Here’s Karl-Anthony Towns kissing a tiger cub

KAT Love ❤️

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t make the playoffs, but center Karl-Anthony Towns is staying busy. Yesterday he spent some time with a non-profit called Wildlife in Need, a charity that presumably helps wildlife that is in need.

Draymond Green is in the zone

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The phrase “in the zone” gets thrown around frequently in sports, but what exactly does it mean? It’s usually used to describe a player who gets into a state where he seems to perform at a higher level. But it could also be used to describe what happened to Golden State’s Draymond Green during the postgame press conference the other night following the Warriors’ win over Portland during Game 2 of the Western Conference semis. While his teammate Festus Ezeli is answering a question, suddenly Draymond either gets into a zone or zones out or freezes up or…well, something…

The good news is, Draymond has an explanation for it! According to Draymond, there was a glitch in the matrix…

NBA teams celebrate May The 4th Be With You

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is May 4, which to a certain subset of people (including Brook and Robin Lopez, above) is better known as May The 4th Be With You, a day to celebrate all things Star Wars. And NBA teams, they’re just like us! Here’s how several teams celebrated the day on social media…

 

Kobe Bryant went to Disneyland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You’re Kobe Bryant, and you’ve just retired following a legendary twenty year NBA career. So what do you do next?

You go to Disneyland! At least, that’s what Kobe did this week, and a bunch of Lakers fans documented it on social media…

Toronto Raptors mascot attends city council meeting

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Toronto Raptors advanced out of the first round by the skin of their teeth, and last night began their series against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. To celebrate their first second round appearance since 2001, Toronto’s City Council recognized the efforts of the Raptors, and Toronto’s mascot, The Raptor, showed up and caused all kinds of trouble…

Are we closer to LeBron starring in Space Jam 2?

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hollywood is a wonderful and strange place, a different universe that operates in a way that is often confusing yet ultimately serves to delight and entertain. Which is to say, the following story is still under some scrutiny, but if we are to believe published reports, we might be one step closer to a Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James.

Rumors of a sequel to Michael Jordan’s popular original started two years ago, when it was reported that LeBron would consider starring in a Space Jam sequel. Today, according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, an accomplished director is on board…

Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are ready to shoot some intergalactic hoops with LeBron James.

The Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer is co-writing with Dodge and Botello the Warner Bros.’ sequel Space Jam 2. Lin is also eyeing to direct and produce via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.

Rumors of a follow-up to the live action/animated 1996 hit have been brewing for years, and picked up again when James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. in July. The Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player, who recently appeared in Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, will star in Space Jam 2. He’s repped by WME.

The first film, a live action/animation hybrid that earned $230.4 million worldwide, starred Michael Jordan and a collection of Looney Tunes cartoon characters who teamed up to play a game of ball against aliens threatening their freedom.

Lin helmed four of the Fast & Furious films, starting with 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. He directed Star Trek Beyond, which is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2016. His other credits include 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow and episodes of True Detective and Scorpion. He’s repped by CAA, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse.

Great, huh? Not so fast, my friends. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says there is no deal set as of yet…

What happens when Charles Barkley wrestles Shaquille O’Neal?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure, when they’re on television, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal seem like a couple of fun-loving guys. But what are they like off camera? As someone who has been fortunate enough to have spent a good bit of time with them off camera, I can attest that they are basically exactly the same on camera as they are off camera. Exhibit 479: This video from last night from just outside the TNT Green Room, where Chuck and Shaq apparently decided to see who would win in a wrestling match. Pretty sure that’s Charles claiming credit there at the end…

Office Vibes.

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Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert partake in Running Man challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t played a game since Sunday, when they eliminated the Detroit Pistons in four games in Round One of the playoffs. And because the Cavs had to wait for their opponent to be determined, Cleveland’s next game won’t be until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. So it’s perhaps understandable if the guys are a little bored of practicing against each other and are ready to get to some actual game action. That ennui showed itself at practice yesterday, when first a little football game broke out…

JR Smith, LeBron and Kyrie throwing a football after Cavs practice.

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Then, Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert did their best Running Man dance…

Tom Thibodeau throws out first pitch at Twins game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s baseball season, which means we’re going to start seeing more and more NBA-related folks throwing out the first pitches at games. And last night in Minnesota, new Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau took the mound for his shot at it. Now, we can assume that Thibs was probably, if anything, over-prepared for this moment. We don’t know if he threw a strike, because the video above cuts off just as the ball reaches the plate. But let’s just assume he did, because Thibs wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Birthday George Gervin

SAN ANTONIO, TX - 1980: George Gervin #44 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during a game circa 1980 at the HemisFair Arena in San Antonio, TX. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1980 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the great scorers in NBA history, George “Iceman” Gervin.

Gervin was born and raised in Detroit, and ended up playing college ball at Eastern Michigan University. His first professional experience was in the Eastern Basketball Association, where he was spotted by the American Basketball Association. After becoming an All-Star in the ABA, Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs joined the NBA. Gervin would eventually win four NBA scoring titles and become a nine-time NBA All-Star. He played his final NBA game in 1986, having scored 26,595 career points.

Iceman turns 64 years old today. Happy birthday, George!