Kevin Durant turns into a giant

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the start of the playoffs usually comes a new slew of commercials featuring your favorite NBA players. For instance, this new spot from Sprint featuring Kevin Durant as a giant version of himself who hangs outside of treehouses and takes off into the sky…


VIDEO: KD Joins Framily

(via FTW)

The Knicks were Shaqtin’ A Fool

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Shaqtin’ A Fool, the weekly compilation of lowlights on “Inside the NBA,” has become one of the most popular segments on the show. (And if you frequent the All Ball blog, you know we post Shaqtin’ each week right here on this blog.) And while we all know Shaq has his favorite players to regularly appear — JaVale McGee, Kendrick Perkins, etc. — in retrospect, for this season at least, it seems like Shaq also may have had a favorite team.

In this Youtube compilation video, someone cut together all the different Knicks appearances on Shaqtin’ A Fool from this season. Warning: It is over 5 minutes long.


VIDEO: Shaqtin’ A Knicks

(via TNLP)

Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven


VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!

Toronto Raptors release cool playoff promo

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Canada has some of the most intense basketball fans in the world. Unfortunately, the NBA’s lone franchise in Canada, the Toronto Raptors, has had a five-season drought of not qualifying for the postseason. All of that changed last night, however, as the season ended and the upstart Raptors officially won the Atlantic Division. Now, as they ready for the postseason, the Raptors have released a pretty cool video to rally their fans. As the video says, “We are the North side, a territory all our own. If that makes us outsiders, we’re in.”


VIDEO: We The North

Choose the best Trail Blazers opening

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Portland Trail Blazers seem to really appreciate fan involvement. A few weeks back they allowed fans to vote on their favorite court design to help choose the floor they will play on next season. Now they’re opening the polls again to allow fans to vote on their favorite version of the pregame intro. Fans can vote here, and the winning video will be played tonight against the Clippers. As for the choices, you’ve got four to choose from…


VIDEO: Sabotage edition


VIDEO: Rip City edition


VIDEO: “Hands” edition


VIDEO: Comics edition

Dwight Howard continues dominating against little kids

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago we saw Houston big man Dwight Howard honing his skills via an unusual training regimen — dunking on a little kid. Well, as we see from this video posted this week on Instagram, Dwight’s at it again, although this time he’s working on his defense. Don’t bring that weak stuff in here, kid!

(via TNLP)

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Vol. 3, Episode 23


VIDEO: Season’s final edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool

This is it: The five worst plays of the 2013-14 season.  Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin!
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Spurs’ Team Selfie Takes Twitter By Storm

By Nick Margiasso IV

Hey, Oscars … anything you can do, the San Antonio Spurs can do better. Tuesday afternoon, the Western Conference’s top-seeded squad took a cue from last month’s now infamous and star-studded selfie posted by daytime talk show celeb Ellen DeGeneres at the aforementioned award show, posting one of their own to kick off the team’s upcoming fan night festivities.

So, eat your heart out Ellen and friends!

–Coach Pop & the crew

Follow the team on Twitter @spurs.

Driver runs into Chandler Parsons, asks for his autograph

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The first time I visited Houston, Texas, was just after Christmas in 2002. I was there for SLAM magazine to write a profile on Yao Ming and Steve Francis, and I spent about a week hanging around the Rockets. I also saw one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen while driving.

The Toyota Center, their current home, was not yet built; back then they played in the Compaq Center, previously known as The Summit. On a Sunday morning while I was there, the Rockets held a shootaround at their arena. It was relatively early, and because it was a weekend morning, I remember how quiet things were on my drive to the arena. I was in no hurry, so I cruised along, looking out the windows and trying to get a feel for Houston.

And then I came upon a railroad crossing. As I pulled up to it, the light above it turned red and the crossing flags began to lower, blocking the road and signaling that a train was coming. I slipped my rental car into park and settled in to sip my coffee and wait for the train to pass.

In my rear view mirror, I noticed a late-model sedan coming toward me. This car was in the lane next to me, so it wasn’t in danger of hitting me, but it was coming fast, much too fast to stop in time for the train crossing, and it seemed to be accelerating. I looked ahead and saw the train nearing the intersection. I turned my head just in time to follow the car as it hit the wooden crossing flags at full speed, shattering the wood and sending shards flying. The car shot across the train tracks, bouncing as it hit the other side of the road. Maybe two seconds later the train barreled through the intersection, as I sat there, my heart pounding, wondering if I was being Punk’d.

(Initially I wondered if the car was being pursued by authorities, but no other cars ever came along. I just sat there, totally alone, at the intersection until the train passed. I combed the local papers the next few days but never saw any mention of what I’d witnessed.)

I bring all that up because we have another NBA-related driving story out of Houston. Last night on his way to the Toyota Center, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was involved in a minor car accident. How do we know it really happened? The other driver asked Parsons for an autograph after hitting his car…

A driver outside Toyota Center ran a red light and hit Parsons’ SUV near the entrance to the loading dock. Parsons said he and driver were not hurt, though it made him a few minutes late for treatment before shooting to see if he would be cleared to play.

“She said she ran a red light and it was her fault,” Parsons said. “She had a little car so it kind of messed up the front bumper of my car. She was OK. Asked me to sign her insurance card.”

I think we can say Parsons was fine — he played 40 minutes and scored 21 points.

Damian Lillard wants rings

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the world of Foot Locker commercials, famous athletes randomly hang out together like it’s an everyday occurrence. In this new spot from Foot Locker, we find Portland’s Damian Lillard sitting around a mod house chatting on his phone, when he offhandedly mentions he would like to win a championship ring at some point in his career. This is a perfectly acceptable feeling to have, unless perhaps you express that feeling aloud within earshot of Barry Sanders, LaDanian Tomlinson, Chris Webber and Karl Malone.


VIDEO: Lillard Foot Locker