Off The Court

Should LeBron bring back the powder toss?


VIDEO: Take a look back at LeBron James’ chalk toss ritual

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James made a bold choice in deciding to leave Miami for Cleveland, but he’s been less decisive about another choice that awaits: Should he bring back his pregame powder toss?

The powder toss was something LeBron regularly did just before tipoff as a member of the Cavs, and then he did it only occasionally with the Heat.

But after re-signing with Cleveland, LeBron came out and said he couldn’t wait to do it in Cleveland again, posting a video on his Instagram account of the moment.

Then, a few weeks ago, he sort of waffled on his announcement, saying he would ask his kids about it…

But today, LeBron said he would leave the decision up to the fans…

Now, if you took a poll of Cavs fans, I’m pretty sure it might be a unanimous “yes” to bringing back the powder toss. People who aren’t LeBron or Cavs fans might not be as in favor it.

So what say you? Would you like to see LeBron bring back the powder toss this season?

Damian Lillard visits Conan O’Brien

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA regular season literally right around the corner, last night Conan O’Brien welcomed Portland point guard Damian Lillard to talk about the upcoming season, Lillard’s #4BarFriday and Lillard’s poise after his series-winner over Houston…


VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 1


VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 2


VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 3

Golden State Warriors take rookie hazing to new level

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being a rookie in the NBA is serious business. Not only are you worried about your place in the rotation and establishing yourself on the court, but you have to prove yourself off the court as well to the team’s veterans by carrying luggage, bringing coffee and donuts to workouts, and doing other inane stuff.

Normally those things happen on the team bus or in the locker room, but the Golden State Warriors figured they might as well make their rooks do it in public. So at an open practice recently, rookie Aaron Craft dressed like a bear and sang a Miley Cyrus song…

James Michael McAdoo selected the theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”…

And Mitchell Watt performed the theme from Aladdin

Steve Nash documentary trailer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Nash has had a tough run of it of late, battling injuries in an attempt to get back on the court regularly. Even in the last few weeks, he’s had to take a step back after an injury set-back. But what’s so cool about Steve Nash is that basketball isn’t all that he does. And although the sun may be setting on his hoops career, a new movie called Nash: The Documentary, out soon on iTunes and On Demand, promises to look at Nash from all angles.


VIDEO: Nash Doc

Meet Jeremy Lin, your new adidas store clerk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week I came across a video featuring Jeremy Lin in Taiwan, where he dressed undercover as an employee at an adidas store and basically pranked shoppers. Because we know Lin loves his pranks.

Anyway, I didn’t post the video because I didn’t really understand it — even though it almost doesn’t need commentary; people’s reactions when they realize it’s Lin are pretty visceral — as the entire thing is in Mandarin. But this morning our producer Jeff Case pointed out that you can click on the little “CC” button on the video player to turn on subtitles, which makes it a million times funnier, particularly because Lin is so self-deprecating.


VIDEO: Lin Works

Minnesota Timberwolves 90210

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A year ago we saw a Minnesota Timberwolves video made a group of Spanish T-Wolves fans that mixed together the theme from “Cheers” with shots of the Wolves. This season, to celebrate the new start in Minnesota, the same fans have re-cut the opening credits of the seminal ’90s series “Beverly Hills 90210″ using members of the Timberwolves. It’s brilliantly done, although I have to admit I was hoping for Flip Saunders to pop up in the Joe E. Tata slot at the end of the credits.


VIDEO: MN 90210

(via SN)

Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary are the world’s toughest scooter gang

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two members of the Oklahoma City Thunder — Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary — are currently out with foot injuries. And in order to make sure they keep off their healing feet, the Thunder have assigned each of them to a scooter to, you know, scoot around on. Each by itself is just a scooter. Together, they are the world’s toughest scooter gang…

Iman Shumpert knows what time it is

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — #NBAStyle is still a thing, and New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert took it to new heights after last night’s Knicks preseason game. He’s wearing a baseball cap with what appears to be a clock installed on the front of the hat. Or maybe several clocks? Or a two clocks and a compass? It’s hard to tell exactly what the device is, other than it looks expensive and ornate and kinda cool.

Robin Lopez is awesome at Nerdsketball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we’ve previously seen Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez and his love for all parts of nerd culture. Recently, Lopez was a guest on the Portland-based variety radio program “Live Wire Radio,” where they decided to test Lopez’s knowledge on everything from Disney princesses to “Game of Thrones.” Results were mixed…


VIDEO: RoLo trivia

Mike Miller takes LeBron’s cheers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers have been spending the preseason playing games all over Ohio — they not only played a game in Cleveland, but they’ve had a game in Cincinnati, and then, last night, hosted the Bulls in Columbus.

It’s been something on a homecoming tour for LeBron James, who has logged minutes in each stop as a way to say thank you to his home state. And the fans in each city have given him an ovation at the beginning and end of each game…at least, we think it’s for him.

Check the funny video clip from last night, caught by Tas Melas from The Starters, where the crowd gives LeBron an ovation and LeBron’s teammate Mike Miller steps in to steal some applause…