Off The Court

Robin Lopez is awesome at Nerdsketball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we’ve previously seen Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez and his love for all parts of nerd culture. Recently, Lopez was a guest on the Portland-based variety radio program “Live Wire Radio,” where they decided to test Lopez’s knowledge on everything from Disney princesses to “Game of Thrones.” Results were mixed…


VIDEO: RoLo trivia

Mike Miller takes LeBron’s cheers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers have been spending the preseason playing games all over Ohio — they not only played a game in Cleveland, but they’ve had a game in Cincinnati, and then, last night, hosted the Bulls in Columbus.

It’s been something on a homecoming tour for LeBron James, who has logged minutes in each stop as a way to say thank you to his home state. And the fans in each city have given him an ovation at the beginning and end of each game…at least, we think it’s for him.

Check the funny video clip from last night, caught by Tas Melas from The Starters, where the crowd gives LeBron an ovation and LeBron’s teammate Mike Miller steps in to steal some applause…

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to star in sketch comedy special

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin and Chris Paul are not only partners on the court, but off the court as well. They’ve each proven their acting chops, so now they’re joining up with comedian Neal Brennan, to create their own sketch comedy special, titled “BGCP3TVinHD.” Really. Brennan, who co-created “Chapelle’s Show,” gave the stars rave reviews in an interview with USA Today: “Both Blake and Chris took notes really well and played off of each other in a fantastic way. Blake’s humor is a little more dry while Chris is a bit of a cluckster. Best part of all this is that everyone knew Blake was funny already, now they’re gonna know Chris is funny too.”

You can check out the teaser trailer below. The first episode will debut on Adult Swim on October 24 at 12:12 AM.


VIDEO: BGCP3TVinHD

Ben McLemore has street named for him

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are many ways a city can honor a native son: a parade, a day in their honor, a key to the city. But the city of Wellston, Missouri, just outside St. Louis, recently came up with a more permanent way to honor Kings guard Ben McLemore. And sure, having a parade for you would be pretty cool. But having a street named after you? That’s about as great as it gets…

(via FB)

LeBron returns home in new ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I don’t know if it’s fair to call this new spot from Beats By Dre a “commercial,” because while it ostensibly exists to promote a product, it’s also nearly three minutes long and has a cinematic feel to it. This ad celebrates LeBron James‘ return to Ohio, but specifically to Akron, where he grew up and played his high school ball. Pretty sure he wasn’t as ripped in high school as he is in this spot, though…


VIDEO: LeBron Beats

Buy Dwyane Wade’s clothes

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What do you do when you’re finished with a pair of shoes or a jacket? Do you give them away to a friend? Hand them down to a sibling? If you’re Dwyane Wade, why not raise some money for charity?

On the luxury consignment site The Real Real, Wade is holding an auction of many of his old clothes. There are shoes, jackets, suits — all sorts of stuff. And some pretty good bargains, too, like a XXL Tom Ford blazer worth $5,000 but listed at $995. That’s 80 percent off! OK, so that’s off of 5 G’s, but still, that’s quite a markdown.

All proceeds will go to the Wade’s World foundation, so it’s all for a good cause.

(via GQ)

LeBron hangs with future NBA players in 2007

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It doesn’t seem like all that long ago, but 2007 was seven years ago, and a lot of players who are in the NBA now were still in high school or college back then. That point was reiterated yesterday when former college basketball player Wesley Witherspoon celebrated Throwback Thursday by posting a pic taken in 2007 at the LeBron James Skills Academy. And while LeBron looks a bit younger then than he does today, what’s really neat is all the guys around him who will eventually make it to the NBA.

See if you can spot Kemba Walker, Greg Monroe, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan and Lance Stephenson

Meet Giannis Antetokounmpo, your friendly neighborhood fire chief

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being really tall has benefits if you’re an NBA player, but it also comes in handy if you’re doing things that require you being near the ceiling. So perhaps it makes sense that Bucks big man Giannis Antetokounmpo was recently named honorary fire chief in Milwaukee, where he went home to home installing smoke detectors. Here’s a video of Chief Antetokounmpo (and some of his Bucks teammates) doing good work…


VIDEO: Chief Giannis

Amar’e Stoudemire has innovative workout recovery routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In almost every NBA locker room after every game, the media enters the room to find the players sitting with their feet buried in buckets of ice water. They do this as an anti-inflammatory, to help reduce stress and swelling immediately after the rigors of an NBA game.

Ice water, I’ve seen a number of times. But yesterday on Instagram, Amar’e Stoudemire posted a photo of himself utilizing a recovery method that I’ve never seen. Below is a picture of Amar’e soaking in a tub filled with…red wine? As Amar’e said in the comment, “Recovery Day! Red Wine Bath!!”

Just because I’ve never heard of it doesn’t mean it’s not real. After doing some extensive research on the topic — a.k.a. one Google search — I learned that this is called “vinotherapy,” and it “can boost circulation, shift cellulite and make you feel invigorated thanks to grapeseed oil — its key ingredient. This is because, they say, polyphenols extracted from grape seeds are a powerful antioxidant – our body’s defenses against highly-reactive molecules that can lead to premature aging.”

You learn something new every day. And here all this time I thought water worked pretty well.

Wizards to give out Marcin Gortat action figure

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMarcin Gortat has only been a member of the Washington Wizards for a little over a year, but already he’s made a mark and become something of a fan favorite in D.C. for some of his off court work, such as teaching his teammates how to speak Polish.

(Also, check out this interview where he says the first thing he bought after signing a $60 million contract extension was a $150 fish.)

So, it makes sense that the Wizards would organize a giveaway for their fans involving Gortat. But it may be a bit of a surprise that the item they will be giving away, according to the Washington Post, will be a Gortat action figure!

Besides noting that we need a few of these action figures around the All Ball Nerve Center, let’s add this to the list of innovative giveaways this season, including replica rings and flip-flops, so we can have a swag-off at the end of the season.