ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — LeBron James made a bold choice in deciding to leave Miami for Cleveland, but he’s been less decisive about another choice that awaits: Should he bring back his pregame powder toss?
The powder toss was something LeBron regularly did just before tipoff as a member of the Cavs, and then he did it only occasionally with the Heat.
But after re-signing with Cleveland, LeBron came out and said he couldn’t wait to do it in Cleveland again, posting a video on his Instagram account of the moment.
Then, a few weeks ago, he sort of waffled on his announcement, saying he would ask his kids about it…
LeBron said he'll "probably" go back to his pregame powder toss this year but added, "I'm going to let my kids (decide).Whatever they want"
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’re still in the NBA preseason, but Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks are already in midseason form when it comes to trick plays. Kidd, you’ll remember, had a few tricks up his sleeve last season when was coaching the Nets, such as the game where he “spilled” a drink on the court to get a free time out. Last night against Minnesota, guard Bucks Nate Wolters trotted over toward Kidd on the sideline as if he was going to call a timeout, and when the defense made a similar assumption, Wolters had a clear path to the rim. Nifty play…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA regular season literally right around the corner, last night Conan O’Brien welcomed Portland point guard Damian Lillard to talk about the upcoming season, Lillard’s #4BarFriday and Lillard’s poise after his series-winner over Houston…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being a rookie in the NBA is serious business. Not only are you worried about your place in the rotation and establishing yourself on the court, but you have to prove yourself off the court as well to the team’s veterans by carrying luggage, bringing coffee and donuts to workouts, and doing other inane stuff.
Normally those things happen on the team bus or in the locker room, but the Golden State Warriors figured they might as well make their rooks do it in public. So at an open practice recently, rookie Aaron Craft dressed like a bear and sang a Miley Cyrus song…
James Michael McAdoo selected the theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”…
And Mitchell Watt performed the theme from Aladdin…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Now that the NBA is back, that means fun stuff like crossovers are back as well. Earlier in the week we saw Kobe catch a crossover, but that has nothing on what happened last night to Clippers point guard Jared Cunningham. Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe hit Cunningham with a crossover, and while Cunningham stuck with him through the cross, Bledsoe then slammed on the brakes, and not only lost Cunningham, he sent him right on out of bounds. Later!
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Today’s Topic: All-Time Best Nets
On this date in 1967, The New Jersey Americans, a new ABA franchise sold to Arthur Brown, played its first game.
In the 1968-69 season, the Americans became the New York Nets — a name the team would keep throughout its ABA days and when it joined the NBA before the 1976-77 season. In 1977-78, they moved to New Jersey and became the New Jersey Nets, a name the franchise would keep until it moved, again, in 2012-13 to Brooklyn and became the Brooklyn Nets.
The franchise has a championship history, having won ABA titles in 1974 and ’76, and made back-to-back NBA Finals in the early 2000s (2002, ’03) as well.
To honor the Nets franchise, we take this Throwback Thursday to look back at the best players to ever suit up for the team.
(NOTE:Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Steve Nash has had a tough run of it of late, battling injuries in an attempt to get back on the court regularly. Even in the last few weeks, he’s had to take a step back after an injury set-back. But what’s so cool about Steve Nash is that basketball isn’t all that he does. And although the sun may be setting on his hoops career, a new movie called Nash: The Documentary, out soon on iTunes and On Demand, promises to look at Nash from all angles.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week I came across a video featuring Jeremy Lin in Taiwan, where he dressed undercover as an employee at an adidas store and basically pranked shoppers. Because we know Lin loves his pranks.
Anyway, I didn’t post the video because I didn’t really understand it — even though it almost doesn’t need commentary; people’s reactions when they realize it’s Lin are pretty visceral — as the entire thing is in Mandarin. But this morning our producer Jeff Case pointed out that you can click on the little “CC” button on the video player to turn on subtitles, which makes it a million times funnier, particularly because Lin is so self-deprecating.
That’s right, on a pre-recorded clip aired during New York’s preseason win over the Wizards on Wednesday, MSG broadcaster Al Trautwig presented the vaunted golden trophy to the talent they call “Shump” for his role behind the scenes and as the star of the network’s show “Beginnings.”
Just think, if New York re-signs The Panda’s Friend (The Artist Formerly Known As Metta World Peace And Ron Artest), they could grab a little hardware for some type of nature show, too. Stay tuned.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As someone who has spent most of the last decade of my life dealing with NBA players, I am comfortable being on record as saying that Jamal Crawford is one of the true good guys in the NBA. He’s always quick with a smile, a good story, and is one of the most thoughtful guys I’ve come across. But he’s had a peripatetic NBA career — in 14 NBA seasons, he’s had a different head coach (which means a different system) every season. (Assuming Doc Rivers sticks around all season, look for that streak to finally end.) But basketball heads recognize Crawford as a terrific shooter and one of the most entertaining ballhandlers in the game today. This video, from Ball is Life, is a 20-minute documentary about Crawford and what made him who he is. It’s well worth a watch…