Posts Tagged ‘washington wizards’

Washington Wizards play FIFA on the really big screen

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The bigger the screen, the better the television, right? Sure, but particularly if you’re using that TV to play videogames against a friend. Forget about playing on a 46-inch screen, because yesterday a few of the Washington Wizards got larger than life.

Nene, Otto Porter and Kevin Seraphin played a little FIFA against each other using the scoreboard in Washington’s Verizon Center. According to the Wizards’ website, the scoreboard is almost 15 feet high and over 25 feet wide! This larger-than-lifesized session was filmed and will air soon on the Wizards’ Magazine show. Good luck finding a screen big enough to watch it on.

(via WaPo)

Paul Pierce and Otto Porter taste baby food

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s an ingenious video where two Wizards at different stages in life try and identify baby food flavors. Otto Porter is a second-year player and still a bachelor, while Paul Pierce is in his late-30s and, according to Wikipedia, is a married father of three. So clearly, Pierce has an advantage here. Respect to Porter, though, for casting a wide net with his final answer: “Vegetables.” I mean, technically he’s right.

VIDEO: Pierce v Porter

(via SB Nation)

Kevin Seraphin will autograph anything

By Jeff Case

We like Washington Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin around these parts, what with him once having a pet snake named Snakey, his remote-control helicopter, being a part of our YOLO All-Stars and hilarious answers on the Wizards’ version of the $20,000 pyramid.

Seraphin, like his fellow NBA players, is often asked for his autograph and as Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Blog reports, Seraphin will autograph just about anything you give him, including money, iPhones and (hopefully one day) pets:

Noted quirky person and professional basketball player Kevin Seraphin was recently asked about some of the more unusual things he has autographed in his NBA career.

“The coolest thing for sure is my contract,” he said.

That was a joke.

“The worst is a $100 bill,” Seraphin went on. “I’m like, ‘Dude, you don’t want to use it?’

“Also, the screen on an iPhone,” Seraphin said. “I’m like, ‘But what you gonna do?’ They just said ‘Well I won’t use it anymore.’ I don’t know what you’re gonna do with it, but yeah, that was the worst. I was like wow. But the $100 bill was [impressive?]. He said ‘I’m going to put it on the wall.’ I said ‘Well okay.’ ”

That seemed to end the interview. But then Seraphin thought of something else.

“I’ll sign anything,” he said. “Bring your dogs; I’ll sign your dogs too.”

Ricky Bobby, you may have met your match.



Bradley Beal in local car dealership ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Continuing our search for great local ads starring NBA players, here’s a clip from a Washington D.C.-area car dealership starring injured Wizards guard Bradley Beal. He’s not exactly singing — he’s lipsyncing. And he’s not exactly dancing either. But as far as local ads go, it has all the classic hallmarks.

VIDEO: Beal Syncs

(via DC Sportsbog)

NBA Players in Halloween costumes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Halloween has come and gone, which means it’s time once again to see what some NBA players went dressed as this year. We already checked in on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but let’s check out the costumes of some other NBA players…

LeBron James went as Flo from the Progressive Insurance ads…

Carmelo Anthony was…I don’t know what this costume is…

Paul Pierce was Captain America…

Deron Williams and his wife went as Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from “Game of Thrones”…


John Wall’s alternate future in fast-forward

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In a new ad for adidas and Foot Locker, Washington point guard John Wall sees what lies ahead for him, as his entire future occurs in about 30 seconds. There’s the possibility of great moments (a title, a family) and not so great moments (selling cars, gaining weight), but one redeeming feature of the whole thing: Having a shoe retro’ed. Which is hard to complain about either way.

VIDEO: Wall Future

Wizards to give out Marcin Gortat action figure

Washington Wizards Media Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMarcin Gortat has only been a member of the Washington Wizards for a little over a year, but already he’s made a mark and become something of a fan favorite in D.C. for some of his off court work, such as teaching his teammates how to speak Polish.

(Also, check out this interview where he says the first thing he bought after signing a $60 million contract extension was a $150 fish.)

So, it makes sense that the Wizards would organize a giveaway for their fans involving Gortat. But it may be a bit of a surprise that the item they will be giving away, according to the Washington Post, will be a Gortat action figure!

Besides noting that we need a few of these action figures around the All Ball Nerve Center, let’s add this to the list of innovative giveaways this season, including replica rings and flip-flops, so we can have a swag-off at the end of the season.

Gheorge Muresan is your new Stat Boy?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a while now, Tony Reali has pulled double duty on ESPN, serving as both the host of “Around The Horn” as well as having a role on “Pardon The Interruption,” where he was been known as “Stat Boy,” the guy who pops up at the end of each show to correct whatever the hosts have gotten wrong.

But Reali is moving on, at least from “PTI,” so on last night’s episode, they replaced Reali with…7-foot-7 former Wizards center Gheorge Muresan? According to their tweet above, it was only for a day. Still, it’s always great to see Gheorge doin’ work…

(via B/R)

D.C. bros get into it with Paul George

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite moments during last night’s Pacers/Wizards game came toward the end of the third quarter. The Wiz were trying to make a run and get back in the game, and as they started pushing, the crowd there in D.C. started getting into the game. And at one stoppage in play, as Paul George walked past the scorer’s table, a couple of bros in the front row let George have it. (I couldn’t find room to fit this into last night’s 24-Second Thoughts. :( ) George, not one to back down, went right back and them, which caused these bros to stand and redouble their efforts, and George turned away. These sports bros may have gotten the last word, but Paul George got the win…

Washington Wizards troll ESPN on Twitter

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before the playoffs started, I was assigned to write a preview of the Bulls/Wizards series for Once the series was set, I stayed up all night looking at stats and game histories and writing this look at the series. As you can see at the end, I chose the Bulls to win the series in 6 games.

That did not happen. Last night the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the series to advance, 4-1. However, it turns out that I was not the only person who was wrong in choosing the Bulls to win the series. As the Wizards pointed out on Twitter last night, almost everyone at ESPN picked against them. Bet that won’t happen in the next round…