We had almost given up on an NBA Christmas advert, but now it's here!
This year's advert is based around the idea of #NoGifts - you get nothing for free on the court, you've got to go out there and earn it.
The ad spot features NBA stars Steph Curry, Pau Gasol, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving, showing off some of their skills.
All of these players are going to be in action on Christmas Day as part of the special NBA Christmas schedule.
The Christmas Day schedule looks like this:
- 25th Dec - 5pm - Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks
- 25th Dec - 7:30pm - Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs
- 25th Dec - 10pm - Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami Heat
- 26th Dec - 1am - LA Lakers vs Chicago Bulls
- 26th Dec - 3:30am - Golden State Warriors vs LA Clippers
Evan Tuner doesn't exactly come across as the most likeable guy under normal circumstances, but he just took things to a whole new level while speaking with reporters, after he returned to Philadelphia with the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics beat the Sixers by a comfortable 105 - 87 on Monday night, and Sixers fans had very little love for Turner, who was drafted second overall by Philly in 2010.
Turner was traded to the Indiana Pacers during the 2013-14 season, before making the move to Boston. As a Celtic, he had 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals against Philly, and he was emphatically booed every time he got the ball.
It was after the game, when Turner was talking to reporters about his reception, that things took a biblical turn, as he equated himself to Jesus. Erm, talk about letting your ego get the better of you.
This is how it went down:
Turner said; “Before the game I signed like 100,000 autographs, I’m kissing babies and what not and all that stuff,” quipped Turner. “I’m getting my hand kissed by people; I got little girls come up to me fainting.”
“Once the game started, it was like, ‘what the hell is going on?’” Turner said about the booing. “I was like, ‘this is weird. Did they take all the good people out?”
“I don’t worry about it anymore. I don’t want to sound super weird, but Jesus was hated too. At the end of the day, I just worry about the stuff that’s important. If it makes you happy to boo me, go ahead."
We're a bit of a sucker for NBA Christmas adverts. Last year's Jingle Hoops got many a play around the Basketball Megastore HQ, as did 2012's BIG Colour advert featuring players bouncing basketballs along to Carol of the Bells.
We've waited, and waited, and waited this year for something similar to come along, aaannd we're still waiting.
The closest thing to come out of the NBA in terms of a Christmas advert, sees Washington's John Wall team up with actor Liam Neeson, to advertise the Christmas day NBA match-up between Wall's Wizards and the New York Knicks.
With the third installment of Neeson's Taken franchise also due out in cinemas at the start of January, it also seemed the perfect opportunity to get a Taken parody up on the screens.
In the advert, Neeson calls Wall and warns him that the team he supports "has a very particular set of skills, skills they've acquired over a fearless career." (We must warn you at this point that he's talking about the New York Knicks, so we know not to take him seriously at all!)
Neeson continues to warn Wall that the Knicks are going to unleash their skills on him and his team on Christmas day, so he better be ready.
Wall nonchalantly takes Neeson's warnings in his stride, and after listening to the Taken-like rant, wishes Neeson good luck.
With the form that Wall has been in of late, he'll be taking down the Knicks the way that Neeson takes down bad guys in a Taken movie. Bring on the Christmas day showdowns!
Kobe Bryant last night passed Michael Jordan and into third place on the all-time scoring list, in the Lakers' 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bryant, now in his 19th NBA season, entered the game against the Wolves needing 9 points to pass the GOAT, Michael Jordan. It wan't long before Kobe reached that target, as he made two free throw with 5.24 remaining in the 2nd quarter. By the end of the game, Kobe had racked up 26 points, taking him to a total of 32,310 career points.
Michael Jordan praised Bryant's achievement, where he said in a statement after the game, ''I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone...He's obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.''
Now only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) have more points that Kobe Bryant. but they are still quite a distance away.
Check out the video below of Kobe passing MJ on the all-time scoring list.
The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that their star center, DeMarcus 'Boogie' Cousins, has viral meningitis, which they said could keep him out for 7-10 days.
But various sources are saying that the timetable for his return is optimistic, and that he might not be back playing for the Kings until early after the New Year.
The Californian based team, currently sit 9th in the Western Conference standings, with a 11-10 record. If they are to make the playoff this year they will need their big man back as soon as possible.
In Boogie's absence from the team, the Kings have a 2-4 record after beating the Utah Jazz last night, 101-92.
