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Nobody flops like Lance Stephenson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we’ve chronicled in this space, Lance Stephenson has done some impressive work on the court the last two seasons, particularly when it comes to flopping. (See here and here, for example.) But his latest maneuver may be his best one yet.

In a game against the Warriors this weekend, Lance ran into a screen set by Harrison Barnes. And in what appears to be an attempt to draw a foul, but in actuality is a play for the ages, Lance Stephenson slapped himself in the face…

(via FTW)

OKC hosts block party for Houston

VIDEO: OKC get three rejections in one possession against the Rockets

There was a brick fair of enormous magnitude in Oklahoma City on Sunday and it was all in Chesapeake Energy Arena. James Harden missed 12 of 17. Dwight Howard missed 10 of 14 — 19 of 27 if you count free throws. Houston’s stars weren’t the only culprits. In fact, nobody shot 50 percent from the field. Nobody.

The Rockets shot 28.7 percent from the field, undoubtedly helped to that figure by the ridiculous rim protection from the trio of Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. Fourteen blocks combined, they threw six offerings from Howard. Credit the Rockets for continuing to challenge the Thunder, but their intrepidity in the paint was likely necessitated by their abysmal launching from deep (7-for-35 out there).

Despite Houston’s shooting woes, it got the 69-65 win (read that score again slowly) because OKC wasn’t much better (29.4 percent). It was a physical affair, replete with four technical fouls, a Pat Beverley sighting and more trash talk than a little bit. Win or no win, the Thunder, particularly young big man Adams, gave the Rockets a rim party to remember.

VIDEO: OKC swats 15 shots in Sunday’s narrow loss to the Rockets

Hulkamania runs wild in Oakland

VIDEO: Hulk Hogan gets the crowd pumped up in Golden State

By Jeff Case

Pregame festivities at NBA games are usually wrought with fireworks, fancy on-court projection systems, player introductions or some combination thereof. How can you make that sorta thing better? Add a little dose of Hulk Hogan, of course. Such was the case last night as the Brooklyn Nets visited the Golden State Warriors as Hogan got the crowd worked up with his usual trademark flair.

(And, props to the Warriors for pumping in Hogan’s theme song, “I Am A Real American”, during his speech.)

The fun didn’t stop there with the Hulkster, though, as he took over the team’s Twitter feed during the second quarter (and, not coincidentally, the Warriors went on a 22-6 run during that stretch):

Bongo Lady is back!

By Jeff Case

We got introduced to the Memphis Grizzlies’ Bongo Lady late last season and thankfully, we didn’t have to wait anywhere near as long to see her in action this season …

VIDEO: The Bongo Lady is back in Memphis


The Blazers — thanks to Robin Lopez — know The Avengers

By Jeff Case

Comic book movies as a part of the summer blockbuster schedule have become a regular affair and next May, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will hit theatres. One player who is surely looking forward to that flick has to be noted comic book fan/Nerdsketball expert Robin Lopez of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The team took to asking the squad how well they knew The Avengers and, well, if it weren’t for Lopez being on the team, Portland wouldn’t have done so hot at this quiz …

VIDEO: The Blazers know The Avengers

Raptors mascot plays tennis with Genie Bouchard

By Jeff Case

Eugenie Bouchard is one of the rising stars in the women’s tennis circuit, ranking No. 7 in the WTA and also, a Canadian. She was at the Toronto Raptors-Orlando Magic game last night at Air Canada Centre and during a break in play, was challenged to a tennis match by the Raptors’ mascot (who was clad in a Bouchard-like blonde wig and tennis outfit).

VIDEO: Genie Bouchard plays tennis with the Raptors’ mascot


‘Shake It Off’, meet ‘Shaq It Off’

By Jeff Case

Taylor Swift‘s song, “Shake It Off” is No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100, the iTunes download charts and has inspired some cool viral videos both in the NBA world and outside of it.

Leave it to an NBA fan to take a classic gif of Shaquille O’Neal and a dancing cat and set it to the pop song, then …

(h/t SBNation)


Get an (NBA-themed) jump on the ugly sweater competition

By Jeff Case

We’re just about to mid-November, which means Thanksgiving is not far away in the United States and, after that, the Christmas and Winter holiday season will be upon us. For many, that means gift buying, hanging up decorations around the house, braving the shopping malls (more than you’d like to) and holiday parties.

The ugly holiday sweater party has been on the rise the last few years wherein folks dig up (or go purchase) some horrible-looking sweater from their youth. The goal? That your sweater is uglier than everyone else’s and you take home bragging rights.

If you get invited to an ugly holiday sweater party though, bookmark this page on They’ve got a whole line of NBA (and other league)-themed ugly holiday sweaters that will soon be available for purchase. And if the John Wall one that leaked today is any indication of how awfully good these things are …

John Wall sweater

(h/t Washington Post & Dan Steinberg)

Need help? Try some ‘Maverick Justice’

By Jeff Case

The Dallas Mavericks have got a pretty good grip on what goes viral in the NBA world, as evidenced by some of their recent videos (like Dirk Nowitzki in Run DMC and him pumping up office workers, the team parodying “Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Avengers”, asking fans to help design alternate unis, etc., etc.).

Their latest offering is “Maverick Justice”, which stars Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons as basketball players/lawyers (who quickly remind you they’re not really lawyers at all) …

“We do basketball, so you don’t have to.”

VIDEO: ‘Maverick Justice’ in Big D

(h/t Tim MacMahon)

Enes Kanter and a huge gingerbread house

By Jeff Case

It’s not quite Thanksgiving yet here in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped some retailers and other folks from already busting out the Christmas decorations and such already. Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter apparently found one of the biggest gingerbread houses around and took a photo next to it. Keep in mind that Kanter is 6-foot-10 and this thing — even if it were taken off its platform — would be AT LEAST as tall as Kanter is (if not taller) …

(h/t TNLP)