NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

ZACH LAVINE
Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine threw out the first pitch at a Twins game before they played his (former) favorite team, the Angels. I like how fired up he is after meeting Mike Trout


VIDEO: LaVine pitch

ANDREW WIGGINS
Staying in Minnesota, just last night, Andrew Wiggins took the hill to give it a shot. Have to say, I think he threw a strike…

Andrew Wiggins' pitch is a strike!!!

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MARCUS SMART
Another member of the rookie class, Boston’s Marcus Smart, went to Fenway and despite some nerves, tossed a strike as well…


VIDEO: Smart Pitch

DANTE EXUM AND RODNEY HOOD
Staying within the rookie class, here are a couple of Jazz rooks throwing out the first pitch at a Salt Lake Bees minor league game. Hood, a lefty, was impressive. Exum, an Australian who had never been to a baseball game, not so much…


VIDEO: Exum and Hood

KHRIS MIDDLETON
The Bucks forward apparently threw out the first pitch at a Brewers game, but I couldn’t find a close angle. Best I could get is this view, from Middleton’s Instagram account. He appropriately hashtagged this “#teamnobounce”…

Brewers/Marlins 1st pitch!! #teamnobounce #teamno50cent ⚾️⚾️

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BEN MCLEMORE AND RAY MCCALLUM
Two Kings at once! At a Sacramento River Cats AAA game, the two Kings guard threw pitches at the same time. McLemore was a bit more accurate but both guys got it across.


VIDEO: Two Kings

BEN MCLEMORE
He’s back! The Kings guard is a St. Louis native, so while he was home this summer, he had the chance to throw a first pitch at a Cardinals game. Caught a bad bounce here…


VIDEO: McLemore pitch

SHAWN KEMP
A few months ago, former Seattle SuperSonic Shawn Kemp threw out the first pitch at a Mariners game. The Reignman breaks out a new move here, buttoning his jersey while he’s still taking the mound…


VIDEO: Reignman pitch

MONTY WILLIAMS
Another former player, this one now a head coach, Monty Williams took part in Pelicans Day at a AAA New Orleans Zephyrs game. He also discusses his strategy of intentionally taking a little off in case he didn’t throw a strike…


VIDEO: Monty pitch

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