Having fun and eating giant meals are two of my all-time favorite things, so you can imagine how much fun I had a Game 5 of the 2014 Finals. And if you can’t imagine, just watch the videos.
Been wondering where Manu Ginobili got those exploding shoes or how excited everyone was when Matt Bonner switched from New Balance to adidas? Lucky for you, I got inside the Spurs’ locker room and got the scoop.
OK, this is just weird. Well, the first time it happened, during last season, it was weird.
So if the first time was weird, that makes the fact that it happened a second time completely befuddling. How do you fake a free throw? How does it happen twice? And how can one man be responsible for both fakes? It’s almost incomprehensible, so if you have an explanation, please let me know.
As much as I was a fan of the Manu Ginobili-Boris Diaw covert dunk contest, after seeing Ginobili tweak a hamstring throwing down a quality one-hander, maybe they should call it off. The Spurs are injured enough as it is — they can’t risk another injury by having these old guys dunk all over the place.
You know how it is — you get a little older, but still feel great and think you can do the same stuff you used to be able to, only when you do it, your body explodes. That’s basically how I feel every morning, and that’s without gunning for another NBA title at age 36.
So maybe there should be a dunking license, where you have to pass a series of tests in order to still be allowed to dunk. I know that sounds extreme, but I just want the Spurs as healthy as possible during the playoffs. If you have a better idea, leave it in the comments.
(via Eye On Basketball)
Considering I’m dumbfounded that I am writing something about the San Antonio Spurs dunking, I can’t imagine how you, the reader, must feel seeing a headline touting anything about those notoriously ground-bound fuddy-duddies throwing it down. I’m guessing it’s probably a combination of disbelief, outright confusion and possibly even anger that I would lie to you like this. “The Spurs don’t dunk,” you might be thinking, “so whatever this is must be made-up.”
But no, dear reader, that is not the case — what you are about to read is 100 percent truth. From Spurs Nation:
Boris Diaw is a gambling man.
He bet Patty Mills last summer that the once-chubby Australia couldn’t drop his body fact percentage under a certain threshold. (Hilariously, Big Boris did not participate in the competition himself.)
Now he and Manu Ginobili are resuming their annual competition to see who can finish with the most dunks. After a 5-5 tie last season, Ginobili holds a solid 8-4 lead with 47 games to go.
These are the kind of things that make NBA basketball the best. First off, Boris Diaw challenging someone to a weight loss competition is funny enough, but the fact that he didn’t actually enter the contest himself is even better. I guess he is more of a dreamer than a doer. We all have our strengths.
And apparently, hilarious wagers is one of his, because the running dunk tally he has going on with Manu Ginobili is just another case of the “super boring, no personality” Spurs having a ton of behind-the-scenes personality/laughs. Because just like when Jared Dudley was in the midst of his 10 dunks in a season challenge, there are few things as exciting as seeing a non-dunker dunk, especially when you know they’re really gunning for it because they’re in a competition with their teammates. It’s basketball’s version of the fat guy touchdown, and while it’s not quite as good as those rumbler-bumblers, it’s still always worth a laugh.
As for the challenge itself, I’d set Ginobili as a 1,000-1 favorite at this point. Not only has he already doubled up Bobo this quickly, he’s nearly doubled his season total from a year ago. Those legs are working right this year, so barring injury, he’s an easy frontrunner in this race. But who knows? All it takes is one Manu injury and a sudden and completely unprecedented uptick in athleticism and Boris Diaw is taking home a dunk championship, which is literally a string of words I never thought I’d type in that order.
If for some reason you are not a fan of basketball, All-Star Weekend and indie rock bands, then you can just switch the dial right now, because I guarantee you will not care about this. If you are a fan of all three of those things, however, then this post is going to be quite the treat.
OK, now that all of us basketball/All-Star Weekend/indie rock fans are hanging out and being cool while listening to vinyl records together, let’s get down to brass tacks, because this is some pretty awesome news. From a press release by Bonner’s Rock On Foundation:
Critically acclaimed indie rockers, The Walkmen, will be getting together once for this special occasion. “We thought it might take a lifetime to get us back together–til the Alt-Star Party gave us the nod. How could we stay on the bench? We’re coming 110%. Full-court press. Man to man. Rock n Roll, Pick n Roll,” said Hamilton Leithauser, front man of The Walkmen.
Additionally, the event will boast a performance from Grammy-nominated Cajun-style rockers, Lost Bayou Ramblers, a DJ Set from Chris Tomson of Grammy-nominated Vampire Weekend, and other surprises. Proceeds from the event support Rock On Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage people to rock the things they love—whether that’s sports, arts, or academics.
Great news, fans of The Walkmen! Your favorite band, who just announced in November that they were going on an “extreme hiatus” and that they “have no future plans whatsoever,” will be back for a one-time-only performance. This is legitimately big news and also legitimately great news, as The Walkmen are an excellent live band that really shreds.
So yeah, Matt Bonner used his party promoting skills — as he put it in the press release, “Look out, Diddy” — to somehow reunite a band that just a couple months ago didn’t want to see each other. That, my friends, is impressive. It’s just too bad he didn’t use his powers on The White Stripes. Between the black uniforms, white skin and red hair, I think they might have went for it.
— James Goldstein (@jamesfgoldstein) December 16, 2013
Whoa. So meta. Plus, if you look closely, you can see that the little Jimmy Goldstein on Danny Green’s t-shirt is wearing a t-shirt of Danny Green wearing a Jimmy Goldstein t-shirt.
No, not really. Don’t strain your eyes. One “Inception”-y t-shirt joke is enough. Two is overkill and you might get stuck in limbo, having to play tops for the rest of your days. No thanks.
(via Nick De Paula)