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Nik Stauskas is an incredible shooter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Kings rookie Nik Stauskas has yet to play in an actual NBA game yet, but he hasn’t stopped getting ready for the big leagues. Known as one of the best shooters in college while at Michigan, now he’s working on his NBA three-point range, and judging from this video, when he goes 15-for-15 in just 46 seconds, Stauskas seems to have found the range.


VIDEO: Stauskas shooting

(via SLAM)

Manu Ginobili statue unveiled in Argentina

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili may have missed out on playing with his native Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup while he recovers from injury, but from the looks of his Twitter account, he’s still having a pretty nice summer. Ginobili posted a photo over the weekend of a statue of himself that was unveiled in Buenos Aires. His caption, loosely translated, reads, “Mom: I didn’t become a doctor, but I got a statue in Argentina!”

Joel Embiid is The Ladies Man


VIDEO: Embiid on Rihanna

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Sixers aren’t sure how long it will be before first-round pick Joel Embiid is able to return to action this season, but even without playing a minute in the NBA, as far as I’m concerned the Embiid era has been a rousing success, if only judging by social media standards. The young big man has a terrific sense of humor, consistently using Twitter and Instagram for good. WE saw his public recruitment of LeBron James as well as his fake relationship with Rihanna (check the video above for more on that).

And now Embiid has apparently moved past Rihanna and is celebrating his prowess with all women, with a photoshopped wink and nod to Tim Meadows‘ movie from a few years back…

(via TNLP)

Iggy Azalea and Nick Young work on trick shots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERNick Young is a longtime All Ball favorite, for his on court bravado and his off-court swag. (There’s a reason he goes by Swaggy P, after all.) He’s been dating pop star Iggy Azalea for a while now, and apparently Swaggy’s having an effect on her, because from the looks of this video Nick posted on Instagram of Azalea getting up shots in the Lakers’ practice facility, she’s got a few trick shots up her sleeve. She’s so fancy…

Iman Shumpert, secret agent

By Jeff Case

The big victory of the offseason for the New York Knicks was the team successfully managing to keep free-agent All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony in the fold for a few more years. His return, coupled with new coach Derek Fisher and a new-look offense (the triangle) have New Yorkers hoping the team can rebound from a putrid season.

One player sure to be key to any hopes of a Big Apple revival is combo guard Iman Shumpert. After a solid first two seasons in the NBA, Shumpert’s stats were more or less down across the board in 2013-14 as he worked his way back from an ACL tear suffered early in the 2012 playoffs.

That being said, it’s still the offseason in New York and Shumpert is having some fun. In a new video released to help hype the movie “November Man”, Shumpert pretends to be a secret agent as unsuspecting people interview for a fake job.

 

New NBA 2K15 trailer drops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are still a few weeks away from the start of NBA training camps and the start of the NBA season. But if you’re hungry for a bit of NBA action, this new trailer for the forthcoming NBA 2K15 will get you fired up. Dunks, euro-steps, jumpers, rebounds, mascots…even Shaq and Ernie. The game drops on October 7.


VIDEO: 2K15 Trailer

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Inside the NBA

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 nine: Ernie, Kenny, Charles or Shaq?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Inside Inside

LeBron ready to bring back powder toss in Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments from the early part of LeBron James‘ NBA career came each game just before tip-off, when he would walk to the scorer’s table, fill his hands with talcum powder and heave it into the air. It was a move pioneered by Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett, who would clap talcum at the scorer’s table.

Yet LeBron added height to the practice and dedicated himself early on, and it has become something of a signature move for him. He stopped doing it in 2011, and then brought it back in 2013, though he didn’t resume it with regularity.

But over the weekend, LeBron posted a clip from NBA 2K and wrote, “I swear I can’t wait for this moment again!! #TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness”

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: Who would play you (and your love interest) in the movie of your life?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Movie casting