Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams go shopping in China

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is my favorite kind of thing to post in the All Ball blog, because there isn’t anything spectacular happening in this video. Instead, we get to tag along as Charlotte Hornets Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams go out shopping in Shenzhen, China. They discuss travel, look for a pair of gym shorts (you’d think the Hornets may have extra gym shorts but whatever), take a picture with fans, chat about fast food, basically just bro out. My favorite part might be when the guy hands them souvenir ties, and they’re so genuinely appreciative. I’m pitching a travel show with Al and Marv right now…

VIDEO: Al and Marv

James Harden vs Kenny Mayne for 200 lbs of spaghetti

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Houston, Rockets guard James Harden teamed up with Foot Locker to take on the best that Twitter had to offer. Fans challenged Harden to do all kinds of crazy stuff, like making a shot and then taking a selfie with a camel.

And to end the event, Harden played one-on-one against ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, with the loser getting 200 pounds of spaghetti dumped on their head. Want to guess how that turned out?

Kid at Sacramento Kings game is a dancing machine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This video from last night’s Kings game begins with two kids standing there, ready to dance. But pretty quickly, one of the kids takes a seat, leaving a lone dancer there, cutting a rug by himself. And after seeing this young dancing machine strut his stuff, I can’t really fault the other guy for taking a seat. Dance kid, go…

VIDEO: Dancing kid

Dwight Howard fires up the Houston Texans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Houston Texans hosted Thursday Night Football, squaring off against the Indianapolis Colts. And who better to fire up the Texans than Houston Rockets big man Dwight Howard, who we see here practicing his pregame speech. And when it came time to lead the team out onto the field, Howard did his best to get everyone pumped up…

Timofey Mozgov continues making awesome local ads

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov is no stranger to local advertisements, as he made a splash (at least in social media) last year with a spot for Cleveland eatery.

But what about when Mozgov wants to get out and be active? When he wants awesome, when he wants healthy, when he wants fun? Well, that’s when Mozgov visits Sky Zone, of course.

Because if Timofey Mozgov can dive into the foam pit, then surely I can, too.

VIDEO: Mozgov Sky Zone

(via r/NBA)

LeBron takes a mid-game selfie

VIDEO: LeBron selfie

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last year’s Hang Time Road Trip, when Sekou Smith, Rick Fox and I spent a week visiting NBA teams, we learned at least one important lesson: When taking a group selfie, let the former NBA player with long arms take the photo. This helps with making sure the camera is as far away as possible, so many people can fit comfortably into the picture.

Last night in Cincinnati, during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks, when there was a break in action, LeBron James took a seat on the scorer’s table and found a stray phone, so he picked it up and got the people behind him involved in taking a selfie.

As LeBron said after the game: “The refs were looking at a play and we had time in between. Just being cordial with the fans. Like I said (Wednesday morning) these guys (in Cincinnati) don’t get an opportunity to see us all the time. It just popped into my head.”

You can see video of the funny moment above. And as for the picture? Not bad, King James…

LeBron and Cavaliers begin The Quest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA regular season tips off in just a few weeks, with the Cavaliers against the Bulls on TNT (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m. EST). And to get people ready for the new season, TNT today dropped their new ad campaign about The Quest for a title. This first spot features LeBron James and a few of the Cavaliers (along with a special guest) as they begin their drive to return to the NBA Finals…

VIDEO: Cavs quest

Also, here’s a little behind the scenes video about how this was made, including Kyrie admitting he looked up flag-waving on YouTube…

VIDEO: Cavs Quest Behind Scenes

Julius Randle rejects kid’s layup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the Lakers in Hawaii for training camp, Lakers forward Julius Randle made an appearance at a local Boys & Girls Club. If social media is our main form research into these visits from NBA players, they nearly always devolve into a game of one-on-one between the NBA player and a kid. Sometimes the kid gets lucky, sometimes the NBA player drops the hammer on the kid. On this video, the kid gets to the rim and gets up a shot…and it doesn’t end well. My favorite part, by far, is the reaction from all the other kids in attendance.

(via FTW)

Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson and their special connection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In Bill SimmonsThe Book of Basketball, the longtime Celtics fan wrote about how Larry Bird and Dennis Johnson shared a “secret” play in the 1980’s. The play isn’t so much a play as it is a backdoor cut or pass, before anyone else on the floor has a chance to get ready. This video edited by Colin Stanton shows exactly how the play worked, and more precisely, just how well it worked. Pretty cool stuff…


J.R. Smith hits $30,000 shot for military member

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you needed an NBA player to make a halfcourt shot with high stakes, J.R. Smith would be a good option, considering his ability to make shots from anywhere on the court. And last night in Cleveland, at the Cavaliers’ Wine and Gold scrimmage, J.R. Smith had the chance to take a halfcourt shot worth $30,000 for a military member. So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that J.R. calmly stepped up and drained the jumper from halfcourt…