Nik Stauskas is an incredible shooter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Kings rookie Nik Stauskas has yet to play in an actual NBA game yet, but he hasn’t stopped getting ready for the big leagues. Known as one of the best shooters in college while at Michigan, now he’s working on his NBA three-point range, and judging from this video, when he goes 15-for-15 in just 46 seconds, Stauskas seems to have found the range.


VIDEO: Stauskas shooting

(via SLAM)

Manu Ginobili statue unveiled in Argentina

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili may have missed out on playing with his native Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup while he recovers from injury, but from the looks of his Twitter account, he’s still having a pretty nice summer. Ginobili posted a photo over the weekend of a statue of himself that was unveiled in Buenos Aires. His caption, loosely translated, reads, “Mom: I didn’t become a doctor, but I got a statue in Argentina!”

Joel Embiid is The Ladies Man


VIDEO: Embiid on Rihanna

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Sixers aren’t sure how long it will be before first-round pick Joel Embiid is able to return to action this season, but even without playing a minute in the NBA, as far as I’m concerned the Embiid era has been a rousing success, if only judging by social media standards. The young big man has a terrific sense of humor, consistently using Twitter and Instagram for good. WE saw his public recruitment of LeBron James as well as his fake relationship with Rihanna (check the video above for more on that).

And now Embiid has apparently moved past Rihanna and is celebrating his prowess with all women, with a photoshopped wink and nod to Tim Meadows‘ movie from a few years back…

(via TNLP)

Iggy Azalea and Nick Young work on trick shots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERNick Young is a longtime All Ball favorite, for his on court bravado and his off-court swag. (There’s a reason he goes by Swaggy P, after all.) He’s been dating pop star Iggy Azalea for a while now, and apparently Swaggy’s having an effect on her, because from the looks of this video Nick posted on Instagram of Azalea getting up shots in the Lakers’ practice facility, she’s got a few trick shots up her sleeve. She’s so fancy…

Iman Shumpert, secret agent

By Jeff Case

The big victory of the offseason for the New York Knicks was the team successfully managing to keep free-agent All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony in the fold for a few more years. His return, coupled with new coach Derek Fisher and a new-look offense (the triangle) have New Yorkers hoping the team can rebound from a putrid season.

One player sure to be key to any hopes of a Big Apple revival is combo guard Iman Shumpert. After a solid first two seasons in the NBA, Shumpert’s stats were more or less down across the board in 2013-14 as he worked his way back from an ACL tear suffered early in the 2012 playoffs.

That being said, it’s still the offseason in New York and Shumpert is having some fun. In a new video released to help hype the movie “November Man”, Shumpert pretends to be a secret agent as unsuspecting people interview for a fake job.

 

Klay Thompson is really dedicated to his fantasy football draft

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night a friend invited me to go with him to the Braves/Mets game at Citi Field. I’m a Braves fan, but because I live in New York, I don’t all that many chances to see them play in person. Normally, I would have jumped at the chance…but I hesitated because I remembered last night was also the night of my fantasy football draft. And as anyone who has ever played any fantasy sport — basketball, football, baseball, doesn’t matter — there really isn’t much worse than letting the computer auto-draft your team and winding up with a bunch of players you don’t want, or a bunch of guys who play the same position.

Lucky for me, I was wrong about my draft date — it is tonight — so I was able to get out and enjoy a baseball game on a nice evening. But being present for your fantasy draft sometimes takes extreme measures.

Take, for instance, Golden State guard Klay Thompson, who is currently in Bilbao, Spain, prepping for the FIBA Basketball World Cup as a member of Team USA. Despite being half a world and about a dozen time zones from home, Thompson woke up at 5:30 AM in order to take part in his fantasy football draft. As he wrote in the caption, he doesn’t trust the auto draft. Smart man.

(via HP)

NBA Cartoons

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen several NBA-related memes crop up on Twitter this summer, from NBA Movies to NBA Musicians.

Another NBA hashtag party broke out yesterday, this time themed around NBA cartoons. Here are some of our favorites…

 

Throwback Thursday: Offseason Blockbusters


VIDEO: Relive some of Charles Barkley’s best plays as a member of the Phoenix Suns

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.

Today’s Topic: Offseason Blockbusters

Just this week, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially introduced All-Star Kevin Love and with that move in mind, we take a look back at some of the biggest offseason trades to go down in recent history.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Offseason Blockbusters

Which of these trades do you remember most? Leave your comments below!

Sir Mix-A-Lot performs at Jamal Crawford’s wedding

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is a Seattle native. He lives in Seattle during the off-season, and he helps organize the annual Seattle Pro-Am league.

So when Crawford got married over the weekend, he had the ceremony in Seattle, and put together a collection of some of his favorite artists to perform at the reception, including Tank and Brian McKnight. But he also managed to bring in one of Seattle’s most well-known hip-hop artists, the great Sir Mix-A-Lot, who performed his biggest hit…

(via BIL)

The Timberwolves go to the State Fair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a big week for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who officially completed the Kevin Love trade and have effectively re-made their roster, adding a few new players. To celebrate the new additions, the Wolves had Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine in Minnesota to meet the fans at a big rally downtown.

And then? The guys went to the Minnesota State Fair, because why not? The State Fair apparently has a lot of fun stuff to do, particularly if you’re a member of the T-Wolves.

What to do at the State Fair? Well, you pose with your head behind the board at the cheese on a stick sign…

You eat some donuts and rate them as “fire”…

You throw water balloons into a bucket on a dude’s head…

You go head-first down a gigantic slide…

You eat a corn dog…

Bennett definitely enjoyed himself…

After all that? You take your prizes and go home…