Robin Lopez is awesome at Nerdsketball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we’ve previously seen Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez and his love for all parts of nerd culture. Recently, Lopez was a guest on the Portland-based variety radio program “Live Wire Radio,” where they decided to test Lopez’s knowledge on everything from Disney princesses to “Game of Thrones.” Results were mixed…


VIDEO: RoLo trivia

Mike Miller takes LeBron’s cheers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers have been spending the preseason playing games all over Ohio — they not only played a game in Cleveland, but they’ve had a game in Cincinnati, and then, last night, hosted the Bulls in Columbus.

It’s been something on a homecoming tour for LeBron James, who has logged minutes in each stop as a way to say thank you to his home state. And the fans in each city have given him an ovation at the beginning and end of each game…at least, we think it’s for him.

Check the funny video clip from last night, caught by Tas Melas from The Starters, where the crowd gives LeBron an ovation and LeBron’s teammate Mike Miller steps in to steal some applause…

Kyrie, Rose put on exhibition show

A couple of months ago, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were teammates in search for the gold. Last night, they were adversaries looking to get their bearings together for the regular season. In only their second-ever matchup against each other, they gave us a preview of what should be a fulfilling rivalry over the next seven months.


VIDEO: Kyrie Irving scores 28 and Derrick Rose puts in 30 Monday night

Other than splendid scoring at the point guard position, there were couple of takeaways from Monday’s showcase. Rose was very aggressive with his 3-point shot, pulling up off the dribble with ease and confidence (finished 4-for-5 from deep). His 30 points and zero turnovers in 24 minutes was easily his best game of the preseason.

Secondly: Oct. 31 can’t get here fast enough.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to star in sketch comedy special

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin and Chris Paul are not only partners on the court, but off the court as well. They’ve each proven their acting chops, so now they’re joining up with comedian Neal Brennan, to create their own sketch comedy special, titled “BGCP3TVinHD.” Really. Brennan, who co-created “Chapelle’s Show,” gave the stars rave reviews in an interview with USA Today: “Both Blake and Chris took notes really well and played off of each other in a fantastic way. Blake’s humor is a little more dry while Chris is a bit of a cluckster. Best part of all this is that everyone knew Blake was funny already, now they’re gonna know Chris is funny too.”

You can check out the teaser trailer below. The first episode will debut on Adult Swim on October 24 at 12:12 AM.


VIDEO: BGCP3TVinHD

Ben McLemore has street named for him

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are many ways a city can honor a native son: a parade, a day in their honor, a key to the city. But the city of Wellston, Missouri, just outside St. Louis, recently came up with a more permanent way to honor Kings guard Ben McLemore. And sure, having a parade for you would be pretty cool. But having a street named after you? That’s about as great as it gets…

(via FB)

Lance Stephenson picks up where he left off

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All Lance Stephenson wants to do is win basketball games — he made that clear to us during the Hang Time Road Trip when he boarded the bus in Philadelphia. And in that pursuit of Ws, Lance is willing to do whatever it takes to make them happen. Does this mean that sometimes Lance goes too far? Perhaps, but wouldn’t you rather have someone try to hard than not try at all?

Last season during the playoffs Lance caught a fine for flopping, and on this play last night, Lance seems to once again exaggerate the contact just a bit, unless Kirk Hinrich has been on some kind of secret workout plan.

(via B/R)

LeBron returns home in new ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I don’t know if it’s fair to call this new spot from Beats By Dre a “commercial,” because while it ostensibly exists to promote a product, it’s also nearly three minutes long and has a cinematic feel to it. This ad celebrates LeBron James‘ return to Ohio, but specifically to Akron, where he grew up and played his high school ball. Pretty sure he wasn’t as ripped in high school as he is in this spot, though…


VIDEO: LeBron Beats

Mamba reaches, Burks teaches

On Sunday night in a preseason contest against the Jazz, Kobe was on the wrong side of an old-school hardwood axiom.


VIDEO: Alec Burks slips Kobe, then completes the tough layup in traffic

It’s not often you see a guy with a first-ballot Hall of Fame ticket abused like this. It’s doubly unusual when this Hall of Famer has 12 All-NBA Defensive Team selections under his belt.

Kudos to Alec Burks, who went back at the five-time NBA champion after being on the receiving end of a Kobe corner 3 the possession prior. He also reminded us it rarely pays for a defender to lunge for a steal, even if said defender is 16th all-time in that department.

This isn’t something the uber-competitive Bryant is likely to forget.

Buy Dwyane Wade’s clothes

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What do you do when you’re finished with a pair of shoes or a jacket? Do you give them away to a friend? Hand them down to a sibling? If you’re Dwyane Wade, why not raise some money for charity?

On the luxury consignment site The Real Real, Wade is holding an auction of many of his old clothes. There are shoes, jackets, suits — all sorts of stuff. And some pretty good bargains, too, like a XXL Tom Ford blazer worth $5,000 but listed at $995. That’s 80 percent off! OK, so that’s off of 5 G’s, but still, that’s quite a markdown.

All proceeds will go to the Wade’s World foundation, so it’s all for a good cause.

(via GQ)

Don’t mess with Quin Snyder!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in a preseason game, the Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 119-86. The Jazz won easily, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Here is a GIF from the game, courtesy of CJ Fogler, of new Jazz coach Quin Snyder giving his very best angry look. Keep in mind, the Jazz were up by 24 at the time!

The lesson here is DO NOT MESS WITH QUIN SNYDER!

YOU WON’T LIKE HIM WHEN HE’S ANGRY!

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