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Harry the Hawk pays tribute to Prince

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk has apparently recovered from his mishap last week, and last night during the Hawks game against the Boston Celtics, Harry took the court along with the Hawks dance team to perform a tribute to Prince. And not only did it serve to get the crowd involved, but it also seemed to have a positive effect on the Hawks…

Jeremy Lin does his best Michael Jordan shrug

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in NBA history came during the 1992 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan opened the festivities with 6 three-pointers during the first half of Game 1. After making a couple of shots, Jordan knocked down a three over Blazers’ forward Cliff Robinson and had no response remaining other than just to shrug…

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Fast-forward to last night in Charlotte, where Hornets guard Jeremy Lin had to force a three-pointer against the Miami Heat with the shot clock running down. His shot went in, off the glass. How do you respond to something like that? Lin looked to the sideline, where Hornets owner Michael Jordan himself was sitting, and broke out his best MJ imitation…

Happy Birthday Tim Duncan

NEW YORK - 1997:  Tim Duncan poses for a photo after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs at the 1997 NBA Draft in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of perhaps the greatest power forward in NBA history, Tim Duncan.

Born in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan grew up a competitive swimmer. As a teenager, Duncan took up basketball, eventually earning a scholarship to Wake Forest. After four years at Wake Forest and numerous accolades, including being named the national college player of the year as a senior, Duncan graduated in 1997 and was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Over nearly two decades in the NBA, Duncan has helped lead the Spurs to five NBA championships, won two NBA MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVP awards, and been named an NBA All-Star 15 times. Duncan is the leading scorer in the history of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, and is currently 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders list with 26,496 points.

Tim turns 40 years old today. Happy birthday, TD!


VIDEO: Happy 40th Tim Duncan

You can’t stop Russell Westbrook’s pregame dance routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just before tipoff at Oklahoma City Thunder games, Russell Westbrook and reserve guard Cameron Payne engage in a little two-step dance near halfcourt. Tonight, prior to tipoff of Game 2 of the Oklahoma City/Dallas series, as Westbrook and Payne got their groove on, Mavs players Charlie Villanueva and Justin Anderson wandered over into the way. Do you think this stopped Russell Westbrook? Not a chance!

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Stephen Curry plays football, soccer, baseball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry is one of the best basketball players in the world, and as such he has reached a point where he’s playing basketball about as well as anyone has ever done it. So perhaps that explains why, before Golden State’s Game 1 matchup against Houston, Curry warmed up by trying out some different sports that he’s yet to master…

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(via SBNation)

The Clippers do some Lawler-isms

By Jeff Case

For 37 years, Ralph Lawler has been the voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. For many years, he plied his craft in a form of NBA anonymity as the Clippers were routinely one of the worst teams in the league. But since Blake Griffin’s debut season in 2010-11, the Clippers have risen in profile and many of Lawler’s trademark calls (such as “the lob … the jam!” and “Bingo!” after made 3-pointers) have become more popular.

The Clippers paid tribute to Lawler on what was called “Ralph Lawler Day” and, as such, Griffin and teammats such as Paul Pierce, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan and Cole Aldrich did a few Lawler-isms …


VIDEO: Clippers imitate Ralph Lawler

For comparison’s sake, here’s Lawler doing the originals …


VIDEO: Ralph Lawler-isms

… and while we’re at it, here’s a look at the great feature Clippers.com did on the man behind the mic:


VIDEO: Ralph Lawler Day tribute

Cavs have some more fun with hashtags

By Jeff Case

The Cleveland Cavaliers had some fun a year or so ago putting hashtags on some less-than-flattering photos of their teammates. Back then, Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving were the targets of this little game. This time, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert are the crosshairs. Stick around for the end because Thompson has maybe the best hashtag of them all …


VIDEO: Cavs Hashtags

Elton Brand needs a lot of time to get ready to play these days

By Jeff Case

After playing 34,687 minutes in 1,041 career games, scoring 16,757 points and grabbing 8,977 rebounds over 15 NBA seasons, Elton Brand decided to call it a career after the 2014-15 season. He didn’t stay away from the game long, though, as he was signed by one of his former teams, the Philadelphia 76ers, in early January to be a veteran voice for a young squad.

All that mileage means he needs a lot more pregame prep time than he did in his younger days. In a chat with the Sixers’ Junior Hosts — who also address who the best dancer is on the Sixers — Brand details everything he has to do just to get ready to hit the NBA court now (fast-forward to the 1:15 mark) …

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Elton Brand details his pregame regimen.

VIDEO: Sixers Junior Hosts

 

Wade crashes Kobe’s postgame news conference

By Jeff Case

Just seven games remain in the Kobe Bryant farewell tour (and only two more in Los Angeles). Last night marked the final showdown between Bryant and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade, which Bryant’s crew won in overtime thanks to youngster Julius Randle‘s hook shot.

Afterward, Kobe did his traditional news conference … and got an unexpected guest as Wade crashed it.

Fast-forward to the 8:40 or so mark below to see a classic exchange between the two future Hall of Famers …


VIDEO: Wade crashes Kobe’s news conference

Meet the ‘Most Interesting Man In The NBA’

By Jeff Case

There’s a good chance you probably don’t know who actor Jonathan Goldsmith is on name recognition alone.

But there’s also a good chance you do know him based on the suave, stylish and, most notably, interesting, character he played in commercials for Dos Equis beer over the past nine years — the “Most Interesting Man in the World.”

Dos Equis announced in March that Goldsmith wouldn’t be back in his role and his final commercial aired during Super Bowl 50Still, Goldsmith’s has made a pretty solid mark in American pop culture nonetheless.

The Golden State Warriors took on the “Most Interesting Man in the World” concept with a video that was shown during a recent film session of Player Development Coach Bruce Fraser (known as “Q” to the players), who has some Goldsmith-like qualities, apparently …


VIDEO: Bruce Fraser, aka “The Most Interesting Man in the NBA”