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:
Anthony Davis showed a whole lot of potential in his rookie season last year, and now, as a sophomore in the NBA, he's showing his true leadership potential in New Orleans.
Last night, Davis had a career-high 43 points to help his New Orleans Pelicans beat the Utah Jazz 106 - 94. He had 14 rebounds on top of that to help round out some pretty impressive stats to start this season.
Right now, Davis leads the league in blocks per game, at 3.2. He is second in the league in scoring, with an average of 26.3 points per game - just behind Kobe Bryants league leading 26.7 ppg. Davis is 3rd in the league in steals, with 2.2 and is 6th in rebounds per game, with 11.4.
For a guy who's just 21 years old, being up there in any stat category would be pretty decent, but Davis is getting it done right across the board.
The win versus the Jazz last night but the Pelicans at 7-5 on the season. Davis shot 16-23 from the field, and 11-12 from the free throw line to rack up his 43 points. Jrue Holiday added 19 points and 8 assists for the Pelicans, while Davis spoke highly of his team as a whole for helping him to put in a great performance.
"All of our guards did a great job of finding me and making sure I got the ball in my sweet spot," Davis said. Then it was my job to knock them down. It was a testament to my team. They know I try to get going early, so they give me the ball - knowing they're going to have a lot of shots during the course of the game."
Gordan Hayward was back on form for the Jazz, with 31 points and 8 rebounds, while Trey Burke had 20 points. Derrick Favors had his 5th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but the Jazz were unable to chase down the Pelicans.
The Jazz got within 5 going into the 4th quarter at 77 - 72, but the Pelicans came out blazing on a 10-2 run to take the score to 87-74 in their favour, with 9:28 left to play, to pretty much seal the game.
We're not quite ready to jump on the MVP bandwagon for Davis (although never say never) but he's turning into one helluva player, and making the Pelicans a good team to watch this season.
Check out the highlights from last nights game:
The BBL's Cheshire Phoenix is making headlines this morning, after signing the world's tallest basketball player, Paul Sturgess.
At a staggering 7ft 8ins tall, Sturgess is the second tallest living Englishman, and he's definitely been putting his height to good use over the past few years.
Sturgess got the nickname 'Tiny' during a two year spell with the famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, where his signature trick was the 'no jump dunk' - see the video below!
Prior to his stretch with the Globetrotters, Tiny played college basketball in the US at Mountain State University in West Virginia, and post-Globetrotters he was drafted to the NBA D-League side, Springfield Armour. He was later traded to another D-League side, the Texas Legends, before heading home to the UK.
In joining the Cheshire Phoenix, Sturgess is bound to make a big impact one way or another, and no one is more confident of that than Phoenix Chairman, Andrew Donaldson; "We don’t just want to win, we want to entertain! Paul will help us do both and will make a HUGE difference to our on-court offer whilst proving to be an inspiration off the court in the community."
Sturgess is also looking forward to seeing some court action on his home soil, saying “I am looking forward to joining the team. I have been enjoying my time back at home in England and for the chance to play in the BBL whilst I am here is something I will relish. I am excited to join my new team mates and hope to fulfil whatever role is given to me!”
I'm sure Cheshire fans will be looking forward to seeing the big man take to the court, and we'll definitely be looking to check out his game when he makes his way to Newcastle to play the Eagles.
The NBA has announced that the Christmas Day jerseys are to feature the first names of the players on the back.
For instance Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls will have 'Derrick' and his number on the back of the jersey.
All 10 teams that are playing on Christmas day will wear the new jerseys. Check them out below:
If you're looking forward to the games on Christmas Day as much as we are, check the schedule out below.
Christmas Day Schedule (Times are in ET)
Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks (12pm)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs (2.30pm)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami Heat (5pm)
Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls (8pm)
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers (10.30pm)
The Chicago Bulls might have lost to the indiana Pacers last night, but Pau Gasol still had something to proud.
With his first assist of the game, Gasol became only the 6th ever player in NBA history to have at least 16,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks.
Gasol had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocks in the game last night, as the Bulls came up short by 90 - 99 against the Pacers.
The Bulls were once again without their star player Derrick Rose after he strained his hamstring on Thursday night, but it was great to see Jimmy Butler stepping things up and scoring a career high 32 points.
There might have been a few niggles in the Cleveland Cavaliers camp to start the season, but they were firing on all cylinders last night as they beat the Atlanta Hawks 127-94, while breaking a few records.
