USA Basketball unveils Men’s Olympic team

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The term “unveiled” is often employed to describe the introduction of something new, and at its definition, “unveiled” suggests literally taking the lid off of whatever it is that is being displayed. Yesterday in New York City, the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team was, quite literally, unveiled at a community center in Harlem. A group of kids were gathered for an announcement, when suddenly a door was raised, revealing all the members of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team…

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After the announcement, a few kids were asked for their reactions. Clearly, and understandably, they were still pretty fired up about it…

James Harden is unstoppable

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Houston Rockets guard James Harden has shown himself to be one of the NBA’s most creative players, with an ability to get to the basket almost no matter the defender. And at a recent basketball camp, Harden broke out a move that probably wouldn’t work in an NBA game, but still left his defender, a kid camper, with his head spinning. Literally.

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Tyronn Lue talks to President Obama

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For an NBA team that wins a championship, you usually get a quick phone call from the president congratulating you on the achievement. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, after beating the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, that call came a few days later, and lucky for us, there were cameras present. Here’s a great video of President Barack Obama calling Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to congratulate him on a job well done. It’s a brief call, but President Obama is on long enough to make it clear that while he’s retired from playing, he not only watched the games but he kept up with the parade as well…

Jimmy Butler pays tribute to Derrick Rose

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Draft is just hours away, but the big story yesterday was the Chicago Bulls trading former MVP Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. And while Bulls fans are certainly sad to see Rose go, his All-Star teammate Jimmy Butler took to Instagram to pay a heartfelt tribute to Rose…

Outgoing rookies have some advice for Ben Simmons

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In just a couple of days, the NBA Draft will be held in Brooklyn, and Ben Simmons will be one of the first players selected. With that in mind, this new spot from Foot Locker features Simmons receiving advice from a few guys who just finished their rookie seasons — Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and D’Angelo Russell. And the outgoing rookies are able to share some of the wisdom they picked up from their rookie years to help smooth the way for Simmons…

Also, in this spot, Simmons makes his own Foot Locker ad, with special guest “Karl-Anthony Towns”…

Cleveland Indians pay tribute to LeBron

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By winning the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally broken the city of Cleveland’s 52-year dry spell without a title. And while the people of Ohio and certainly excited, other teams around Cleveland are also showing their gratitude. During last night’s Indians game, the Indians slipped an image of LeBron and the Larry O’Brien trophy into their Kiss Cam segment.

Cleveland’s belief finally pays off

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The city of Cleveland had gone 52 years without winning a sports championship…until last night, when the Cleveland Cavaliers did the impossible and came from behind to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. It wasn’t always easy to be a Cleveland sports fan, but last night all the years of waiting and wishing became worth it. And in this new commercial from Nike, Cavs fans find out exactly how great it feels to be a champion…

You can buy Steph Curry’s game-used mouthguard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two-time MVP Steph Curry is one of the most popular athletes in the world, and now fans have the opportunity to own a piece of Curry memorabilia that is…well, it’s kind of gross. Sure, anyone can get an autograph, but how many people can say they own one of Curry’s game-used mouthguards that he constantly chews on? Soon, that could be you!

According to ESPN, an online sports auction will soon include one of Curry’s game-used mouthguards…

SCP Auctions, which is based in California, said it obtained the mouthguard from a fan who picked it up off the floor near the Golden State Warriors bench after a game this season.

“Steph Curry has given more life to mouthguards than any player in history,” said Dan Imler, vice president of the auction house. “The way he flips it in and out of his mouth has become part of watching him during a game.”

Imler expects the mouthguard to sell for at least $5,000.

The mouthguard is marked with the Warriors logo and Curry’s name and number. It was consigned to the auction company with a case labeled “CURRY.”

A Warriors spokesperson wouldn’t comment on the auction.

Ben McLemore invents “Halfcourt-Swish-Dunk Challenge”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think you’ve seen every shot imaginable, someone comes up with something new. Like this, for instance, from Kings guard Ben McLemore, who took to Instagram to debut the #HalfcourtSwishDunkChallenge. Basically you have to swish the shot from halfcourt, and if that wasn’t difficult enough, you then are required to grab the rebound and dunk it on one bounce. McLemore challenged several other NBA players in his post, now we see if any of them are able to take the challenge…

That time Draymond Green tried football

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen that Warriors center Draymond Green has no problem being physical on the basketball court, but when he tried to take that physicality to the football field? Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea.

Back in 2011, as Green was entering his senior season at Michigan State University, he suited up and played tight end for the Spartans in their spring scrimmage game. He got in for two plays, which you can watch here…

As Green said at the time, he almost scored a TD…

The 6-foot-7 Green, wearing No. 83 in the April scrimmage, played tight end for two plays. On the first, he was called for a false start. On the second, Andrew Maxwell’s pass flew over Green’s hands, but MSU defensive back Johnny Adams — eight inches shorter than Green — was called for pass interference.

“It would have been a touchdown if it wasn’t for pass interference,” Green said Saturday at LaMarr Woodley’s free football camp at Saginaw High.

“It was just for fun, something I wanted to do. I thought it would be my only chance to ever do it at that level.”