October 31, 2014 · 10:31AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When an NBA team goes on the road, they know better than to expect a friendly welcome. I mean, sure, the home teams may offer a smile and handshake, but the road team is there to beat the home team, so the home team will certainly attempt to create some sort of advantage. The Celtics under Red Auerbach famously fluctuated the temperature in the visitor’s locker room. Even today, many visiting teams are given much smaller locker rooms than the home teams, with just the essentials provided.
So let’s credit the Sacramento Kings with coming up with a novel way to troll the Golden State Warriors. During their home opener on Wednesday night, while the Kings went through a perfunctory pregame introduction of the Warriors players, they cue’d up the theme song from “Full House,” the saccharine-sweet ’80s sitcom that, like the Warriors, was set in San Francisco.
It didn’t seem to have much effect — the Warriors won by 18 — but it was highly enjoyable. Let’s hope the Kings keep this up all season with city-specific music for each opponent.
VIDEO: Kings troll
October 31, 2014 · 9:41AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before buying the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer spent over three decades at Microsoft, eventually rising to the role of CEO, and while at Microsoft he became known for having a fiery style of leadership that helped the company become one of the world’s most profitable software companies.
So it’s no surprise that since taking over as owner of the Clippers, Ballmer has demonstrated a few times that he can get REALLY FIRED UP when rooting for his team. Last night, for instance, at the Clippers home opener, there were a few times that BALLMER GOT SO EXCITED THAT HE COULD BARELY CONTAIN HIMSELF. Like, check out this GIF of BALLMER GETTING SO JACKED UP WHEN THE CLIPPERS SECURED THE WIN that he SCARED THE HECK out of his own son, sitting next to him…
October 31, 2014 · 9:10AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great things about Dirk Nowitzki, maybe the best thing, is his apparent complete lack of self-awareness when asked to participate in goofy videos. He loves to sing and be silly, as we’ve seen again and again. And it don’t stop, because in this latest video from the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk teams up with Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons as some sort of new version of the seminal hip-hop group Run DMC, singing a remixed version of “Sucker M.C.’s.”
VIDEO: Mavs DMC
(via Skin Wade)
October 30, 2014 · 2:05PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of Michael Jordan‘s first iconic NBA moments came in the 1989 playoffs, when Jordan hit a jumper over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo to give the Bulls a series win. After sinking the shot, Jordan celebrated with a vigorous fist pump…
Last night, Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets were down three toward the end of regulation, and Kemba Walker knocked in a huge three pointer to tie it and send it to overtime. And in this video from the crowd, MJ can be seen celebrating. Guess which celebration he brought back (well, a less vigorous version)?
October 30, 2014 · 1:47PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the biggest disappointments this summer was Paul George‘s injury while playing for USA Basketball. The Pacers had made such strides the last few seasons, it seemed as though they were right on the verge for contending for a title this season. And with one bad landing, everything changed.
The good news is that Paul George seems to be recovering well. In this new video from Pacers.com, George talks about a variety of topics, including his recovery from injury, switching to number 13, having two middle names, his favorite video games and his love of soccer.
October 30, 2014 · 11:57AM
By Jeff Case
The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to open their season tonight against the New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET, TNT) and the city’s anticipation for the official return of their native son, LeBron James, is growing by the hour. As our Steve Aschburner points out, the grand homecoming of James is about more than basketball. But if that story doesn’t convince you, perhaps this new commercial from Nike will:
VIDEO: LeBron James’ new Nike commercial called ‘Together’
Even if you’re not a Cavs fan, you can’t help but get goosebumps for tonight’s big game. (And, oh yeah, this little billboard is going up tonight, too).
(h/t Scott Soshnick)
October 30, 2014 · 10:14AM
VIDEO: Relive the San Antonio Spurs’ 2014 championship ring ceremony
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: Classic Ring Ceremonies
Opening night in the NBA is reason to celebrate in and of itself, but for the team that won the title the season before, it takes on special meaning. Last season’s NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, got their championship rings on Tuesday night before their home (and season) opening game against the Dallas Mavericks.
With that in mind, we take a look back today at some great ring ceremony moments from throughout NBA history.
(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)
Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Classic Ring Ceremonies
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October 30, 2014 · 10:13AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — First of all, let’s make one thing clear: Russell Westbrook was incredible last night. Leading a Thunder team riddled with injuries, Westbrook was nearly unstoppable, finishing with 38 points and 6 assists against Portland in a losing effort.
But that performance was a bit overshadowed by his style performance off the floor, including this Mylar jacket Westbrook wore to the game.
And as often happens, Twitter went in on Westbrook’s gear…
October 30, 2014 · 9:58AM
VIDEO: James Ennis delivers the boom
Well, that didn’t take long. On just the second day of the 2014-15 season, we already have a dunk worthy of a couple of extra looks.
Enter Miami’s new James, James Ennis.
The Heat rookie officially put his name on the NBA map Wednesday night after finishing off a play that in recent years has become a staple in Miami: the fastbreak. During these recent years, it was usually LeBron James doing the finishing. As we know, his days in South Beach are over.
The days of the Miami posterizer apparently are not.
Oh, Rasual Butler, you didn’t think you were getting off the hook, did you? It’s been said time and time again: taking a charge when in position to potentially get dunked on rarely works. D up or get out of the way! #NoCharges
October 30, 2014 · 9:39AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Mike Conley has established himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA. And with videos like the one below, he is also establishing himself as one of the worst interviewers in the NBA. Unless it turns out Conley is just a huge Chris Farley fan, in which case, you know, yeah, that was awesome.
VIDEO: Conley Show