Victor Oladipo nails amazing trick shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo had a memorable rookie season, making the All-Rookie first team and finishing second in Rookie of the Year balloting. How do you improve upon such a great start? Maybe by adding an awesome over-the-head, back-to-the-basket halfcourt shot to your repertoire…


VIDEO: Oladipo Shot

The All Ball Media Day Gallery

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we realize the NBA is more than just baskets and blocks. We like to laugh, to look beyond the court at the things that are funny and odd and just plain different. With that in mind, I spent an hour this morning digging through thousands of photos from media days around the NBA to find frozen moments that made me smile. Hope you like them too…

Nick Young’s latest invention: Poetry Fridays

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Nick Young has given us plenty of All Ball fodder over the last year or so, and he continues innovating even on the eve of the NBA season. His latest idea? Poetry Fridays. Here is Nick in two videos rhyming about…banners or something? The highlight of the entire enterprise might be at the end of the second video, where Swaggy P’s son, Nick Jr. — an aspiring model in his own right — drops a guest verse.

How Kobe Bryant is like a cheetah

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In yesterday’s New York Times, there was a long interview/conversation between Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington, the media executive perhaps best known as the founder of The Huffington Post. The two apparently struck up a friendship after Kobe reached out to her, and the entire thing is worth your time to read, as they talk about everything from process vs results to meditation.

But toward the end of the piece, Kobe reveals some insight into his game — specifically, how he figured out how to fix his fadeaway jumper…

PG: There’s your Showtime documentary, “Kobe’s Muse,” in November. What’s that?

KOBE: You’ll see all the things I do, on and off the court. Every little detail, every tidbit, every improvement. And from that, we peel back the layers to get to who I am — because you can’t understand what I do without understanding who I am.

PG: Sounds like a series.

KOBE: That’s the vision. I’m the first “Kobe’s Muse,” then we’ll build it out. I want to know how Arianna became Arianna. I had this conversation with Hilary Swank once, and I asked about acting. And she broke down her process all the way to what would the character be watching on TV, what music would she listen to, how much money in her purse, how much change. I’m so interested in all those details.

AH: People want to know those things.

PG: As a lens for understanding each other?

KOBE: Exactly. I’ll give you an example. When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you’ll notice my leg is always extended. I had problems making that shot in the past. It’s tough. So one day I’m watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it’s cutting a sharp angle. And that’s when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?

AH: That’s amazing.

KOBE: Inspiration surrounds us.

And CBS’s Matt Moore found photo evidence — Kobe really is becoming a cheetah…

Jeremy Lin has some endorsement ideas

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJeremy Lin is about to begin his first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s played in large markets before — most notably, New York City. But despite having a high profile and playing in places where fans love their basketball players, in his latest video for YouTube, Jeremy realizes that perhaps he could step up his endorsement game. So here we see J-Lin go through several options, from being the most “Linteresting” man in the world to meeting his long-lost twin brother Jeremiah.


VIDEO: Lindorsements

MUSCLEWATCH 2014 (Update 1)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — And here we are again. Summer has officially given way to fall, which means many things, but really only means one thing that we care about around these parts: IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR A NEW NBA SEASON.

And when training camps convene around the country, that means it’s time for … wait for it … MUSCLEWATCH!

What, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? It stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that our local paper used to always say that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of MUSCLE. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and 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 Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

MUSCLEWATCH has truly evolved from when it was Matt and I sitting around our apartment cracking jokes. I thought we’d come a long way a year ago when the official television network of the NBA was running promos for it…

And now actual NBA teams are referencing #MUSCLEWATCH…

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I feel like we’ve got a movement on our hands. This is a wonderful thing.

WHEN WE LAST LEFT MUSCLEWATCH, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were putting in work. Let’s get into the muscles…

• The biggest story in the NBA this summer was LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But pretty soon after the dust settled from The Announcement, LeBron started posting photos online where he looked drastically thinner than he looked last season.

In an interview this week with CNN’s Rachel Nichols, LeBron talked about his weight loss. (Around the 2:45 mark here.) According to LeBron he’s around 250 pounds — even though he’s been listed at 249 for years — thanks to eating only fish, meat, fruits and vegetables for 67 days. He also said, “I had the Cookie Monster chasing me in my dreams a few times.

We don’t know exactly how much weight LeBron lost or even how much he weighed before, unless someone gets it out of him at Cleveland’s media day, which I’m afraid makes him ineligible to win the MUSCLEWATCH title this season.

Instead, LeBron, in recognition of your efforts, we will give you this GIF of Cookie Monster dancing …

cookiedance

• While we’re talking about the NBA’s bold names, how about Carmelo Anthony slimming down?

Last season Melo was listed at 240, but he has apparently been making better choices when eating, according to this article. No Cookie Monster nightmares that we know about yet, however. YET.

• There were reports earlier this summer that Detroit point guard Brandon Jennings had added 25 pounds of muscle  

Yep, Chris Douglas-Roberts Is Bringing Back Short Shorts

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, new Clippers signee Chris Douglas-Roberts made a promise via Twitter: He was going to bring back short shorts this season.

And now we know: He wasn’t kidding. Yesterday, CDR took place in a photo shoot with his new Clippers uniform, and indeed, the shorts are really short…

Mike Scott Dressed Up Like A Turkey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott dressed like a turkey.


VIDEO: Turkey Scott

Throwback Thursday: All-time rebounds leaders


VIDEO: Moses Malone career retrospective

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: All-Time Rebounds Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time rebounds leaders.

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


Gallery: TBT: All-time rebounds leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

Who does Kevin Durant play as on NBA 2K?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant is arguably the best player in the NBA right now, but to hear him talk, he is inarguably the best NBA player when it comes to playing the NBA 2K video game. Last night on “The Tonight Show,” Durant noted he’s been playing the game for 15 years, so he’s understandably “really good” at it.

However, Durant said he doesn’t play NBA 2K as himself. Meaning when he plays the game, he doesn’t control the Oklahoma City Thunder. So what player does he use to ensure his winning streak stays alive?

See for yourself…


VIDEO: Durant Fallon