Gordon Hayward has your back, video gamers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward has always been up-front about his love for video games. He even claimed that he could beat LeBron James one-on-one…in a game of League of Legends.

So when Fox Sports host Colin Cowherd recently went after what has traditionally been low-hanging fruit — people who play video games are nerds, etc. — Hayward hopped into the Google image search wayback machine and decided to post an embarrassing picture of Cowherd…

This turned into Hayward making an appearance on Cowherd’s show to defend e-sports and video games in general…

VIDEO: Hayward vs Cowherd

Mikhail Prokhorov has an awesome workout routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was a basketball fan long before he purchased the Nets. And not only does Prokhorov have the size to be an NBA player — he’s about 6-8 — but he also apparently has the skill and work ethic.

This week, with the Nets down at Duke University for training camp, Prokhorov showed up to teach the players a bunch of non-traditional drills that were apparently influenced by Prokhorov’s love for martial arts. As Prokhorov told Newsday, “My perception was to come personally and to say hello to the players and to the coaches. I think it’s very important for a new team to have special team building and, of course, a commitment of ownership. It’s a part of this game. I also wanted to share something special with my own experience with martial arts and I really will be happy if it helps them in some way.”

Perhaps the best part? Seeing the players try (and fail) at these drills…

VIDEO: Prokhorov drills

Prokhorov dribbling against the wall, part one

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Prokhorov dribbling against the wall, part two

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Lionel Hollins gets into the act with some juggling

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James Harden officially signs with adidas

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back, we heard that Houston’s James Harden would be signing with adidas once his contract with Nike was up. For Harden, last season’s MVP runner-up, it was an opportunity to become the face of a brand and have his own signature shoe.

Now that it’s officially October, Harden is contractually free to wear the three stripes. And if the video below is any indication, he won’t have any shortage of adidas gear to choose from…

VIDEO: Harden adidas

Vince Carter can still fly

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERVince Carter is 38 years old, at age by which most athletes are slowing down and staying a little closer to the ground than they were earlier in their careers. But Vince has always been known as “Half Man, Half Amazing,” and maybe the amazing half is still there, even if Vince doesn’t show it off quite as often. Here’s a few pictures from a workout this summer at the P3 Sports Science facility in California, and proof that Vince can still get up, even when you compare him to some of his (much younger) contemporaries…

The Milwaukee Bucks draw each other

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the Milwaukee Bucks all gathered for media day, the Bucks had their players take the time to see how well they really knew each other by asking them to draw pictures of each other. For instance, above left is a picture of Giannis Antetokounmpo, drawn by his teammate Tyler Ennis. To the right is an actual photo of Giannis. I am no art critic, but…well, you can judge for yourself.

There are plenty more pictures here.

Nik Stauskas can shoot with anything

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you can shoot, you can shoot, regardless of the court, the defender, the rim, whatever. And as 76ers guard Nik Stauskas showed in a recent appearance on Canadian television, he can hit three-pointers even with a basketball. Volleyball, dodgeball, vegetable…doesn’t matter. Someone get a hand in his face!

VIDEO: Stauskas shoots

Two decades of Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was media day for the Los Angeles Lakers, which means it was Kobe Bryant‘s twentieth media day. To celebrate the anniversary, the people at TWC SportsNet put together this time-lapse video showing Kobe through the years. A couple of different haircuts, a few different jersey numbers, but either way, one of the greatest players of all-time…

This is how Dwyane Wade does it

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s flip the track, bring the old school back.

From media day in Miami yesterday, this is how Dwyane Wade does it. He seems to know every word of the song, and has the movements down cold, as well. I get the feeling this isn’t the first time Dwyane Wade has done this.

It feels so good, in his ‘hood, tonight…

John Wall donates $400,000 to help homeless children


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With a new season tipping off and players and teams getting back to business, how do you spend your last few days of free time?

If you’re Washington Wizards guard John Wall, you spend it giving back to others.

According to a Facebook post from Bright Beginnings, a Washington D.C.-based initiative that helps homeless children and families, they received a surprise visit and gift from Wall on Friday morning…

This morning, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall surprised our organization and BBI Executive Director Dr. Betty Jo Gaines with a generous donation of $400,000. This phenomenal contribution will significantly impact the development of Bright Beginnings’ second child development center at 3418 4th Street SE in Ward 8.

“Support from individuals like Mr. Wall, gives Bright Beginnings the encouragement to continue to provide comprehensive services for homeless children in the District of Columbia. It is evident that John Wall is sensitive and concerned about the plight of homeless children in DC and he wants these children to succeed.” – Bright Beginnings Executive Director, Dr. Betty Jo Gaines

Proudly displayed at the new BBI center will be the John Wall, Wall of Achievement, highlighting the everyday moments of greatness Bright Beginnings students accomplish, in addition to the legacies left behind by high school and college graduates who were once BBI toddlers and preschoolers. Bright Beginnings will also name a classroom in Mr. Wall’s honor. The new Bright Beginnings child development center is scheduled to open its doors in 2017.

Thunder unveil alternate uniforms for 2015-16

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Kevin Durant’s back healthy and cleared for camp. There’s a new coach and system in town. Russell Westbrook is still arguably the most explosive player in the NBA.

With the future looking as bright as it is in Oklahoma City, why not unveil sunset orange uniforms to be worn 18 times this upcoming season?

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The Thunder will wear these alternate uniforms on all 13 of their Sunday matchups, along with five other times throughout the season.