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…

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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…

Cauley-Stein gets a Kings welcome

By Jeff Case

The start of the upcoming season marks 30 seasons that the Kings have been in Sacramento. Although success has been few and far between for the team, one thing they’ve seemed to enjoy throughout their stay is consistent fan support. Even as the team is in the throws of a 10-year playoff drought, Sacramento’s die-hard fan base remains excited about the upcoming season and its new draftee, Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky.

 

Cauley-Stein saw in Lexington, Ky., just how loyal fans can be and in this All-Access video from Kings.com, he discovers what makes Sacramento a unique NBA town …


VIDEO: Willie Cauley-Stein gets a big welcome from Kings fans

 

Marc Gasol is all Memphis

By Jeff Case

The Memphis Grizzlies are hoping and wishing that their all-world/All-NBA center and defensive anchor Marc Gasol sticks around in free agency this summer and re-ups with them. Pretty good timing by the team, then, to debut a cool video yesterday that plays up how Gasol — a native of Spain — is a real “Bluff City” native like anyone actually born in the city itself …


VIDEO: Marc Gasol is as Memphis as they come

Meeting of the minds?


VIDEO: LeBron, Love hit free agency

Well, well, well … Looky what we have here.

As we approach summer free agency, the Cavs have a lot on their plate to handle with both LeBron James and Kevin Love opting out of their deals. And while both All-Stars have pretty much made it clear that neither intends to leave Cleveland, until both of their names are signed on the dotted line, uncertainty lives.

Lucky for Cavs fans, it appears that LeBron and Love may already be trying to figure things out on their own …

The new NBA Draft caps are here

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There is one, and maybe only one thing, every person selected in tonight’s NBA Draft will have in common: As their name is announced and they walk to the stage, they will be given a cap with their new team’s logo. It’s the first moment they wear their team’s gear, and it’s the first time they’re photographed with their new logo. But they aren’t he only ones who can rock their team gear: The new Draft caps are available now at NBAStore.com, NBA Store on Fifth Ave, LIDS & the Nets Shop by adidas at Barclays Center for $27.95 (adult) and $23.95 (youth).

2015 NBA Draft Caps features include:
· Pique mesh crown and white visor
· Team logo or name on underside
· Team name featured on front and team name across back
· Snap-back style cap with closure
· NBA and adidas logos embroidered on sides
· 2015 Official Draft Cap sticker

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Throwback Thursday: Magic Johnson


VIDEO: Magic Johnson’s top 10 career clutch moments

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: Magic Johnson gets drafted

When the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles before the 1960-61 season, the team had every reason to believe its tradition of championship runs and NBA titles would continue in its new digs. To be sure, the Lakers were successful in California, sporting superstars like Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Yet for all that star power, the Lakers were 1-8 in their Finals appearances from 1961-73. When the team acquired Abdul-Jabbar before the 1975-76 season, it was thought he could get the team back on the championship track, but he never even led L.A. to a Finals by himself. The 1978-79 team made it to the Western Conference semifinals and entered the offseason with some hope. It held the rights to the Utah’s first-round pick in the 1979 Draft as compensation for the Jazz signing Goodrich as a free agent a few summers earlier.

That pick ended being the No. 1 overall choice and with it the Lakers selected Earvin “Magic” Johnson. From there, L.A.’s championship ways were restored as he led the Lakers to nine Finals (and five championships) during his storied L.A. career.

On this date in 1979, Johnson was selected No. 1 overall in the 1979 Draft and in honor of that, we look back on his career:


Gallery: Magic Johnson’s career

What are your favorite O’Neal memories? Leave your comments below!

The time Shawn Marion and the Suns pranked people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The end of the NBA Finals last week was also the end of Shawn Marion‘s 16-season NBA career. Marion, who won a title with Dallas in 2011, played for a few teams during all those years, including a final season this year with Cleveland. But as a youngster, Marion was a member of some high-octane teams in Phoenix. And in this video below, watch as a rookie Marion pranks patrons riding on his pedicab…


VIDEO: Marion Prank

Sweet shooting runs in the Curry family

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We already know Stephen Curry is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, and that Steph is the son of Dell Curry, another of the NBA’s greatest shooters. But maybe great shooting isn’t only genetic, perhaps there’s something to the “Curry” surname. Check out Stephen’s wife, Ayesha, here knocking down an NBA three-pointer, while 9 months pregnant, no less…

Dennis Schröder mixes soccer and hoops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder is a native of Germany, where despite the best efforts of NBA players like Dirk Nowitzki and Schröder, soccer remains king. After all, Germany won the 2014 World Cup. So leave it to Schröder to figure out a way to combine soccer and hoops in this Instagram video, where he shouts out German National Team member Jerome Boateng

Yo @jeromeboateng !!! What You got next 😎😎 #SchrodersSwagTeam #DS17 #FG #FlexGanG #TheGoldenPatch #NiceWithIt

A video posted by Dennis Schröder (@dennismike93) on