Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 6:20 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Dallas Mavericks guard Rudy Fernandez is fairly adept at three things: being popular in Spain, flopping, and making 3-pointers. In the following clip, we get to see Fernandez put those three skills together in one ridiculous highlight shot.
With the NBA in a lockout, Fernandez is back home in Spain, suiting up and starring for basketball power Real Madrid. On Sunday, Real Madrid defeated Blusens Monbus, 81-67, thanks in part to a no-look, legs-kicking 3-pointer from Fernandez -- or at least the free throws that resulted.
(As Ball Don't Lie points out, the shot was waived off because it came after the foul.)
In one of the more entertaining threes you'll ever see, Fernandez receives a pass in the left corner, pump-fakes to get a trailing defender in the air, steps in to draw contract, heaves up a shot with his body perpendicular to the basket while flailing to the ground and kicking his legs into the air like a bucking bronco. The high-arcing shot splashes through the rim hitting nothing but net as Fernandez rolls on the ground. He then calmly steps to the free throw line after his teammates argue the call.
Here's video of Fernandez's amazing circus three-pointer uploaded by YouTube user Pabloskicbb5.
Hat Tip: Sportando.net
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: October 24, 2011 10:31 am
By Matt Moore
There's a weird quirk with NBA 2K12. Dirk Nowitzki is exceptionally difficult to play with. Even Mavericks fans have a hard time getting the hang of him. Part of it is due to his insanely long shooting motion (it's not slow, it's just long), part of it is the way the game treats size and range. But the result is that getting the real hang of the Finals MVP is a trick. But the big guy himself has a pretty easy solution. Just shoot, baby. From Nowitzki's Twitter:
RT @TheRealTwiggg: @swish41 why are you so hard to play with in the video game 2k any tips?(Just press circle button to shoot from anywhere)via Twitter / @swish41: RT @TheRealTwiggg: @swish4 ....
Helpful, Dirk. Now if we can just figure out how to dribble with your seven-foot self. One tip? Drop the big guy into the post at the elbow, then go to the pump fake and fadeaway. You know. Like he is in real life. Even then, it takes some getting used to.
In other 2K12 news, 2K Sports announced last week a new game mode being introduced through online addition, based on the popularity of the legends mode they integrated, which allowed players to play classic games of great teams to unlock them. (Only took me twelve tries to unlock the Sixers. Sidney Moncrief is a monster in that game.) From a 2K Sports release:
Legends Showcase allows gamers to select from more than 150 of the NBA’s all-time greatest players, including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Dr. J, and compete in authentic pick-up games from 1-on-1 up to 5-on-5. Legends Showcase also features mini-games, such as 21 and H-O-R-S-E, along with other new features like the 2-on-2 Teammate Challenge and 3-on-3 Era Challenge. Gamers can also unlock current NBA players to create unique match-ups between legends and current stars. Finally, for the ultimate challenge, gamers can bring their My Player into the mix and battle the legends of the NBA to see how they stack up against the best ever.
Gotta say, pretty exciting to think about playing H-O-R-S-E with Larry Bird vs. Kevin Durant. Now we just need to be able to set up your own dunk contest with Dr. J, Jordan, and Vince Carter and we'll be set.
(Image via 2KSports on Facebook.)
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:32 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 9:35 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
A minor controversy was avoided this week, when Major League Baseball decided to allow Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki to throw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.
Nowitzki, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, is at the height of his popularity after leading the Mavericks to a stunning triumph over the Miami Heat. He was nominated by the Rangers to throw out the first pitch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, near Dallas, but that nomination was reportedly rejected before MLB later overturned their decision.
On Saturday evening, Nowitzki strode to the mound wearing a blue custom Rangers jersey bearing his name and jersey No. 41 and a blue Rangers hat. He stared in to get the sign, went into a full wind-up and leg-kick, and then bounced his pitch into home plate, before receiving congratulations from Rangers designated hitter Michael Young. A well-intentioned effort, to be sure, but his pitching mechanics simply can't compare to the form on his trademark fallaway jumper.
"I looked him off twice, spat, spat; I had to spit," Nowitzki explained, according to ESPNDallas.com.Prior to the game, Nowitzki wrote on Twitter: "Fired up for tonight. Already warmin up in my backyard. Radar gun gonna read mid 80s. Let's do this. Go Rangers." Fox broadcaster Joe Buck said Nowitzki's pitch was clocked at 67 miles per hour.
Entering Game 3, the World Series was tied at 1-game apiece.
Here's a frame-by-frame look at Nowitzki's pitching motion, in case you're interested. Images via Fox Sports.
