Charles Barkley isn’t very good at Jenga

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s late at night, and you’re away from home on a work trip, so what do you do to pass the time? Apparently the TNT crew has fun by busting out the board games. Rachel Nichols posted a few tweets showing the group as they played Jenga. As it turned out, someone ended up knocking over the tower. Would you be surprised to find out it was Charles Barkley?

Zach LaVine dunking a football

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The offseason is only a few weeks old, but Zach LaVine is already winning the summer. Just the other day we saw a picture of LaVine working on his vertical leap and getting a few feet above the rim.

Today we can see LaVine’s hops in action. Here’s a video of LaVine after a recent workout, using a football and showing off his ability to dunk pretty much anything…


VIDEO: LaVine Football Dunks

Did the Golden State Warriors plan too far ahead?


VIDEO: Rockets win Game 4

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Heading into the weekend, both the Eastern and Western Conference final series seemed pretty cut-and-dried: The Warriors had a 3-0 lead over Houston, and the Cavs had a 3-0 lead over the Hawks. So it’s perhaps understandable if the Warriors and Cavs were looking ahead a bit, or planning for what might happen if either team clinched the series and advanced to the NBA Finals.

The only problem there is, the Warriors put their future plans down in writing. And the plans got back to the Rockets.

According to ESPN.com, following the Rockets’ 128-115 Game 4 win over the Warriors, the Rockets returned to their locker room to find a copy of the Warriors plans in case they swept the series. As Calvin Watkins writes

The memo read in part: “The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.”

The memo wasn’t distributed to the media, but its legitimacy was confirmed by Raymond Ridder, the Warriors’ vice president for communication.

The Warriors now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, with Game 5 coming Wednesday in Oakland.

Several players, including Corey Brewer, smiled and shook their heads upon reading the memo.

“They’re confident in their team,” said Josh Smith, who scored 20 points Monday night. “It’s not added motivation; we just got to go out there and play. I don’t really feed into the whole mentally get your rah-rah hype. I just want to go out and play my game.”

The Houston Rockets present how not to play Tic Tac Toe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During a break in action during a recent Houston Rockets game, a couple of fans took part in an on-court contest designed to entertain the crowd. Not sure if this was entertaining or not, but if nothing else it should have been informative.

Here are Reid and Blake, the two fans, who play a basketball-themed version of Tic Tac Toe. If you make a layup, you get the chance to place an X or an O on the board. Seems simple. But after watching these two guys play, it’s unclear if they understand the point of the game is to get three letters in a row…


VIDEO: Rockets Tic Tac Toe

(via TBL)

Rockets’ Howard Waits Out Storm With Fans After Game 4

By Nick Margiasso IV

Was it that the win was so sweet one Rockets big man hung around the arena to take it all in? No, but he was at the Toyota Center until all hours anyway.

Awful weather in the Houston area caused many fans caught up in the glee of a Game 4 win to get smacked right in the face with arena authorities advising them to stay inside the stadium due to safety concerns related to bad thunderstorms and the like. The thing is, their pal Dwight Howard stayed, too. (It could be just that he was looking for some extra court time in case his Flagrant I on Andrew Bogut is upgraded by the league)

Russell Westbrook loves Taylor Swift

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When your season is over and you’re driving around in your car with the sunroof open and the windows down and the weather is nice and you’re feeling pretty good and that new Taylor Swift song comes on the radio and you are kinda nodding your head and starting to feel the beat and then Taylor starts singing, what exactly are you supposed to do?

If you’re Russell Westbrook, you sing along with her. Take it away, Russ…

BAD BLOOD!!!! @taylorswift .. Banger!!!!!

A video posted by Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on

Paul George delivers green flag at Indy 500

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was the annual running of the Indy 500, one of the most iconic automobile races in the world. And since it takes place in Indiana, who better to deliver the opening flag than Pacers forward Paul George. Here’s a video about George’s day. In my book, any event that includes race cars and helicopters is pretty awesome…


VIDEO: Paul George Indy 500

Zach LaVine wants to jump even higher

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everyone knows Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, the reigning NBA Dunk Champ, can jump out of the gym. But what if he could jump even higher? Apparently that’s in the works, as LaVine is spending some time this summer at the Peak Performance Project training facility. In this video, he almost jumps so high that he runs out of room on the scale. For what it’s worth, this is him hitting 12 feet, 1 inch, two feet above the rim…

(via FTW)

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Best/Worst From Conference Seminfinals


VIDEO: Shaqtin’ A Fool: Conference Semifinals

Shaq found quite a few plays from the Conference semifinals that are fool-worthy. Vote for this week’s best Shaqtin’ A Fool moment and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin!


NBA legends, players chime in on Curry’s run

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two games into the Western Conference finals, the Golden State Warriors have a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets as the series moves from Oakland to Houston. And through those games, the Warriors have been led by the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry, who despite being the focus of the Houston defense has managed to score 77 points through two games, including shooting a ridiculous 11-for-22 on three-pointers. Steve Nash is one of the NBA’s greatest three-point shooters ever, but as he noted yesterday in a Reddit AMA, Nash believes Curry is a better shooter than he ever was.

How does Curry do it? Last night on NBA TV’s GameTime, Nets guard Jarrett Jack, a former teammate of Curry’s, made a guest appearance and talked about exactly what makes Curry so tough…


VIDEO: Jack on Curry

Also, Kobe Bryant took to Twitter and explained the riddle of defending Stephen Curry…in 140 characters or less…

All that aside, when you’re able to do stuff like Curry does in the Vine below, how you defend the dude may not matter…