Paul Pierce throws first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After a long NBA career, playing for teams along the Eastern seaboard, Paul Pierce recently returned home, signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. And to celebrate his return, Pierce threw out the first pitch last night for his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. Great form, but could probably aim a little higher…


VIDEO: Pierce first pitch

Damian Lillard has some advice for Andrew Wiggins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Young players who come into the NBA often find a mentor, an older player who has been around for a while, who understands how the NBA works and is able to show them the way. In this new ad from Foot Locker, Andrew Wiggins finds a mentor in Damian Lillard, who takes Wiggins to the playground and gives him something of an object lesson. It’s just too bad this Bobby Butter guy wasn’t able to find someone to show him the way…


VIDEO: Lillard/Wiggins

Victor Oladipo debuts the Magic Fit Shuffle

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo has always been upfront about his love for singing, but apparently dancing is his jam, as well. In this video from the Orlando Magic, Oladipo teams up with a collection of people, including former Magic forward Bo Outlaw, who apparently can get down as well, to debut the Magic Fit Shuffle…


VIDEO: Magic Fit Shuffle

LeBron James holds Twitter Q+A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, after noting it had been a while since he’d talked directly to his fans, LeBron James popped up for an hour on Twitter to answer questions from fans. King James ended up talking about everything from the NBA to professional wrestling to cartoons…

 

Gilbert Arenas is too good for the county fair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERGilbert Arenas hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2012 season, but the man who used to shout “Hibachi!” when he got hot during games can apparently still get cooking. Check out this picture Agent Zero posted on Instagram, which apparently shows the multiple rewards from when Arenas went to the Orange County Fair and dominated the basketball hoop games (even if he wasn’t actually banned)…

Hawks’ Bazemore tries hand at pro tennis

By Nick Margiasso IV, NBA.com

So, the NBA offseason means downtime away from the court, right? Not exactly for the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore.

The Atlanta guard headed across town to the BB&T Atlanta Open, a top-tier professional tennis tournament in midtown Atlanta, to try his hand at the sport with a fuzzier ball.

Bazemore took on top U.S. tennis star and four-time NCAA champion Steve Johnson on a mini court to test his mettle in a sport he’s apparently started to take up. It wasn’t a total rigged playing field for Bazemore, though, as he also challenged the former USC Trojans tennis star to a best-of-three horse competition on a mini-mobile court set up at the tournament in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station.

Outside an early string of nice shooting by Johnson, Bazemore pulled away in the end though because, well, he plays in the NBA.

“I had to bring my ‘A’ game, he was pretty good,” Bazemore said of Johnson and his hoops stroke. “He got out here and shot so well that I had to turn it on and lock in to take him.”

 

 

Lance Stephenson and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s officially summer for the NBA. Here’s Lance Stephenson from the Los Angeles Clippers in a dance battle against two of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rafael and Michaelangelo.

Turtle rock 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸

A video posted by Lance Stephenson (@stephensonlance) on

And good news! Apparently the battle ended with Lance and the Turtles on the same page, agreeing to team up and go fight crime together…

(via B/R)

Zach LaVine pulls off free throw dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pick-up basketball games are a great place to try something new. These are things that may or may not even be legal to try in an actual NBA game, but instead this can be a workshop environment where you can practice something that could be useful for your game down the road. We’ve already seen Jamal Crawford doing awesome stuff in the Seattle Pro-Am, but here’s another Seattle native, NBA Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine, this weekend in the Seattle Pro-Am.

LaVine got sent to the free throw line, and he tried something that I don’t think I’ve seen before: The free throw dunk. It’s clearly illegal — the ball has to hit the rim — but it’s also definitely entertaining…

Tony Parker driving a car while being chased by a tiger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you’re trying to find a point guard to lead your team, one attribute that’s important is finding someone who is level-headed, who can keep their wits about them even in the midst of chaos. Chaos like an NBA game or, perhaps, being chased by a live tiger on a French game show.

The clip below comes from a French TV game show called “Fort Boyard,” where contestants apparently have to complete some pretty wild tasks. Here Tony Parker “drives” a metal-reinforced car around and tries to collect water to spray into a container, all while being chased by a tiger. Parker’s teammates in the endeavor include fellow Frenchmen Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf and Nic Batum, although they are safe and sound high above. TP is ground-level with the tiger.


VIDEO: TP Fort Boyard

Cuttino Mobley can still get buckets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERCuttino Mobley played for ten years in the NBA, most memorably pairing with Steve Francis to form a dynamic backcourt for the Houston Rockets. And while Mobley retired in 2008, he popped up this week in Los Angeles at the Drew League, where, even with the gray hair, Mobley showed he can still play the game…