Charles Barkley takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yet another Dream Team member has followed the lead of Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing: Charles Barkley. Watch out for the marshmallows…

VIDEO: Barkley Challenge

DeMarcus Cousins auditions to join Splash Brothers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At practice yesterday for USA Basketball, Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins decided to show off his outside shooting range, while declaring himself a candidate to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as members of the sweet-shooting Splash Brothers. Luckily, Curry was nearby to witness Cousins’ audition…

Marcus Smart throws out first pitch at Fenway

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Throwing out the first pitch at a baseball must be a terrifying experience — you’re standing out there on the mound, all alone, with everyone focused on you. We’ve seen in the past things go well, and we’ve seen things go not so well.

The Celtics had a camera crew follow rookie guard Marcus Smart last night as he went to a Red Sox game to throw out the first pitch. And while he admits several times to being nervous, we might have a new contender for the best first pitch of the summer thus far…

VIDEO: Smart Pitch

Patrick Ewing responds to Michael Jordan’s ice bucket challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday we saw Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. AS part of MJ’s acceptance, he issued a challenge to his Dream Team teammates. As we noted on the Jordan post, his Dream team teammate Larry Bird was a step ahead of him. But today, MJ’s Dream Team teammate Patrick Ewing, an assistant coach for the Hornets, stepped up to the plate and took the ice bucket challenge…

VIDEO: Ewing Challenge

NBA Movies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It has been the summer of NBA Twitter. After the fun of NBA Musicians and NBA Superheroes, the NBA teams (and some NBA fans) returned yesterday to give their takes on NBA Movies…


Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 2000s

VIDEO: Lakers storm to the NBA championship in 2000

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: Best Teams of 2000s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 2000s.

Make sure to recap all of the NBA greats by decade with the links below.

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

Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 2000s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s
Best Teams of 1980s
Best Teams of 1990s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

What did your NBA team sell for?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The folks at Hardwood Paroxysm had an interesting post earlier this week about the evolving nature of NBA ownership. Basically, the article delves into the history of each NBA franchise, examining how each team ended up with its current owner or ownership group, and how those owners made their fortunes.

It’s an interesting article and well worth your time, but one of the most interesting bits is this chart that shows what each team sold for. Obviously, inflation has played a part in the team’s prices rising, but more importantly you can see how the overall strength of the NBA has contributed to franchise values going through the roof.


Jeremy Lin smashes birthday cake in mom’s face

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best way to celebrate a birthday? With cake, of course.

The best way to make that cake a surprise? Smash it in the birthday celebrant’s face.

A cake to the face is funny, in theory. In practice it sometimes loses some of the humor. But in the video below, in which Jeremy Lin celebrates his mother’s birthday by hitting her in the face with a cake, everyone seems to have a good laugh. Enjoy the cake, Mom!

Michael Jordan takes ALS ice bucket challenge, calls out Dream Team, Phil Jackson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success — raising money and awareness about the devastating disease. Plenty of people around the NBA have already taken part, but today the biggest name the in NBA got involved: Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Answering the challenge from David Beckham, Ray Allen and Derek Jeter, Jordan not only takes the bucket of ice water, he also calls out Phil Jackson and his Dream Team teammates to take the ice bucket as well as donate cash…

VIDEO: MJ Ice Bucket

UPDATE: One of MJ’s Dream Team teammates has already taken the plunge…


Stephon Marbury to star as Stephon Marbury in stage show

Stephon Marbury Studio Portrait

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephon Marbury‘s NBA career was full of exciting moments, including a couple of NBA All-Star appearances. But after a dozen years and five teams, Starbury went to China, where he’s won a couple of titles and, judging by his social media posts, seems to have found a league and a country that he loves and where he is loved. His popularity in China seems to be at an all-time high, where they erected a statue to honor his title-winning run, and what better way to recognize his Chinese career renaissance than by going from the court to the stage?

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Marbury will soon star as himself in a stage show entitled “I Was Marbury.” has the details

The play will cover Marbury’s life during the 2011-2012 Beijing Ducks season — when Marbury led the team to its first championship over the Aaron Brooks-led Guangdong Tigers.

The play’s director, Zhou Wenhong, told Chinese media that the main theme of the play will be “never give up” and will incorporate choreographed basketball moves with dance. Marbury, however, describes the play’s story in grander terms, saying in a press conference the play focuses on “Sino-US relations”.

Marbury will play himself in the production, but will only appear in a few scenes — the story apparently focuses on other Chinese characters who have been inspired by Marbury.

According to the production’s official website, the show will have a different guest star each night, including Yao Ming and former NBA journeyman Wang Zhizhi.

For more information, the play’s official site is here.