The Cavs came out and made their first 11 3-point attempts, including going 9 for 9 in the first quarter.
LeBron James went 3/3, Shawn Marion was 1/1, Kevin Love was 2/2, Dion Waiters was 1/1 and rookie, Joe Harris, was 2/2 from the 3 point mark.
The Cavaliers first quarter performance was a new NBA record, as they became the first team to go 9 for 9 behind the arc in a single quarter.
Things wouldn't stop there for the Cavs though, LeBron and co. would continue to push. By the end of the game they had set a new Cavaliers team record, having gone 19 - 31 from 3-point land, and those 19 makes are a league season high.
The Hawks were outscored 41-25 in the first quarter, then 30 - 18 in the second quarter as the Cavs made an effort to come into the game blazing.
Speaking about the game James said; "Coming off a back-to-back I didn't want us to have a slow start. I feel like the guys feed off my energy and I wanted to go out and be aggressive and see where it takes us. It got us to a huge lead."
James had a game high 32 points, to go with 7 assist and 6 rebounds. Irving followed behind with 20 points and 5 assists, Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Love had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Paul Millsap was the high scorer for the Hawks, with 6 points to go with 7 rebounds. Al Horford had 12 points and 4 rebounds, while Kyle Korver struggled along with just 1 assist on the stat sheet.
The Cavs out-rebounded the Hawks 47 - 37, and had 39 assists to the Hawk's 26 in the game. The loss for the Hawks breaks a 4 game win streak, while it marks the Cavs 4th straight win.
The Hawks will face the struggling Lakers next, while the Cavs will host Denver on Monday night. While we wait for that, check out the Cavs performance.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking like they're in real trouble after losing another player to injury last night while playing the Toronto Raptors.
The Thunder began the game with 8 players, but were left with just 6 available players after less than a minute into the second half. Perry Jones left the game after banging his right knee and couldn't return. Later in the game, Sebastian Telfair was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul after hitting Toronto's Tyler Hansbrough in the face.
OKC's Reggie Jackson said of the situation, "It feels like a nightmare and I'm ready to wake up."
The Thunder have already lost their star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to injury, along with Mitch McGary, Grant Jerrett, Anthony Morrow, Jeremy Lamb and Andre Roberson.
At 1-4 the team are off to their worst start since they went 1-15 at the beginning of the 2008-09 season, which makes the injuries all that harder to take.
Speaking about the run of injuries, Serge Ibaka could only say; "It was like 'Man, what is going on here?'".
Ibaka stepped up for the Thunder with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Jackson, in just his second game back for OKC, added 13 points and a career-high 14 assists. Steven Adams added 10 points and 6 rebounds, but both him and Ibaka ended up in foul trouble with 5 apiece.
Head Coach, Scott Brooks tried to rally to troops saying "You've still got to play…It's a five-on-five game and we still have five."
The Thunder will be seeing whether they can turn things around on Friday night, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City.
This snippet of video from the Sacramento Kings playing the Denver Nuggets last night looks like something from a comedy film, rather than a genuine moment in an actual NBA game.
This might well be the first ever triple flop in the NBA. Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins surround Kenneth Faried, and all three of them flail and fall over like they've ran into a wall.
Somehow, Faried was given a foul on the play despite how blatant the whole thing is. Let's hope we don't have to look at too many more multi-flopping incidents this season.
The Kings beat the Nuggets 110 - 105 on the night.
Check it out the triple flop below:
Competition time! We've teamed up with North East-based Click in History Photography and The Lens Gallery to offer you the chance to win this 8 x 10" photographic print, of a much loved local basketball court, by photographer Richard Oakland .
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As the New York Knicks racked up a 96 - 93 win against the Charlotte Hornets last night, Carmelo Anthony had a little extra to be happy about as he joined the NBA's 20,000 points club.
Carmelo went into the game with 19,997 career points, and he sent that to 19,999 after hitting the first basketball of the game at Madison Square Garden to put the Knicks up 2-0.
With 7:42 left in the first quarter, Anthony was open on the wing for a 3-pointer which pushed him into the 20,000 club, becoming the 40th player to reach that point in the career.
Melo is the 6th youngest player to reach that bracket, and joins 8 current NBA players in that points bracket:
|All Time Rank
Melo finished with 28 points in the game, and got the go-ahead basketball towards the end of the game to put the Knicks ahead. He also hit a final free throw in the game put the Knicks up by 3 for the win.