Andre Iguodala drops defender with vicious crossover

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a forward, Andre Iguodala sure does have a history of using his crossover dribble to shake free and drop defenders. I mean, we’re not even a year removed from this play, when Iguodala left Denver’s Quincy Miller in the dust.


VIDEO: Iguodala Miller

But if you thought that was nice, just wait until you see what Iguodala did last night. With the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers, Iguodala ran into Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova in transition, and Iguodala dropped another crossover dribble that literally took the feet right out from underneath Dellavedova, leaving him grasping for air…

Steph Curry visits the White House


VIDEO: Curry White House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For most athletes, a visit to the White House happens only if you’ve managed to win a championship or a title. But with the Golden State Warriors in Washington D.C. earlier this week, Stephen Curry found time to stop by the White House one morning. Curry has long been involved in the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets anti-malaria initiative, and while in D.C., he joined several experts on the subject. After the conference, he managed to swing by the Oval Office to spend some time with President Obama, as you can see in the video above, and the President’s dogs, as you can see below…

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Volume 4, Episode 17


VIDEO: Shaqtin’ A Fool: Volume 4, Episode 17

Vote for this week’s best Shaqtin’ A Fool moment and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin!

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Bismack Biyombo feeds, clothes homeless man

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBismack Biyombo is in his 4th season with the Charlotte Hornets, and while the 22-year-old Congolese power forward is still learning the NBA game, he obviously has his priorities in order off the court. With the Hornets in Chicago this week to take on the Bulls, Biyombo apparently used his night off on Tuesday to walk around the city, where he met a homeless man and, well, let’s let Biyombo tell the story…

Good morning people! Was Bless last night in Chicago to spent time with this great homeless person, who I so sleeping outside as I was walking around the city, he was cover with few things and I spoke to him and after we spoke, I ask him if he want it to get food and he said man I will love to but I can't go into a restaurant. I ask him why? He said because of the way I'm dressing and the way I look.. I could believe it or no? But I want it to experience that myself, as we walk around the mall before we go get some food, officers had to ask if he was with me until we get to the restaurant!! The amazing thing is that I had a great diner and great time and some great conversation and what we did after is between God of this universe and I… This guy read books and is recommendation was this Book call the secret that going to be my next Book!! So people I will just ask you to help because you want to not because you have to.. Help build a better society, be part of something special!! God bless #Godwill #Biznation

A photo posted by Bismack Biyombo (@bismackbiyombo) on

(via r/NBA)

Aaron Gordon loses a shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s unclear exactly what has happened in this clip. I’ve watched it in slow motion about five times and am still unsure how this happened. Either way, Orlando’s Aaron Gordon is out on the perimeter when all of a sudden his right shoe shoots off his foot and flies from the three-point line, into the paint and ends up down under the basket. While the shoe is doing its thing, Gordon drives into the paint wearing one shoe and takes a shot. And as Gordon is driving, Miami’s Chris Andersen delivers a swift kick to Gordon’s bouncing shoe and boots it out of the lane. Crazy play.

(via SB Nation)

DeMarcus Cousins versus elbows and a chair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I suppose there are two ways to look at what DeMarcus Cousins got into last night. On the one hand, Cousins has a history of expressing his temper in the wrong ways and drawing technical fouls, so it’s nice he showed he wasn’t thrilled while avoiding picking up a T. But on the other hand, maybe you don’t want to show your discontent by kicking a chair…

(BTW, watch the face of the woman just behind the bench. Such a perfect reaction.)

Then, a few minutes later, Memphis forward Zach Randolph squared off against Cousins, and accidentally caught him with not one but two elbows…

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But the best news for Cousins? The Kings hung on for a 102-90 win.

Throwback Thursday: Cousy Tallies 28 Assists


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: Bob Cousy

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: Cousy Tallies 28 Assists

On February 27, 1959, Boston Celtics’ legend Bob Cousy dished an NBA-record 28 assists in an 173-139 win over the Minneapolis Lakers. To go with the record, Cousy added 31 points and five rebounds during the high-scoring affair.

This single-game assist record was later topped by Kevin Porter with 29 in 1978 and Scott Skiles with 30 in 1990.

To honor Cousy’s historic game, this Throwback Thursday we look back at his Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Bob Cousy

How would Bob Cousy fare in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Phoenix Suns introduce new alternate jerseys


VIDEO: Suns jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everything that is old becomes new again. We are always looking to the past for inspiration, and why not? Some of the best ideas are things that were popular once, and then discarded in the name of progress.

Today the Phoenix Suns debuted a new alternate uniform that takes cues from some Suns uniforms from the past. As Suns.com explains

That iconic western font is emblazoned on the front of the new jersey in black lettering, outlined in the bold orange that has become synonymous with the Suns over the decades. The lettering is nearly identical to that used in one of the first iterations of the team’s jersey from 1973-1992.

One of the players who wore that font across his chest was Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. His current point guard, Eric Bledsoe, is proud to be able to carry on the tradition that started so many years ago.

“It’s throwback,” Bledsoe said with a smile. “Everybody nowadays likes that throwback fashion.”

The font isn’t the only thing helping connects the past and the present. The sunburst on the bottom of the shorts harkens back to the original design worn by the likes of Dick Van Arsdale, Connie Hawkins and Paul Westphal. Don’t worry, though, these shorts are much longer than their predecessors. The entire look is tied together with the modern-day numbers on the chest and back, and the “S” mark that was introduced last season on the sleeves.

The color scheme pays homage to the history behind the name of the city we call home. Like the bird of Greek origin, the city rose from the ruins of a former civilization into a thriving metropolis earning it the name Phoenix.

To see more, check the video above. The Suns will debut these uniforms tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT.

Memphis Grizzlies release postseason hype video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With All-Star behind us, the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. And while many people expected the Memphis Grizzlies to be a playoff team this year, not many picked them to have the Western Conference’s second-best team this late in the season, at 41-14. While the Grizz have had postseason success in previous years, they’ve yet to advance past the Conference Finals. So this season, as the video below shows, the Grizz will be “chasing greater”…


VIDEO: Chasing Greater

NBA players react to Derrick Rose injury news

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Chicago Bulls announced Derrick Rose would undergo knee surgery on his right knee for a second season in a row. A timetable for his return won’t be established until after the surgery, but considering Rose’s injury history — he’s played just 95 regular season games over the last four seasons — this is another unfortunate setback in Rose’s continuing to try and regain the MVP form he displayed in 2011.

As news of Rose’s latest injury spread last night, players from around the NBA reached out via social media to offer their best wishes…