Shaqtin' a Fool is definitely something that we tune into every week, to see what crazy business we might have missed in the NBA over the past 7 days.
With JaVale McGee (aka the Vice President of Shaqtin' A Fool) out injured, anyone familiar with Shaq's comedy run-down might have started to worry that there wouldn't be enough of the right calibre stuff out there for the show, but fear not.
This week's episode shows that no-one is safe, not even the high and mighty LeBron James!
Check out some bad jump shots, worse hook shots, crazy passing, missed layups and hilarious alley-oop attempts.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were due to play the San Antonio Spurs last night in Mexico, as part of the NBA's global games program, but the game had to be cancelled due to the arena filling with smoke.
The arena had to be evacuated around 45 minutes before the game was due to start, after a generator malfunction caused the arena to fill with smoke.
At the time, the players were out warming up on court, but fans had not yet been allowed into the arena.
During that warmup, lights started to go out around the arena, and the smoke started to filter in. Visibility on the court started to get bad quite quickly. Spurs TV analyst, Sean Elliot said; "I thought they were practicing fireworks. A lot of teams do that before introductions. But then the smoke just kept creeping and it wasn't white smoke. It was like a brown dark smoke and it started taking over the whole court. It was surprising."
The game was to be the first regular season NBA game to have been played in Mexico City since December 1997 when the Houston Rockets took on the Dallas Mavericks.
The teams were evacuated from the arena still wearing their practice gear. Manu Ginobili of the Spurs, said that the locker rooms were also full of smoke.
NBA fans in Mexico City will be disappointed to have not gotten to see the game, especially as the game will now be rearranged to be played in Minnesota.
UK fans will be hoping for a smoother NBA experience when the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks are in London to play at the O2 Arena in January.
I think we all know that Kobe Bryant doesn't like being beaten. I can imagine that stretches to just about everything in his life.
Turkish Airlines have also picked up on this trait, as their latest advert shows Kobe going up against football star Lionel Messi, in a bid to post the best selfie picture.
In the spirit of anything you can do, I can do better, check out the advert:
Last night, the Orlando Magic were in Philadelphia to take on the 76ers, in what would become a duel of the two rookies; Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo.
The game was a double overtime affair, in which Carter-Williams rallied for the Sixers, and Oladipo kept the Magic in it, right up until the end of the 2nd OT, when the Sixers finally took the win by a single point.
The pair made history with their efforts, making this the first ever game that two opposing rookies have each had a triple-double.
Carter-Williams had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Oladipo had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Both of these teams, and the rookies themselves, have been proving critics wrong this season, after near enough being written off before the season had even begun, especially in the Sixers' case, so it's great to be able to see rookies not only getting in on the action, but really lifting their respective teams.
When talking to the press after the contest, Carter-Williams said of the match-up with Oladipo; "Clearly, there's a competitive side to it but this is a team game. It's not me versus Oladipo. It's Sixers versus Orlando."
Despite his team-centric talk, the rivalry between these two players should be good all season. The next time they face each other will on 26th February in Philly, then in Orlando on 2nd March.
We'll definitely be looking forward to seeing what these rookies can achieve this season.
Check out the highlights from last nights game:
The San Antonio Spurs are a team that rarely get a mention when it comes to NBA hype, but they're always out there grinding, getting wins and being consistently great as a team.
Right now their season record stands at 15-3, and that's with Tim Duncan having a slow start to the season. Well, slow until last night!
Duncan, who is now 37, had been putting up just 11 points and 7 rebounds a game this season, after coming off an average of 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds last year. He looked like he was starting to show his age, missing easy lay-ups and put backs, and being slow on the defensive rotation, but last night he shut his critics up.
At 37 years and 221 days old, Duncan became the oldest ever NBA player to post a 20-20 game, with 23 points and 21 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks. If that wasn't enough, he also knocked down the game winning shot for the Spurs.
Last night's game was Duncan's 22nd 20-20 game of his career. Impressively, he had a double-double in the second half alone, with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
It's great to see Duncan fighting it out and still putting up numbers. He's an NBA Hall of Famer for sure.
Check out the game highlights from last night, including Duncan's game winner:
If you're not familiar with Trick Shot Titus, then where have you been! This little guy has been shooting the basketball better than Shaq practically since he was born.
Earlier in the year, his video of basketball trick shots got him a lot of attention, that landed him on shows like Jimmy Kimmel, where he would shoot hoops vs the likes of Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace and Shaq, and he would win.
Titus has grown up a little bit now, reaching the grand old age of….2. Yes, that's right, he's still only 2 years old.
He's just brought out a new Trick Shot Titus video showing off some of his new moves, including sinking shots while on the move, pinging the ball of various walls and dropping shots off the 7th floor of a building.
Perhaps most impressive though, are the appearances of Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper in this kids home movie.
Check it out:
Anthony Davis has been having a great start to the season, and really shining for the Pelicans, but last night against the New York Knicks, he broke his left hand, putting him out for an undetermined amount of time.