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:15 am
By Matt Moore
It's not often we go for the "this kid who's going with this girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night, I guess it's pretty serious" kind of news around here. So take this for what's it's worth, but we thought it was entertaining enough to pass on. Last night after the meetings ended, the various NBA owners went to do what they do in New York. We're sure Mickey Arison was out hounding for the best food. Meanwhile, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com was in the same mindset as Federal Mediator George Cohen, who needed a drink. Turns out those two weren't the only guys in need of a stiff cocktail at the end of a bajillion hours of negotiating. From the New York Post:
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was out in New York on Monday night to drown his sorrows over the NBA lockout. Cuban, whose team is hanging in limbo awaiting a decision on the season, came into Southern Hospitality in Hell’s Kitchen to meet with two beautiful blondes, friends from Dallas. A spy tells us that at one point, a fan approached his table and said, “I sure hope the season starts soon, Mark,” to which Cuban raised a shot glass of whiskey and responded, “I’ll drink to that.”via Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban “drinks to” the end of the NBA lockout - NYPOST.com.
It's a great story, and plays into Cuban's "every man" image. And if reports are false that Cuban is indeed a "hawk" pushing for massive changes and taking a hard line in the negotiations, then it's easy to sympathize with the owner of the world champions who just wants to give his guys a ring. But most sources have indicated Cuban's as much on the front line trying to bring down the union's defense as anyone, which is what is holding everything up. The owners have locked out the players in their pursuit of what they feel are necessary changes to the CBA. The only real hope we have is that they keep drinking enough to forget about holding at 50/50 and ease up on systemic issues. Otherwise, if we keep drinking to end the lockout, we may have to hold the next negotiation sessions in a clinic.
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:06 pm
By Matt Moore
Mark Cuban hates tradition. He's an innovator, in a multitude of ways, and so when he won the title, there was talk about ditching rings for something out of the box. But when Mavericks players expressd concern about that (no one wants to have to lug around a championship belt everywhere, for example), it appears Cuban has resolved to find a compromise. From the Dallas Morning News:
By "careful deliberation,'' we mean it probably came after one night of partying with the players after the Miami series. Back when those things were legal.via Breaking news: Mavericks will get rings | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News.
It's nice that Cuban isn't going to embarass his players with some odd championship trinket once he and his buddies decide to start paying them again. Rings are classic and it puts those guys in the conversation when other pros are pulling out theirs. That said, we can't wait for what he does to bring something new to them. Like, for instance, we think it would be awesome if you pressed a button on them and a holographic image of highlights popped out.
Don't tell me it's not possible, Cuban's got the dough.
And hey, will they really be better than these?
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:10 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 1:20 pm
Posted by Royce Young
There will be an NBA season. You can take that to the bank. Or to the grocery store. You can take it somewhere.
But what there won't be is a first two weeks of the season. Those are canceled. Ninety-nine games... gone. Which totally sucks, but that's just the reality. Blame who you want to blame, yell about it to your cab driver, write letters to your congressperson (that's what you're supposed to do, right?), but it doesn't matter. Until the players and owners -- very rich people, mind you -- can agree on how to split up some $4 billion in revenue, we won't be seeing basketball.Two weeks could very well be the tip of the iceberg. Which would really suck. And what are we missing? Cover your eyes, diehards. It may be too much for you. Here are the 10 best games that vanished like a fart in the wind Monday night.
Bulls at Mavericks (Nov. 1)
Opening night in the NBA was going to be a real treat. It always is because we're all excited the NBA is back, but kicking things off with the Mavericks getting their rings and then taking on the MVP Derrick Rose and one of the East's best teams? Oh yes please.
It was probably going to be a great game, but just the atmosphere in Dallas as the Mavs took one last victory lap around their trophy was going to be special. Granted, it'll happen eventually, but now it's tainted. It's just not the same anymore.
Thunder at Lakers (Nov. 1)
Wrapping up opening night was young versus old with a delicious matchup of Kevin Durant versus Kobe Bryant. The Thunder and Lakers quietly have a nice little rivalry going that started in the postseason two years ago, but stepped up a bit more when Oklahoma City acquired renowned Laker-hater Kendrick Perkins. Russell Westbrook always goes full tilt against the Lakers -- especially in L.A., where he's from -- and the game's are almost always good.
Plus, this was to be our official introduction to Metta World Peace.
Heat at Knicks (Nov. 2)
It's great that this old rivalry is back to meaning something, but holy starpower Batman. Carmelo. LeBron. Bosh. Amare. Wade. Chauncey. I don't really have to give you more reason as to why this one's a bummer to miss, right?
