Swaggy P dressed up as Rick James for Halloween: You’re welcome

Halloween is one of the funnest days in the NBA world, with the players seeming to always put in a huge amount of effort into hilarious costumes. This year is no different and we start the festivities with Swaggy P, who dressed up as everybody’s favourite Chappelle Show gag, Rick James.

Throw in the “What did the five fingers say to the face?” gag and we’re done here.

Enjoy!

The Joe Ingles Effect: Why he will be great for Utah

The bright lights of the NBA shined on Dante Exum and Joe Ingles, who both made their debuts at home against the Houston Rockets today, going down 104-93.

A solid, yet impressive debut for Dante, who played just under 10 minutes, putting up five points, nailing a three pointer and making a steal to go coast-to-coast for a lay-up. He added one, steal, one turnover and an eye-catching assist….a thundering alley-oop to Rudy Gobert. Ingles checked in for just four minutes of action.

Having Joe join his Boomers roommate this season will be great for Dante, not just from a comfort standpoint, but how awesome is it that you get a job in another country and then your good mate gets the same job with you. It rarely happens and it’s definitely awesome.

Yesterday I spoke with Dante on a teleconference with other Australian journalists and he described the moment he found out Ingles was joining the Jazz. He was getting his learners permit of all things at the time.

“I had a message from Joe saying whaddup teammate.”

“Then some of the Twitter feeds started coming through that he was coming to Utah so you know I was definitely excited.”

Instantly makes me think this is how they will check into games this season:

BBUnfamiliarity is one of the biggest challenges facing all NBA rookies. New city, new job, new house, new teammates, new coach and for these two, a new country and having Joe in Utah will no doubt speed up 19-year-old Dante settling in.

David Locke mentioned on the Locked on Jazz podcast (make sure you follow him for everything Utah Jazz) that Exum was noticeably better in practice yesterday, his best since being drafted.

“Exum turned in his best practice so far. Better defensively.”

“I don’t know if it was just having the influence of having Joe Ingles in town, but he had a very, very good practice yesterday. One of the better defensively,

The great news of Ingles being signed by the Jazz brings multiple benefits to this young team.

For starters, Joe is probably the funniest athlete I’ve ever interviewed or come across. His sense of humour, character and locker room presence will be a huge asset.

Having Joe by Dante’s side will help immensely off the court, but on the court there is real potential for Joe to play some great rotation minutes ahead of Jordan Hamilton as part of the Jazz second unit.

“Joe can really pass, Joe can really handle, really do a lot of different things with the basketball,” Locke said on his podcast.

“ [Coach] Quin [Snyder] really wanted a wing who could pass and keep the pace of the ball moving offensively.

INgles_Not only is Joe a good shooter and facilitator, he is 100% comfortable handling the ball for long stretches, something he will be able to relieve the Jazz point guards of, especially Dante if he is getting swarmed, providing an additional element to the second unit’s offence.

It is something that I particularly love about Gordon Hayward’s game, he drifts in and out sometimes and plays multiple roles, but Hayward’s ability and willingness to make plays from the wing can now have some continuity in the second unit, with Ingles performing that role.

It’s only been one game, but early indications are positive for what both Joe and Dante will bring to the Jazz this season.

As exciting as it is to see them make their debuts, there will be plenty of ups and downs for the rookie duo as the hefty playing schedule takes its toll. Something that was made even more apparent by Locke who said he made the comment to Dante a few nights ago in Oklahoma City that he’s got 84 [games] left, to which Dante responded, I don’t think I’ve played 84 games in my life.

The Jazz take on the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow at 11:30am (AEDT)

Q & A with Dante Exum

Today Benyam took part in a teleconference with Jazz rookie Dante Exum, along with other Australian journalists.

Ahead of making his NBA debut against the Houston Rockets, he spoke about his adjustment to the NBA, the Utah fan base and having his buddy Joe Ingles on board for the season with the Jazz.

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Q: In pre-season you’ve had some match-ups with some great players from Chris Paul to Kobe Bryant, did you at any point feel like you had your ‘Welcome to the NBA’ moment when you came up against some of these guys?

