Off The Court

How to make a Manute Bol bobblehead

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors are giving away 10,000 bobblehead dolls in honor of the late Manute Bol, the 7-7 center who had two different stints with the Warriors. Bobblehead dolls are a frequent giveaway at games, some better than others. But have you ever wondered how a bobblehead is made? The Warriors sent a camera crew to China to go behind the scenes of how the Manute bobblehead was made…

VIDEO: Bol Bobblehead

By the way, the Warriors also made a nearly life-sized version of the Bol bobblehead…

Watch Kobe Bryant learn about his shoulder injury

Right now, we don’t know what the future holds for Kobe Bryant. Yes he’s in his mid-30’s, and sure he’s had a couple of injuries the last few years, but none of this has slowed his effectiveness on the floor. That is, when he’s on the floor. Last week it was announced that Kobe had injured his shoulder, and in this video from The Player’s Tribune, we see Kobe receive the diagnosis from his doctor that the muscle has pulled off the bone.

Kobe’s take? “OK.” As Kobe writes in the video’s description, “This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.”

The treatment for Bryant’s shoulder has yet to be determined, but if anything, this video suggests that Kobe will attack whatever treatment is decided upon with the same determination and pragmatism he shows in the video.

OK from The Players' Tribune on Vimeo.

(Player’s Tribune)

Lance Stephenson dances like everyone’s watching

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Recently we caught up with Detroit’s Andre Drummond, who was caught on camera getting his groove on. Yesterday, Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson also got funky, although Lance had an idea of what was going on…

Pregame dance lol

A video posted by @stephensonlance on

(via TNLP)

A new Gregg Popovich?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Death, taxes and a surly Spurs coach Gregg Popovich during a sideline interview are a few of life’s certainties. So what happened last night during the Spurs/Bulls game when Rachel Nichols had some questions for Pop? He…answered them pleasantly with full sentences!? Who are you and what have you done with Pop?!

VIDEO: Nice Pop?

Playing hashtags with the Cavs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A key component of being funny on social media is having a strong hashtag game. A hashtag, of course, is a word or phrase that starts with a # symbol, and while it serves a purpose as a way to allow people to click and follow posts that also use the same hashtag, more often it’s a way to add a joke to whatever you wrote previously. In this video the Cleveland Cavaliers have some fun with hashtags and come up with a few to add to photos of Tristan Thompson. I think the big takeaway here may be that James Jones would be great on Twitter…

VIDEO: Cavs Hashtags

Does deflating a basketball help?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story right now in the NFL concerns the New England Patriots and the accusation that they knowingly deflated the footballs they used in their playoff win last week over the Indianapolis Colts. This would have given them some sort of advantage, experts say, and while we’ll leave that to them to get settled, it did make us wonder, what if an NBA team deflated the basketball? Kenny, Shaq and Chuck got to talking about the same thing last night on “Inside the NBA,” which led to a Shaq free throw shooting contest using a flat basketball…

VIDEO: Deflate Inside

The other question here is, if an NBA team deflated the basketball, which team would that be? Well, I think we have our answer, thanks to this vine from the Milwaukee Bucks, who caught mascot Bango red-handed…er, red-hoofed…

Sixers rookie finds out being a rookie can be no fun

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Philadelphia 76ers rookie JaKarr Sampson is averaging 3.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 36 games this season. But the key part of that sentence is the word “rookie.” Because being a rookie in the NBA can require all sorts of dirty duties: picking up doughnuts and coffee, carrying luggage, having to wear a goofy outfit on a road trip.

Or, as Sampson found out today, maybe you walk out of practice and find your car completely wrapped in aluminum fool. More like aluminum foul…

Bill Walton sings the National Anthem

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The National Anthem is performed prior to every NBA game. The National Anthem is not performed prior to every NBA game by Hall of Famer Bill Walton. But last night in Golden State, the National Anthem was performed by the San Francisco-based folk/Americana band The Fall Risk, and they were joined by none other than Bill Walton. Take it away, gentlemen…

VIDEO: Walton Sings

Happy Birthday Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon Action Portrait

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Hakeem Olajuwon.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon played college ball at Houston as a member of the Phi Slama Jama team that went to the Final Four three times. Hakeem “The Dream” was the first overall pick of the 1984 Draft by the Houston Rockets, and played the first 17 years of his career with the Rockets, winning back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and ’95. (Olajuwon was named NBA Finals MVP both times.) Olajuwon was remarkably versatile, one of the league’s best shot blockers but also one of the greatest post players of all-time — he still teaches post moves to current NBA players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

To celebrate Hakeem’s big day, let’s go the videos…

VIDEO: Olajuwon first pick 1984

VIDEO: Hakeem’s Top 10

VIDEO: Hakeem Highlights

VIDEO: Dream Trains Dwight

Watch your drinks around Randy Foye

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s no better view than sitting courtside at an NBA game, being close enough to the action to feel the floor shake as the players sprint past, hear the guys yelling at each other, even have someone bring food and drinks to your seat. Of course, there can be downsides, too, as we saw last night in Denver. Early in the game as the Nuggets hosted the Spurs, Randy Foye dove into the sideline seats trying to save a loose ball. He did not save the ball, but he did go right into the courtside waiter holding a tray of beers. Well, the guy was holding a tray of beers…

VIDEO: Foye Spills

Also, shoutout to Nuggets mascot Rocky for helping out with the clean up…

VIDEO: Rocky cleans