Robin Lopez interrupts mascot birthday celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you celebrate a birthday? If you’re a mascot, like Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson, you invite a bunch of your mascot friends over to hang out for a game, and you all take turns entertaining the crowd.

Or, if you’re Portland Trail Blazers center (and noted mascot hater) Robin Lopez, you celebrate a mascot’s birthday with a few well-placed punches, elbows and body slams. We will continue to monitor Lopez’s reign of mascot terror…


VIDEO: Lopez mascot birthday

Oklahoma City Thunder introduce new alternate jerseys


VIDEO: New Thunder jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Oklahoma City Thunder have played it mostly safe when it comes to uniform designs, with white home uniforms, blue road uniforms, and then a navy blue alternate kit they would break out occasionally. But yesterday the Thunder introduced a new look they call their “pride” jerseys: White sleeved jerseys with the team’s logo on the chest, so you get a huge OKC on the front. I particularly like the shorts, with the orange and blue stripes criss-crossing.

Kevin Garnett salutes shirtless dancing fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Garnett made his big return to Minnesota last week, but he wasn’t the only one to make an important comeback.

John Sweeney owns a comedy theater in Minnesota, but he may be better known by the name “Jiggly Boy.” A decade ago, Sweeney made several appearances on the scoreboard during T-Wolves games, dancing shirtless. But as the Wolves rebuilt, Sweeney danced away from the game.

But when Garnett returned, so did Jiggly Boy, who had a special message scrawled on his chest just for KG. And even KG, who is famously focused and intense, had to crack a smile and give Jiggly Boy a wave. As KG said later…

Dance, Jiggly Boy, dance…


VIDEO: Jiggly Boy

Is James Harden the new King James?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cavaliers and Rockets had a terrific game yesterday afternoon, battling into overtime and through several game-winning attempts. When the dust settled, the Rockets won 105-103 in overtime. And while several Rockets had great games, they were led by James Harden, who had himself a statement game, finishing with 33 points, 8 rebounds and, more importantly, one big-time win.

Of course, on the losing end of things were the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were led by four-time MVP LeBron James, who finished with 37 points and, as usual, had a hand in everything the Cavs did on Sunday. And sure, he also missed two clutch free throws that could have given the Cavs a late lead. This time LeBron may have come up just a bit short, but considering his history of rings and trophies, he’ll get another chance and will take advantage of the situation.

Still, that didn’t stop the Houston Rockets from gloating a bit after the win. The Rockets official Twitter account tweeted out an image declaring Harden the “new King”…

After one win? Welp. As the saying goes, you come at the King, you best not miss…

Andre Iguodala drops defender with vicious crossover

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a forward, Andre Iguodala sure does have a history of using his crossover dribble to shake free and drop defenders. I mean, we’re not even a year removed from this play, when Iguodala left Denver’s Quincy Miller in the dust.


VIDEO: Iguodala Miller

But if you thought that was nice, just wait until you see what Iguodala did last night. With the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers, Iguodala ran into Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova in transition, and Iguodala dropped another crossover dribble that literally took the feet right out from underneath Dellavedova, leaving him grasping for air…

Steph Curry visits the White House


VIDEO: Curry White House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For most athletes, a visit to the White House happens only if you’ve managed to win a championship or a title. But with the Golden State Warriors in Washington D.C. earlier this week, Stephen Curry found time to stop by the White House one morning. Curry has long been involved in the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets anti-malaria initiative, and while in D.C., he joined several experts on the subject. After the conference, he managed to swing by the Oval Office to spend some time with President Obama, as you can see in the video above, and the President’s dogs, as you can see below…

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Volume 4, Episode 17


VIDEO: Shaqtin’ A Fool: Volume 4, Episode 17

Vote for this week’s best Shaqtin’ A Fool moment and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin!

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Bismack Biyombo feeds, clothes homeless man

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBismack Biyombo is in his 4th season with the Charlotte Hornets, and while the 22-year-old Congolese power forward is still learning the NBA game, he obviously has his priorities in order off the court. With the Hornets in Chicago this week to take on the Bulls, Biyombo apparently used his night off on Tuesday to walk around the city, where he met a homeless man and, well, let’s let Biyombo tell the story…

Good morning people! Was Bless last night in Chicago to spent time with this great homeless person, who I so sleeping outside as I was walking around the city, he was cover with few things and I spoke to him and after we spoke, I ask him if he want it to get food and he said man I will love to but I can't go into a restaurant. I ask him why? He said because of the way I'm dressing and the way I look.. I could believe it or no? But I want it to experience that myself, as we walk around the mall before we go get some food, officers had to ask if he was with me until we get to the restaurant!! The amazing thing is that I had a great diner and great time and some great conversation and what we did after is between God of this universe and I… This guy read books and is recommendation was this Book call the secret that going to be my next Book!! So people I will just ask you to help because you want to not because you have to.. Help build a better society, be part of something special!! God bless #Godwill #Biznation

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(via r/NBA)

Aaron Gordon loses a shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s unclear exactly what has happened in this clip. I’ve watched it in slow motion about five times and am still unsure how this happened. Either way, Orlando’s Aaron Gordon is out on the perimeter when all of a sudden his right shoe shoots off his foot and flies from the three-point line, into the paint and ends up down under the basket. While the shoe is doing its thing, Gordon drives into the paint wearing one shoe and takes a shot. And as Gordon is driving, Miami’s Chris Andersen delivers a swift kick to Gordon’s bouncing shoe and boots it out of the lane. Crazy play.

(via SB Nation)

DeMarcus Cousins versus elbows and a chair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I suppose there are two ways to look at what DeMarcus Cousins got into last night. On the one hand, Cousins has a history of expressing his temper in the wrong ways and drawing technical fouls, so it’s nice he showed he wasn’t thrilled while avoiding picking up a T. But on the other hand, maybe you don’t want to show your discontent by kicking a chair…

(BTW, watch the face of the woman just behind the bench. Such a perfect reaction.)

Then, a few minutes later, Memphis forward Zach Randolph squared off against Cousins, and accidentally caught him with not one but two elbows…

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But the best news for Cousins? The Kings hung on for a 102-90 win.