A: Yeah I think it was a game against Chris Paul where you know he kinda did like a veteran move where I had my hands out and he drew a foul twice on me during the game, so it’s the little things like that where you’ve been in the league and learned how to get those extra little points and I just gotta learn from that.

Q: You went from not playing a lot of basketball in the lead up to the draft to Summer League, the FIBA tournament and then pre-season, how’s the body feeling with the higher intensity and playing schedule you’ve had?

A: Yeah It’s definitely a step up even though I was practicing everyday before the draft, nothing compares to the travel and the games at this high level so you know it’s been keeping up well but you know its about maintaining and taking care of my body making sure I’m getting enough sleep and eating right off the court.

Q: Your three-point shooting is something that was scrutinized during Summer League, but has improved a lot in a short space of time. Was there a specific focus on tweaking your technique or just getting more reps in from NBA range?

A: It was all about just getting reps up, you know I had a lot of people look at my shot and said there was nothing wrong it was just about getting that kind of consistency and that’s something I’ve tried to work on.

Q: The Utah Jazz have a great fan base, how have you found your interactions with the supporters and just people in the city in general?

A: The people of Salt Lake have been great and walking we’ve done a couple of the NBA Cares stuff with some kids and even gone down to the movie theatre and just said hello to some of the people and taken some photos. You know they’re very supportive and love their basketball and love their sports here so you know it’s a great opportunity for me to build that fan base in a different country for me.

Q: How did you find out that Joe Ingles was joining the Jazz and where were you and what were your initial reactions to having your friend coming a long for the ride this year.

A: I was getting my learners permit and I looked at my phone and I had a message from Joe saying ‘whaddup teammate’ and then some of the Twitter feeds started coming through that he was coming to Utah so you know I was definitely excited because I had known Joe and had just lost Brock, so I was excited.

Jimmy Kimmel presents: Basketball Book Club

JKFour NBA basketballers sitting around an old lady’s living room at their Nicholas Sparks book club.

Sounds ridiculous. Is ridiculous. Definitely hilarious.

Chandler Parsons, Blake Griffin, Iman Shumpert and Matt Barnes discussing the finer points of love and romance in the book ‘The Best of Me.’

Oh how I wish this was a real thing that happened once a month at Blake Griffin’s Santa Monica loft.

“Before we begin, does anybody else need some chardonnay?”

Common features in new NBA “Roll Call” commercial

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NBA hype up commercials  mean only one thing. The NBA season is just around the corner. Check out this first offering, featuring Common getting everyone excited about the Global Games.

“All you contenders, championship defenders… it’s tip-off time, y’all”.

“Everybody up.”

More please.

Chris Kaman’s new web series looks like the scariest thing on the internet

kaman So Chris Kaman has his own web series about hunting and fishing and other Chris Kamany things.

Sounds innocuous enough, except for the fact that the trailer for said web series might be the most terrifying two minutes of video ever released.

The show looks to be about outdoorsy stuff, lots of big game fishing etc, as the trailer reveals that the ultimate goal is to catch a blue marlin…..I am both scared and intrigued.

For starters, what kind of fishing show has a horror movie style video camera recording shot? Like we’re in the Blair Witch Project. What is happening on these trips?

The trailer highlights include:

Chris Kaman giving some guy a huge nipple cripple

Kaman eye gouging a fish and putting the eye in his mouth……………..yep, that happened. (See picture above)

“The trips I take, usually are not well though out”

“There’s a whole ‘nother level of fishing over here”.

“This is big game, most of the fish are bigger than us.”

Yep, if you have the internet, you have to watch this show.

Which brings me to my next point. Is this the best NBA intimidation scheme of all-time? perhaps.

“Hey isn’t that the crazy hunting guys from the internet? I don’t wanna guard him, you take him” – Unnamed frightened NBA rookie 2014.

Boogie catches Nik Stauskas flexin’ on Instagram

First of all, I love that we live in a world where that is a real sentence I can write.

Moving on, the award for Instagram of the day goes to DeMarcus Cousins who snapped rookie Nik Stauskas stackin’ hunnids and letting Instagram know about it.

It appears he was showing his cash to his girlfriend who hinted so on Twitter

Either way, who cares, you’re a 21-year-old millionaire NBA rookie.

#PlayOnPlaya

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