Kevin Garnett took a rookie shopping

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics  - Game Four

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Garnett wasn’t doing all that much with the Brooklyn Nets this season — he’s been in the NBA 20 years, and was averaging about 7 points and 6 rebounds a game. Still, the Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to trade for KG, because they have a young team and KG is known for being a terrific leader and teammate.

But what does Garnett do that makes him such a great teammate? Jessica Camerato from BasketballInsiders.com caught up with Lester Hudson, the journeyman guard who just signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. When Hudson was a rookie with the Celtics back in 2009, he was teammates with Garnett, who took Hudson under his wing.

As Hudson explains to Camerato, in a really fun story

“He was like a big brother,” Hudson told Basketball Insiders. “I felt it was genuine. You’ve got to respect him; he’s one of the greatest players in the league. I was focusing on what he was saying, I didn’t care if it was bad or good.”

Garnett referred to Hudson as “Train,” a nickname demonstrative of the strength Hudson used driving to the basket.

In December of that season while the Celtics were in Chicago to play the Bulls, Hudson received a directive from Garnett. It wasn’t the first time Garnett made a request – as a rookie, Hudson often ran errands for him and other veterans. This one was vague, though.

“‘Train, come to the store with me,’” Hudson recalled. “‘Meet me downstairs at this time.’ You can’t be late with KG. I was probably 10 minutes early. He was like, ‘Come on let’s go.’”

Hudson left the team hotel with Garnett, not knowing where they were headed. As they walked down the street, Garnett filled the conversation with more words of encouragement. The talk ended as they approached the destination.

Hudson gazed upon the building: the Louis Vuitton store.

“He told me to pick out whatever I wanted,” said Hudson. “I was like, ‘Are you serious right now?’ He said, ‘You work hard and I respect you. You help me out a lot.’”

Hudson was shocked. Soon, Garnett began making recommendations. Get a scarf, Garnett offered, it’s cold in Boston and Chicago. (Garnett often wore a designer scarves in his postgame interviews while on the Celtics). The store was Hudson’s for the picking.

“I got a couple scarves, skullies, a backpack, shoes, belts,” Hudson said. “I think he just got me everything.”

(via BasketballInsiders.com)

Kyle Korver had an awesome 65 seconds

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The thing that has made the Atlanta Hawks so tough to defend this season is that offensively, the Hawks are completely committed to finding the best possible shot they can find. This means that you often see players give up good shots in order to find a teammate with a great shot. Which means you might get multiple players who are named All-Stars, but there may also be nights where those guys don’t score a ton and instead act as facilitators for the other players.

This was the kind of game Kyle Korver was having last night for the Atlanta Hawks, acting most as a decoy and making life easier for his teammates. Then, all of a sudden, halfway through the third quarter everything opened up for Korver and he got 4 consecutive long jumpers (three threes and one with his foot on the three-point line). Before you watch this clip below, remember that Korver had not scored at all in the game when this stretch below happened. He didn’t score after this stretch. And the Hawks won by 13.


VIDEO: Korver threes

NBA players making pizza

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Who loves pizza? Everyone loves pizza! Here are two videos featuring NBA players not eating pizza, but making it. In Milwaukee, John Henson is really into making this sausage and pepperoni pizza. Meanwhile, in Miami, Michael Beasley is making pizza and delivering it to a Heat season ticketholder’s home. (Where she just so happens to be wearing a Heat jersey when Beasley shows up.)

NBA players and pizza…what else do you want?


VIDEO: Henson making pizza


VIDEO: Beasley delivering pizza

Blazers fan wears nightmare fuel Chris Kaman shirt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you were a fan of, say, Portland Trail Blazers center Chris Kaman, what are some of the ways you could show people that you were a Kaman fan? You could wear a Chris Kaman jersey, perhaps, or maybe you could get one of those t-shirts with Kaman’s name and number printed on the back.

Or you could do what this enterprising fan did last night for the Portland/Phoenix game, which is show up in a sweatshirt with Chris Kaman’s face blown up larger than life on both sides of the shirt. Imagine sitting somewhere near that fan at the game and never being able to avoid to gigantic glassy-eyed, soulless stare of Chris Kaman.

Dwight Howard pays tribute to fan who passed away

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard picked up a young kid during pregame warmups and helped him dunk the ball. That was apparently just the start of a great friendship. That young fan, James Fisher, was battling cancer, and Howard bonded with the boy. Fisher passed away yesterday, and Dwight took to Instagram to say goodbye.

Michael Jordan can still get buckets, talk trash

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMichael Jordan is not only maybe the greatest basketball player of all-time, he’s also one of the greatest trash talkers to ever play the game. MJ may have retired as an active player in 2003, but in a video that showed up this weekend on Instagram, looks like MJ’s still got it…and I don’t just mean the basketball.

While in the Bahamas this weekend, where he played golf with a couple of pro golfers and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the group ended up on a basketball court, where MJ sank a jumper and then dropped some classic trash talk. “Hey man, you don’t have YouTube? You better put on Michael Jordan, for real.”

Blake Griffin shows off crazy reverse block


VIDEO: Blake reverse block

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Blake Griffin goes and pulls off something like this. My favorite part of this play might be the way Boston’s Jonas Jerebko responds, with his hands out in almost a shrug, as if to say, Did that really happen?

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(GIF via r/NBA)

DeMarcus Cousins does a pretty good wildcat imitation

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NCAA Tournament is down to the Final Four, which means there are just four teams remaining with a shot at winning college hoops’ big dance. One of those teams is Kentucky, the former school of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. The Kentucky mascot is a Wildcat, which we kind of take for granted, in the sense that I’m not sure if most people know what a wildcat actually sounds like. In this video from the Kings, a kid reporter asks Cousins (as well as Ryan Hollins, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas a.k.a. Sauce Castillo) to impersonate their college mascots, with mixed results…


VIDEO: Kings mascots

Remember when Hakeem Olajuwon posted a quadruple-double?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most exciting players in the NBA this season has been New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, who has one of the most versatile games the NBA has seen in years. Davis may be able to do many different things, but one thing he hasn’t done — yet, at least — is post a quadruple-double: racking up double figures in points, rebounds, assists and blocks or steals in the same game.

This is has only happened four times in the NBA since the league began tracking blocks and steals in 1973. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, one of those instances happened, when Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon went for 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks against the Milwaukee Bucks. How dominant was Hakeem back then? Earlier that month, he had a game with 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and 9 assists.

So while Hakeem’s old Houston Rockets franchise plays a national TV game tomorrow against the Washington Wizards (12:30 p.m. EST on ABC), and we can watch Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat man the middle for these teams, but check out these highlights of Hakeem dominating twenty-five years ago…


VIDEO: Hakeem quadruple-double

Dominique Wilkins takes on 2 Chainz in HORSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Atlanta, the Hawks not only clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, but they did while rapper 2 Chainz was serving as the team’s honorary CEO for the evening. You got your 2 Chainz shirt from the Hawks Shop before they sold out, right?

Date night. Hope wifey doesn't mind if I wear this.

A photo posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

So with Mr. Chainz in Philips Arena for the game last night, it was only right that he squared off against another ATL legend, Dominique Wilkins, in a game of HORSE.

Just played a game of horse Vs Dominique…..straight served him haaaa #TRU2atlanta

A video posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on

2 Chainz can shoot! Looks like he wants to be not just the CEO, but a player as well…