Shumpert switches it up for the summer

By Jeff Case

Few players in the NBA have as recognizable of a hairstyle as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. For several seasons now, he’s been rocking the “Gumby” haircut (shown below), which is basically a really big flat top.

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Shumpert is/was a free agent this summer, but reportedly reached a deal with the Cavs to the tune of four years and $40 million. So, it is understandable he’s living it up a little bit this summer and decided why not change the hairdo, too. TMZSPorts caught up with Shumpert, who has a decidedly new look …

 

Jason Williams (still) making defenders look just plain silly

By Jeff Case

Last time we wrote about former NBA lottery pick, NBA champion and ball-handling phenom Jason Williams in this space, it was two years ago when he was making guys look silly in a league in China. He’s back this time thanks to a highlight reel of his moves at a pro-am in Orlando, where he’s once again diming, dribbling and scoring like he did during his NBA glory days (and doing so at 39 years old, mind you) …

Just Nerlens Noel dunking on a kid

By Jeff Case

Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel had a fantastic first season in the NBA, leading all rookies in rebounds (8.1 rpg), blocks (1.9 bpg) and double-doubles (18). He also was a pretty good offensive performer, averaging 9.9 ppg and showing off athleticism around the bucket time and again.

But, it’s the offseason for Noel, so he’s just chilling, playing basketball when he can and, oh yeah, dunking on little kids. Noel was one of the featured instructors at a Camp One in Louisville, Ky., and after things settled down for the day, he went one-on-one with a youngster.

It didn’t go well for that kid that day …

 

Throwback Thursday — Wilt Chamberlain traded to Lakers


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s days with the Lakers

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Wilt Chamberlain gets traded

By the end of the 1967-68 season, Wilt Chamberlain was coming off an MVP season and had just led the Philadelphia 76ers to a league-best 62 victories and the Eastern Conference finals (which Philly lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 7). That playoff loss marked the third time in the last four seasons the 76ers had been KO’d by the Celtics and Philadelphia’s management was ready for a change.

They sent Chamberlain across the country to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff on July 9, 1968, but Chamberlain still had plenty of good basketball left in his tank. He spent his final five campaigns in Los Angeles and helped the Lakers to the NBA Finals four times in those five seasons. The most notable season was 1971-72, in which he scored only 14.8 points per game. But his contributions came in other forms. At age 35, he managed to grab 19.2 rebounds per contest and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. His 1971-72 Lakers won a then-record 69 games and Chamberlain was a force in The Finals against the New York Knicks, claiming Finals MVP honors.

Today, we take a look back at the career of Chamberlain and his myriad of accomplishments.


Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

What’s your favorite  Chamberlain memory? Leave your comments below!

LeBron James, Yoga Instructor

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James has evolved into a great leader, both on and off the court, and when King James speaks, his teammates listen. But how about when he’s way off the floor, like as far away as…the yoga mat? This week in California at the Nike Basketball Academy, LeBron took some campers out to the beach and led a little yoga before the basketball workout…

(via BIL)

Stephen Curry shows off dunking skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know Steph Curry, the NBA’s three-point shooting champion, is a fantastic shooter (as is his wife), but as Curry displayed at basketball camp recently, he can also get up and throw down. Here’s Curry with the alley-oop to himself, followed by the obligatory celebration, which might actually be the most fun portion…

Cauley-Stein gets a Kings welcome

By Jeff Case

The start of the upcoming season marks 30 seasons that the Kings have been in Sacramento. Although success has been few and far between for the team, one thing they’ve seemed to enjoy throughout their stay is consistent fan support. Even as the team is in the throws of a 10-year playoff drought, Sacramento’s die-hard fan base remains excited about the upcoming season and its new draftee, Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky.

 

Cauley-Stein saw in Lexington, Ky., just how loyal fans can be and in this All-Access video from Kings.com, he discovers what makes Sacramento a unique NBA town …


VIDEO: Willie Cauley-Stein gets a big welcome from Kings fans

 

Marc Gasol is all Memphis

By Jeff Case

The Memphis Grizzlies are hoping and wishing that their all-world/All-NBA center and defensive anchor Marc Gasol sticks around in free agency this summer and re-ups with them. Pretty good timing by the team, then, to debut a cool video yesterday that plays up how Gasol — a native of Spain — is a real “Bluff City” native like anyone actually born in the city itself …


VIDEO: Marc Gasol is as Memphis as they come

Meeting of the minds?


VIDEO: LeBron, Love hit free agency

Well, well, well … Looky what we have here.

As we approach summer free agency, the Cavs have a lot on their plate to handle with both LeBron James and Kevin Love opting out of their deals. And while both All-Stars have pretty much made it clear that neither intends to leave Cleveland, until both of their names are signed on the dotted line, uncertainty lives.

Lucky for Cavs fans, it appears that LeBron and Love may already be trying to figure things out on their own …

The new NBA Draft caps are here

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There is one, and maybe only one thing, every person selected in tonight’s NBA Draft will have in common: As their name is announced and they walk to the stage, they will be given a cap with their new team’s logo. It’s the first moment they wear their team’s gear, and it’s the first time they’re photographed with their new logo. But they aren’t he only ones who can rock their team gear: The new Draft caps are available now at NBAStore.com, NBA Store on Fifth Ave, LIDS & the Nets Shop by adidas at Barclays Center for $27.95 (adult) and $23.95 (youth).

2015 NBA Draft Caps features include:
· Pique mesh crown and white visor
· Team logo or name on underside
· Team name featured on front and team name across back
· Snap-back style cap with closure
· NBA and adidas logos embroidered on sides
· 2015 Official Draft Cap sticker

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