Hassan Whiteside is taller than you think

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is seven feet tall, which is a number we hear thrown around pretty often in regard to the NBA. Seven-footer? OK, put him in the paint and let him defend the rim.

But as Whiteside pointed out in a post on Instagram, seven feet tall is a lot taller than most people may realize. Check him out touching the rim while his toes still touch the floor. Can’t teach height…

I don't think people realize how big I am and how long my arms are I'm just hanging 😴 #its10feetlol

A photo posted by Hassan whiteside (@hassanwhiteside) on

Dwyane Wade nails opponent while playing dodgeball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I can think of very few things scarier than the prospect of playing dodgeball against a professional athlete. A baseball pitcher would probably be the worst option, sure, but any pro athlete with the ability to throw a ball at a high speed would not be fun to square off against.

Let’s add the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to that list. Here’s a video of Wade at the headquarters of Stance socks, the NBA’s official sock and where Wade has his own line of socks, playing dodgeball. And someone on the other side of the court makes the mistake of getting caught in Wade’s sights.

Duck!

Dwight Howard rates James Harden the best left-hander of all-time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the NBA.com blogtable, we looked at some of the greatest left-handed players of all-time, a list that includes some legendary NBA players, such as Bill Russell, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tiny Archibald…the list can go on and on.

Houston guard James Harden got one vote on our NBA.com list, but that’s presumably only because his teammate Dwight Howard didn’t have a vote.

Last night, Howard took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and when asked for his take on the greatest lefty of all-time, Howard went with Harden…

And you know what? Dwight hears your disagreement, and respectfully reserves the right to disagree…

And for what it’s worth, Howard mentioned Russell among his list of the best in League history…

When a fan asked how Russell could be one of the three best of all-time but not the best lefty, Howard had an answer ready for him…

What do you say? Is James Harden the best lefty of all-time? Or does someone else get your vote?

That time Jim Harbaugh thought Michael Jordan was a prank caller

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are only a few days away from the start of the college football season, which seems like a fine time to check in on the gridiron. And even some of the biggest names in college football, such as new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh (shoutout to Hang Time’s Sekou Smith, an avowed Wolverine, for better or worse), can get a little star-struck when NBA greatness is on the phone.

Here’s Harbaugh at a recent press conference discussing the new deal between Jordan/Nike and Michigan, telling the story of getting a phone call from Michael Jordan himself and not quite believing who was on the line. Sounds like Harbaugh’s family was impressed, though…

(via SBNation)

Michael Jordan’s Space Jam uniform up for auction

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Michael Jordan anchored some of the greatest NBA teams ever assembled, but perhaps the greatest team he ever played with was actually the Tune Squad, which mounted an epic offense in order to beat the Monstars during the great 1996 film Space Jam. And if you loved Space Jam, you can now own a piece of the film…provided you have the cash.

The auction site Invaluable has Jordan’s actual Tune Squad uniform from the film, with a starting bid of $10,000 required to get in the game. According to Invaluable

Estimated Price: $10,000 – $15,000

Description:
1715. Michael Jordan uniform from Space Jam. (Warner Bros., 1996) Screen worn complete basketball uniform including (1) XL AIS brand mesh, red, white and blue-trimmed sports jersey with “Tunesquad” logo on the front and signature number “23” emblazoned on the back and (1) matching pair of size 38 shorts. Worn in the climactic showdown between Michael Jordan’s “Tunesquad” and the “Monstars”. With signs of wear and minor staining. In production used fine condition.

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(via CBS Sports)

Usain Bolt does LeBron James victory celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As I’m writing this, it strikes me that I don’t believe we have as yet an official name for LeBron James’ celebratory dance. You know the one I’m talking about, where LeBron takes exaggerated big steps and holds his hands out, palms down, and pretends to push down against the court. He’s been doing it for years, in games and commercials, but I don’t think it has a real name attached to it.

Because if it did have a name attached, it would be easier when doing posts like the one last week, where Carolina’s Cam Newton did LeBron’s move to celebrate scoring a touchdown. Or this post you’re reading, where we check out Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who hit LeBron’s move after anchoring Jamaica’s recent win in the 4×100-meter relays at the World Championships in Beijing.

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(via B/R)

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Russell Westbrook

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What’s the only way to top sitting up close and rocking out at a Taylor Swift concert? Why, marrying your college sweetheart, of course. So a hearty All Ball congratulations to Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, who tied the knot yesterday with longtime girlfriend Nina Earl. Westbrook himself commemorated the occasion via social media…

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (SUMMER WRAP-UP)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The leaves are going from green to shades of red and gold and brown, as summer drifts into fall and the weather becomes more accommodating. But that doesn’t mean MUSCLEWATCH stops. Because MUSCLEWATCH never stops.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but seemed to always be 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

Whenever you come across MUSCLEWATCH news, please let me know! You can either email me via the link in the header above, or you can send me a tweet, and make sure you use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

I received several MUSCLEWATCH alerts on Twitter the last few days, and with not much news happening around the rest of the NBA, I thought we would check in with another round of MUSCLEWATCH.

• We don’t have any exact information here, but someone tweeted me a picture of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade post-workout, with Bosh looking surprisingly muscular…

• Our friends at CBS Sports discovered a video of Andrew Wiggins‘ workout routine, which made me exhausted just watching it.


VIDEO: Wiggins MUSCLE

• The New Orleans Pelicans have always embraced MUSCLEWATCH, so let’s thank them for this recent article about Anthony Davis putting on a dozen pounds. It doesn’t specify whether this is muscle or something else, but considering the accompanying photos feature Davis pumping iron, let’s assume it’s MUSCLE…

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• Toronto’s Kyle Lowry apparently felt the need to take some weight off, and he’s posed for a few photos showing off a more slender physique…

Good AM run with the Fellas!!!

A photo posted by Kyle OQuinn (@kyle.oquinn) on

• Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger also pulled a reverse MUSCLEWATCH, dropping weight over the last eight weeks…

Roy Hibbert also hit the diet plan hard before debuting in Hollywood with the Lakers, as he’s apparently dropped 16 pounds since last season…

• As NetsDaily pointed out via Twitter, Chris McCullough is putting in time in the weight room…

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• Finally, perennial MUSCLEWATCH contender Shabazz Muhammad is just getting started, but posted some promising results…

Carmelo Anthony dedicates basketball court in Puerto Rico

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of Carmelo Anthony’s most recent A Very Melo Weekend, a benefit to raise money for The Carmelo Anthony Foundation, the New York Knicks star dedicated a refurbished basketball court to a neighborhood in Puerto Rico. Anthony, whose father was Puerto Rican, also co-owns the NASL team based in Puerto Rico.


VIDEO: Melo PR Court

Jordan Clarkson and Manny Pacquiao played chess

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJordan Clarkson had a great rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers, which has endeared him to Lakers fans. Clarkson, who’s mother is Filipino, is also popular in the Philippines, where he is currently trying to join their National Team. And while in the Philippines, yesterday Clarkson had a chance to sit across the chess table from a national hero and boxing champ. As Clarkson wrote in the caption, “Crazy Experience. Blessed. Playing Chess with The Legend himself @mannypacquiao respect #pinoypride”

Crazy Experience.Blessed. Playing Chess with The Legend himself @mannypacquiao respect #pinoypride

A photo posted by Jordan Clarkson (@jclark5on) on