Beard-Off: FIBA Edition

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We noted earlier that Team USA had little trouble with Serbia in the final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, winning 129-92. Team USA was excited, breaking into dance moves and making snow angels on the floor.

Serbia may have lost, but the players weren’t completely defeated. Just check out this quote from Serbia center Miroslav Raduljica

Now, if you’re not familiar with Mr. Raduljica, you should get familiar. As part of looking alarmingly like The Starters co-host Trey Kerby, Raduljica has a thick, cultivated beard, as you can see below…

Serbia v France

Now, this isn’t to say James Harden, who has made commercials about his beard, doesn’t have something significant happening on his own…

2014 World Cup Finals - Serbia v USA

But what we are here to uncover is, Who wore it better? And for that, we could only turn to you, All Ball readers, and ask for your input.

So tell us, who had the better FIBA beard? Cast your vote below…

Tim Duncan to appear in The Punisher comic book

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan may be one of the NBA’s quietest players on the floor, which means fan don’t know much about him off the floor. But in actuality he’s a fun guy, who loves videos games and cars and, as we’ve seen from his knee braces, comic books. And now it’s all coming together.

According to a post from Black Jack Speed Shop, the garage/shop Duncan owns in San Antonio, Tim is going to appear in a special upcoming issue of a The Punisher comic book. Here’s a preview image below, where it looks like Tim is giving over his car key to the Punisher…

(via Project Spurs)

Milwaukee Bucks tailgate at a Green Bay Packers game

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A group of Milwaukee Bucks players hopped a bus and went out to historic Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers/New York Jets game on Sunday. The Bucks produced a video of the day, which features several of the players (Brandon Knight, Larry Sanders) talking about how much they enjoyed the experience, but what you really need to watch for is the end of the video, when Jabari Parker dons a cheese head. Welcome to the NBA, rook…


VIDEO: Bucks at Green Bay

NBA 2K15 shows preview of Cavs starting lineup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are getting close now, I hope you realize. That’s right, NBA training camps crank up in just a few weeks, and from there we’re just days away from actual NBA action (which is faaaan-tastic!).

But if you, like LeBron James, just can’t wait, Bron has you covered. Earlier today LeBron tweeted a link to a video from the upcoming NBA2K15 video game, of the pregame introductions for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Enjoy everyone…we’re just days away…


VIDEO: NBA 2K The Land

Team USA busts a move after winning gold

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Team USA won gold in the final of yesterday’s FIBA Basketball World Cup with a decisive win over Serbia, 129-92. But before returning home, Team USA had to collect their medals and their trophies. And then, right there on the podium, they all broke into the “shmoney dance”…

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Well, everyone except Derrick Rose, who kind of just stood around on the right side there…

Also, Klay Thompson made a snow angel in the confetti…

(via SB Nation)

Stephen Curry never misses

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While most people thought Team USA would struggle in the FIBA Basketball World Cup without players like Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Paul George, Team USA managed to mostly sail through the competition behind strong performances from the players on the perimeter, from James Harden to Kyrie Irving to Klay Thompson.

And then there was Stephen Curry. We already knew he was one of the best shooters in the NBA, and Curry cemented that status in Spain, shooting 44 percent on threes. Check out this video below from the NBA’s Youtube channel, in which we see one of Curry’s off-day workouts in Madrid. There’s a reason why he never seems to miss…


VIDEO: Curry shooting

Blake Griffin, spoken word poet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin is a man of many talents, from slam dunks to dumping water on fans sitting courtside. One of the best things about Blake, though, is that he doesn’t seem to mind trying new things. Like, oh, I dunno…poetry?

Yes, in this new series of commercials from Vizio, Blake the baller becomes Blake the spoken word poet. Snaps up…


VIDEO: Blake pants


VIDEO: Blake bobble

(via FTW)

Joakim Noah throws first pitch(es) at White Sox game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There have been a bunch of NBA players throwing out ceremonial first pitches at baseball games the last few weeks, but I’ve been trying not to post each one individually in the hopes of later putting together a round-up of all the different first pitches.

But we had a first pitch earlier this week that I just couldn’t overlook. Bulls center Joakim Noah tossed the first pitch this week at a Chicago White Sox game. And after warming up a bit in a tunnel under the stadium, Joakim ran onto the field and…fired a pitch way low and outside.

But all is not lost! Instead, Joakim asked for another try, and this time lobbed a strike down the middle. There’s a reason you four balls to throw three strikes…


VIDEO: Noah pitch

NBA Pokemon

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen several NBA memes bubble up on Twitter this summer, from NBA Superheroes to NBA Movies. Yesterday another one developed, though I must confess, I am at a loss to explain this one to you. This topic was NBA Pokemon, a reference to what I’m pretty sure was a video game that became a cartoon show that became a trading card series? Or something along those lines.

The Phoenix Suns were apparently on the same page as me…

Whatever it is, I’m just old enough that I missed out on Pokemon, so to me these are just a bunch of odd cartoons that are NBA related. Either way, these were big on Twitter yesterday, so I present them to you thusly…

 

Throwback Thursday: All-Time Assists Leaders


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: Magic Johnson

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.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Assists Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 All-Time Assist Leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: All-Time Assists Leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-Time Steals Leaders

Which of these players would you want passing you the rock? Leave your comments below!