September 4, 2015 · 8:19AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA TV has dubbed this week “Shaq Week,” showing a marathon of programming celebrating some of the greatest games and moments of the Diesel himself, Shaquille O’Neal. (Coverage continues today, by the way!)
But the Sacramento Kings (where Shaq is a minority owner) decided to celebrate Shaq Week by flipping the script, and bringing back “Reverse Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Where instead of letting Shaq have all the fun and allowing him to laugh at the misfortune of others, this time the Kings players laugh at Shaq…
September 3, 2015 · 11:19AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned this summer, it’s that I clearly need to watch more international television. I mean, a few weeks back we saw that awesome French show with Tony Parker driving around a kart while being chased by a tiger, and today we’ve got another international program, this one from South Korea. “Off To School” is a reality show where, according to Wikipedia, celebrities go back to high school for three days. And who would be more entertaining going back to high school than Shaquille O’Neal? Here’s a clip of Shaq showing up at school, giving out pounds to people in the playground and instantly becoming, literally, the big man on campus…
VIDEO: Shaq back to school
September 3, 2015 · 11:06AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the cooler things about being on a team with a legendary basketball player is that not only do you get to see that teammate do work alongside you during games, but during practices you get to go up against that person. In the video clip below, we see Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson on the court, doing his best Kobe Bryant, from the step-back to the spin move to the follow-through on the shot. Not bad, young Clarkson, not bad…
September 2, 2015 · 12:42PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin has gone undercover in the past, as we’ve seen, and he seems to really enjoy the opportunity. In this latest video from adidas, J-Lin (and pop star Vanness Wu) get dressed up at a gym in Taiwan and explore what it would be like to be personal trainers. Really odd personal trainers.
VIDEO: Jeremy Lin trainer
September 2, 2015 · 9:08AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just recently we saw yet another NBA player hit a shot — this time it was Amir Johnson — while on one of those self-balancing scooters. This made Johnson the latest in a long line of players to show off their prowess on a self-balancing scooter. But now new Dallas guard Wesley Matthews has taken the self-balancing scooter to the next level, and posted a couple of videos showing what it would be like if someone used one to actually do basketball moves. Here’s Matthews using a self-balancing scooter to run a pick-and-roll, and then using a the scooter for a mid-range post-up. These are against imaginary defenders, sure, but I imagine a defender on a self-balancing scooter wouldn’t have much more luck…
(via SB Nation)
September 2, 2015 · 9:00AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Steve Nash hasn’t played in the NBA in a while, and he officially retired a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still hit the basketball court to get some shots up. And if you’re going to squeeze in some practice, why not have hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg out there grabbing boards for you? (Also, Nash has an apple in his mouth.)
September 1, 2015 · 10:38AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is seven feet tall, which is a number we hear thrown around pretty often in regard to the NBA. Seven-footer? OK, put him in the paint and let him defend the rim.
But as Whiteside pointed out in a post on Instagram, seven feet tall is a lot taller than most people may realize. Check him out touching the rim while his toes still touch the floor. Can’t teach height…
September 1, 2015 · 8:57AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I can think of very few things scarier than the prospect of playing dodgeball against a professional athlete. A baseball pitcher would probably be the worst option, sure, but any pro athlete with the ability to throw a ball at a high speed would not be fun to square off against.
Let’s add the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to that list. Here’s a video of Wade at the headquarters of Stance socks, the NBA’s official sock and where Wade has his own line of socks, playing dodgeball. And someone on the other side of the court makes the mistake of getting caught in Wade’s sights.
September 1, 2015 · 8:46AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the NBA.com blogtable, we looked at some of the greatest left-handed players of all-time, a list that includes some legendary NBA players, such as Bill Russell, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tiny Archibald…the list can go on and on.
Houston guard James Harden got one vote on our NBA.com list, but that’s presumably only because his teammate Dwight Howard didn’t have a vote.
Last night, Howard took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and when asked for his take on the greatest lefty of all-time, Howard went with Harden…
And you know what? Dwight hears your disagreement, and respectfully reserves the right to disagree…
And for what it’s worth, Howard mentioned Russell among his list of the best in League history…
When a fan asked how Russell could be one of the three best of all-time but not the best lefty, Howard had an answer ready for him…
What do you say? Is James Harden the best lefty of all-time? Or does someone else get your vote?
August 31, 2015 · 9:31AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are only a few days away from the start of the college football season, which seems like a fine time to check in on the gridiron. And even some of the biggest names in college football, such as new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh (shoutout to Hang Time’s Sekou Smith, an avowed Wolverine, for better or worse), can get a little star-struck when NBA greatness is on the phone.
Here’s Harbaugh at a recent press conference discussing the new deal between Jordan/Nike and Michigan, telling the story of getting a phone call from Michael Jordan himself and not quite believing who was on the line. Sounds like Harbaugh’s family was impressed, though…