Magic at Heat (Nov. 3)
The Magic are a curious bunch. They could be good this season. They could be average. But whatever the case, they're going to be fired up to play their neighbor from South Beach. Dwight Howard always brings his best out in big games and I'm having visions of Orlando's awesome 3-point barrage comeback right now from last season.
Mavericks at Spurs (Nov. 4)
Dirk and Tim Duncan -- how many more times will we get to see this matchup of titans? With both hitting the twilight of their careers, each time they square off, it's something precious to hold. Like the few sips of a Neapolitan shake from In-N-Out.
Thunder at Mavericks (Nov. 5)
The "REMATCH REVENGE RIVALRY" hook is a good one and definitely a top reason to be excited for this game, but it's also the type of matchup that almost guarantees a great game. Because here's the thing: If OKC blows out Dallas, Durant's giving you an awesome performance. If Dallas blows out OKC, Dirk probably dropped a ridiculously efficient line.
There would be flashbacks to their great Western Finals series and you know Russell Westbrook would be ready to try and stick it to his critics.
Hornets at Lakers (Nov. 6)
Remember how Chris Paul completely torched the Lakers in the opening round in last season's playoffs? Remember how he, and he alone, gave the Lakers a good scare?
He was probably going to do something like that again. Sad face.
Clippers at Bulls (Nov. 8)
Blake Griffin? Derrick Rose? Yeah, I like watching both of those guys play. What's that? I could've been watching them both play AT THE SAME TIME? Pretty much the NBA equivalent of having your cake and eating it too.
Spurs at Lakers (Nov. 9)
Time's running out for both these teams. Each year it feels like the Spurs will start to take a dip and then they win 60 games again. Same goes for the Lakers. These two franchises don't exactly like each other, which happens when you're always competing against the other for a trophy. Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich relish beating the Lakers and always bring their best to Staples.
Thunder at Bulls (Nov. 10)
You know how we're all talking about how the NBA's in such a good place right now, especially because of the young players who will inherit the spotlight? This is kind of the Super Bowl for that idea. Rose, Westbrook and Durant are three superstars under the age of 24 and all who have great attitudes and understand the game.
Plus, their teams are really, really good.
Too bad this game, or really, all of these 99, don't exist anymore. I'd take Timberwolves-Raptors 10 straight times at this point.
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:29 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Stephen Colbert, cable television's premier satirist, has brought his pro-corporate schtick to the NBA lockout.
After recently interviewing billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who defended his fellow owners as "kind" and "caring" people, Colbert has released a mock political advertisement vouching for the NBA owners in their ongoing labor dispute with the NBA players.
The minute-long spot features a visual of an American flag, an unemployed businessman, mice chasing cheese, and a headshot of Cuban, as Colbert reads a voiceover script.
"It's another sad day in America," Colbert says. "As the NBA lockout grinds on, depriving millions of their favorite sport. Meanwhile, the NBA players will stop at nothing to get all the cheese. With unemployment at an all-time high the players are demanding more millions."
He continues: "But the NBA owners are on your side, they're working hard to save the season so Americans don't have to watch hockey. NBA owners are job creators who send our economy soaring... And heroes like Mark Cuban are the number one employer of our nation's tiny blimp pilots. The players have missed their shot, so call your local sports radio show and yell, 'We want our NBA.'"
Here's the video clip, via IAmAGM.com, courtesy of ColbertNation.com.
Posted on: October 1, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 5:39 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
As the NBA lockout enters its fourth month, fan resentment towards millionaire players and billionaire owners unable to get a deal done continues to increase. Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade set off a firestorm this week, for example, when he said that elite players would be worth far more than they are currently paid if there was no salary cap.
Lost in that fray was one voice who was ready, willing and able to stick up for the billionaire owners. That voice belonged to Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.
Cuban joined Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's Colbert Report to defend his fellow billionaires, noting that he is "proud" to call himself a billionaire.
"We're kind, we're caring," Cuban explained. "We're the type of person that you want your daughter or son to marry. We're just down to earth people. Look at me. I'm nice."
One problem with being so rich and so nice, apparently, is that it makes you a target for gold diggers. Cuban, who has a net worth of $2.3 billion according to Forbes.com, admitted that he regularly fends off requests for donations from politicians.
"All the time. I get phone calls, emails, letter, FedEx, UPS, everything ... They see those big stacks of money all the time. I haven't given to a political campaign or politician in years."
But no amount of political begging or labor negotiating can mar the thrill of winning an NBA title for the first time.
"After 12 years now, we finally won, and it feels great," Cuban said, smiling widely. "They told me year after year, 'you're an idiot,' and here we are, champs."
Here's video of the interview via ColbertNation.com.
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