Off The Court

Meet Jeremy Lin, your personal trainer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin has gone undercover in the past, as we’ve seen, and he seems to really enjoy the opportunity. In this latest video from adidas, J-Lin (and pop star Vanness Wu) get dressed up at a gym in Taiwan and explore what it would be like to be personal trainers. Really odd personal trainers.


VIDEO: Jeremy Lin trainer

Wesley Matthews takes NBA/scooter connection to next level

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just recently we saw yet another NBA player hit a shot — this time it was Amir Johnson — while on one of those self-balancing scooters. This made Johnson the latest in a long line of players to show off their prowess on a self-balancing scooter. But now new Dallas guard Wesley Matthews has taken the self-balancing scooter to the next level, and posted a couple of videos showing what it would be like if someone used one to actually do basketball moves. Here’s Matthews using a self-balancing scooter to run a pick-and-roll, and then using a the scooter for a mid-range post-up. These are against imaginary defenders, sure, but I imagine a defender on a self-balancing scooter wouldn’t have much more luck…

(via SB Nation)

Steve Nash shooting threes with Snoop Dogg as his rebounder

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Nash hasn’t played in the NBA in a while, and he officially retired a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still hit the basketball court to get some shots up. And if you’re going to squeeze in some practice, why not have hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg out there grabbing boards for you? (Also, Nash has an apple in his mouth.)

Hassan Whiteside is taller than you think

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is seven feet tall, which is a number we hear thrown around pretty often in regard to the NBA. Seven-footer? OK, put him in the paint and let him defend the rim.

But as Whiteside pointed out in a post on Instagram, seven feet tall is a lot taller than most people may realize. Check him out touching the rim while his toes still touch the floor. Can’t teach height…

I don't think people realize how big I am and how long my arms are I'm just hanging 😴 #its10feetlol

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Dwyane Wade nails opponent while playing dodgeball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I can think of very few things scarier than the prospect of playing dodgeball against a professional athlete. A baseball pitcher would probably be the worst option, sure, but any pro athlete with the ability to throw a ball at a high speed would not be fun to square off against.

Let’s add the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to that list. Here’s a video of Wade at the headquarters of Stance socks, the NBA’s official sock and where Wade has his own line of socks, playing dodgeball. And someone on the other side of the court makes the mistake of getting caught in Wade’s sights.

Duck!

That time Jim Harbaugh thought Michael Jordan was a prank caller

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are only a few days away from the start of the college football season, which seems like a fine time to check in on the gridiron. And even some of the biggest names in college football, such as new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh (shoutout to Hang Time’s Sekou Smith, an avowed Wolverine, for better or worse), can get a little star-struck when NBA greatness is on the phone.

Here’s Harbaugh at a recent press conference discussing the new deal between Jordan/Nike and Michigan, telling the story of getting a phone call from Michael Jordan himself and not quite believing who was on the line. Sounds like Harbaugh’s family was impressed, though…

(via SBNation)

Michael Jordan’s Space Jam uniform up for auction

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Michael Jordan anchored some of the greatest NBA teams ever assembled, but perhaps the greatest team he ever played with was actually the Tune Squad, which mounted an epic offense in order to beat the Monstars during the great 1996 film Space Jam. And if you loved Space Jam, you can now own a piece of the film…provided you have the cash.

The auction site Invaluable has Jordan’s actual Tune Squad uniform from the film, with a starting bid of $10,000 required to get in the game. According to Invaluable

Estimated Price: $10,000 – $15,000

Description:
1715. Michael Jordan uniform from Space Jam. (Warner Bros., 1996) Screen worn complete basketball uniform including (1) XL AIS brand mesh, red, white and blue-trimmed sports jersey with “Tunesquad” logo on the front and signature number “23” emblazoned on the back and (1) matching pair of size 38 shorts. Worn in the climactic showdown between Michael Jordan’s “Tunesquad” and the “Monstars”. With signs of wear and minor staining. In production used fine condition.

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(via CBS Sports)

Usain Bolt does LeBron James victory celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As I’m writing this, it strikes me that I don’t believe we have as yet an official name for LeBron James’ celebratory dance. You know the one I’m talking about, where LeBron takes exaggerated big steps and holds his hands out, palms down, and pretends to push down against the court. He’s been doing it for years, in games and commercials, but I don’t think it has a real name attached to it.

Because if it did have a name attached, it would be easier when doing posts like the one last week, where Carolina’s Cam Newton did LeBron’s move to celebrate scoring a touchdown. Or this post you’re reading, where we check out Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who hit LeBron’s move after anchoring Jamaica’s recent win in the 4×100-meter relays at the World Championships in Beijing.

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(via B/R)

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Russell Westbrook

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What’s the only way to top sitting up close and rocking out at a Taylor Swift concert? Why, marrying your college sweetheart, of course. So a hearty All Ball congratulations to Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, who tied the knot yesterday with longtime girlfriend Nina Earl. Westbrook himself commemorated the occasion via social media…

Carmelo Anthony dedicates basketball court in Puerto Rico

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of Carmelo Anthony’s most recent A Very Melo Weekend, a benefit to raise money for The Carmelo Anthony Foundation, the New York Knicks star dedicated a refurbished basketball court to a neighborhood in Puerto Rico. Anthony, whose father was Puerto Rican, also co-owns the NASL team based in Puerto Rico.


VIDEO: Melo PR Court