deron Williams‘ hops aren’t Derrick Rose’s. But clean blocks off dunk attempts aren’t as easy as it appears. You get the feeling that Ibaka gets out of bed for these moments.

3) Derrick Favors waits on Nikola Pekovic

Pekovic didn’t have much momentum and Favors had the angle. Plus he was preying on that play as soon as the screen was set. Just mean. And impressive.

2) Yi meets DaJuan Summers at the rim

Talk about full steam. Summers had a good four steps before he took off, but couldn’t avoid the tentacles of the mighty Yi Jianlian. Note the quick sidestep to the left by Yi before launching. Decent degree of difficulty.

1) Dante Cunningham crashes DeMarcus Cousins’ party

My favorite for a couple of reasons. One, it was excellent help-side defense (not to mention footwork) by Cunningham to get to the spot in time. Two, it was a total collaborative effort by the Grizzlies. Gasol shows on the screen, hustles back to Cousins, helps off to cover Francisco Garcia, which leaves Cousins momentarily open. Seventy-five percent (armchair estimate and all) of the time … that’s either a bucket, foul or both. Cunningham, all of 6-foot-8, puts the coup de grace to the Kings’ possession.

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Conventional wisdom: May 22nd

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on its jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Sunday, May 22.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs have two things every championship team needs — the ability to win on the road (last night’s win in Game 3 was the team’s fourth in six games this postseason), and an unstoppable clutch-time scorer.

For most of the game last night, Dirk Nowitzki couldn’t hit a shot. But when the stakes were raised towards the end, with Dallas’ lead trimmed from 23 to six, there was the Diggler, hitting three big shots to stem the tide and carry his team to a 2-1 series lead over the Thunder.

Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade are amazing players, and I’d be happy to have either in late-game situations, but neither are what Nowitzki is — namely, a seven-footer who can get a clean look at the basket from anywhere on the offensive half of the court.

Add in the continued excellence of a rotating band of Mavs (last night it was Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler, and Jason Kidd), and Dallas is back on track for their first NBA title.

Give it up already:

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant is my boy. He is perhaps the most gifted offensive player in basketball, and by all accounts he is one of the nicest, most decent fellows in the game. And he is a few games from proving once again that old Leo Durocher axiom, that “nice guys finish last.”

When you are having as bad a shooting night as Durant was in Game 3, it’s understandable to not want to force things. But when your teammates are similarly struggling from the field (a frostbitten 1-17 from 3-point range), and you are KEVIN FREAKIN’ DURANT, you gotta keep hoisting.

One thing I think we can say with relative certainty about the Thunder right now is, they are not a very good half-court team. When Durant’s shots are falling, this fact can be masked. But when they aren’t, man, it gets ugly out there.

With Dallas back to playing the terrific defense that helped them sweep the Lakers in the conference semis, the Thunder’s lack of execution, and Durant’s inability so far to DEMAND the ball when his team needs points, OKC is not long for this postseason.

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