Posts Tagged ‘washington wizards’


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 some point this season, perhaps once we reach a critical mass, I will break out the Posterized Poll, where we vote on which player was posterized — a.k.a. dunked on — the most mightily. 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’s 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 traditional 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 all 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 Beginnings’ second child development center at 3418 4th Street SE in Ward 8.

“Support 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.” – 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. Wall’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)…

Happy Birthday Nick Young

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the All Ball blog’s favorite players, Lakers guard Nick Young.

Born in Los Angeles, Young played three years of college basketball at Southern Cal before turning pro and being drafted by the Washington Wizards. After five seasons in Washington, and brief stops with the Clippers and Sixers, Young ended up back home in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers. A 6-7 swingman, Young plays with a shoot-first attitude. His confidence on the court is matched only by his confidence off the court, where he enjoys the self-popularized nickname Swaggy P and represents the best of the West Coast. He was also once almost killed by a dolphin.

To celebrate Swaggy P’s big day, let’s check out some of Nick’s greatest hits…

VIDEO: Inside Stuff w/ Swaggy P

VIDEO: Swaggy 3

VIDEO: Swaggy sideline

VIDEO: Nick Young serves as a tour guide in Hollywood

Throwback Thursday: 1975 Warriors

VIDEO: Golden State wraps up the 1975 NBA championship

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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Golden State Warriors Win 1975 Championship

The Golden State Warriors were hardly the NBA title favorites when the 1974-75 season began. When they rolled into the playoffs as the West’s No. 1 seed, there were still some doubts they’d reach The Finals. And when they ousted the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, few thought the Warriors could beat the mighty Washington Bullets.

Yet the Warriors did exactly that, locking up the NBA championship on March 25, 1975 with a 96-95 win that completed a sweep of the Bullets. At the time, it was only the third sweep in Finals history and to this day is perhaps the greatest Finals upset ever.

In honor of the Warriors’ feat, we take a look back at Rick Barry and the other players that made that 1975 team shine:

Gallery: The 1975 Golden State Warriors

What are your favorite memories of that team? Leave your comments below!

Kiss Cam at the Hawks game goes wrong

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Hawks/Wizards Game 5, as terrific as it was, might have been upstaged by a few seconds on the Kiss Cam. As you can here, a young couple is enjoying the Hawks game, and then the Kiss Cam shows up and puts them on the screen, so they kiss and…welp…you can see how it went…