Off The Court

What happens when Charles Barkley wrestles Shaquille O’Neal?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure, when they’re on television, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal seem like a couple of fun-loving guys. But what are they like off camera? As someone who has been fortunate enough to have spent a good bit of time with them off camera, I can attest that they are basically exactly the same on camera as they are off camera. Exhibit 479: This video from last night from just outside the TNT Green Room, where Chuck and Shaq apparently decided to see who would win in a wrestling match. Pretty sure that’s Charles claiming credit there at the end…

Office Vibes.

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Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert partake in Running Man challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t played a game since Sunday, when they eliminated the Detroit Pistons in four games in Round One of the playoffs. And because the Cavs had to wait for their opponent to be determined, Cleveland’s next game won’t be until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. So it’s perhaps understandable if the guys are a little bored of practicing against each other and are ready to get to some actual game action. That ennui showed itself at practice yesterday, when first a little football game broke out…

JR Smith, LeBron and Kyrie throwing a football after Cavs practice.

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Then, Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert did their best Running Man dance…

Tom Thibodeau throws out first pitch at Twins game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s baseball season, which means we’re going to start seeing more and more NBA-related folks throwing out the first pitches at games. And last night in Minnesota, new Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau took the mound for his shot at it. Now, we can assume that Thibs was probably, if anything, over-prepared for this moment. We don’t know if he threw a strike, because the video above cuts off just as the ball reaches the plate. But let’s just assume he did, because Thibs wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kobe Bryant and Ellen Degeneres team up for hilarious prank

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may be finished on the basketball court, but he’s just getting started in his post-playing career. What will he do to fill his time? I’m not certain, but after watching the video below, maybe he should pursue a career doing a hidden camera show. For his first post-retirement interview, Kobe paid a visit to the Ellen Degeneres show, and Ellen and Kobe teamed up to trick a doctor with an elaborate and hilarious hidden camera prank…

Sacramento Kings debut new logos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As the Sacramento Kings prepare to move into a new arena next season, the Golden 1 Center, today the team unveiled their new logos, and they looked to the past to help redefine their future. From a release on Kings.com

The new primary emblem is inspired by the Kings classic logo. It is reimagined to reflect the civic and franchise pride that has lasted and grown for a generation. Now, with a clean, modern look – a reshaped crown, refined basketball and new typeface that puts Sacramento front and center – the new identity draws from the team’s ambitious beginnings and reminds our region and the world that Sacramento is undergoing a transformation.

Each of the team’s new insignia are designed to connect to the elements that define the Sacramento Kings: Our City. Our Pride. Our Foundation.

The secondary logo featuring the lion, pays tribute to the unmatched pride and loyalty of the NBA’s best fans. The “Sac” badge is dedicated to the bold and unwavering devotion the Kings organization has for its city. A new crown logo reflects the rich tradition of the team dating back to its origins, reminding the fanbase and the community of Sacramento that, “we are all Kings.” The heralding lion crest represents leadership and strength and will be used as the Kings work to make basketball the premier global sport of the 21st century.

Gear featuring the new logo is available now from the Kings team store.

The Oklahoma City Thunder can’t stop dancing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few days ago we saw what happened when Oklahoma City Thunder guards Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne had their pregame dance routine interrupted by a couple of members of the Dallas Mavericks. Well not only did the dancing duo return to their pregame ritual, but as we saw last night as the Thunder eliminated Dallas, Payne managed to keep dancing even while on the bench…

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Messi has a present for Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Steph Curry, who injured his knee on Sunday against the Houston Rockets and is currently sidelined while he recuperates. But at least one person is looking out for Steph and trying to help lift his spirits: Barcelona’s dynamo Lionel Messi, who took to Instagram to leave a gift for Curry…

Memphis Grizzlies mascot breaks out wrestling moves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Memphis Grizzlies lost Games 3 and 4 to the San Antonio Spurs this weekend, finally bringing to an end to what had been a rather improbable run to begin with, considering all the injuries they’d been through this season.

But you can’t say they didn’t end the season with a bang. On Friday night during Game 3, Grizzlies mascot Grizz paid tribute to Memphis’s pro wrestling heritage and delivered a table-busting splash off a ladder to a supposed Spurs mascot. Here are a couple of videos to walk you through it…

First, Grizz used a steel chair to drop a couple of opponents…

Then, after positioning his foe on a table, Grizz climbed up a ladder and ended up standing right next to where I was sitting, then dove into the oblivion…

Where did he end up? Well, here’s a video of the end of the sequence. And yeah, Grizz stuck the landing…

#SuperGrizz does it again! This time from way way way up! 👀🐻

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Mark Cuban gives Mavericks fans an excuse to leave work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After getting blown out in Game 1 of their first round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Dallas Mavericks surprised many by winning Game 2 to steal home court advantage. Tonight in Dallas, the teams meet up for Game 3. But because the game starts at 6:00 p.m. Dallas time, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wanted to be sure Mavs fans were able to get out of work early enough to get to the game on time, so he posted this note for fans to show their bosses, giving them a good excuse…

You can’t stop Russell Westbrook’s pregame dance routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just before tipoff at Oklahoma City Thunder games, Russell Westbrook and reserve guard Cameron Payne engage in a little two-step dance near halfcourt. Tonight, prior to tipoff of Game 2 of the Oklahoma City/Dallas series, as Westbrook and Payne got their groove on, Mavs players Charlie Villanueva and Justin Anderson wandered over into the way. Do you think this stopped Russell Westbrook? Not a chance!

Tonight's Westbrook Dance Party had an interruption.

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