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Grizzlies surprise team intern with new car

NBA.com Staff Reports

There’s a reason why they call the Holiday Season the most wonderful time of the year.

The Memphis Grizzlies, in the giving spirit, chipped in as a team and surprised one of their interns with a brand new car after his was stolen.

Watch the touching moment below:

Raptors reveal their new logo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in March, the Toronto Raptors revealed a new logo that they said would be part of their upcoming 20th anniversary season in 2015-16. That logo, it was said, was going to be part of a larger re-branding campaign. And today we may have just gotten a peek at the next step in that campaign. A new video posted to YouTube by the Raptors celebrates their current “We The North” slogan, and then ends with a brief look what seems to be a new logo, featuring a ball swiped by a Raptor claw.


VIDEO: Raptor Logo

Here’s another look at it, from an image they posted to their official Facebook page

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These are both black-and-white, obviously, so I guess now we wait and see if this is it, or it we get a colorized version soon.

UPDATE: The Raptors officially unveiled the logo with all four color schemes Friday afternoon:

Jonas Valanciunas will ship your packages

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Funny video here from the Toronto Raptors of center Jonas Valanciunas working undercover at a Toronto package shipping company. I mean, about as undercover as you can be with your jersey and photo on display in a huge frame about five feet away from you. Nice touch pretending to have trouble pronouncing his own last name…


VIDEO: Jonas Shipping

The Chicago Bulls present The Gift of the Game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Every year about this time, we start to see the same movies airing on TV over and over, the holiday classics: Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, etc.

Now the Chicago Bulls have created a new video to add to the holiday classics canon. Their video, The Gift Of The Game, which tells of a Christmas miracle involving Benny the Bull and a Bulls team that understands teamwork is the key to success. Special shoutout to Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy for their narrating skills.


VIDEO: Bulls Gift

Andre Iguodala shakes it off

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two nights ago during the big Grizzlies/Warriors game, the Warriors got upset late in the game when Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley appeared to take three steps on a lay-up. Walking was not called on the play, and after lobbying a referee in vain for a call, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala walked away and broke into a dance step to demonstrate how he felt Conley managed to get open. (This was when the refs finally made a call — a technical foul on Iguodala.) The Grizzlies got the win, but a few days later, with the help of a Taylor Swift soundtrack and some editing from @CJZero, Iguodala just has to shake it off…

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Drake introduces the Toronto Raptors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Toronto, the Raptors hosted their second-annual Drake Night. This is a night where the popular hip-hop star, who is officially the team’s “global ambassador,” takes over the game operations for an evening. And last night this meant Drake took over the pregame introductions for the P.A. announcer. Drake is probably the only person who could get away with announcing Amir Johnson by saying, “He recently got a tattoo of a Swiffer Wet Jet.”


VIDEO: Drake Night

Andre Miller’s dunk attempt comes up short

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERAndre Miller is one of the craftiest players in the NBA, a guy who gets by almost completely on guile instead of athleticism, on experience instead of ability. Which doesn’t mean he’s not a great athlete — he must be if he’s going to battle other elite basketball players each night. But maybe he’s just good at getting by without having to dunk to score buckets.

Which brings us to last night, where everything lined up perfectly: A shot missed and the rebound bounced forward, just as Miller cut down the lane. The ball flew right into Miller’s path, and he soared through the air for what looked to be a gorgeous put-back dunk.

Instead, we got us a Shaqtin’ moment…


VIDEO: Miller short

John Wall is not afraid of Liam Neeson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA’s Christmas Day marathon of games is just a few days away, and to help spread the word, specifically for the Wizards/Knicks game, ESPN brought in Liam Neeson, star of the Taken series of movies. With Taken 3 set to debut just after the new year, New York Knicks fan Neeson flexed his impressive “angry man talking on the phone skills” by calling Wizards point guard John Wall and letting him know that this year the Knicks are not playing around. And Wall is all like, “Whatever dude…”


VIDEO: Wall Neeson

Russell Westbrook out-jumps a seven-footer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know Russell Westbrook is one of the most athletic, explosive guards in the NBA today. But sometimes it’s hard to get a handle on just how incredible that athleticism is. There was a pretty good example, however, in the Thunder’s win yesterday over the Phoenix Suns. Westbrook, who is listed at 6-3, faced off for a jump ball against the 7-1 Alex Len. And yeah, I know we can parse this play and say Westbrook may not have technically “won” the tip — i.e. the ball didn’t go exactly the way Westbrook was trying to tip it — but at the very least it’s clear that Westbrook was right there with Len meeting the ball at its apex. Impressive either way…


VIDEO: Westbrook tip

Tyson Chandler gets that shoe outta here

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in 2012, Tyson Chandler was named the NBA’s defensive player of the year. Two years later, looks like he’s still got a knack for stopping his man at all costs.

Against the Warriors on Saturday night, Chandler was defending Marreese Speights, who lost a shoe during the run of play. It was pretty impressive when Steph Curry picked up the shoe and tossed it out of the way during a halfcourt set. But on the next Golden State possession, when Curry tried to toss the shoe back to Speights, Tyson Chandler was having none of it…


VIDEO: Chandler Shoe

As Chandler said after the game, he’ll do whatever it takes to get the win, which on this night he wasn’t quite able to procure. At least the Warriors were able to laugh about it…