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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, no stranger to bizarre Vine videos, recently uploaded a couple of videos where he demonstrates how white people act in clubs. Yeah.
No word on whether or not Drummond was inspired by hackneyed stand-up routines from the 1980s, but the videos certainly are a nod to that bygone era where this kind of material was mined for comedic effect.
The NBA has begun to frequently employ the technological wonder that is the Phantom Camera to highlight amazing plays by the league’s highly skilled players. Look at the NBA’s YouTube page and check out all the videos that have titles beginning with “Phantom.”
Obviously, I do not understand the science behind the Phantom Cam, nor do I aspire to attempt to comprehend it. All I need to know is it is a camera that records fast-paced video in nearly stupefying, crystal clear slo-mo.
And it’s no surprise nor can we blame the NBA for using Phantom Cams footage. The video is routinely awe-inspiring and always compelling.
Take the Phantom video footage of LeBron James’ incredible block on George Hill from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. It turns an already-brilliant play into a visual masterpiece that captures the freakish athleticism, all-world talent and mind-blowing skill of LeBron James, all in one play displayed in super, super slow-motion.
A video that has been making its way around the ‘webs since Tuesday evening features a woman falling to the court in joy after watching Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson hit a third-quarter buzzer beater against the Miami Heat.
While certainly an impressive play and it could be argued it had something of a substantial impact upon the outcome of the game — which the Pacers won 99-92 to even up the series at two games apiece — it was only a made shot to close out the end of a quarter, not the game. Further, it was a three-pointer, not a half-court shot, three-quarter shot, desperation heave, etc.
Still, the Pacers fans packing the Bankers Life Fieldhouse erupted in ecstatic celebration, namely one woman in particular, who appears to be so moved by the moment she collapses, like she’s a teenager in the 1960s who just saw Paul McCartney, um, make a huge bucket on the Ed Sullivan Show or something.
The previously unidentified woman in question undoubtedly was going to enjoy her fair share of Internet infamy, albeit anonymously if her identity had never been revealed. But if some emerging reports are accurate, it turns out that this gal is something of a mover and shaker at Pacers games, given the fact that she’s allegedly the daughter of Pacers owner Herb Simon.
The release of Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace’s highly anticipated children’s book finally happened on May 20. The book, entitled, Metta’s Bedtime Stories, retails for $12.95 with some of the proceeds benefiting the NBA star’s charity, Xcel University.
But perhaps the most compelling aspect of Metta World Peace’s children’s book above and beyond the head-scratching nature behind the realization that Metta World Peace wrote a children’s book is the cover of the storybook.
There’s no way around it: It’s kind of disturbing. A more close-up image of the cover follows.
It’s not quite yet an Olympic sport, but during Game 4 of the arguably competitive Eastern Conference Finals series between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, LeBron James and David West executed what may be the finest example of Synchronized Flopping ever attempted by two players during an NBA game.
It was an artful, flawless and mesmerizing display of flopping synchronicity, the way in which the two perfectly timed their respective part in the performance, mimicking the movements of the other brilliantly.
Sure, how the San Antonio Spurs handled the Memphis Grizzlies with relative ease, completing a four-game sweep of the team’s Western Conference Finals foe on Monday, winning 93-86, may be the prevailing story about Tim Duncan and company on Tuesday, but this video featuring Tim Duncan toweling off entitled, “Tim Duncan Realizing He Has Arms” may be the funniest, if not most revealing, development from Monday night’s game.
Watch how Duncan appears befuddled by the sudden appearance of two strange appendages coming out of his upper torso by all indications given Duncan’s reactions, somehow seemingly eluded his awareness up until this exact moment.
In case you missed it, Memphis Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen executed a flop for the ages late in the 4th quarter during his team’s Tuesday night tilt against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the teams’ semifinal series. Allen’s brilliant acting job elicited a flagrant foul call on Manu Ginobili, a key play that had a huge impact on the game and effectively helped the Grizz take the Spurs to overtime before ultimately losing.
Allen has been criticized for his acting display on the play, primarily for how he rolled about on the ground grabbing his head as if it had struck the hardwood when in fact it did not.
And now, thanks to the video wizardry of a Scott Johnson, Allen’s thespian tendencies have received their due lampoonery courtesy of a brilliant GIF.
For some ungodly reason, McDonald’s enlisted the services of everybody’s favorite (?) bloviating sports analyst, Stephen A. Smith, for a new commercial in which he hoots and hollers and goes all-Stephen A. Smith about the Miami Heat’s LeBron James and his supposed love for Chicken McNuggets. Doesn’t McDonald’s realize that by allowing Stephen A. Smith to do this commercial only encourages him to continue his antics?
On Wednesday, speculation was rampant on the Internet that photos posted by Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant to his Instagram account of the finishing touches to his massive back tattoo appeared to reveal that a Bible verse tattooed on his back contained a misspelled word.
Durant, perhaps sensing a disturbance in the force that binds all men to their body ink — or just noticed folks were discussing it on the interwebs — uploaded a close-up photo of the tattoo in question that appears to unequivocally prove that the word “mature” in the verse from James 1:2-4 is fact spelled correctly.
If it wasn’t bad enough that the Indiana Pacers were on the wrong end of a heartbreaking overtime loss in the team’s Game 1 showdown with the Miami Heat on Wednesday, two of its players probably felt compelled to seek out the comforts of a bag of ice with to apply to their respective battered midsections in the locker room afterward.
Both David West and Roy Hibbert drew fouls during the loss that were offensive both literally and figuratively, each taking a shot to the crotchal region. You could say that both took one for the team, so long as the “one” refers to a painful blow to the groin area.