Tag:Serge Ibaka
Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:07 am

Serge Ibaka blocks Blake Griffin video

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has a "block of the year" candidate against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Posted by Ben Golliver.

It's difficult to call this the "Block of the Year" because just a few weeks ago Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee snatched a Wesley Matthews dunk attempt clean out of the air. Given the circumstances and the victim, however, what you're about to see is probably the silver medal winner.

During the fourth quarter of a Saturday night game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers, known high-flyer Blake Griffin attempted to put Thunder big man Serge Ibaka on a poster with a massive left-handed dunk attempt. Ibaka met Griffin at the apex, however, and the result was a stunning display of physicality and verticality, as Ibaka sent Griffin back cleanly, swatting the attempt with his right hand.

Here's the slow motion replay that you'll want to watch multiple times to see to believe.

That's about as Mutombo-esque as the modern NBA gets, and shortly after the play Ibaka shook his hand and gave a Mutombo finger wag. 

Despite Ibaka's highlight heroics, the Clippers held on for a 98-92 upset. Griffin finished with a game-high 26 points. Ibaka finished with three blocks.
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2011 9:25 pm

Dwyane Wade throws down dunk of the year?

Video of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade spinning and dunking over Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder wasn't going particularly smoothly for the Heat, but guard Dwyane Wade changed all that in a matter of seconds, throwing down arguably the dunk of the year.

With the Heat trailing 41-30, Wade drove past Thunder guard James Harden towards the left baseline, spun back towards the middle to beat forward Serge Ibaka's help defense and then rose high to throw down a powerful two-handed dunk over center Kendrick Perkins, drawing a foul in the process.

Wade capped off the spectacular dunk with a dance. Here's video of the play.

Here's the Heat broadcast's video courtesy of YouTube user HEATPOSTERIZED.

Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 12:09 am

On the scene at All-Star Saturday night

Posted by Royce Young

LOS ANGELES -- Buzz started building early Saturday afternoon around the Staples Center. Can Team Texas really defend its Shooting Stars title? They did not in fact, as Atlanta took it away. Quite a moment, I can assure.

But as the clock ticked down to the main event, word started pop up that Blake Griffin had big plans. And when a car started driving out onto the court, I guess we knew. Blake Griffin is going to jump a car? Then it got better. Baron Davis popped his head out of the sunroof.

Oh and on top of that, Griffin brought out a gospel choir to sing "I Believe I Can Fly" as he soared. Quite the production.

"It was actually my idea to use the car," Griffin said. "When they first came to me with the dunk contest idea, they said there was no rules. I was like, 'So I can jump over a car?' kind of playing around. He was like, 'Yeah.' And I was like, 'Oh, maybe I have to do it now.'"

With him soaring over an automoble, there had to be some concerns about safety though. Griffin said Clipper coach Vinny Del Negro called him into his office to talk about it, but Griffin said he played dumb, saying Del Negro already knew about the car stunt. But after a dress rehearsal Thursday, everyone was at ease.

The question was though, what if you didn't make the finals Blake? How could you know you'd be there? Griffin tried to coyly say he didn't, but we all knew otherwise. This contest was really over a month ago when the contestants were announced.

McGee on the other hand, busted out his big guns early on. Not having the idea he'd be in the finals, McGee dunked two basketballs on two different goals. It was... awesome. But for his final try to follow up Griffin's car dunk, McGee didn't really have a plan. He said after that he was planning on the free throw line dunk but Serge Ibaka did it before him and he didn't want to recycle it.

"My last dunk, the second dunk I did was actually supposed to me my last dunk, but Serge did a dunk similar to the one I was going to do," McGee said. "So I had to change it around just to get a high score. But definitely [Griffin] came prepared with the car, and nothing's going to beat the car unless I bring a plane out or something."

