Blake Griffin takes batting practice at Dodger Stadium

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Clippers have had an interesting summer, as they lost DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks, and now are now trying to find someone to replace Jordan. So while the Clippers are in transition, big man Blake Griffin spent a day taking some swings at the ballpark. Dodgers infielder Justin Turner became friends with Blake at a charity event and invited him over to take batting practice, and here we can see that BG actually has a pretty nice swing …

this may or may not have been a home run….. on a little league field.

A video posted by Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) on

Dwyane Wade hosts Twitter Q&A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the more interesting stories in free agency this summer was that of Dwyane Wade. The lifelong member of the Miami Heat opted out of his contract, and after rumors connected him to a few other teams, Wade ultimately agreed to return to the Heat on a one-year deal. With his next year figured out, Wade took to Twitter last night to answer some questions from fans…

 

Jason Williams’ son can play ball like Dad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a few days ago, we caught up with Jason Williams, a.k.a. White Chocolate, the former NBA point guard who was a ballhandling wizard, and who can still make defenders look silly. If you thought J-Will was nice, check out this video of his 13-year-old son Jaxon breaking ankles in a couple of summer games…


VIDEO: Jaxon Williams

(via SBNation)

Giannis, Schroder show off soccer skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides being two of the best younger players in the NBA, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Atlanta’s Dennis Schröder both grew up in Europe, where soccer is a big part of everyday life. And even though they both grew up to have careers in the NBA, Giannis and Dennis both have soccer skills that they like to show off when they have the chance…

Here’s Giannis recently in China…


VIDEO: Giannis soccer

And here’s Dennis, I guess back in Germany, showing off what he can do with no hands…

Shumpert switches it up for the summer

By Jeff Case

Few players in the NBA have as recognizable of a hairstyle as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. For several seasons now, he’s been rocking the “Gumby” haircut (shown below), which is basically a really big flat top.

Iman Shumpert

Shumpert is/was a free agent this summer, but reportedly reached a deal with the Cavs to the tune of four years and $40 million. So, it is understandable he’s living it up a little bit this summer and decided why not change the hairdo, too. TMZSPorts caught up with Shumpert, who has a decidedly new look …

 

Jason Williams (still) making defenders look just plain silly

By Jeff Case

Last time we wrote about former NBA lottery pick, NBA champion and ball-handling phenom Jason Williams in this space, it was two years ago when he was making guys look silly in a league in China. He’s back this time thanks to a highlight reel of his moves at a pro-am in Orlando, where he’s once again diming, dribbling and scoring like he did during his NBA glory days (and doing so at 39 years old, mind you) …

Just Nerlens Noel dunking on a kid

By Jeff Case

Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel had a fantastic first season in the NBA, leading all rookies in rebounds (8.1 rpg), blocks (1.9 bpg) and double-doubles (18). He also was a pretty good offensive performer, averaging 9.9 ppg and showing off athleticism around the bucket time and again.

But, it’s the offseason for Noel, so he’s just chilling, playing basketball when he can and, oh yeah, dunking on little kids. Noel was one of the featured instructors at a Camp One in Louisville, Ky., and after things settled down for the day, he went one-on-one with a youngster.

It didn’t go well for that kid that day …

 

Throwback Thursday — Wilt Chamberlain traded to Lakers


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s days with the Lakers

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: Wilt Chamberlain gets traded

By the end of the 1967-68 season, Wilt Chamberlain was coming off an MVP season and had just led the Philadelphia 76ers to a league-best 62 victories and the Eastern Conference finals (which Philly lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 7). That playoff loss marked the third time in the last four seasons the 76ers had been KO’d by the Celtics and Philadelphia’s management was ready for a change.

They sent Chamberlain across the country to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff on July 9, 1968, but Chamberlain still had plenty of good basketball left in his tank. He spent his final five campaigns in Los Angeles and helped the Lakers to the NBA Finals four times in those five seasons. The most notable season was 1971-72, in which he scored only 14.8 points per game. But his contributions came in other forms. At age 35, he managed to grab 19.2 rebounds per contest and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. His 1971-72 Lakers won a then-record 69 games and Chamberlain was a force in The Finals against the New York Knicks, claiming Finals MVP honors.

Today, we take a look back at the career of Chamberlain and his myriad of accomplishments.


Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

What’s your favorite  Chamberlain memory? Leave your comments below!

LeBron James, Yoga Instructor

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James has evolved into a great leader, both on and off the court, and when King James speaks, his teammates listen. But how about when he’s way off the floor, like as far away as…the yoga mat? This week in California at the Nike Basketball Academy, LeBron took some campers out to the beach and led a little yoga before the basketball workout…

(via BIL)

Stephen Curry shows off dunking skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know Steph Curry, the NBA’s three-point shooting champion, is a fantastic shooter (as is his wife), but as Curry displayed at basketball camp recently, he can also get up and throw down. Here’s Curry with the alley-oop to himself, followed by the obligatory celebration, which might actually be the most fun portion…