Posts Tagged ‘Utah Jazz’

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

ZACH LAVINE
Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine threw out the first pitch at a Twins game before they played his (former) favorite team, the Angels. I like how fired up he is after meeting Mike Trout


VIDEO: LaVine pitch

ANDREW WIGGINS
Staying in Minnesota, just last night, Andrew Wiggins took the hill to give it a shot. Have to say, I think he threw a strike…
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Chris Douglas-Roberts is bringing short shorts back

John Stockton drives past Allen Iverson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJohn Stockton is one of the greatest point guards of all time, but one thing he is perhaps best known for is his fashion sense. While everyone around during the ’90s wore shorts that were longer and baggier than ever, Stockton seemed to go the other direction, wearing shorts that were, well, pretty short.

I asked Stockton about this last year…

ME: When you retired you said something about making sure your shorts were hemmed up high throughout your career. Were the short shorts a deliberate choice?

STOCKTON: My second-to-last year, I think — my seventeenth year — the equipment manager came up to me and said, “Would like to lengthen your shorts?” I really didn’t know that it was an option. I’d never asked, and they’d never asked me. So we just kind of kept plugging on. Everybody kept talking about my shorts and I thought, “Well, I didn’t change anything…”

ME: You didn’t maybe notice around you that the shorts were getting bigger and longer?

STOCKTON: Yeah, but I was comfortable with it. I also saw other guys with 34-inch waists get 40-inch shorts and then just cinch them, and that…that didn’t make any sense to me.

We bring all this up today because everything old eventually becomes new again. The Clippers recently signed free agent small forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, and as Roberts announced on Twitter, he has some plans to pay homage to a bygone era…

If nothing else, should make for an interesting #NBAStyle segment.

(via B/R)

Jeremy Evans can still jump out of the gym

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago, a photo circulated of Utah Jazz forward (and former Slam Dunk Contest champ) Jeremy Evans showing off his incredible vertical leap in an effort to top the vertical leap recorded by number one draft pick Andrew Wiggins.

Evans may have taken the crown, but apparently that wasn’t enough. Evans had previously been able to touch 12 feet, 8.5 inches. Yesterday he topped that, touching 12 feet, 9 inches…

(via B/R)

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1990s


VIDEO: Relive the top 10 plays from the 1993 Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1990s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1990s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 2000s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1990s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s
Best Teams of the 1980s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

NBA players dominate kids

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are the best of the best, elite athletes who have reached the peak of their sport, and perhaps even the top of the sporting world. They have honed their craft and skills to reach their place among the greats, and they will do whatever it takes to prove that dominance against any opponent, no matter the size or challenge that opponent presents.

But as we’ve seen several times the last few weeks, as good as NBA players are against their peers, they are absolutely dominant against children. Seriously, kids, don’t challenge NBA players.

For instance, here’s what happened when this kid recently tried to defend JR Smith one-on-one…

Or how about Jazz forward Jeremy Evans? He actually took on two kids, a boy and a girl, and broke one kid’s ankles then dunked on the other one…

And then there’s Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who takes on an army of kids and dispatches all of them…

But fear not, kids! Because every once in a while, even if it is a really rare while, one of the kids stands up for the rest and shows an NBA player that maybe they aren’t quite infallible. Just ask Nick Young

A big week for birthday cakes and the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is apparently a great week to be an NBA player having a birthday, or even if you’re just an NBA player who enjoys eating birthday cake.

Just one day ago we saw Danté Exum presented with a birthday cake. Little did we know it would mark the start of a trend.

Two nights ago, “The Starters” presented Bucks rookie Jabari Parker with this cake.

Last night, after Trey Burke visited “The Starters” on NBA TV, he was presented with a cake, which he promptly smashed into the face of my main man Trey Kerby.

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(gif via @CJZero)

Meanwhile, out in Portland, Damian Lillard got a birthday cake from a camper at his basketball camp featuring a photo of his Horry Scale shot against Houston from the playoffs.

If that wasn’t enough, Lillard also got a cake with an adidas shoe in the middle of it…

Dante Exum sings Happy Birthday to himself


VIDEO: Exum Sings

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The good news is that rookie Jazz guard Danté Exum turned 19 years old on Sunday. The bad news is that the Jazz have a tradition of making rookies singing “Happy Birthday” to people celebrating as something of a hazing ritual, so the Jazz decided to have Exum sing “Happy Birthday” to himself. Luckily, this was caught in the video above.

This was not, however, the only time Exum received well-wishes. On Sunday night, Exum visited “The Starters,” where he was presented with a different cake and helped out singing a different kind of song…


VIDEO: Exum Starters

Jeremy Evans can jump out of the gym

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the lead up to the NBA draft, a photo went viral of Andrew Wiggins showing off a 44-inch vertical leap. Wiggins worked out for the draft at P3, a sports-science institute in California, which is where that initial 44-inch photo came from. And as impressive as that 44-inch leap was, someone topped it: Utah’s Jeremy Evans, the 2102 2012 Dunk Contest winner, stopped by P3 and took back the championship belt…

No. 2 – Stockton leaves lasting NBA mark

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

John Stockton

In 1995, John Stockton became the NBA’s all-time assists king.

Name: John Stockton

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Birthday: March 26, 1962

College: Gonzaga

Drafted in 1984: 16th overall by Utah Jazz

Draft fact: John Stockton has a unique place in ’84 Draft history — and NBA lore. He is the only player from that class (and in NBA history) to be the all-time leader in two major statistical categories: assists (15,806) and steals (3,265).


VIDEO: Relive the moment when John Stockton set the NBA’s all-time assists record

We’re just two hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the 27NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 5 – A Hall Of Fame group

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

In college and in the NBA, Michael Jordan performed like a Hall of Famer.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Oscar Schmidt

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton) and Brazil (Schmidt)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 131st overall by New Jersey Nets (Schmidt)

Draft fact: Five future members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had their names called at the 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan talks after being taken No. 3 overall in the 1984 Draft

We’re just five hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.