Posts Tagged ‘washington wizards’

John Wall gets local kids ready for prom

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Even if you’re not a fan of the Washington Wizards, it’s tough not to be a fan of John Wall, who continues to make a big impact off the basketball court. One year ago, Wall’s Foundation teamed up with Sean John to help four local kids get ready for prom by completely outfitting them. This year, Wall took it to another level and helped 10 kids in the D.C. area get properly suited for their proms…


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

I missed last week’s #POSTERIZED poll because I was traveling, working on a cool piece for NBA TV (coming soon!). Which means more dunks than usual this week!

Let’s get to the dunks. Special shoutout to the previous winner, Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo!

Draymond Green cools down Stephen Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Golden State’s Stephen Curry had himself a game last night against the Washington Wizards. He scored 25 points in the first quarter, including 7 three-pointers, and finished with 51 points on 11 threes, as the Warriors basically outscored the Washington Wizards, 134-121. Curry was hot all night, and no matter what the Wizards tried, they couldn’t slow him down. As Wizards guard John Wall said after the game: “It’s like Kobe (Bryant) when he had 81. He couldn’t miss. You keep defending the best way you can. We challenged some shots. He didn’t have too many open looks. He just made them.”

Curry was so hot, the only person who could manage to cool him off was his teammate Draymond Green, who had to resort to the old ice water trick during Curry’s postgame interview…


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL

Kids ask NBA players the darndest questions

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players have to deal with the media all the time — at shootaround, at practice, at games — and they can get pretty good at answering questions without actually saying much. But a couple of NBA teams may have discovered the secret to getting their players to open up and show some emotion: replace the media with children. In these videos, the Knicks, Wizards and the Kings sent their kid reporters out to get the answers to some hard-hitting questions…

VIDEO: Knicks kid reporters

VIDEO: Wizards kid reporters

VIDEO: Kings kid reporters

Aaron Gordon posterized Bradley Beal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At someĀ point this season, perhaps once we reach a critical mass, I will breakĀ out theĀ Posterized Poll, where we vote on which player was posterized — a.k.a. dunked on — the most mightily.Ā For now, even though we are only days into the new NBA season, we have a contender for the list.

Last night in Orlando, Magic forward Aaron Gordon caught a buzzer-beating put-back dunk, which was pretty nice on its own. What made it posterizable? Unfortunately for Washington’sĀ Bradley Beal, he got caught standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it’s weird because Beal didn’t really get “dunked on,” at least not in the traditionalĀ definition of what it means to get dunked on. But thanks to Beal’s reaction, as he gets sent stumbling into the photographers, I think this qualifies as getting posterized.

VIDEO: Gordon Beal

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 1)

METAIRIE, LA - SEPTEMBER 28: Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans poses for photos during NBA Media Day on September 28, 2015 at the New Orleans Pelicans practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)


NBA training camps have convened, exhibition games are underway, and we all know what that means: The return of MUSCLEWATCH.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to be “15 pounds of muscle.” So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the “15 pounds of muscle” and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Also, for what it’s worth, we need numbers. If you’re going to be vague, that’s not MUSCLEWATCH. I’m talking to you, Bulls GM Gar Forman

Hey. we’re allĀ glad Derrick Rose “looks terrific,” but if you want to play MUSCLEWATCH, we need actual digits.

Now, let’s get swole …

John Wall donates $400,000 to help homeless children


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With a new season tipping off and players and teams getting back to business, how do you spend your last few days of free time?

If you’re Washington Wizards guard John Wall, you spend it giving back to others.

According to a Facebook post from Bright Beginnings, a Washington D.C.-based initiative that helps homeless children and families, they received a surprise visit and gift from Wall on Friday morning…

This morning, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall surprised our organization and BBI Executive Director Dr. Betty Jo Gaines with a generous donation of $400,000. This phenomenal contribution will significantly impact the development of Bright Beginningsā€™ second child development center at 3418 4th Street SE in Ward 8.

ā€œSupport from individuals like Mr. Wall, gives Bright Beginnings the encouragement to continue to provide comprehensive services for homeless children in the District of Columbia. It is evident that John Wall is sensitive and concerned about the plight of homeless children in DC and he wants these children to succeed.ā€ ā€“ Bright Beginnings Executive Director, Dr. Betty Jo Gaines

Proudly displayed at the new BBI center will be the John Wall, Wall of Achievement, highlighting the everyday moments of greatness Bright Beginnings students accomplish, in addition to the legacies left behind by high school and college graduates who were once BBI toddlers and preschoolers. Bright Beginnings will also name a classroom in Mr. Wallā€™s honor. The new Bright Beginnings child development center is scheduled to open its doors in 2017.

John Wall receives portrait of himself for birthday

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is turning 26 this weekend, and what do you get for an two-time All-Star point guard barely halfway through his twenties? Well, someone commissioned the artist known as madsteez to paint a picture for Wall. More specifically, to paint a picture of Wall. Happy birthday!

Gilbert Arenas is too good for the county fair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERGilbert Arenas hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2012 season, but the man who used to shout “Hibachi!” when he got hot during games can apparently still get cooking. Check out this picture Agent Zero posted on Instagram, which apparently shows the multiple rewards from when Arenas went to the Orange County Fair and dominated the basketball hoop games (even if he wasn’t actually banned)…