Welcome @NBA to the official game ball

By Joe Boozell, NBA.com

Social media is changing the way media, businesses and sports operate at a rapid pace. That applies to the NBA as well, which has over 24 million likes on Facebook and also owns almost 11 million Twitter followers.

Eleven million for now, that is. This upcoming season, all Spalding NBA game balls will have the ‘@NBA’ Twitter handle imprinted on them. Take a look at the stylish new orange:

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The official press release from the NBA can be seen here.

Warriors on the gridiron

By Joe Boozell, NBA.com

Steve Kerr has never coached in the NBA before. Nor has he coached in the NCAA, or MLB, or the NHL … or the NFL. But that doesn’t stop him from seeking advice from the most innovative and successful football coaches in the business, so Kerr paid a visit to Seattle Seahawks training camp yesterday. He wanted to see Pete Carroll’s coaching philosophy up close and in person.

The Seahawks, of course, have plenty of NBA fans on the roster. Carroll likes to get each day of camp started with a fun competition, so wide receiver Bryan Walters challenged the Warriors’ new coach to a shooting contest. Doug Baldwin was kind enough to tweet the play-by-play:

One of the best shooters in NBA history couldn’t possibly lose to a … Say it ain’t so, Steve.

Kerr wasn’t the only Warriors staffer to visit an NFL training camp yesterday. NBA legend and Warriors consultant Jerry West was spotted at New Orelans Saints practice today with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. If nothing else, the Warriors might be one of the toughest teams on the hardwood this season.

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1970s


VIDEO: Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated during the 1970s

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 1970s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1970s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1980s!

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


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of 1970s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s

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

Jeremy Lin goes Hollywood

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJeremy Lin‘s NBA career has taken him on a wild ride the last few years. His latest stop looks to be Los Angeles, as this summer the Rockets traded Lin to the Lakers. And as he returns to his native state of California, Lin posted this video on YouTube that shows him simultaneously dismissing his detractors as well as getting involved in an ornate song and dance routine…


VIDEO: Lin goes Hollywood

DeAndre Jordan in Sharknado 3?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night was a banner night of sorts here in the United States, as the SyFy channel aired “Sharknado 2,” the much-awaited sequel to last year’s “Sharknado.” Neither of these movies were much good by traditional standards, but that doesn’t really matter, because both of them were so bad that they were great. The movies are about…well, I’m not sure I can really explain it other than to say they involve a tornado made out of sharks that attack major cities.

During both movies, Twitter was alive with people making jokes and getting in on the fun of making fun of “Sharknado.” And one NBA player, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, piped up with a possible movie poster for “Sharknado 3.”

NBA Superheroes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week on Twitter, “NBA Musicians” became a trending topic that people had a lot of fun with. Today, in a similar vein, “NBA Superheroes” started trending on Twitter, eventually becoming the number one trending topic worldwide. Here are some of our favorites…

 

Kawhi Leonard visits the Fantasy Factory

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRob Dyrdek is involved in many things — he’s a skater and a businessman among other things. But Dyrdek might be best known as a TV show host, with his show “Ridiculousness” still airing regularly on MTV. Previously, “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” was in heavy rotation on MTV, a show where Dyrdek and his pals basically got into misadventures inside a gigantic warehouse filled with toys. With a seventh season supposedly being taped now, yesterday Dyrdek post a photo of a celebrity visit with the caption, “Mega Ballin with the NBA Champion and the Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard at the Factory today.”

Aaron Gordon puts on his own dunking show

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we saw video of Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine putting on an incredible dunking exhibition at the Seattle Pro-Am. Not to be outdone, Orlando rookie Aaron Gordon posted the following video on Instagram with his own highlight reel of dunks. Your move, LaVine…

Ohio State wants LeBron at football games

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a sophomore and junior high school athlete in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James was twice named to the all-state team — in football. As a wide receiver, James not only was able to be physical with his opponents, but as he grew to his current 6-foot-8, he had a size advantage as well. He gave up football as a senior to concentrate on basketball, which in retrospect was a wise decision. But James has always professed his love for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL, and Ohio State in the college ranks.

And now that James is back home in Ohio, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer would love to have LeBron at a few Ohio State games. According to NFL.com…

Meyer was asked Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days if, as a native of northeast Ohio, James’ letter detailing his reasons to return home resonated with him. “Absolutely,” Meyer said.

Meyer also said he hoped James would attend as many Buckeyes games as possible this fall and joked that he would leave a sideline pass for James for every home game. Meyer also said having James around the program would be good for recruiting.

Special edition USA National Team shoes

NBA.com staff reports

The USA Men’s National Team began practice in Las Vegas on Monday and the NBA’s Twitter account gave us a sneak peek at some of the special edition shoes being worn by the players.

Which pair of shoes are your favorite?