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Giannis, Schroder show off soccer skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides being two of the best younger players in the NBA, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Atlanta’s Dennis Schröder both grew up in Europe, where soccer is a big part of everyday life. And even though they both grew up to have careers in the NBA, Giannis and Dennis both have soccer skills that they like to show off when they have the chance…

Here’s Giannis recently in China…


VIDEO: Giannis soccer

And here’s Dennis, I guess back in Germany, showing off what he can do with no hands…

Shumpert switches it up for the summer

By Jeff Case

Few players in the NBA have as recognizable of a hairstyle as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. For several seasons now, he’s been rocking the “Gumby” haircut (shown below), which is basically a really big flat top.

Iman Shumpert

Shumpert is/was a free agent this summer, but reportedly reached a deal with the Cavs to the tune of four years and $40 million. So, it is understandable he’s living it up a little bit this summer and decided why not change the hairdo, too. TMZSPorts caught up with Shumpert, who has a decidedly new look …

 

Jason Williams (still) making defenders look just plain silly

By Jeff Case

Last time we wrote about former NBA lottery pick, NBA champion and ball-handling phenom Jason Williams in this space, it was two years ago when he was making guys look silly in a league in China. He’s back this time thanks to a highlight reel of his moves at a pro-am in Orlando, where he’s once again diming, dribbling and scoring like he did during his NBA glory days (and doing so at 39 years old, mind you) …

Just Nerlens Noel dunking on a kid

By Jeff Case

Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel had a fantastic first season in the NBA, leading all rookies in rebounds (8.1 rpg), blocks (1.9 bpg) and double-doubles (18). He also was a pretty good offensive performer, averaging 9.9 ppg and showing off athleticism around the bucket time and again.

But, it’s the offseason for Noel, so he’s just chilling, playing basketball when he can and, oh yeah, dunking on little kids. Noel was one of the featured instructors at a Camp One in Louisville, Ky., and after things settled down for the day, he went one-on-one with a youngster.

It didn’t go well for that kid that day …

 

Marc Gasol is all Memphis

By Jeff Case

The Memphis Grizzlies are hoping and wishing that their all-world/All-NBA center and defensive anchor Marc Gasol sticks around in free agency this summer and re-ups with them. Pretty good timing by the team, then, to debut a cool video yesterday that plays up how Gasol — a native of Spain — is a real “Bluff City” native like anyone actually born in the city itself …


VIDEO: Marc Gasol is as Memphis as they come

Meeting of the minds?


VIDEO: LeBron, Love hit free agency

Well, well, well … Looky what we have here.

As we approach summer free agency, the Cavs have a lot on their plate to handle with both LeBron James and Kevin Love opting out of their deals. And while both All-Stars have pretty much made it clear that neither intends to leave Cleveland, until both of their names are signed on the dotted line, uncertainty lives.

Lucky for Cavs fans, it appears that LeBron and Love may already be trying to figure things out on their own …

The time Shawn Marion and the Suns pranked people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The end of the NBA Finals last week was also the end of Shawn Marion‘s 16-season NBA career. Marion, who won a title with Dallas in 2011, played for a few teams during all those years, including a final season this year with Cleveland. But as a youngster, Marion was a member of some high-octane teams in Phoenix. And in this video below, watch as a rookie Marion pranks patrons riding on his pedicab…


VIDEO: Marion Prank

Sweet shooting runs in the Curry family

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We already know Stephen Curry is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, and that Steph is the son of Dell Curry, another of the NBA’s greatest shooters. But maybe great shooting isn’t only genetic, perhaps there’s something to the “Curry” surname. Check out Stephen’s wife, Ayesha, here knocking down an NBA three-pointer, while 9 months pregnant, no less…

Dennis Schröder mixes soccer and hoops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder is a native of Germany, where despite the best efforts of NBA players like Dirk Nowitzki and Schröder, soccer remains king. After all, Germany won the 2014 World Cup. So leave it to Schröder to figure out a way to combine soccer and hoops in this Instagram video, where he shouts out German National Team member Jerome Boateng

Yo @jeromeboateng !!! What You got next 😎😎 #SchrodersSwagTeam #DS17 #FG #FlexGanG #TheGoldenPatch #NiceWithIt

A video posted by Dennis Schröder (@dennismike93) on

Which team’s new uniform do you like best?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Draft is tomorrow, which means NBA teams have the opportunity to change their fortunes quickly. Another way teams can change their futures? With new uniforms. Today the Atlanta Hawks announced their new brand identity, making them the fourth NBA team this offseason to debut new uniforms/logos. Below we present all four, with your chance to vote for your favorite new look at the bottom…

ATLANTA HAWKS
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LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
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MILWAUKEE BUCKS
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PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
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UPDATE: New third jersey in Charlotte!