Off The Court

Rasheed Wallace can still get buckets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s a video from Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, who apparently came across All Ball Hall of Famer Rasheed Wallace at the University of North Carolina. Sheed my be retired from the NBA, but he can still get buckets — with either hand!

Metta World Peace had Kobe autograph his retirement poem

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season by writing a poem, which was posted on the Player’s Tribune website. Fans in attendance at last night’s Lakers game also got copies of the poem, printed on special stationary and placed inside a black envelope. And as Lakers forward Metta World Peace showed last night, he had Kobe autograph a copy of the poem…

The NBA reacts to Kobe Bryant’s retirement plans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After hinting about it and talking about it, but always leaving the door open for a return, earlier today Lakers guard Kobe Bryant made it official: He will retire from the NBA at the end of the 2015-16 season.

In response to his announcement, current and former players, as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, took to social media to share their feelings on Kobe’s announcement…


Draymond Green gave Tom Izzo a nice gift

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With an off day on the schedule yesterday, Warriors forward Draymond Green was able to go see his former college team, Michigan State, playing in a nearby tournament. And not only did Green get to see the Spartans in person, he happened to be there when longtime coach Tom Izzo, who was Green’s coach in college, was going for his 500th win.

They got the win, and Green presented Izzo with a gift for all he’s meant to him through the years: a Rolex, with the inscription, “Great start”…

Steph Curry spent Thanksgiving fired up by the Carolina Panthers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For those of us involved with the NBA, one of the great things about Thanksgiving is that besides getting to spend time with family and friends, you also get a day off, something that is few and far between once the NBA season is underway. Like most of us, Steph Curry appeared to spend his down time yesterday watching some football, especially because Curry’s beloved Carolina Panthers were in action against the Dallas Cowboys. And on the way to a Panthers blowout, they got a pick-6 touchdown from linebacker Luke Kuechly, which got Curry fired up enough to take to social media and shout Luke’s praises…

1,2,3,4,5,PICK 6!

A video posted by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on

Robin Lopez asks Orlando mascot to bop him with a hammer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen Knicks center Robin Lopez attack mascots around the NBA, so with the Knicks in Orlando, Magic mascot Stuff went on the offensive. He had Lopez read from a series of cards that, at least if you close your eyes, ends with a request for stuff to hit him with a hammer. And so Stuff had no choice, really, other than to hit Lopez with a hammer.

8-year-old Hawks fan figures out how to stop LeBron James

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you stop LeBron James? It’s a question that has vexed coaches and players around the NBA since LeBron’s debut back in 2003. But maybe, just maybe, an 8-year-old Hawks fan has figured out how to stop the King.

According to a letter sent to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, while reading a book about the Cavs and LeBron, an 8-year-old named Eli discovered that LeBron’s eponymous website contained a section that listed LeBron’s strengths and weaknesses. And if you’re looking to stop LeBron, like the Hawks may want to do, perhaps employing strategies to exploit those weaknesses is a valid idea.

(via Reddit)

Drake introduces the Toronto Raptors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night, the Toronto Raptors celebrated Drake Night, an annual event where the evening is more or less hosted by Drake, the best-selling artist who also serves as the Raptors’ “global ambassador.” Besides wearing Drake-inspired uniforms and having him courtside all night, the Raptors turned over the pregame introductions to Drake…

VIDEO: Drake introductions

Minnesota Timberwolves read mean tweets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Twitter can be a fun, immersive experience, but as almost anyone who uses social media has probably experienced, it can also hurt, sometimes. The Minnesota Timberwolves have embraced the pain by borrowing a bit from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and having several of their players read aloud some of the not-so-nice things that were tweeted about them.

VIDEO: T-Wolves Tweets

Atlanta Hawks debut Dikembe Mutombo-themed court projection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night at halftime of their win over the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo‘s number 55. But really, the entire evening was a tribute to Mt. Mutombo, with the players wearing a “55” patch on their jerseys and Mutombo himself back in the House of Mutombo. And to start things off the right way, the Hawks began the night with a Mutombo-themed court projection video, which was pretty awesome…

VIDEO: Mutombo court projection