This season Cousins is averaging career highs of 23.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge are currently stateside, and yesterday they dropped by the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn to enjoy an NBA game as part of their visit to New York city.
The royal pair were in New York to meet NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, to celebrate the partnership between the Royal Foundation and the NBA, in raising awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation.
With NBA royalty, in the form of LeBron James, in town, the Royals made their way to courtside seats early in the second half of the Brooklyn Nets game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Love just so happened to be shooting free throws when they arrived, as fans stood and roared the house down. After the third quarter, Jay Z and Beyonce, who were sat opposite were introduced to the pair.
The Cavs would go on to beat the Nets, 110 - 88, with 'King' James himself having racked up 18 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Dion Waiters led all scorers with 26, while Kevin Love had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs.
Speaking after the game, LeBron James said it was "an honour" to have the Duke and Dutchess in the crowd to watch him play. James also took the time to present the royal pair with Cleveland jerseys while meeting them after the game. One jersey had 'Cambridge' on the back, while a smaller one was presented for little Prince George.
Kate and William continued their tour of New York today, visiting places like the CityKids Foundation to learn about their work on positive youth development in the city, while the NBA got back to normal.
It's Monday morning, so it's understandable if you're struggling for that motivation to get your week underway in a successful manner.
If you are struggling today, give this video a watch, and Kid President will pep talk you into action! It certainly worked for us at the Basketball Megastore HQ!
This kid will give you a fresh new perspective and encourage us all to keep chasing our dream.
Check it out, and imagine what it would have been like if Michael Jordan had quit, and never made it to the NBA.
Tonight, Kevin Durant, the reigning league MVP, will make his 2014-15 NBA season debut. Durant has missed the start of the NBA season due to a foot fracture that he picked up in pre-season.
He has reportedly taken part in a full week of practice with the team ahead of tonights matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Thunder have struggled so far this season, having had a lot of injury issues and been missing their two star players in Durant and Russell Westbrook.They currently sit 12th in the Western Conference, with a 5-12 record. Their opponents tonight, the Pelicans, are 11th in the Western Conference with a 7-8 record.
Anthony Davis has been lightening it up for the Pelicans, leading the league in blocks and all round showing that he might just be an MVP candidate in the not to distant future.
It'll be great to see Durant get back on the court, and even better to see him in a quality match up with Davis.
The Thunder just got Westbrook back last Friday, where he went off for 32 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play in a blowout over the New York Knicks, so Thunder fans are likely to be over the moon to have both of their stars back on the court tonight.
Adidas and the NBA have unveiled the 2015 All-Star kits that we'll see some of our favourite players suit up in over the All-Star weekend in New York next year.
Adidas have gone for a seriously toned down, simple, classic look for these kits, with clear influences from New York basketball history.
Adidas' Director of NBA Partnership, David Cho said of the designs; “Because there’s so much history and culture of New York City basketball, that’s where we wanted to start…and then we overlaid New York and style. The lack of a word mark actually harkens back to the early 20th century—what’s known as the Black Fives era—when uniforms were incredibly simple. We wanted to go back to that timeless, very simple, classic look.”
The Eastern Conference All-Stars will play in a neat white kit that features a large number to the front, and a thin red, white and blue trim around the neck and arm holes. The Western All-Stars will play in a black colourway, which is a move away from the more typical red versus blue colourway of past all star games.
On the back of each jersey, Adidas have taken a lead from the NBA Christmas jerseys, which will feature each players first name, and gone a step further to have the players full name on the shirt. Their first name will be above the number, and their second name below the number.
The herringbone design of the shirts is a nod to the floor at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, which the numbers are taken from the Knicks jersey design.
A really nice feature of the kits is a set of 5 stars that run down the side of the jersey and the shorts. Each star has a different design and represents a different New York Borough.
In a press release, each star was described as follows:
Queens: a pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park.
Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters.
Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city
The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City
Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighbourhoods of the city’s most populous borough.
Aside from the kits, the design translates nicely over to the warmup tracksuit and simple warmup shirt, which will feature emblems for each players achievements, such as Championships and All-Star game appearances.
Denver Nuggets center and Shaqtin' a fool regular, JaVale McGee, is never too far away from doing something crazy.
In the Nuggets' last game against the New Orleans Pelicans, McGee chased down a loose ball and ended up in the from row of the courtside seats. He landed in the lap of an elderly female fan, who he then gave a cheeky kiss too, before then running back on defense.
Check out the video below of the whole thing: