David Lee gives Warriors staff free burritos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Throughout their run to the NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors coaching staff and players spoke over and over again about the importance of David Lee, a former All-Star who was willing to accept a role coming off the bench. While Lee did end up logging playing time in the Finals, his sacrifice was often identified as being symbolic of the Warriors’ one-for-all mentality and teamwork. A few weeks ago, in order to clear cap space and give Lee the opportunity to get more playing time in a contract year, the Warriors agreed to trade Lee to the Boston Celtics.

Before he moved coast to coast, Lee wanted to give a parting gift to the Warriors staff members, who showed up yesterday to find free lunch from Chipotle. AS Warriors’ social media coordinator Julie Phayer tweeted…

And as it turns out, it wasn’t Lee’s first time dropping off burritos…

Dennis Schroder has improved his range

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players work on their games in the summer, and try and find ways to be better than they were when the season ended. Last season, Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder had a big campaign, becoming the Hawks’ back-up point guard and getting regular playing time. Schröder shot 43-percent from the three-point line on the season, well above the league average of 35-percent. But Schröder apparently wants to extend that range.

How far? To about the sixth row…

Victor Oladipo dunks on Marcellus Wiley

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMarcellus Wiley played defensive tackle in the NFL for 10 seasons, so the man obviously knows a few things about how to stop someone coming at him with the ball. But for whatever reason, Wiley seems to struggle when it comes to stopping basketball players. Zach LaVine threw down on him a few weeks ago, and then yesterday, Victor Oladipo put Wiley on a poster with a windmill jam…

Paul Pierce throws first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After a long NBA career, playing for teams along the Eastern seaboard, Paul Pierce recently returned home, signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. And to celebrate his return, Pierce threw out the first pitch last night for his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. Great form, but could probably aim a little higher…


VIDEO: Pierce first pitch

Damian Lillard has some advice for Andrew Wiggins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Young players who come into the NBA often find a mentor, an older player who has been around for a while, who understands how the NBA works and is able to show them the way. In this new ad from Foot Locker, Andrew Wiggins finds a mentor in Damian Lillard, who takes Wiggins to the playground and gives him something of an object lesson. It’s just too bad this Bobby Butter guy wasn’t able to find someone to show him the way…


VIDEO: Lillard/Wiggins

Victor Oladipo debuts the Magic Fit Shuffle

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo has always been upfront about his love for singing, but apparently dancing is his jam, as well. In this video from the Orlando Magic, Oladipo teams up with a collection of people, including former Magic forward Bo Outlaw, who apparently can get down as well, to debut the Magic Fit Shuffle…


VIDEO: Magic Fit Shuffle

LeBron James holds Twitter Q+A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, after noting it had been a while since he’d talked directly to his fans, LeBron James popped up for an hour on Twitter to answer questions from fans. King James ended up talking about everything from the NBA to professional wrestling to cartoons…

 

Gilbert Arenas is too good for the county fair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERGilbert Arenas hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2012 season, but the man who used to shout “Hibachi!” when he got hot during games can apparently still get cooking. Check out this picture Agent Zero posted on Instagram, which apparently shows the multiple rewards from when Arenas went to the Orange County Fair and dominated the basketball hoop games (even if he wasn’t actually banned)…

Hawks’ Bazemore tries hand at pro tennis

By Nick Margiasso IV, NBA.com

So, the NBA offseason means downtime away from the court, right? Not exactly for the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore.

The Atlanta guard headed across town to the BB&T Atlanta Open, a top-tier professional tennis tournament in midtown Atlanta, to try his hand at the sport with a fuzzier ball.

Bazemore took on top U.S. tennis star and four-time NCAA champion Steve Johnson on a mini court to test his mettle in a sport he’s apparently started to take up. It wasn’t a total rigged playing field for Bazemore, though, as he also challenged the former USC Trojans tennis star to a best-of-three horse competition on a mini-mobile court set up at the tournament in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station.

Outside an early string of nice shooting by Johnson, Bazemore pulled away in the end though because, well, he plays in the NBA.

“I had to bring my ‘A’ game, he was pretty good,” Bazemore said of Johnson and his hoops stroke. “He got out here and shot so well that I had to turn it on and lock in to take him.”

 

 

Lance Stephenson and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s officially summer for the NBA. Here’s Lance Stephenson from the Los Angeles Clippers in a dance battle against two of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rafael and Michaelangelo.

Turtle rock 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸

A video posted by Lance Stephenson (@stephensonlance) on

And good news! Apparently the battle ended with Lance and the Turtles on the same page, agreeing to team up and go fight crime together…

(via B/R)