Nick Young – Awesome Dad of the Year

Swaggy P and his son are ready to fight crime in the mean streets of LA in their Ninja Turtles onesies.

It's that time of year … Hot chocolate and and onesies and ninja turtles 😬😬

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Liam Neeson is probably the most hectic Knicks fan

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We all know how passionate Knicks fans are… They demand success… Haven’t seen it for years… And are prepared to let the players know exactly how they feel.

However, ‘Taken 3′ star Liam Neeson has taken Knicks fandom to the next level in these commercials for ESPN’s coverage of Christmas Day games.

In the first commercial, Neeson has tracked down John Wall… to tell him about “his teams very specific set of skills” (which, with the team at 5-21, even i’m not sure exactly what ‘skills’ he’s talking about)

In the second commercial, Neeson’s basically thrown his hand up to replace Derek Fisher as the Knicks coach after he called up Amar’e Stoudemire to tell him exactly what he wants to see from him on the court.

Hey, Knicks… “good luck”.

Swaggy P wants to make Kazaam 2….starring Swaggy P

Greatest.headline.ever.

I know that’s what you’re all thinking.

If Swaggy P hasn’t provided us enough entertainment this season, this might just take the cake.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Swaggy talks about having fun on the court and the balance between being a serious player and a fun dude. This quote pretty much sums it up.

“As a player, you model yourself after other players. Kobe takes the same approach as Michael Jordan. But I follow someone like Magic Johnson; he showed emotion, he smiled and jumped around, he was happy for his teammates. There needs to be more players like that.

“Look at Shaq; he went out and had a movie called Kazaam. I’m trying to make Kazaam 2, with me as the star. We hope to push it to the theaters, but it might be straight-to-DVD [laughs]. I watched all of Shaq’s movies. Steel, when he was the hero with the iron suit on, oh man! It’s hard to act, period. So to watch somebody that’s seven feet tall in an all-iron suit, that’s big!”

I mean, sure Kazaam has been described as one of the worst movies of all time and barely grossed $19 million on its $20 million budget. Sometimes movies aren’t about money and critical acclaim. Sometimes they’re about letting hilarious athletes doing whatever they want.

If they let Kevin Durant make Thunderstruck, then they must make Kazaam starring Swaggy……and then Steel, starring Swaggy… and then Blue Chips also starring Swaggy.

Your move, Touchstone.

via SB Nation

Andrew Bogut’s weekly budget is pretty conservative

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For a guy who earns $14 million a year, Andrew Bogut‘s spending patterns are pretty conservative.

For the December “Money Issue” of ESPN The Magazine, Andrew Bogut & 5 other athletes spoke about their weekly spending habits.

For Bogut, there wasn’t popping bottles in the club, gettin’ slizzerd, levels of spending… It was more conservative… Buying food & a 6 pack of beer, plus certain things fixtures & fittings he needed for his new house.

Here’s Bogut’s weekly spending habits via Sam Alipour’s article for the Magazine:

10.23.14
$4.45
: Frappuccino, Starbucks
$38.97: Two chicken salads, two iced teas, one soup, Tender Greens
$225: Billiard table installation
“The table weighs like 600 pounds­ — it took two or three guys to take it out of storage and put it together in the living room. I’ll happily cough up the cash instead of hurting my back.”
$149.12: Two tanks of gas
$23: Two burritos, Chipotle

10.24.14
$10
: Two Australia-to-U.S. adapter wall plugs, eBay
“Why eBay? First of all, you can’t find this adapter in American stores. Second, I’m a big online shopper in general, because it’s hard for me to go to an actual store. I don’t know if you noticed, but I kind of stand out.”
$101: Billiard cue rack holder, eBay
$38.12: Miscellaneous, Safeway
$33: Dinner, Maria Maria Mexican

10.25.14
$80.84
: Groceries, Whole Foods
“I’m always willing to pay top dollar when it comes to what I put in my body.”
$90.11: Two toothbrush holders, bathroom accessories, fabric samples, Restoration Hardware
“My girlfriend did the shopping. I don’t mean to sound sexist, but it’s better if she picks out fabric.”

10.26.14
$70.92
: Miscellaneous, CVS
$44: Two chicken salads, two iced teas, dessert, Tender Greens
$60: Two car washes
$8.90: Two Frappuccinos, Starbucks
$11: Six-pack of beer
“A few nights a week, I like to have a beer or two and relax before bed. But only European brews. I don’t dig too much into generic American beers.”
$90.11: Dinner, Italian

10.27.14
$83.17
: Groceries, Whole Foods
$11: Burrito, Chipotle
$95: Gas
$3.30: Gum
$500: Deposit on a hot tub purchase
“When it’s a little chilly outside, there’s nothing better than cracking open a beer in a hot tub. It just clears my mind.”
$281: Two bar stools, Overstock.com

It’s cool to see Bogut, like myself, is a sucker for some Heineken, eBay & Chipotle.

