Steph Curry riding a mini horse

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here is a vine of Steph Curry riding a mini horse…

How the Warriors made the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — “The phrase you thought you would not hear in your lifetime: The Golden State Warriors are going to the NBA Finals.”

That’s really the key sentence in the video below, which is an inside look at the Warriors Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, the game that put them into the NBA Finals. The Warriors were great all season, sure, but advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in four decades was not guaranteed until they got past the Rockets.

And here’s a great look at exactly how that happened…

VIDEO: Warriors win west

Riley Curry is the breakout playoffs star

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals are still a few days away, but we’ve found the MVP: Riley Curry, the daughter of Warriors guard Stephen Curry. She made a smash appearance recently with her Dad following the Warriors’ win in the Western Conference Finals. And with a few days to fill before the Finals begin, here’s Riley making an appearance on her Mom’s cooking show…

VIDEO: Riley cooks

LeBron fan wins National Spelling Bee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Can you spell “champ?” Gokul Venkatachalam can.

Gokul is a 14-year-old eighth grader from just outside of St. Louis, and last night he competed in the National Spelling Bee. Perhaps this is a good sign for LeBron and Cavs, but Gokul is a huge LeBron fan, so much so that in his introduction on the Spelling Bee, Gokul channeled King James…

As it turned out, Gokul ended up as the co-champ of the Spelling Bee. And as the confetti fell, Gokul even broke out a secret handshake…

Andre Drummond goes to prom

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Finding a date for prom can be nerve-wracking, but Raquel Smith, a high school student in Michigan had a great idea: Ask Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. Drummond agreed on one condition: She needed to get 12,000 retweets.

She ended up just a few tweets shy of 12K, but Drummond went along anyway…

According to the Detroit Free-Press, Drummond’s footwear was more impressive than his car…

“He was absolutely amazing,” Watson said. “He stayed at prom almost two hours, was social with everyone, he was very nice. Of course even the adults wanted pictures and he was very accommodating. He was just an unbelievable.”

Still, Drummond’s Porsche had some stiff competition.

“He didn’t even have the nicest car there,” Watson joked. “We had a couple of Bentleys. My favorite was a convertible Rolls-Royce with Illinois plates. We had three students who came in Tesla cars.”

But Drummond’s Louis Vuitton footwear? That was a thing to admire, Watson said.

“All the kids were talking about the shoes,” he said.

(via B/R)

President Obama weighs in on Bulls firing Tom Thibodeau

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — President Barack Obama not only plays basketball, but he’s an NBA fan, particularly of the Chicago Bulls, where he lived before becoming President. So it’s no big surprise that with today’s news of the Bulls firing of coach Tom Thibodeau, President Obama was asked about it on Twitter. And he was happy to give his two cents on the matter…

Riley Curry (and her Dad) are going to the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After the Golden State Warriors won Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Warriors guard Stephen Curry brought his daughter, Riley, to the postgame news conference with him. Riley was cute, but Steph apparently decided to wait until the Warriors won the series to bring Riley back. So last night, after the Warriors beat the Rockets in Game 5 to advance to the NBA Finals, Steph Curry took the postgame podium, and he brought Riley with him. Or maybe that should be the other way around …

VIDEO: Riley Curry

Throwback Thursday: 1975 Warriors

VIDEO: Golden State wraps up the 1975 NBA championship

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: Golden State Warriors Win 1975 Championship

The Golden State Warriors were hardly the NBA title favorites when the 1974-75 season began. When they rolled into the playoffs as the West’s No. 1 seed, there were still some doubts they’d reach The Finals. And when they ousted the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, few thought the Warriors could beat the mighty Washington Bullets.

Yet the Warriors did exactly that, locking up the NBA championship on March 25, 1975 with a 96-95 win that completed a sweep of the Bullets. At the time, it was only the third sweep in Finals history and to this day is perhaps the greatest Finals upset ever.

In honor of the Warriors’ feat, we take a look back at Rick Barry and the other players that made that 1975 team shine:

Gallery: The 1975 Golden State Warriors

What are your favorite memories of that team? Leave your comments below!

What if there was an NBA team of NBA coaches?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Plenty of NBA coaches were NBA players before becoming coaches — in the Western Conference Finals, for instance, both Steve Kerr and Kevin McHale are former players. There are also a lot of coaches who never played in the NBA, from Gregg Popovich to Tom Thibodeau.

But what would happen if all the NBA coaches played in the NBA. And not when they were young and in shape, but now, when they are, you know, old?

Well, a few months back someone decided to find out by using NBA 2K, so here are a bunch of coaches playing against the Eastern Conference All-Stars. This is ridiculous, sure, but it’s also hilarious…

VIDEO: Coaches vs. Players

Charles Barkley isn’t very good at Jenga

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s late at night, and you’re away from home on a work trip, so what do you do to pass the time? Apparently the TNT crew has fun by busting out the board games. Rachel Nichols posted a few tweets showing the group as they played Jenga. As it turned out, someone ended up knocking over the tower. Would you be surprised to find out it was Charles Barkley?