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Proof Paul Pierce really doesn’t want to return to Canada

By Jeff Case

The Washington Wizards have a 2-0 series lead on the Toronto Raptors in their first-round series, winning both games North of the border. After the Game 2 win (and as the series shifts to D.C.), the Washington Post reported Wizards forward Paul Pierce was overheard saying he didn’t want to make a return trip to Canada. Why? Because he didn’t want to go through customs.

As players headed to the locker room after the game, Pierce shouted, “I don’t want to go through customs no more!”

Thanks to the Wizards, we have video proof of Pierce saying that — although what the team captured isn’t the same exact quote as what the Post had.

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Washington Wizards unveil new logo

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Washington Wizards released a new primary logo today, joining the Milwaukee Bucks as teams looking for a little visual re-boot heading into the postseason. According to the Wizards…

The new primary logo incorporates the “monument ball” design that has been in place since 2011 in combination with the iconic striping from the team’s uniforms, the three stars that represent D.C., Maryland and Virginia (which are also featured on the apron of center court at Verizon Center) and the team’s wordmarks. The Wizards will continue to prominently use both the monument ball and “DC hands” logos in all collateral materials and will discontinue the use of the “wizard/partial moon” logo that was introduced in 1997 and revamped in 2011.

President Obama hits game winner against Paul Pierce

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s not entirely clear what’s happening here, other than President Obama, several members of the Washington Wizards, and a bunch of kids are involved in some sort of shooting contest on a court at the White House. As the video starts, a bunch of people take shots and President Obama sinks his jumper. And then Obama goes over to Paul Pierce and makes sure he knows about it.

As John Wall said later…

(via CBS)

John Wall and teammates take Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For the fifth anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” campaign, first lady Michelle Obama introduced a resolution called #GimmeFive, asking people to post videos giving five ways to be healthier. There have been a few celebrities who have taken the challenge, mostly from the world of entertainment, like Beyonce and Kelly Ripa.

But now the challenge has drifted over a few blocks from the White House to the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards. First up, John Wall, Garrett Temple and the Wizards dance team took the #GimmeFive challenge…

Then, Wall passed it on to Kevin Seraphin, who brought his own version of style to the proceedings…

Remember when Hakeem Olajuwon posted a quadruple-double?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most exciting players in the NBA this season has been New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, who has one of the most versatile games the NBA has seen in years. Davis may be able to do many different things, but one thing he hasn’t done — yet, at least — is post a quadruple-double: racking up double figures in points, rebounds, assists and blocks or steals in the same game.

This is has only happened four times in the NBA since the league began tracking blocks and steals in 1973. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, one of those instances happened, when Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon went for 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks against the Milwaukee Bucks. How dominant was Hakeem back then? Earlier that month, he had a game with 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and 9 assists.

So while Hakeem’s old Houston Rockets franchise plays a national TV game tomorrow against the Washington Wizards (12:30 p.m. EST on ABC), and we can watch Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat man the middle for these teams, but check out these highlights of Hakeem dominating twenty-five years ago…


VIDEO: Hakeem quadruple-double

Lionel Messi meets Gheorghe Muresan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best soccer player in the world right now is — arguably — Lionel Messi, the Argentinian dynamo who plays his club soccer for F.C. Barcelona. We’ve seen him share screen time with Kobe Bryant, so we know Messi has at least some familiarity with the NBA. So last night, with the Argentina National Team in Washington D.C. to play a friendly against El Salvador, Messi and his teammates took in the Washington Wizards versus Indiana Pacers game.

As Messi posted on Instagram, he had a pretty good seat…

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Also, here’s a long surveillance video of Messi (with Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez) sitting in the team’s luxury suite…


VIDEO: Messi NBA

And when you have an important person in the house, you better send Gheorghe Muresan to go and greet him…

The Sacramento Kings had a baby race

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Sacramento Kings had a big win last night over the Washington Wizards, with a couple of highlights plays and fantastic dunks. And I was going to do a post about some of those dunks … until I saw this video from the Kings game.

At some point during the Kings game last night, they had a baby race. Forget the dunks. This is the greatest video of the day. Maybe of all time.


VIDEO: Kings baby race

John Wall can fly

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season when I made an attempt to photograph an NBA game, the thing I was most worried about was not taking the photos, but getting into somebody’s way. When I expressed my concern to my photo mentor, Nathaniel Butler, his advice was if I saw an NBA player coming at me, get as small as I can and be as still as I could. Because even if I couldn’t get completely out of the way, NBA players are good enough athletes that they would be able to avoid me.

That was what I thought about last night when I saw Washington’s John Wall go head-first into the stands trying to save a loose ball. I don’t know who coached him, but the kid in the red shirt handled it perfectly — he got small, he got still, and John Wall incredibly managed to completely avoid him. Nice soundtrack, BTW…

Otto Porter may be slow to react defensively

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Wizards/Bulls game was close down the stretch, close enough that every possession was important. So with the Bulls clinging to a three-point lead, 95-92, with about 9 seconds remaining, and the shot clock near the buzzer, the Bulls ran a play for Tony Snell. Washington had Otto Porter defending Snell, although if you watch the clip below, Porter doesn’t react very quickly — or at all — as Snell sprints across the lane to come off a pick on the other side. I like how Porter stands rock-still until someone yells, “OTTO!”

And I know Snell misses the jumper, but watch closely: With Snell breaking wide open, Marcin Gortat leaves his man, Pau Gasol, to cover Snell. Snell misses the shot, but who gets the rebound, gets fouled and makes both free throws to seal the game for the Bulls? Pau Gasol.

Jeff Gordon dominates tricycle race at Wizards game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Washington Wizards hosted the San Antonio Spurs, and in the house for the night was Jeff Gordon, one of NASCAR’s most decorated drivers. When you have a great driver in the house, what do you do? You let him drive!

Unfortunately, there wasn’t room for a stock car out on the court, so instead Gordon gamely hopped on a tricycle and raced a few laps against a fan. In case you were wondering, the need for speed apparently transfers from a car to a bike.


VIDEO: Gordon Race

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