Davis is currently joint top in the league for blocks per game, matching Roy Hibbert for 3.6. (Hibbert is just out ahead of Davis in terms of total blocks for the season, with 61 to Davis' 58.)
Davis left the game against the Knicks in the first quarter having had 7 points and 4 rebounds before his exit.
The Pelicans have called the injury a 'non-displaced fracture', and they're unable to give a fixed return date at the moment.
Overall, Davis has been averaging 19.6 points per game, on 50.2 percent shooting, 10.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals to go with his 3.6 blocks. The New Orleans Pelicans are definitely going to miss him while he's out.
In last night's game, the Pelican's handed the Knicks their 7th straight home loss, landing them at 3 - 13 overall. The Pelicans improved to 8 - 8 on the season, thanks to a great performance from Ryan Anderson, who came into the game and dropped 31 points, including 7 3-pointers to help defeat the Knicks.
The Pelicans are in action tonight, against the Chicago Bulls, who are also missing their star player in Derrick Rose.
Earlier in the week we were treated to the good news that at least one sports network in the UK was going to take an interest in the NBA this season, and arrange to show live NBA games on UK TV.
BT Sport announced that they have signed a multi-year deal with the NBA to show numerous live games in a week, plus highlight shows, and magazine type programming. Programming starts on the 1st December.
Here's the run down of the NBA TV schedule for the first week that NBA games are going to be shown on NBA TV.
BT Sport 1 HD
- Tuesday 3rd December - Detroit Pistons vs Miami Heat - 00:30
- Thursday 5th December - New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets - 00:00
- Thursday 5th December - Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls - 02:30
- Saturday 7th December - Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs - 01:30
BT Sport 2 HD
- Sunday 1st December - Indiana Pacers vs LA Clippers - 20:30
- Friday 6th December - Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics - 00:30
- Sunday 8th December - Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks - 17:00
Make sure you guys tune in and support the fact that we are getting some NBA action here in the UK. We can only hope that it will be made available through a free service in the future.
Brooklyn Nets coach, Jason Kidd, has been fined $50,000 for purposely spilling a drink on the court when the Nets played the Lakers, in order to get an extra time out.
On Wednesday night, the LA Lakers were in Brooklyn to take on the Nets. With 8.3 seconds left in the game, Kidd said to Nets player Tayshawn Taylor "hit me". Taylor then knocked into Kidd, spilling the drink that he was holding onto the court so that the officials had to stop the game.
At this point, Brooklyn had no time outs left, so Kidd manipulated the game so that he could talk to his players.
The Nets lost the game 99-94, taking them to 4 - 11 on the season.
The entire thing is pretty ridiculous, and Kidd is pretty stupid for trying to pull off a stunt like that, and then lying about it.
After the game, Kidd told reporters that; "The cup slipped out of my hand. I was getting tired. Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball. So, in the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the Coke fell out of my hand."
However, the TV replay clearly shows Kidd saying "hit me" to Taylor, before their little 'performance' kicked in to look like the drink had been knocked to the floor.
The move was so stupid that there's even an NBA meme going round today saying that it's no wonder the Nets are 4 - 11 when they even let the other team into the huddle - referring to the fact that the incident was so impromptu, and clearly against the rules at the time that Lakers players dived in to split the huddle up.
Kidd has had a terrible start to his coaching career, having only retired as a player with the New York Knicks last season before being brought in as the new Head Coach for the Nets.
He's been accused of doing little to help this Nets team get off the ground this season, after the franchise threw stacks of money at the team over the Summer to get some of the NBA's most respected players involved.
I'm sure the saga will continue. In the meantime, take a look at the footage of the original incident.
Great news for UK NBA fans, as BT Sport has signed a multi-year agreement with the NBA to give live coverage of NBA games across the UK and Ireland.
With the new agreement between the NBA and BT Sports, coverage will start on Sunday 1st December, with the Indiana Pacers taking on the LA Clippers at 8:30pm UK time on BT Sport 2.
From then on, the NBA coverage will include a weekly game on Sunday, at times suitable to the UK where possible.
As well as watching the games on the BT Sport TV channels, games can also be streamed on the BT Sport website and BT Sport app.
The new agreement will bring us around 200 games through the season, including Play-Off and Finals coverage.
BT Sport will also be covering the NBA action on Christmas Day, with the Chicago Bulls playing the Brooklyn Nets, meaning that UK fans will get to see GB star, Luol Deng, in action for the Bulls.
When the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks come to London in January, to play at the O2 arena, BT Sport will be screening the game live for fans who were unable to get tickets. The game sold out in record time when tickets went on sale earlier this year.
In February, BT Sport will be covering the NBA All-Star weekend, which is taking place in New Orleans and features the top players from the league, taking part in a host of activities like the NBA Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge, and All-Star game.
As well as showcasing live games, BT Sport will also bring us a selection of highlights and magazine shows, with unique behind the scenes programming and game analysis.