Off The Court

Michael Jordan can still get buckets, talk trash

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMichael Jordan is not only maybe the greatest basketball player of all-time, he’s also one of the greatest trash talkers to ever play the game. MJ may have retired as an active player in 2003, but in a video that showed up this weekend on Instagram, looks like MJ’s still got it…and I don’t just mean the basketball.

While in the Bahamas this weekend, where he played golf with a couple of pro golfers and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the group ended up on a basketball court, where MJ sank a jumper and then dropped some classic trash talk. “Hey man, you don’t have YouTube? You better put on Michael Jordan, for real.”

Blake Griffin shows off crazy reverse block


VIDEO: Blake reverse block

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Blake Griffin goes and pulls off something like this. My favorite part of this play might be the way Boston’s Jonas Jerebko responds, with his hands out in almost a shrug, as if to say, Did that really happen?

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(GIF via r/NBA)

DeMarcus Cousins does a pretty good wildcat imitation

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NCAA Tournament is down to the Final Four, which means there are just four teams remaining with a shot at winning college hoops’ big dance. One of those teams is Kentucky, the former school of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. The Kentucky mascot is a Wildcat, which we kind of take for granted, in the sense that I’m not sure if most people know what a wildcat actually sounds like. In this video from the Kings, a kid reporter asks Cousins (as well as Ryan Hollins, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas a.k.a. Sauce Castillo) to impersonate their college mascots, with mixed results…


VIDEO: Kings mascots

Dominique Wilkins takes on 2 Chainz in HORSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Atlanta, the Hawks not only clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, but they did while rapper 2 Chainz was serving as the team’s honorary CEO for the evening. You got your 2 Chainz shirt from the Hawks Shop before they sold out, right?

Date night. Hope wifey doesn't mind if I wear this.

A photo posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

So with Mr. Chainz in Philips Arena for the game last night, it was only right that he squared off against another ATL legend, Dominique Wilkins, in a game of HORSE.

Just played a game of horse Vs Dominique…..straight served him haaaa #TRU2atlanta

A video posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on

2 Chainz can shoot! Looks like he wants to be not just the CEO, but a player as well…

Timofey Mozgov has found a home away from home

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since being traded from the Denver Nuggets, Timofey Mozgov has only been in Cleveland for a few weeks. The good news, though, is that Mozgov appears to have found a home away from home in The Land, at a local establishment called The Brew Garden. In this local ad for the Brew Garden — and you know we love local ads here at the All Ball blog — Mozgov literally wipes out a competitor and delivers a stern tribute for the restaurant…


VIDEO: Mozgov local

Nik Stauskas is now Sauce Castillo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — People usually get nicknames based on either something they’re good at or, humorously, something they’re bad at. But Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas has a new nickname that’s totally unrelated to anything…except it sounds pretty cool.

Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings defeated the Philadelphia 76ers. And at some point in the game, Stauskas knocked down a jumper. Except that somehow, as noticed by Andrew Unterberger, the closed captioning credited the basket to somebody named “Sauce Castillo.”


VIDEO:Β Origin of ‘Sauce Castillo’

I don’t know what it means, but it is a great nickname — mellifluous and evocative, as Clyde Frazier might say. For his part, Stauskas seems either OK with it or baffled by it, even though the Kings have embraced it…

The Milwaukee Bucks are ready to celebrate the ’90s

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This season we’ve seen several NBA teams embrace the past by having “theme” nights around different eras. The latest team to go back to the future is the Milwaukee Bucks, who will celebrate the ’90s this weekend by having Naughty By Nature perform. And the Bucks mascot, Bango, is already ready to go…


VIDEO: Bucks ’90s

The Portland Trail Blazers have taken some bad vacations

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Have you ever taken a bad vacation? Hey, sometimes it happens — perhaps there’s a travel snafu, or you get to the beach and it rains the entire time, or maybe your hotel room is right by the elevator and you can’t get any peace and quiet. Then again, a vacation is a vacation — sometimes just getting away from home is worth any amount of trouble. Several members of the Portland Trail Blazers were asked if they had ever taken a bad vacation, and some of these stories are pretty awful. I mean, Damian Lillard almost dying has nothing on the stuff I mentioned above…


VIDEO: Portland bad vacations

Tim Duncan hits a 3 to win a $100 bet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan has been in the NBA for almost two decades now, so without getting into too much detail, it’s probably safe to assume that Duncan has grossed a lot of money throughout his career. So for Duncan, a bet with $100 at stake probably isn’t a big deal. At least, the $100 part of it isn’t a big deal. Winning the bet? That might be where the motivation comes from.

Last night during the Spurs/Thunder game, with the Spurs up big and the shot clock running down midway through the third quarter, Duncan had to hoist up a long three-pointer from the corner.

And as Duncan’s girlfriend pointed out on Twitter, there was more to that shot than just beating the buzzer…

Lionel Messi meets Gheorghe Muresan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best soccer player in the world right now is — arguably — Lionel Messi, the Argentinian dynamo who plays his club soccer for F.C. Barcelona. We’ve seen him share screen time with Kobe Bryant, so we know Messi has at least some familiarity with the NBA. So last night, with the Argentina National Team in Washington D.C. to play a friendly against El Salvador, Messi and his teammates took in the Washington Wizards versus Indiana Pacers game.

As Messi posted on Instagram, he had a pretty good seat…

Viendo basquet

A photo posted by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on

Also, here’s a long surveillance video of Messi (with Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez) sitting in the team’s luxury suite…


VIDEO: Messi NBA

And when you have an important person in the house, you better send Gheorghe Muresan to go and greet him…