Catching Up With Nick Young

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s impossible to have too much Nick Young on the All Ball blog. I’m thinking about giving him his own category at this point. In the meantime, he does have his own tag, and you can get your Nick Young fix here.

Or, you can just watch the video below, where Lakers.com caught up with Swaggy P and found out how his summer has gone and various other swaggy tidbits…

VIDEO: Nick Young

Nike introduces the LEBRON 12

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It wouldn’t be a new NBA season if LeBron James didn’t come out in a new pair of kicks. Yesterday in Portland, at Nike World Headquarters, Nike and LeBron debuted his latest signature shoe, the LEBRON 12.

According to a release from Nike…

The LEBRON 12 was born in the lab, where scientific data and analysis substantiated the need for next-generation cushioning, support and flexibility.

This science-led insight was maximized for James while accounting for the diverse needs of athletes worldwide. The lead colorway, the LEBRON 12 NSRL, was inspired by the new shoe’s genesis in the lab.

Five visible, hexagonally-shaped Nike Zoom Air bags in the outsole of the LEBRON 12 enhance natural motion while providing accelerated explosiveness with each step. Nike Zoom Air delivers the same great cushioning it brought to footwear when first introduced to basketball in 1995; now the hexagonal Nike Zoom Air is mapped to the pressure points of the foot where it’s most needed for basketball performance.

In tandem with the sole, the lightweight and breathable Megafuse upper is designed to act as a molded second skin that minimizes weight and amplifies breathability and comfort.

James runs approximately three miles per game, and the average player changes directions about 1,000 times over that distance, requiring supportive, comfortable footwear to withstand tremendous impact and torque. Dynamic Flywire cables provide lockdown support for James’s unrivaled combination of speed and strength. The upper is constructed for a precise fit, with Hyperposite wings that deliver targeted support and protection.

The first colorway drops October 1 in China and October 11 globally. Check below for images of the shoe in several colorways…

SLAM magazine recreates classic cover

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before I got hired here at NBA.com by The Powers That Be, I spent over a dozen years working at SLAM magazine. I had several different jobs during my time there, including helping come up with cover concepts, and I learned a ton about how to make a magazine cover that matters. That rectangle of real estate on the cover will sit there on the newsstand and be the best bit of advertising you can create, so you need to be creative, and informative, and memorable, and about a dozen other things. (My favorite cover I worked on? I can’t pick. I was there from issue 46 through issue 156. You choose.)

One of the most famous SLAM covers ever was issue 15, well before my time, which featured a gatefold cover of the 1996 NBA rookie class. Here’s what that cover looked like…

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This was shot at that year’s rookie photo shoot day, outdoors against a brick wall. By the way, notice the way Kobe Bryant is standing, with his left hand behind his back? He had a cast on his wrist so they had him hide it with his pose.

Yesterday, SLAM announced their newest cover, and with such a stacked rookie class, it only made sense to pay homage to another awesome class and, in turn, an amazing cover.

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This image was shot at this year’s NBA rookie photo shoot, during a lunch break when they pretty much kicked everyone but the players out of the gym and confiscated cell phones so there wouldn’t be any image leaks, and then hustled everyone onto the set and got this great frozen moment.

Charles Barkley throws out turrible first pitch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I noted the other day that there have been a ton of NBA-related first pitches thrown at Major League Baseball games this summer and fall. And while I’m still planning on a massive post rounding up all these pitches, I wanted to wait as late as I could so I wouldn’t miss any of these first pitches.

And then Sir Charles comes along and forces my hand. Last night in Chicago, Charles Barkley threw out the first pitch at a Cubs game. And, first of all, it was juuu-ust a bit outside. OK, I’m being generous: It was way wide right and it bounced all the way to the backstop. But, hey, it was better than his golf swing?


VIDEO: Barkley throws out the first pitch at Wrigley Field

Beard-Off: FIBA Edition

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We noted earlier that Team USA had little trouble with Serbia in the final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, winning 129-92. Team USA was excited, breaking into dance moves and making snow angels on the floor.

Serbia may have lost, but the players weren’t completely defeated. Just check out this quote from Serbia center Miroslav Raduljica

Now, if you’re not familiar with Mr. Raduljica, you should get familiar. As part of looking alarmingly like The Starters co-host Trey Kerby, Raduljica has a thick, cultivated beard, as you can see below…

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Now, this isn’t to say James Harden, who has made commercials about his beard, doesn’t have something significant happening on his own…

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But what we are here to uncover is, Who wore it better? And for that, we could only turn to you, All Ball readers, and ask for your input.

So tell us, who had the better FIBA beard? Cast your vote below…

Tim Duncan to appear in The Punisher comic book

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan may be one of the NBA’s quietest players on the floor, which means fan don’t know much about him off the floor. But in actuality he’s a fun guy, who loves videos games and cars and, as we’ve seen from his knee braces, comic books. And now it’s all coming together.

According to a post from Black Jack Speed Shop, the garage/shop Duncan owns in San Antonio, Tim is going to appear in a special upcoming issue of a The Punisher comic book. Here’s a preview image below, where it looks like Tim is giving over his car key to the Punisher…

(via Project Spurs)

Milwaukee Bucks tailgate at a Green Bay Packers game

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A group of Milwaukee Bucks players hopped a bus and went out to historic Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers/New York Jets game on Sunday. The Bucks produced a video of the day, which features several of the players (Brandon Knight, Larry Sanders) talking about how much they enjoyed the experience, but what you really need to watch for is the end of the video, when Jabari Parker dons a cheese head. Welcome to the NBA, rook…


VIDEO: Bucks at Green Bay

NBA 2K15 shows preview of Cavs starting lineup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are getting close now, I hope you realize. That’s right, NBA training camps crank up in just a few weeks, and from there we’re just days away from actual NBA action (which is faaaan-tastic!).

But if you, like LeBron James, just can’t wait, Bron has you covered. Earlier today LeBron tweeted a link to a video from the upcoming NBA2K15 video game, of the pregame introductions for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Enjoy everyone…we’re just days away…


VIDEO: NBA 2K The Land

Team USA busts a move after winning gold

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Team USA won gold in the final of yesterday’s FIBA Basketball World Cup with a decisive win over Serbia, 129-92. But before returning home, Team USA had to collect their medals and their trophies. And then, right there on the podium, they all broke into the “shmoney dance”…

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Well, everyone except Derrick Rose, who kind of just stood around on the right side there…

Also, Klay Thompson made a snow angel in the confetti…

(via SB Nation)

Stephen Curry never misses

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While most people thought Team USA would struggle in the FIBA Basketball World Cup without players like Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Paul George, Team USA managed to mostly sail through the competition behind strong performances from the players on the perimeter, from James Harden to Kyrie Irving to Klay Thompson.

And then there was Stephen Curry. We already knew he was one of the best shooters in the NBA, and Curry cemented that status in Spain, shooting 44 percent on threes. Check out this video below from the NBA’s Youtube channel, in which we see one of Curry’s off-day workouts in Madrid. There’s a reason why he never seems to miss…


VIDEO: Curry shooting