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DeMarcus Cousins auditions to join Splash Brothers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At practice yesterday for USA Basketball, Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins decided to show off his outside shooting range, while declaring himself a candidate to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as members of the sweet-shooting Splash Brothers. Luckily, Curry was nearby to witness Cousins’ audition…

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Movie time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part eight, the final installment: Who would play you (and your love interest) in the movie of your life?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Movie casting

The House of Mamba’s Kobe Bryant court is amazing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back we took a look at the new court the Charlotte Hornets were introducing next season for use in their arena, specially designed with a Hornets theme. We also have seen courts with impressive light displays as part of the pregame or halftime intros. But what if all came together at once?

Here’s a short video (via SB Nation) of a basketball court that Nike built in China for an appearance by Kobe Bryant at a venue called the House of Mamba. The LED court is covered with lights and lines and designs and, well, just check this out…


VIDE: Mamba court

High school Kobe was as dominant as NBA Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a high school player at Lower Merion High School, Kobe Bryant was highly regarded enough to become a first-round draft pick straight out of high school. Once he got to the NBA, Kobe has always been about looking forward, not back.

But sometimes it’s fun to look back. In this video unearthed by LakersNation, we find Kobe Bryant as a high school junior, and he was just as dominant as he became in the NBA. In these highlights — which really are maximum ’90s, from the graphics to the music to the clothes — we see Kobe’s Lower Merion against Norristown. In this game, Kobe scored 18 in the fourth quarter to lead a come-from-behind win. He also showed off a similar array of celebrations as we’ve seen from him in recent years. And the really amazing thing is when Kobe speaks on camera after the highlights, as he sounds pretty much exactly the same as he sounds in interviews today.


VIDEO: High school Kobe

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Karaoke

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part seven: What is your go-to karaoke song?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Karaoke

The NBA takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Jeff Case


VIDEO: GameTime: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social media by storm the last few weeks and according to alsa.org, the campaign has raised immense awareness for ALS (which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, but is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Here’s more from the ALSA:

In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.

“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”

With only about half of the general public knowledgeable about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge is making a profound difference. Since July 29, The Association has welcomed more than 70,000 new donors to the cause.

Everyone from celebrities to, perhaps, some of your friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice-cold water on themselves to further awareness of ALS. That list of participants includes NBA players, who have taken on (or doled out) the Ice Bucket Challenge, too. Here’s Michael Jordan, Team USA, Kevin DurantBradley Beal, John Wall, Damian Lillard, J.R. Smith and more taking the plunge:


VIDEO: MJ Ice Bucket

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Lang and the NBA Rookies: Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part six: What NBA player would you most like to dunk on?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Dunk contest

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Pet Name

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part five: What was the name of your first pet?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Pet name

Luvabulls get a celebrity auditioner

By Jeff Case

The Bulls’ dance team, the Luvabulls, will embark on their 35th season entertaining fans in Chicago. As such, the team needs to assemble its roster for 2014-15 and recently held tryouts so it could complete that task. According to the team’s website, the following are among the requirements to be a part of the squad:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age as of July 12, 2014 – please bring valid photo ID
  • Must have training in jazz and hip hop dance, with an emphasis on synchronized dance team choreography – tumbling skills, cheer stunts and pom experience are a plus
  • Must reside in the Chicago-land area and have a reliable means of transportation
  • There are no minimum or maximum height or weight requirements

So, technically, just about anyone — who is qualified — can try out for a spot on the team. Does that include former “Saturday Night Live” stars (like Cheri Oteri) doing so under a psuedonym? Apparently so …


VIDEO: Sage McMurphy (aka Cheri Oteri) tries out for the Luvabulls

(The Bulls also have a great behind-the-scenes video about the spoof tryout.)

 

 

Khris Middleton milks a cow

By Jeff Case

The offseason is a great time for NBA players to get a real feel for some of the culture of the city they play in. Such has been the case for a few members of the Milwaukee Bucks, who chose to take in the Wisconsin State Fair and the trappings there within.

If you missed a few days ago, we showed you Bucks forward John Henson trying a variety of deep-fried goodies sold at the Wisconsin State Fair. Well, if you’re at a fair that’s focused on the dairy industry — which is big in Wisconsin — you’ve gotta try milking a cow, right?

Take it away, Khris Middleton:


VIDEO: Khris Middleton tries milking a cow at the Wisconsin State Fair