Off The Court

NBA teams celebrate Friendship Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday, apparently, was National Friendship Day, a day for celebrating friendship around the world. I say apparently because none of my friends let me know, SMH. Anyway, in honor of #FriendshipDay, several NBA teams sent out tweets to commemorate the day…

Tyus Jones throws a first pitch strike

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we saw Paul Pierce return home to Los Angeles and throw out a first pitch/bounce pass at a Dodgers game. Great idea, perhaps lacking in execution.

Instead, let’s check out Minnesota Timberwolves guard (and Minnesota native) Tyus Jones, who took to the mound last night before a Twins game and threw a first pitch strike…

Stop! (Becky) Hammon Time!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has had a pretty good year, becoming the first female assistant coach in the NBA and then coaching the Spurs’ Summer League team to a championship. But yesterday, to celebrate #TBT, Hammon posted a video on Instagram showing her tribute to MC Hammer. Can’t touch this…

David Lee gives Warriors staff free burritos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Throughout their run to the NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors coaching staff and players spoke over and over again about the importance of David Lee, a former All-Star who was willing to accept a role coming off the bench. While Lee did end up logging playing time in the Finals, his sacrifice was often identified as being symbolic of the Warriors’ one-for-all mentality and teamwork. A few weeks ago, in order to clear cap space and give Lee the opportunity to get more playing time in a contract year, the Warriors agreed to trade Lee to the Boston Celtics.

Before he moved coast to coast, Lee wanted to give a parting gift to the Warriors staff members, who showed up yesterday to find free lunch from Chipotle. AS Warriors’ social media coordinator Julie Phayer tweeted…

And as it turns out, it wasn’t Lee’s first time dropping off burritos…

Dennis Schroder has improved his range

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players work on their games in the summer, and try and find ways to be better than they were when the season ended. Last season, Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder had a big campaign, becoming the Hawks’ back-up point guard and getting regular playing time. Schröder shot 43-percent from the three-point line on the season, well above the league average of 35-percent. But Schröder apparently wants to extend that range.

How far? To about the sixth row…

Victor Oladipo dunks on Marcellus Wiley

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMarcellus Wiley played defensive tackle in the NFL for 10 seasons, so the man obviously knows a few things about how to stop someone coming at him with the ball. But for whatever reason, Wiley seems to struggle when it comes to stopping basketball players. Zach LaVine threw down on him a few weeks ago, and then yesterday, Victor Oladipo put Wiley on a poster with a windmill jam…

Paul Pierce throws first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After a long NBA career, playing for teams along the Eastern seaboard, Paul Pierce recently returned home, signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. And to celebrate his return, Pierce threw out the first pitch last night for his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. Great form, but could probably aim a little higher…


VIDEO: Pierce first pitch

Damian Lillard has some advice for Andrew Wiggins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Young players who come into the NBA often find a mentor, an older player who has been around for a while, who understands how the NBA works and is able to show them the way. In this new ad from Foot Locker, Andrew Wiggins finds a mentor in Damian Lillard, who takes Wiggins to the playground and gives him something of an object lesson. It’s just too bad this Bobby Butter guy wasn’t able to find someone to show him the way…


VIDEO: Lillard/Wiggins

Victor Oladipo debuts the Magic Fit Shuffle

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo has always been upfront about his love for singing, but apparently dancing is his jam, as well. In this video from the Orlando Magic, Oladipo teams up with a collection of people, including former Magic forward Bo Outlaw, who apparently can get down as well, to debut the Magic Fit Shuffle…


VIDEO: Magic Fit Shuffle

LeBron James holds Twitter Q+A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, after noting it had been a while since he’d talked directly to his fans, LeBron James popped up for an hour on Twitter to answer questions from fans. King James ended up talking about everything from the NBA to professional wrestling to cartoons…

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