Off The Court

Andre Drummond got dunked on by a former software engineer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — First, the good news: Playing in a game at the Drew League in Los Angeles this weekend, Pistons center Andre Drummond had a dominant 27 point, 18 rebound performance. Now, the bad news: Drummond also got dunked on. Twice. Both times by big men who’ve played college and pro ball, although the guy in the second dunk here calls himself a former software engineer

To his credit, Drummond not only owned up to it on Twitter but noted that really all you can do is drop the “#shrugs” hashtag…

Steph Curry dances with Justin Timberlake and Alfonso Ribeiro

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since Stephen Curry is taking the summer to rest and recuperate, he’s had time to indulge in one of his true passions: Golf. And this weekend while playing in a celebrity tournament, Curry got paired up with singer (and Grizzlies co-owner) Justin Timberlake and actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who is perhaps best known as Carlton from “The Fresh Prince.” The trio not only hit the links, they indulged in a couple of signature dances, including “The Carlton” and the old Jones BBQ and Foot Massage classic…

San Antonio celebrates Tim Duncan Day

NBA.com staff reports

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan was the face of San Antonio for nearly 20 years. Now, after his retirement from the game last Monday, the City of San Antonio made their appreciation official by declaring July 21, 2016 as “Tim Duncan Day” to honor all he brought to the city, on and off the court.

Join along in the celebration on Twitter with #TimDuncanDay and look below to see how the mayor, fire department, and NBA community helped celebrate the special day:

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Keeping Up With Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may have walked away from his legendary NBA career, but it seems like he’s as present as ever. So let’s check in with the Mamba and catch up on the latest news…

• Kobe’s latest endorsement opportunity? A Chinese food delivery service called Ele.me. In this new spot, Kobe shows how tough it is to play ping-pong on an empty stomach…

• At the recent Kids Choice Awards, Kobe got drenched with gold slime…

Kobe Bryant gives a motivational speech to kids and then gets slimed at the Kids Choice Awards! (via TheFunChannel/YouTube)

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J.R. Smith was in the crowd and enjoyed the moment…

• And finally, congrats to the Bryant family, who announced via Instagram that they are expecting their third daughter…

Jeff Teague will live in parent’s basement this season

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 11:  Jeff Teague speaks with the media after being introduced by the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on July 11, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — OK, so after the Atlanta Hawks recently traded Jeff Teague to his hometown Indiana Pacers, one upside was that Teague already owned a home in the Indianapolis area. The lone downside? Well, Teague’s parents were living in that home, since Teague had been living in Atlanta. So instead of having to move them out, Teague and his parents came up with a creative compromise, as Teague explained yesterday on the Q&S Show in Indianapolis…

Stephen Curry teams up with Chance the Rapper

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two of the most popular performers in their respective fields teamed up last night prior to the ESPY Awards. Before the terrific Chance the Rapper took to the stage to perform a moving tribute to Muhammad Ali, Golden State’s Steph Curry showed Chance how he warms up for a big event. We saw Curry in the playoffs getting his groove on to a local ad known as “Jones BBQ and Foot Massage.” So to make sure Chance was prepped for his moment, Curry and Chance did their dance. No wonder blessings keep falling in their laps…

Craig Sager’s powerful ESPY acceptance speech

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s ESPY Awards ceremony ended with our colleague Craig Sager being honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. The award is named for longtime North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano, whose memorable speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards in the midst of his battle against cancer is still referenced today. Sager has recently waged his own public war against cancer, and last night was another incredible step in that battle. As the award’s presenter Vice President Joe Biden tweeted, Sager’s powerful speech was a “lesson on how to live.”

To watch Sager’s entire speech, click here.

So Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne think they can dance?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most popular things I’ve ever posted on social media came a few months ago during the first round of the Playoffs, when I found myself with a front row seat for Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne and their extensive pregame dance routine. (This time interrupted by a few Mavericks players.)

Tonight's Westbrook Dance Party had an interruption.

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Westbrook and Payne did this before most games this season, so the Thunder decided to have a couple of professional dancers take a look at their moves and see just how good they are…

A recent history of NBA players writing open letters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. And that’s never more clearly felt than of late, as we are currently in the midst of a time of change in the NBA. Free agency has seen a bunch of NBA players change franchises and cities, and while at this point we’re used to seeing guys move cities at the drop of a hat, it’s still often difficult for a player to leave behind the fans and people who have helped them reach their current status. So how better to reach out directly and let people know exactly how you feel than via an open letter?

The open letter is not a new form — athletes on the move have done things such as taking out ads in newspapers to publish open letters for years. But the advent of the internet has allowed for new forms and forums.

Here are some of the letters we’ve seen over the last few weeks…

KEVIN DURANT
In a letter on The Players’ Tribune announcing his departure from Oklahoma City for Golden State, Durant said he will always miss the relationships he built in Oklahoma City…

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.

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Pokemon Go comes to NBA and Summer League

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pokemon Go is one of the hottest mobile games out there, as people are glued to their phones more than ever before. And while I’ve apparently missed the boat on this one — I never played/watched Pokemon growing up, so the nostalgia is lost on me — NBA players and teams are apparently just like the rest of us and love playing the game…