Trey Kerby

Trey Kerby

Trey Kerby is the editor of The Basketball Jones and the newest member of the team. He's also the only non-Canadian. In the past, he's been the bro behind The Blowtorch and was editor of Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie. He likes pizza more than anyone else likes anything.

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Tracy McGrady tweeted those posters you see up there, thanking the most notable stops of his NBA career. It was a very nice thing to do. But he also forgot the other four teams he played for, which is too bad for those cities since they were a part of the Tracy McGrady experience too.

So to make things fair, I whipped up a few Tracy McGrady posters in Photoshop, thanking each of the cities where T-Mac showed up for a season before moving somewhere else for a season. I think you’ll agree that these cover all the non-Chinese Basketball Association bases.

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This is actually kind of hard to explain due to the reverse chronological order that Facebook uses, but basically, Harrison Barnes started doing these #hbquest safari hunts on his Facebook page where he’d give vague hints about where he (or one of his crew) was going and what all the Barnesheads out there would need to do to win one of his jerseys. Some girl won a jersey by outscoring Barnes’ career-high in Pop-a-Shot, another guy won a jersey by beating one of Harrison’s friends at one-on-one outdoors at a high school — you get the picture, and you can find all the details on Barnes’ Facebook page. Seems pretty cool, actually.

But of all the #hbquests, this has to be the best one:

#hbquest is on now

I am a huge comedy fan. I especially like live stand-up comedy. One of my first shows ever was seeing my favorite comic Dave Chappelle in San Francisco. Well, another favorite comic of mine is playing at a well-known San Francisco comedy club. He’s from Boston and is co-headlining a sold out show tonight. If you can figure out who he is I’m sure you can find this club.

There is also a challenge to go with this one. I lost my copy of Chappelle Season 1 when I moved to the bay. I haven’t been able to watch it since. If you bring me a copy I can keep, give it to my friend who’s waiting in the stand-by line. If you get to him first he’ll give you my jersey.

And the conclusion:

Here’s a better picture of our grand prize winner. What I didn’t get a chance to mention was that I had the pleasure of giving him his jersey personally. I also happened to have an extra ticket for the sold out show that night so I invited him in for Bill Burr, Brian Regan, and Laurie Kilmartin. Congratulations Charlie I hope you had fun tonight and thanks for bringing me that DVD. Thanks to everyone who participated in my first ever #hbquest. I can’t wait to do it again soon.

So basically, some dude who is enough of a Harrison Barnes fan to follow Harrison Barnes’ Facebook page traded his old “Chappelle’s Show” season one DVDs for an authentic Harrison Barnes jersey and a night of watching three super excellent standup comedians with an authentic Harrison Barnes. Considering the fact that on Amazon those very DVDs go for $3.88 if new and literally $0.01 if buying used, this might be one of the greatest trades in the history of swapping, rivaling that time your dad “bought” a car from your uncle for a dollar because it was just sitting there and someone should drive it. That is a trade you have to make. Even Bill Simmons agrees. He ran it through the Trade Machine and it works.

But now the only real question is this — is it nerdy to wear your Harrison Barnes jersey to a comedy show you’re at with Harrison Barnes? It seems worse than wearing a band t-shirt to their concert, but I’d like to hear an official ruling.

(via Reddit)

This is the music video for Wild Ones’ “It’s Real,” and if it’s not the strangest NBA-themed music video you’ll ever see, as the title suggests, then it’s at least the only one you’ve ever seen to feature closeups of both Joel Anthony AND Nenad Krstic. Or at least that’s what I’m guessing. Maybe there’s some backup center-obsessed band out there that I haven’t heard about yet. I doubt it, but it’s possible. Either way, still weird.

(via AV Club)

Do you mean to tell me that all it takes to get Mike Miller’s always-broken porcelain body is just a few Zumba classes over the summer? Sign me up never!

(via Reddit)

LOL OMG TBJ ROFL LMAO BRB TTYL

By internet standards, at age 35, Kobe Bryant is basically a great-grandfather who fought in a minor war you know nothing about. That’s why his latest request is one of the funniest things you’ll see today, in the non-”Breaking Bad”-meets-Miley Cyrus division:

That’s right — no catties. (Also, no dog poop, which seems to be a universally held opinion. I’m starting to think Kobe Bryant isn’t really an animal person, except for when he’s coming up with nicknames for himself.)

Oh, and also no twerking, even though this is Miley Cyrus’ world and we are all just being twerked on in it:

You don’t see a lot of teasers for potential Vine accounts — and you definitely don’t see those teasers proudly proclaim exactly what they won’t be doing — but all this Kobe Bryant Vine research lends itself to one possibly obvious question: why is Kobe Bryant worrying so much about Vine when he already has an Instagram account where he can and does post video? Maybe he likes the looping. Great-grandpas are so weird sometimes.

Great job by Lang Whitaker over at NBA.com’s All Ball blog on this video. All he did was ask a simple question to a bunch of rookies — What would your theme song be? — that somehow ended up with him singing a duet of a 25-year-old song with a New Zealander and also a Canadian crooning an R. Kelly song because they share a name. You know, normal stuff.

Not to mention, we finally found somebody who actually really likes the new Jay-Z record. Who knew?

From the Kickstarter synopsis for “Jordan Heads”:

Michael Jordan has been retired from the game of basketball for more than 10 years, yet the Air Jordan sneaker still sells in record numbers. It helped make Nike the sneaker juggernaut that it is today, and created a cult following beyond belief.

There are people, known as “Jordan Heads”, who have refrained from buying food just so they can buy a pair of Air Jordan’s. Some have stood on a line for hours, sometimes days or weeks just so they are guaranteed a pair of the shoes before they sell out.

Created & directed by Calvan Fowler & Executive Produced by Actor/ Filmmaker Michael Rapaport, this film tells the story of a cultural craze that knows no boundaries, no race and no economic barriers: the status and appeal of the Air Jordan shoe.

What makes these people do the things they do? How did the Air Jordan shoe become an American and international pop culture icon? This film explores the phenomenon, from ‘the street’ to Wall Street. And why do Jordan Heads of all education and economic levels see their sneakers as such an integral part of their lives? We’ll even consult a psychotherapist to help understand.

Through montage clips & footage of Michael Jordan, and interviews with Jordan Heads & sneaker heads from around the US and abroad (Europe & Asia), “Jordan Heads” delves into the unprecedented world of a subculture within a subculture.

This film is in the can and all we need now are completion funds to finish this great project. Be a part of history and get some neat stuff while you’re at it.

So yes, a documentary about Air Jordans and the people who love them, which is basically the definition of something that is right up my alley, and I’m assuming, also up the alleys of more than a few of you out there. Plus, if you want to get down on the fundraising game, there is quite a bit of “neat stuff” that you could pocket. Anything from stickers to t-shirts to old SLAM magazines to a pair of OG Jordan XX3s, depending on how much you donate (the shoes will cost you just $5,000). Pretty solid combination, Jordan-wise.

Who knows if it’ll be any good, but at least it will exist, and that’s pretty cool in its own right. Not to mention, you will always know deep down inside that you and Michael Rapaport “worked” on the same project once upon a time — he was on “Friends” a couple of times — which will score major points with the true Michael Rapaport fans out there, of which many are probably sneaker heads, so double good.

(via SLAM)