Off The Court

Steph Curry visits the White House


VIDEO: Curry White House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For most athletes, a visit to the White House happens only if you’ve managed to win a championship or a title. But with the Golden State Warriors in Washington D.C. earlier this week, Stephen Curry found time to stop by the White House one morning. Curry has long been involved in the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets anti-malaria initiative, and while in D.C., he joined several experts on the subject. After the conference, he managed to swing by the Oval Office to spend some time with President Obama, as you can see in the video above, and the President’s dogs, as you can see below…

Bismack Biyombo feeds, clothes homeless man

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBismack Biyombo is in his 4th season with the Charlotte Hornets, and while the 22-year-old Congolese power forward is still learning the NBA game, he obviously has his priorities in order off the court. With the Hornets in Chicago this week to take on the Bulls, Biyombo apparently used his night off on Tuesday to walk around the city, where he met a homeless man and, well, let’s let Biyombo tell the story…

Good morning people! Was Bless last night in Chicago to spent time with this great homeless person, who I so sleeping outside as I was walking around the city, he was cover with few things and I spoke to him and after we spoke, I ask him if he want it to get food and he said man I will love to but I can't go into a restaurant. I ask him why? He said because of the way I'm dressing and the way I look.. I could believe it or no? But I want it to experience that myself, as we walk around the mall before we go get some food, officers had to ask if he was with me until we get to the restaurant!! The amazing thing is that I had a great diner and great time and some great conversation and what we did after is between God of this universe and I… This guy read books and is recommendation was this Book call the secret that going to be my next Book!! So people I will just ask you to help because you want to not because you have to.. Help build a better society, be part of something special!! God bless #Godwill #Biznation

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(via r/NBA)

Phoenix Suns introduce new alternate jerseys


VIDEO: Suns jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everything that is old becomes new again. We are always looking to the past for inspiration, and why not? Some of the best ideas are things that were popular once, and then discarded in the name of progress.

Today the Phoenix Suns debuted a new alternate uniform that takes cues from some Suns uniforms from the past. As Suns.com explains

That iconic western font is emblazoned on the front of the new jersey in black lettering, outlined in the bold orange that has become synonymous with the Suns over the decades. The lettering is nearly identical to that used in one of the first iterations of the team’s jersey from 1973-1992.

One of the players who wore that font across his chest was Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. His current point guard, Eric Bledsoe, is proud to be able to carry on the tradition that started so many years ago.

“It’s throwback,” Bledsoe said with a smile. “Everybody nowadays likes that throwback fashion.”

The font isn’t the only thing helping connects the past and the present. The sunburst on the bottom of the shorts harkens back to the original design worn by the likes of Dick Van Arsdale, Connie Hawkins and Paul Westphal. Don’t worry, though, these shorts are much longer than their predecessors. The entire look is tied together with the modern-day numbers on the chest and back, and the “S” mark that was introduced last season on the sleeves.

The color scheme pays homage to the history behind the name of the city we call home. Like the bird of Greek origin, the city rose from the ruins of a former civilization into a thriving metropolis earning it the name Phoenix.

To see more, check the video above. The Suns will debut these uniforms tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT.

NBA players react to Derrick Rose injury news

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Chicago Bulls announced Derrick Rose would undergo knee surgery on his right knee for a second season in a row. A timetable for his return won’t be established until after the surgery, but considering Rose’s injury history — he’s played just 95 regular season games over the last four seasons — this is another unfortunate setback in Rose’s continuing to try and regain the MVP form he displayed in 2011.

As news of Rose’s latest injury spread last night, players from around the NBA reached out via social media to offer their best wishes…

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Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — it wasn’t a huge move, but maybe the most emotional move at the NBA trade deadline was the Minnesota Timberwolves trading with Brooklyn to re-acquire their former franchise cornerstone, Kevin Garnett. KG isn’t the player he used to be, but he’s still a remarkable competitor and an unparalleled locker room presence, expected to provide a steadying veteran hand for the Wolves. He’ll make his home debut Wednesday against Washington (8 p.m. ET, League Pass), but first, earlier today KG showed up for a photo shoot in his old number 21 uniform. Almost feels like we should’ve saved this for #TBT…

Kevin Durant introduces new shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Oklahoma City Thunder announced earlier this week that Kevin Durant underwent a surgical procedure on his foot that will keep him out for at least a week. And as part of his recovery, Durant will have to stay off his foot and temporarily wear a support shoe. It’s not the most well-designed shoe, so KD took the opportunity to take to Instagram and joke about this being the KD8, his next signature shoe that should be released this summer…

Can't wait for the 8s to drop!!

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Kobe isn’t thrilled with the Lakers celebrations

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may be out for the season after shoulder surgery, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to go quietly.

But before we get to Kobe, let’s rewind to Sunday night, when the Lakers beat the Celtics in overtime, 118-111. The win was just the 14th of the season for the Lakers, and during Jeremy Lin‘s postgame interview, Jordan Hill and Nick Young showed up to blow off some steam, in funny fashion…


VIDEO: Lakers postgame

Back to Kobe. Last night, Bryant appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and Kimmel played Kobe the tape of Lin, Young and Hill. And let’s just say Kobe didn’t seem thrilled about it…

(via B/R)

Sim Bhullar posts remarkable D-League triple-double

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s a saying in basketball that “you can’t teach height.” Meaning you can teach skills like shooting, passing, dribbling or defense, but size is the great equalizer and something you just have to be lucky enough to be born with. You may still be developing as a basketball player, but if you are tall enough, some team will take a chance on you and allow you to develop the other, teachable skills.

And here is where Sim Bhullar enters the discussion. The Indian-Canadian center from Toronto wasn’t the best player in his class, but he has improved each year of his basketball career, and shown enough promise to pique the interest of teams. Also, he’s seven-feet, five-inches tall, and he weighs 360 pounds.

Bhullar is a massive athlete, who has nice touch and soft hands, and while he still has a way to go before his skills translate to the NBA, he had a look with the Sacramento Kings’ summer league team, and how plays for their D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.

Last night against the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Bhullar played a career-high 43 minutes, and he posted a monster stat line: 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots. A triple-double usually involves points, rebounds and assists, but Bhullar swatted that idea and posted his own triple-dip. If he keeps producing like that, perhaps his NBA debut won’t be far away.

Check the video below for highlights of Bhullar’s big night…


VIDEO: Bhullar triple-dip

LeBron nails Kevin Love with a towel

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Despite the Knicks’ best efforts at bending the rules, the Cleveland Cavaliers put the smack down on the Knicks yesterday, winning 101-83. After the game, in a celebratory maneuver, LeBron James threw a towel into the air…which landed perfectly on Kevin Love‘s head. Considering the two have been reputed to have issues with each other, they both seemed pretty amused by the whole thing…

(via FTW)

Steph Curry is a dribbling wizard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I still remember going to basketball camps as a kid and being taught the importance of dribbling without looking down at the ball. Chin up, eyes up. After all, if you throw the ball at the floor, it should bounce right back into your hand whether or not you’re looking at it. So hours were spent dribbling without looking at the ball, unless you’re trying something particularly tricky.

This seems to be a lesson Golden State’s Steph Curry has learned well. Check out this video of Curry’s pregame warmup where he takes two basketballs and performs all kinds of sorcery…


VIDEO: Curry dribbles

(via r/NBA)