Video: Blake Griffin Hypes USC’s Jordan Cameron

Video: Blake Griffin Hypes USC’s Jordan Cameron

Blake Griffin Hypes USC's Jordan Cameron

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It seems like Los Angeles Clippers forward and NBA Rookie of the Year shoe-in Blake Griffin has been everywhere over the last couple of weeks. His plate was filled to the max at All-Star Weekend, where he participated in the Rookie Challenge, was the first rookie All-Star since 2003 and won the Slam Dunk Contest. He’s already one of the most popular players in the NBA – those things tend to happen when you’re a nightly highlight reel waiting to happen.

Looking to use some of his newly found star power for the benefit of others, Blake is giving a visual co-sign to one of his good friends, USC tight end and NFL Draft prospect Jordan Cameron. In viral video form, Blake channels the personal style and quirky personality of Mars Blackmon, Michael Jordan’s Spike Lee-portrayed sidekick from the Nike Air Jordan commercials of the ’80s and early ’90s. Of course, Blake’s alter-ego is cleverly named Mars Blakeman.

This video has absolutely no association with Nike or the Jordan Brand; instead, Blake is simply calling attention to Cameron, who is one of the top tight end prospects heading into the 2011 NFL Draft.

Check out the 2011 version of Mars and Jordan below:

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Video: Record-Breaking Ray Allen

Video: Record-Breaking Ray Allen

Record Breaking Ray Allen

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By the numbers, Ray Allen is now officially the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the NBA. With 1:48 left to play in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Ray drained career three-pointer number 2,561 to pass Reggie Miller as the all-time leader. Afterward, Allen and Miller embraced at the announcer’s table, exchanging pleasantries and congratulations.

The most impressive thing about Ray passing Reggie on Thursday was how much less time it took him to do so. Reggie, unquestionably one of the game’s most potent shooters, converted his 2,560 threes in 1389 games in 18 seasons. On the other hand, it only took Ray 1074 games and 15 seasons to rack up 2,561. With Allen currently shooting the best three-point percentage of his career and still having a lot of life in his legs, he hasn’t only passed Reggie’s old record – he’ll shatter it.

What does breaking this record mean to Allen? The Jordan Brand sat down with their star sharpshooter to get his reaction to the achievement in a short video interview. In the clip, Ray discusses what makes him a great shooter, what it means to break the record as a Celtic, and the people who have helped him accomplish the feat. He also speaks about wearing Jordan shoes, which he’s done since the 1997-1998 season. Watch “Record-Breaking Ray Allen” below.

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Video: Record-Breaking Ray Allen

Dwight Howard Learning From The Dream

Dwight Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon Training Sessions

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In the annual NBA General Manager Poll, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was named the best center (96 percent) and best defensive player (79 percent) in the league. As things stand right now, it’d be hard to argue with that assessment. Dwight is a four-time NBA All-Star, two-time and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, four-time All-NBA Team member, an Olympic Gold Medalist and the league’s leading rebounder and shot blocker for the past two seasons. He also has an NBA Finals appearance under his belt, guiding the 2008-2009 Magic to an Eastern Conference Championship. However, the general consensus on Dwight is that while he’s great, he can be better. Dwight hears the critics, and took steps to silence them this summer.

Most of the criticism surrounding Dwight’s game is that he’s not polished enough on offense. People believe that his footwork and arsenal of offensive post moves don’t measure up to the NBA’s all-time great centers. So, in an effort to make improvements on the offensive side of the ball, Dwight scheduled summer training sessions with the man who is generally regarded as the greatest all-time center in regards to footwork and post moves – Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon.

In the video below, you’ll see Olajuwon (who looks like he could throw a uniform on today and still be a top-10 center) helping Dwight fine-tune certain elements of his post offense. Howard notes that he and Hakeem are similar in the fact that they’re both undersized centers who have (or had) advantages in terms of speed and athleticism. During a media session at his annual basketball camp for children this summer, Dwight said the most important thing he learned from Hakeem is to not be afraid to make mistakes on the court. He likened the situation to the mentality of a ninja – no hesitation, just actions.

Where exactly did this relationship begin? Flash back to the 2010 NBA Playoffs in May. The Orlando Magic were down 0-3 to the Boston Celtics and on the verge of an embarrassing sweep. Dwight was coming off what may have been his worst performance of the season, a seven-point, seven-rebound effort in game three. Prior to game four, Howard gets a call from Hakeem, offering some bits of wisdom and an emotional pick-me-up. The result was a 32-point, 16-rebound effort from Howard in a Magic win to avoid the sweep. Will personal training sessions between Dwight and Hakeem spell trouble for the rest of the league? We’ll find out soon.

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