Off The Court

Iman Shumpert, secret agent

By Jeff Case

The big victory of the offseason for the New York Knicks was the team successfully managing to keep free-agent All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony in the fold for a few more years. His return, coupled with new coach Derek Fisher and a new-look offense (the triangle) have New Yorkers hoping the team can rebound from a putrid season.

One player sure to be key to any hopes of a Big Apple revival is combo guard Iman Shumpert. After a solid first two seasons in the NBA, Shumpert’s stats were more or less down across the board in 2013-14 as he worked his way back from an ACL tear suffered early in the 2012 playoffs.

That being said, it’s still the offseason in New York and Shumpert is having some fun. In a new video released to help hype the movie “November Man”, Shumpert pretends to be a secret agent as unsuspecting people interview for a fake job.

 

Klay Thompson is really dedicated to his fantasy football draft

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night a friend invited me to go with him to the Braves/Mets game at Citi Field. I’m a Braves fan, but because I live in New York, I don’t all that many chances to see them play in person. Normally, I would have jumped at the chance…but I hesitated because I remembered last night was also the night of my fantasy football draft. And as anyone who has ever played any fantasy sport — basketball, football, baseball, doesn’t matter — there really isn’t much worse than letting the computer auto-draft your team and winding up with a bunch of players you don’t want, or a bunch of guys who play the same position.

Lucky for me, I was wrong about my draft date — it is tonight — so I was able to get out and enjoy a baseball game on a nice evening. But being present for your fantasy draft sometimes takes extreme measures.

Take, for instance, Golden State guard Klay Thompson, who is currently in Bilbao, Spain, prepping for the FIBA Basketball World Cup as a member of Team USA. Despite being half a world and about a dozen time zones from home, Thompson woke up at 5:30 AM in order to take part in his fantasy football draft. As he wrote in the caption, he doesn’t trust the auto draft. Smart man.

(via HP)

NBA Cartoons

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen several NBA-related memes crop up on Twitter this summer, from NBA Movies to NBA Musicians.

Another NBA hashtag party broke out yesterday, this time themed around NBA cartoons. Here are some of our favorites…

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Sir Mix-A-Lot performs at Jamal Crawford’s wedding

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is a Seattle native. He lives in Seattle during the off-season, and he helps organize the annual Seattle Pro-Am league.

So when Crawford got married over the weekend, he had the ceremony in Seattle, and put together a collection of some of his favorite artists to perform at the reception, including Tank and Brian McKnight. But he also managed to bring in one of Seattle’s most well-known hip-hop artists, the great Sir Mix-A-Lot, who performed his biggest hit…

(via BIL)

The Timberwolves go to the State Fair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a big week for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who officially completed the Kevin Love trade and have effectively re-made their roster, adding a few new players. To celebrate the new additions, the Wolves had Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine in Minnesota to meet the fans at a big rally downtown.

And then? The guys went to the Minnesota State Fair, because why not? The State Fair apparently has a lot of fun stuff to do, particularly if you’re a member of the T-Wolves.

What to do at the State Fair? Well, you pose with your head behind the board at the cheese on a stick sign…

You eat some donuts and rate them as “fire”…

You throw water balloons into a bucket on a dude’s head…

You go head-first down a gigantic slide…

You eat a corn dog…

Bennett definitely enjoyed himself…

After all that? You take your prizes and go home…

Damian Lillard celebrates the return of Madden

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’re still a few weeks away from the start of the NBA season, but we’re just days away from football returning. Which of course means the return of the great football video game Madden, which dropped yesterday. In this new commercial from EA Sports, Portland guard Damian Lillard sits down with Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller to play a game of Madden, only to find Miller has an edge that will be hard for Lillard to top.


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Paul George and Roy Hibbert go fishing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know the Pacers like to go fishing — and I mean that in the literal sense, not in terms of losing during the playoffs. Last season, while stumbling through the playoffs, Pacers players Roy Hibbert, Paul George and George Hill actually went fishing to help get away from it all and have some fun.

This summer hasn’t been great for the Pacers, either. Lance Stephenson left to play in Charlotte, and Paul George suffered a compound leg fracture while playing for Team USA that will keep him out for at least the upcoming season. So how to get away from it all? Why not go fishing?

That’s what George and Hibbert did yesterday. Well, first Hibbert sat in George’s Ferrari…

Then they got in a boat and went fishing…

Hang on to your hat, Roy…

Chris Bosh takes photobombing to Hollywood

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oh sure, the Miami Heat may have been one of the NBA’s best teams on the floor the last few years, but their teamwork was really on display in their postgame photobombs. We saw everything from cartwheels to wheelbarrows from the Heat, but the unifying factor was really Chris Bosh‘s work in the enterprise. As often as we saw LeBron James or Dwyane Wade involved, it was always Bosh who seemed to really love popping into photos and videos.

With LeBron gone to Cleveland, Bosh may be forced to play a different role for the Heat this season. Some things, however, seem to never change, as we can see from this moment at last night’s Emmy Awards. Check out Emmy nominee Matthew McConaughey being interviewed on E!, as guess who pops up in the background? Alright, alright, alright…

(via TNLP)

Timberwolves offer fans excuse to skip work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the trades finally complete to bring Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, the Timberwolves will welcome their newest additions (along with first round pick Zach LaVine) to town this afternoon with a rally in downtown Minneapolis. The one issue here is that this could be problematic with people who have, you know, jobs, where they’re required to be in an office during this rally. So how to make sure people are able to make it? Offer them an excuse! Today on Timberwolves.com, the Wolves posted a note from Coach/GM Flip Saunders to people’s bosses, asking for some time off (and even making an Office Space reference).

Now if you guys will excuse me I’ve gotta go print this out…

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New NBA 2K15 trailer drops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are still a few weeks away from the start of NBA training camps and the start of the NBA season. But if you’re hungry for a bit of NBA action, this new trailer for the forthcoming NBA 2K15 will get you fired up. Dunks, euro-steps, jumpers, rebounds, mascots…even Shaq and Ernie. The game drops on October 7.


VIDEO: 2K15 Trailer