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…
CP went from Houston to Dallas this offseason, but before taking the court for the Mavericks, he took the mound for the Texas Rangers and may have thrown the best NBA pitch of the summer. (As he admits, he’s a former high school baseball player.)
VIDEO: Parsons pitch
Parsons’ former teammate James Harden spent his summer in Spain with Team USA, but before leaving stopped by an Astros game (while rocking jorts) to throw a first pitch…
VIDEO: Harden’s Pitch
Meanwhile, Harden’s Team USA teammate DeMar DeRozan gave the first pitch a shot up in Toronto, where he uncorked a fastball that was nothing but net, which isn’t a good thing in baseball…
VIDEO: Derozan pitch
Lopez plays for Portland but he’s a longtime Seattle Mariners fan. so he was thrilled to take the mound at Safeco this summer and did a respectable job…
VIDEO: Lopez pitch
TIM HARDAWAY JR
The Knicks guard kept his first pitch in the vicinity of home plate, so he’s got that going for him…
It took the Lakers months to officially hire Byron Scott as their new head coach, but once he got the gig he headed over to Dodger Stadium (on Star Wars night!) to throw out the first pitch.
VIDEO: Scott pitch
The Lakers rookie made a stop at Dodger Stadium after being drafted, and his first pitch is sort of a lefty eephus pitch…
VIDEO: Randle pitch
JORDAN FARMAR AND NICK YOUNG
And finally, when the NBA season ended, Young and Farmar (who was a Laker then, a Clipper now) went to a Dodgers game together to throw consecutive first pitches. Farmar’s pitch is pretty good, Nick’s is a little too swaggy…