Some other notes, quotes and observations from All-Star Saturday:
  • The Skills Challenge was of course pretty much as lame as ever, however, Chris Paul did miss his opening layup, which was kind of funny. Stephen Curry won with an impressive 28.1-second run in the finals beating Russell Westbrook who notched a 30-second effort his first try, but finished out with a 44.1-second run.
  • During introductions for the 3-point contest, Ray Allen was cheered wildly, while Paul Pierce was booed loudly. Pierce soaked in the boos, gesturing that he wanted more. Sheryl Miller asked Pierce about it and he said, "I don't understand how they can boo me and not boo Ray." I didn't get it either Paul. 
  • Pierce however won the crowd over, hitting a buzzer-beating moneyball to top Dorell Wright to advance on to the finals of the 3-point contest. As soon as the shot dropped, Staples, well, clapped loudly. I don't want to say erupted, because for the most part the arena stayed comotose, but still, it was louder than most other moments.
  • Daniel Gibson started 0-9 before finally hitting a moneyball on the second rack. He finished the round with just seven points and left three balls on the final rack. You might be able to make the case that it was the worst effort ever in a 3-point contest. As John Hollinger tweeted, for a second, we were all worried he'd miss 26 in a row. 
  • Kevin Durant actually put up a worse score than Gibson, but at least finished. Then again, I guess that means he had a worse percentage. Gibson was 31.8 percent from 3, Durant was just 24 percent.
  • James Jones won the 3-point contest, beating out Ray Allen and Pierce. Here's where you make your joke about the Heat finally beating the Celtics.
  • Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in the crowd's reaction when Blake Griffin was introduced. I guess I just expected more from the hometown crowd. Then again, I think we all keep forgetting that Griffin actually plays for the Clippers, not L.A.'s other team.
  • Daryl Dawkins and DeMar DeRozan named their dunks. "East Bay Funk Remix" and "The Showstopper."
  • Serge Ibaka came out representing NBA Africa. And he pulled off a legit free throw line dunk. He got robbed with just a 45, because to this point, no one has ever done it. Dr. J tried, but had a foot over the line. Same with MJ. Ibaka had a full foot behind the stripe and finished it clean. The crowd didn't react well originally, but upon replay, definitely buzzed.
  • Important lesson learned that we already knew: If you miss your dunk on the first try, it really loses a lot of luster. JaVale McGee's double-dunk was awesome, no doubt, but watching him struggle to get it done was tough. It didn't affect the score because he got a 50, but the thing with these super difficult dunks is that they're hard to finish. High risk, high reward. Well, I guess McGee got the reward anyway, but still, those 90 seconds of awkwardness don't represent his score.
  • Blake Griffin suffered the same fate as McGee and DeRozan, missing on his first try. But actually, it kind of worked the other way for him. People got a taste of what he was doing and most everyone said, "No way!" The entire arena stood, cheering his next attempt. His missed, but nailed it on his third try. No doubt, it was an impressive finish.
  • On McGee's second dunk, he actually tossed in three basketballs. Which was insane. But his mother came out and wooed the judges, giving each a kiss on the cheek. Except for Dr. J who was last. For some reason, they kissed on the mouth. It was weird.
  • Griffin pulled out Vince Carter's "elbow dunk" and after seeing Griffin's arm after the game, I don't know if it was worth. Definitely bruised up pretty good.
  • Before Griffin's car dunk, Kenny Smith was trying to "hype" it, and accidentally blew the punch line. He said "We've seen teddy bears, we've seen cars, now you're going to see something else." Whoops.
The dunk contest is the prime event of All-Star Saturday and despite some awkward moments as players missed dunks, there's no denying it was entertaining. The anticipation was at an all-time high and the creativity of McGee, with the power of Griffin, plus DeRozan and Ibaka's vastly underrated finishes, it was a good night.

You can't dog on players too much for missing dunks. I mean, it can't be easy tossing a ball off a backboard, putting it between your legs and flushing it through a 10 foot goal. No matter how easy they might make it seem.
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 1:21 am

Blake Griffin jumps over car dunk contest video

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin jumps over a car to throw down an alley oop pass in the NBA Slam Dunk contest. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin stole the show as always, throwing down an alley oop dunk as he jumped over a car to win the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend.

Here's video of Blake Griffin's jumping over the car dunk taken live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

Griffin received the pass from teammate Baron Davis, who was inside the car.

"To be able to be out here with these guys was a lot of fun," Griffin said, as he received his Slam Dunk contest trophy.

Griffin beat Washington Wizards big man JaVale McGee, Toronto Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan and Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka. Griffin dedicated the Slam Dunk contest win to a friend who recently passed away. 
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 9:34 pm

NBA Dunk Contest LiveChat

Chat with our guys Ben Golliver and Royce Young live in L.A. for the NBA Dunk Contest. 

Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:12 am

Shootaround 2.1.11: Super Host

Posted by Royce Young
  • Serge Ibaka has seen only a handful of minutes the past two games and Scott Brooks attributed focus to being one of the reasons. But he's not in trouble Brooks says. "He's not in the doghouse. It's just, do you want him to guard LeBron James? He can't guard LeBron." Ibaka said: "Everybody in the league has a bad game sometimes. Kevin Durant is the best scorer in the world. He has a couple of bad games, too. But the next day, he's working hard for the next game. That's what I try to do, too. So we'll see."
  • Al Iannazzone of The Record: "The Nets almost had everything they wanted Monday night. Carmelo Anthony was in their building in front of a good-size and loud crowd, and they played inspired basketball. But Anthony left Prudential Center with his team afterward and flew back to Denver. If the Nets really got everything they wanted, Anthony would have driven back to his place in New Jersey. But because so many players were involved in the now dormant trade talks, they probably were happy to see Anthony leave after the Nets’ 115-99 victory in front of 14,039 fans. Yet Anthony said something that could help restart the talks when he was asked what the Nets needed to get his signature on a three-year, $65 million extension."
  • Marvin Williams says he's got no issues with Shawne Williams. "It's all good," Marvin Williams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "I have no hard feelings towards Shawne. What happened, happened. I am sure when we go to New York it will be interesting. But I had no problems with him before the game and I have no problems with him today. Like I said, some things happened throughout the game and I just finally reacted."
  • Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star: "I wouldn’t have been shocked if I walked into the locker room on Monday and saw Tyler Hansbrough wearing a muscle t-shirt that had 'I’m Free' written across the front of it. To say Hansbrough won’t miss Jim O’Brien would be an understatement. Hansbrough, like some members in the organization, didn’t care for O’Brien constantly tinkering with his rotation."
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:43 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 12:51 am

DeRozan to replace Jennings in NBA Dunk Contest

DeMar DeRozan will reportedly replace Brandon Jennings in the 2011 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest, as Jennings will be scratched due to injury. Posted by Bendemar-derozan-dunk Golliver. 

Back in December, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings suffered a foot fracture that required surgery. So it was a bit of a surprise when, in early January, Jennings was named one of four participants in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, along with Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee and Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday night that Jennings will be a scratch due to his injury and that he will be replaced by Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan.
The N.B.A. will add DeMar DeRozan to the slam dunk competition, which will be held during All-Star weekend. He will assume the spot vacated by Brandon Jennings, who is returning from a fractured left foot. DeRozan’s selection is expected to be announced on Thursday.
When news of the Dunk Contest participants broke a few weeks ago, DeRozan tweeted, "Dang! I'm not in the dunk contest this year?" Apparently, wishes really do come true sometimes.

DeRozan is your prototypical slam dunk contest participant, an explosive-leaping, high-flying, hard-finishing athletic wing. He finished second in the 2010 NBA dunk contest, losing to Nate Robinson, then of the New York Knicks and now of the Boston Celtics.

In the final round of last year's contest, DeRozan caught and finished an alleyoop one-handed while jumping over a teammate.  He also took off from near the free throw line and threw down with two hands. 

Here's a look at the tape, via YouTube user melo15jr5.

The 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend will be held in Los Angeles, California, and both Jennings and DeRozan are local products, hailing from Compton.

For more on the other contest participants, click here for a full analysis.
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:37 pm

JaVale McGee might be a pretty good contest bet

Posted by Royce Young

Blake Griffin is the clear favorite in this year's dunk contest. Everyone knows that. He has the hype, the big name, the homecourt advanatage and the ability. Everyone assumes he's going to walk easily to the crown.

In fact, he's a pretty big favorite. According to the betting site Bodog, Griffin is a 1/2 favorite to win the dunk contest. Brandon Jennings, who some have questioned even being in the contest, is next at 5/2. JaVale McGee is at 5/1 and Serge Ibaka is the longshot at 7/1.

But check out JaVale McGee practicing for the contest via CSN Washington. In one dunk, he folds a piece of paper and puts it in the net, jumps and bites it out of the net and dunks. Not bad. With his length, size and ability, surely McGee is going to have something good in store. So at 5/1, he might be the best bet out there.

The key to being successful is being quirky and clever without being corny and overly proppy. Blowing out a candle on a cupcake? Clever. Coming out of a phone booth in a cape? Corny.

The line isn't very wide between the two, but something like a piece of paper in the net is pretty good. It accomplishes what you want. It shows just how high you can jump, how skilled you are and how creative you can be. Turn that paper into something better ($100 bill? A replica of the new CBA? An autographed picture of David Stern?) and you've really got something good.

Each player is going to have a "dunk coach" which I guess it supposed to help them come up with ideas. Griffin has Kenny Smith working with him, McGee has Chris Webber, Jennings gets former great dunker Daryl Dawkins and Ibaka has teammate Kevin Durant helping him. Smith said last night on TNT that Griffin will have at least one prop dunk for the contest. Let's hope it's more clever and not corner.
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