In Case You Missed It …

Andrew Bogut will not share a towel with you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the heat of battle, basketball players are sometimes forced to share things that under normal circumstances perhaps wouldn’t be shared — water bottles, for instance. During last night’s Warriors/Jazz game, Golden State big man Andrew Bogut got tossed a towel that he used to wipe himself down. But when Utah’s Rudy Gobert tried to share Bogut’s towel, Bogut refused and took a stand, both for himself and for hygiene…

Stan Van Gundy leaves Dave Joerger hanging

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story where the Memphis Grizzlies are concerned is their recent skid — they’ve lost four of their last seven games. And last night in Detroit, after losing to the Pistons, Zach Randolph was not thrilled with the way things are going.

But maybe Memphis coach Dave Joerger is the one who shouldn’t be thrilled. Because after the game, he shared a customary post-game handshake with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. But then, as Joerger tried to continue the conversation, Stan Van kept it moving, leaving Joerger standing there a bit…confused?


VIDEO: Stan Van Gundy blows off Dave Joerger

Brandon Bass loses his shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Say this for Brandon Bass: He just won’t quit. Take this play last night in the Celtics/Heat game. Somehow, after making a wild shot, Bass lost a shoe. As everyone ran to the other end of the floor, Bass went with them, shoe in hand, playing with one stockinged foot. Luckily for Bass, the Heat didn’t really take advantage of this, and Bass almost grabbed a one-handed rebound in the process.


VIDEO: Bass loses shoe

Cavs unveil an on-court arcade

By Jeff Case

Video games and basketball are pretty closely intertwined these days, what with all the excitement that bubbles up with the latest version of NBA 2K and the trash talk it inspires among fans and NBA players, too.

A select number of NBA teams, too, have taken to unveiling and using fancy on-court pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the first to do it and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have done it, too.

So with those two ideas in mind, the Cavs combined them (sorta) by allowing fans to “play” a video game on the Quicken Loans Arena court during timeouts. Check it out …


VIDEO: Cavs on-court video game

Kyrie Irving is ready for bigger roles

By Jeff Case

The Hollywood Reporter has a big story in its Feb. 20 edition about how Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hopes to one day hopes to build an empire in Hollywood after his playing days are done.

Surely, James is going to go the traditional route in finding roles for himself and aligning with other actors. His teammate, Kyrie Irving, may have hopes of finding his way into a TV show or movie someday, too, especially if you believe his latest bit of “acting” in his new Foot Locker commercial.


VIDEO: Kyrie Irving, actor

Reggie Jackson almost balances shot on rim

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Our friends The Starters enjoy pointing out “wedgies,” where a shot gets caught between the rim and backboard. If a shot ends up sitting on the rim, they call it “a pigeon.”

Last night against Orlando, we almost got a pigeon. Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson got to the basket and flipped up a shot that rolled around and…almost just stopped on the back rim. The ball stayed on the rim so long you can see players standing up from the bench in the background.

Eventually the ball fell from glory, as after a while it spun wide and became just another ho-hum NBA rebound. I guess the ball just didn’t want it enough. SMH.


VIDEO: Jackson shot

Sacramento Kings (accidentally) play 4-on-5

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the Sacramento Kings fired coach Mike Malone a few weeks ago, there was talk that under new coach Ty Corbin, they might attempt something rather bold: Attempting to play 4-on-5. This has been buzzed about for a while, and it would certainly be something to see. It also would probably not work very well against NBA offenses, but hey, it showed an owner and a franchise willing to think outside the box, to zig where everyone else zags.

Last night against Brooklyn, however, they actually ran the 4-on-5 defense…by accident. After a turnover in the second quarter, Sacramento’s Reggie Evans walked to the bench and appeared to take a seat, thinking that play was stopping for a timeout. But play continued, and the Nets had a 5-on-4 possession. They ended up missing the shot, and the Kings pushed the ball back and got it an open Evans under the basket. Sure, he missed the shot, and it was accidental instead of planned, but for one shining moment, we had 4-on-5 hoops.


VIDEO: 4-ON-5

(via The Brooklyn Game)

Meet Don Stockton (and the State Farm assist team)

By Jeff Case

Chris Paul and his alter ego, Cliff Paul, the State Farm Insurance agent, just got a bunch of backup.

In a must-see commercial that  first aired during the Wizards-Knicks game on ESPN, the Pauls join the National Bureau of Assists, a team made up of the alter egos of Stephen Curry (Sebastian Curry), Sue Bird (Summer Bird), Damian Lillard (Darius Lillard) and the scene-stealer of the commercial, John Stockton (Don Stockton).

And here’s a bonus Don Stockton scene:

(H/T FTW)

The New York Knicks play Secret Santa

By Jeff Case

The 2014-15 season hasn’t gone how anyone in New York has wanted or expected, but, hey, it’s the holiday season and let’s not get all glum. After a recent practice, the team (with an assist from Jonah Ballow) played a round of Secret Santa — or if you’re Jewish like Amar’e Stoudemire, it was called Secret Holiday.

Anyway, the guys who took part had a good sense of humor about what they’d by their teammates and/or bosses and the video is worth a look:


VIDEO: The Knicks play Secret Santa

You can’t leave Vlade Divac open from outside

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Los Angeles, while hosting the red-hot Golden State Warriors, the Lakers had one of those nights. Kobe Bryant may have missed the game to get some rest, but the rest of the Lakers didn’t miss a beat, shooting over 50-percent from the floor and beating the Warriors, 115-105.

But the most surprising moment of the night may have been when former Lakers center Vlade Divac took to the court to attempt a halfcourt shot for charity. And with the way things were going for the Lakers last night, of course Divac nailed it. The best part? The shot was worth $90,000, split between Divac’s and the Lakers’ charities…


VIDEO: Divac Halfcourt