Off The Court

Washington Wizards play FIFA on the really big screen

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The bigger the screen, the better the television, right? Sure, but particularly if you’re using that TV to play videogames against a friend. Forget about playing on a 46-inch screen, because yesterday a few of the Washington Wizards got larger than life.

Nene, Otto Porter and Kevin Seraphin played a little FIFA against each other using the scoreboard in Washington’s Verizon Center. According to the Wizards’ website, the scoreboard is almost 15 feet high and over 25 feet wide! This larger-than-lifesized session was filmed and will air soon on the Wizards’ Magazine show. Good luck finding a screen big enough to watch it on.

(via WaPo)

Dallas Mavericks introduce groundbreaking video system

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has always been on the cutting edge of technology, and the latest innovation in Dallas looks to be pretty awesome.

According to a press release, the “freeD” technology works like this:

Replay will work with the Mavs to distribute 360-degree video footage of key plays from all live game action within the arena. This is the first National Basketball Association (NBA) team to install the freeD™ ARENA System and integrate the technology into their broadcast of the game. The replays will be presented in 5K video resolution, the highest quality viewing experience for fans.

This is the largest freeD™ system ever installed across all international sports properties – consisting of 26 cameras, six of which allow for enhanced zoom capability. The system can navigate the entire court through 360-degree coverage and view any perspective of the action. This is a huge leap in terms of production capabilities, which “frees” the video, allowing viewers to watch any play from any angle.

Cuban’s been talking it up to the local media, and while it sounds cool in theory, what’s really awesome is how it looks in practice…


VIDEO: Mavs freeD

Anderson Varejao is a dancing machine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During an important moment in last night’s San Antonio/Cleveland games, the Spurs needed to inbound the ball along the sideline. In order to try and disrupt the pass, the Cavs had seven-footer Anderson Varejao defend the passer, Kawhi Leonard. And in order to make the pass as tough as possible, Varejao was very awkwardly active. Which meant he did this…

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Later, just to make sure the moment was commemorated perfectly, “Inside Stuff” host Kristen Ledlow took to Twitter to suggest someone put Varejao’s moves to music. After we discussed a few options — I knew Ledlow would initially gravitate toward Grizzlies fan Justin Timberlake — a Twitter user came up with what just may be the perfect soundtrack to Varejao’s funky moves. Thank you, internet…

(gif via r/NBA)

Paul George got a new job

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While Paul George is out recovering from his broken leg, we’ve seen him pop up a few times. But in between rehabbing his leg and working out, what has he been doing to fill the time? Well, apparently he found a new job in the Pacers’ public relations department. Yesterday Pacers PR chief David Benner posted a photo of the credentials they made up for George — who don’t forget has taken to calling himself “Young Trece.” Funny stuff, and if George works hard enough, George may one day get his photo posted in the press room like my colleague Sekou Smith.

James Harden makes bold NBA Style choice

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets took on the Los Angeles Lakers last night on ESPN, and James Harden was not about to let the opportunity slide. With a nationally televised game against one of the NBA’s marquee franchises, on the same day as the debut of his hilarious Foot Locker commercial, Harden decided to show off his NBA Style with a bold sweatshirt.

And as often happens in matters of NBA Style, some people on Twitter were willing to share their opinions…

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Duncan, Rose, Harden welcome Week of Greatness at Foot Locker

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Foot Locker is kicking off their Week of Greatness, in which each day they release different highly anticipated sneakers and apparel. And to get the word out, they’ve released a series of terrific commercials. Two of the spots don’t feature NBA players (Manny Pacquiao and John Cena), but two other spots star NBA players and are genuinely great. Check out Tim Duncan being excited (well, for him) when he gets a call from Derrick Rose, and James Harden playing on his rep for not being defensive…


VIDEO: Duncan excited


VIDEO: Harden defensive

QUIN SNYDER IS STILL UNHAPPY

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When we last checked in with Utah coach Quin Snyder, despite it only being the preseason, we found Snyder rather unhappy with something happening on the court. We warned you: Don’t make Quin Snyder unhappy. You won’t like him when he’s angry.

Apparently someone didn’t listen. Last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, someone on the Jazz apparently had a concentration lapse, and that was enough to push Snyder from mild-mannered coach into HULK MODE.

WAKE UP! WAKE UP!

Doug McDermott photobombs CP3, Blake Griffin, Kid Ink


VIDEO: Kid Ink

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen plenty of stars at Lakers games through the years, but don’t forget about the Clippers, who get their share as well. Last night, for instance, with the Clippers hosting the Bulls, rapper (and Clippers fan) Kid Ink was at the game. In the video above, he talks about being a Clippers fan and how much that means to him. And at the very end of the video, you can see him pose for a photo with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and…Bulls rookie Doug McDermott?

Above is video evidence of McBuckets’ epic photobomb. If you look at the group photo, McDermott seems perfectly happy to be involved…

But look at the photo taken just seconds later, and you can see Blake giving him the business…

Paul Pierce and Otto Porter taste baby food

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s an ingenious video where two Wizards at different stages in life try and identify baby food flavors. Otto Porter is a second-year player and still a bachelor, while Paul Pierce is in his late-30s and, according to Wikipedia, is a married father of three. So clearly, Pierce has an advantage here. Respect to Porter, though, for casting a wide net with his final answer: “Vegetables.” I mean, technically he’s right.


VIDEO: Pierce v Porter

(via SB Nation)

Don’t call Justin Timberlake a bandwagon Grizzlies fan (UPDATE)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — He may not be as ever-present as Spike Lee is with the Knicks or Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles, but Justin Timberlake has long been a fan of the Memphis Grizzlies. It makes sense, as Timberlake is a Memphis native, and he’s publicly been an NBA fan for years now. I mean, Who can forget when he served up Kenny “The Jet” Smith at the All-Star Game years ago?


VIDEO: JT vs Kenny

And in 2012, Timberlake actually became a part-owner of the Grizzlies. So last night, it wasn’t much of a surprise when JT tweeted his support for the 10-1 Grizz.

But that didn’t sit well with at least one of his twitter followers, who accused Timberlake of being a bandwagon Grizzlies fan. And Timberlake fired right back. It’s clear who’s the owner here.

UPDATE: Just in case you didn’t believe him, the Grizz tweeted this pic of JT repping the Grizz way back in the day…