Bogut isn’t like your typical NBA player, he often speaks out about the issues with athletes going broke after they’ve finished playing their sport. He handles his own finances, invests & is preparing for his future outside of basketball.

Bogut said that this was an average 5 day period of expenses for him. Meaning that he would roughly spend $150K of his $14 million salary per-annum. He mentioned that he roughly puts 75% of his net earnings into various investments, meaning that he still is far from spending outside his means.

via: ESPN

Don’t Call it a Comeback

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By Roscoe Whalan.

Last night, Rasual Butler scored a game-high 23 points as the Washington Wizards wiped the Miami HEAT off their floor. Depending on context, a 20 point game for Butler would appear to becoming the norm – less than a week ago he also had 23 points against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

However, the last time he scored that many before that? Well, that was 5 years ago when he played for the Clippers.

A year later, the sharp-shooter was waived. He had a short stint with Chicago, then Toronto and then Indiana.

It’s fair to say expectations weren’t overly high when he landed with the Wizards on an unguaranteed deal back in September. However, since then the 35-year-old’s made the most of his opportunity.

“He just stays ready,” Coach Randy Wittman said last night.

After last night’s performance, which included three makes from deep, Butler leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage.

For his final act, Butler throw down a nasty slam on Chris Bosh, it wasn’t quite the treatment James Ennis gave Butler on opening night, but it was the perfect exclamation point.

If there was an award for it, Butler would be right up there for Comeback Player of the Year but here’s five other guys who’ve returned (mostly through injury) and are making their mark this season:

1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

The part-man, part-robot that is Kobe Bryant has returned this season after a hiatus with multiple injuries. He knows nothing but scoring buckets and will destroy anybody in his way. Bean has been breaking records already this season (good and bad) and is averaging 26.6 points per game and he’s not afraid to throw them up there (more than 23 shots per game). Kobe appears to be happy to go down with the ship but, in his chase for records, how much is he actually the one bringing them down?

2. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Does this count? Rose has been in and out of the Bulls line-up this season so many times. He’s like the dark cloud hanging over this team. Sure, sometimes there’s a pretty rainbow when he hits the court but that rainbow means there’s been some dark clouds beforehand. Having said that, he’s just one game away from matching his games total from last season. Baby steps.

3. Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets

Just a month into the season and Lopez has nearly eclipsed his games played total from last season. Things haven’t been great in Brooklyn and Lopez’s numbers are down across the board (including minutes) but when looking for bright spots in an otherwise dark time in Brooklyn, Lopez actually playing has to be a positive – let’s just hope we haven’t spoken too soon.

4. Leandro Barbosa, Golden State Warriors

For a long time life was good for the Brazilian blur, blurring his way up and down the court with the 7-seconds-or-less Suns but then things got weird when he was traded to Toronto and then Indiana (for cash) before winding up in Boston. He had another stint with the Suns before getting a gig with the Golden State Warriors. His numbers mightn’t jump off the page but behind the Splash Brothers and alongside bench guys like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, he’s part of the deepest and, right now, arguably the best team in the League.

5. Joe Alexander, Santa Cruz Warriors

I know he’s not in the NBA but we’re talking about the number 8 pick in the 2008 Draft and the first ever Taiwanese-born NBA player. His stint was horrifically short-lived – he played just 67 games in two seasons before dropping off the face of the earth. Well, now he’s balling his brains out in the D-League and just won player of the week.

Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7

Here’s Dante Exum kicking a football through a basket

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We all know that Dante Exum is a pretty skilled guy… But, not exactly THIS skilled. The North Melbourne Kangaroos Football Club are in Utah for some pre-season training and they stopped by the Jazz to catch up with footy fans/NBA players, Exum & Joe Ingles.

In what appears to be an awesome hybrid of footy and H-O-R-S-E, Dante clinically flushed a footy straight through the hoop.

I don’t know how many points a full-court kick is worth, but bragging rights are priceless.

Check it out.

Joe Ingles’ attempt was nowhere near the mark… But… He already has runs on the board for this rugby pass back in his Barcelona days.

For the Advanced Stats nerds out there, here’s Dante’s shot chart when kicking a football into the hoop, AFL style, at training:

 

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Warriors team plane turns up

The Golden State Warriors team plane looks fun as hell…..and why wouldn’t it be. They’re 11-2, on a six game winning streak and are arguably the best team in the NBA.

From what I can see, there are three keys to the teams success this season.

1. Andrew Bogut rapping and head-nodding along to O.T. Genasis – CoCo

2. Leandro Barbosa being Leandro Barbosa; and

3. David Lee clearly kicking ass at poker.

David Lee plays for keeps