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Stephen Curry has been incredible this season

VIDEO: Curry cooks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, Stephen Curry was named the MVP of the NBA. He averaged almost 24 points per game, close to 8 assists per game, shot 44-percent from three-point land, and eventually led the Warriors to an NBA championship. Curry was just great, in every definition of the word, and played the best basketball we had ever seen him play.

And here’s a scary thought: This season? Curry has been even better.

Including last night’s win over the Clippers, through five games Curry is averaging 35.8 points per game, making 52-percent(!!) of his three-pointers, and dishing almost 6 assists per game. He not only takes shots we’ve been conditioned to believe are “bad” shots, he makes those shots. Check the video above. Or just look at this…

The thing is, we probably shouldn’t be surprised. Throughout his career, even going back to his college years, Curry has showed consistent improvement from season to season, sometimes by leaps and bounds, sometimes incremental. Either way, Curry is always moving forward. So after his incredible 2014-15 season, it may have been natural to assume that this was as good as Curry could get. He was playing, after all, at a level that seemed consistently incredible. Could he be any better?

Apparently, he could. And he can. And he is. Can he keep it up? Well, this level of play seems unsustainable, but then, the thought that Curry would ever even reach this level seemed improbable as recently as a week ago. But here we are.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Curry and the Warriors, it’s been incredible to watch.

Kevin Durant doesn’t need both shoes to score on you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant is back and healthy, which is something any fan of the NBA should be excited about, whether or not you’re a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. And it’s a good reminder of just how great Durant can be, especially when he’s out here doing stuff like he did last night against the Houston Rockets. While iso’d against Trevor Ariza, Durant made a move to the basket that was so quick, he actually ran right out of KD 8s.

Normally, scoring a bucket in an NBA game is a rather difficult thing. Doing it while wearing one shoe? For Durant, at least, no problem.

VIDEO: Durant shoe

LeBron James Wins Halloween

By Nick Margiasso IV

A picture really is worth a thousand words.

But a moving picture of Cavaliers star LeBron James mimicking legendary musical artist Prince for Halloween? Well, that’s worth about a gazillion.

So, without further ado…

Yes there’s more…

Lakers bond over paintball

By Nick Margiasso IV

The preseason is for preparation, people. And, what, are you going to get your readiness up in the gym … on the court? Of course not. The paintball fields are where champions are made, bud.

New Lakers Roy Hibbert and D’Angelo Russell readied for battle to do just that, as evidenced by this post from this “Pro Paintball Champion”…

Whatever you do, guys, don’t shoot Kobe.

Nuggets, Suns get hyped up for 2015-16

By Jeff Case

With a little less than two weeks to go from the official start of the 2015-16 NBA season and, frankly, we are pretty pumped up here at All Ball central for a new season. Now is the time of year when all 30 teams are dreaming big, getting fired up and reflecting on their past.

A month or so ago, the Pistons released a hype video to gear up for the new season and now, the Suns and the Nuggets have gotten into the act. Give ’em a watch and let us know: whose hype video do you like better?

VIDEO: Phoenix Suns’ season hype-up video

VIDEO: Denver Nuggets season hype-up video


Hornets GM tries eating scorpions, snake and other Shenzhen cuisine

By Jeff Case

The Charlotte Hornets recently completed their trip to China to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game held at Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen, China. The trip was a success for the Hornets in the fact they won the game itself (106-94) and also in the fact they got to get to take in the local culture as well.

We showed you the video last week of Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams shopping in China, which is a must-see. Today, we bring you video of Hornets GM Rich Cho sampling the dining fare in Shenzhen.

Don’t ever call Cho timid about what he eats as he bravely samples scorpions, snake and other unique fare.

VIDEO: Rich Cho samples unique food in Shenzen




LeBron Approves As Ohio State’s Miller Does ‘The Silencer’ Move

By Nick Margiasso IV

In between breaks from watching FIBA Americas basketball all night on NBA TV, you may have briefly flipped over to watch the Ohio State football team play backyard video game football as they crushed Virginia Tech.

LeBron James was watching, too.

He was certainly watching when former QB-turned-WR Braxton Miller put on a show and remembered to stamp it by paying homage to the Cleveland’s King.

An impressed James nodded back.

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Klay Thompson hits a shot from halfcourt (while riding a bike)

By Jeff Case

There’s an old basketball adage that for a really great shooter, his shooting range starts where he enters the building. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson fits such a moniker (remember when he had 37 points in a quarter last season?) … and he made a little tweak to it, too.

Thompson’s range not only extends to just about any spot on the court, but he’s really good hitting shots on the move. And by on the move, we mean while pedaling a bike and launching it from half court …

Working on being more versatile this offseason S/o to @ttwersky for the dime in the shooting pocket

A video posted by Klay Thompson (@klaythompson) on

Watch ‘The Shot’ from a new angle

By Jeff Case

Michael Jordan has a lengthy list of game-winners he drilled throughout his career. But perhaps his first/best known one was the basket he made against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the decisive Game 5 of the first round in 1989.

Best known as ‘The Shot’, we can almost guarantee that you’ve seen the following clip before …

VIDEO: Michael Jordan dispatches the Cavaliers in 1989

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet/the Twitterverse, though, a NEW, court-level angle of MJ’s bucket is out there to delight Bulls fans (and further torment Cavs fans and Craig Ehlo) …

(h/t For The Win & @SneakerDave)


Bonner beats Scalabrine in a game of Knockout

By Jeff Case

Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs is heading into his 12th NBA season. Brian Scalabrine hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011-12, but crafted an 11-year career in the league. Both players were second-round picks, both sport red hair, both are/were fan favorites on whatever teams they played and both sport “Mamba” nicknames (Bonner is the “Red Mamba”; Scalabrine is the “White Mamba”).

They’ve got some stuff in common, basically.

Both were in attendance for a Seeds of Peace charity event and played each other in the classic schoolyard game, Knockout. The showdown lasted nearly 10 minutes, according to the San Antonio Express-News, with Bonner emerging as the champ. And even though Bonner is still an active player, the game apparently took a lot out of him (and Scalabrine) …

(h/t Bleacher Report & CBSSports)