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POLL: Which Nick Young 360 was the swaggiest of them all?

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard Nick Young has been one of the few bright spots this season for Lakers fans. The Lakers may have missed the postseason, but Young, who calls himself Swaggy P, has provided a steady stream of entertainment, both on the court and off the court.

During last night’s game against the Grizzlies, Young drove baseline and completed a 360 layup. It was an awesome shot, the kind of singular, creative, athletic move that we’ve come to expect from Young. But as we look back through Young’s history, we realized the 360 is a staple of Young’s arsenal.

So we put together a Swaggy sampler of some of Nick Young’s greatest spinning hits. Vote for the swaggiest of them all in the poll at the bottom…

1. Last night against the Grizzlies

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 against Grizzlies

2. 360 dunk last season

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 dunk

3. 360 denied by Andris Biedrins

VIDEO: Biedrins blocks 360

4. 360 against the Grizzlies two years ago

VIDEO: Other 360 against the Grizzlies

5. 360 against the Lakers

VIDEO: 360 against the Lakers

6. 360 over the backboard

VIDEO: 360 over the backboard

Your turn. Rate the swag, please…

Lance Stephenson is The Lion King

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLance Stephenson is The Lion King, at least according to Lance Stephenson’s Instagram. Circle of life, you guys…

Andre Iguodala drops season’s best crossover

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have a leader for the next Crossover Contest. Last night’s Warriors/Nuggets game turned out to be wildly entertaining, as a team well out of the playoff race put together an epic comeback from down 20 to beat the Warriors in Oakland. And while Denver’s Timofey Mozgov put together one of the best stat lines of his life, finishing with 23 points (not 93) and 29 rebounds, the play of the game, and maybe the season, belonged to Golden State’s Andre Iguodala.

It happened in the first quarter, with Denver’s Quincy Miller guarding Iguodala in transition. Andre had the ball in his left hand, and then crossed over to his right hand. At this point Miller seemed ready to make a play for the ball, and at that exact moment, Iguodala crossed it back to his left hand, leaving Miller in a pile on the court…

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The only way that could have been better would have been if Iguodala just put the ball on the floor and walked away. The best part about all this? Quincy Miller seemed to take it all in stride after the game on Twitter…

(gif via Gifsection.com)

Jeff Withey passes ball to himself

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey pulled off quite the trick during last night’s Pelicans/Suns game. Thanks to the hands of Eric Bledsoe and the dome of ref Bennie Adams, Withey pulled off the ol’ pass to himself. Impressive.

He should have shot the ball immediately just to see if he could get an assist to himself (you can see the full play here) …

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(via Deadspin)

Do not ask Dick Bavetta for a little help

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Pacers’ bench players, Bucks center Zaza Pachulia ended up hitting the floor. When long-serving ref Dick Bavetta walked past to make the call, Zaza asked for a little help getting up off the floor. And as you can see in the Vine below, that help was not forthcoming…

LeBron’s Shaqtin’ A Fool moment

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It happens to the best of us — even King James might forget to put the ball on the floor from time to time, like yesterday in the Heat game against the Knicks. #Shaqtin

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(via @CJZero)

The NBA Nae Nae dance-off!

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The nae nae is a dance that has been growing in popularity for the past few months. (Deadspin provided some pretty good background on it here.) And as it has expanded, it has crossed over into the NBA several times. So we all know what that means…time for another dance-off!

Who performed the best version of the nae nae? Vote at the bottom…

DWIGHT HOWARD

JOHN WALL AND PAUL GEORGE

VIDEO: Wall and George

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS MASCOT BETSY ROSS

DWYANE WADE

BEN MCLEMORE AND THE SACRAMENTO KINGS

VIDEO: MCLEMORE NAE NAE

Barkley vs. Shaq heats up

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week during the NCAA Tournament broadcast, which featured Charles Barkley as an analyst, Chuck’s colleague Shaquille O’Neal sent out a tweet poking fun at the Chuckster…

This got noticed, of course, and the folks on the CBS set decided to allow Charles the chance to respond. And Charles definitely responded…


VIDEO: Chuck on Shaq

That clip of Charles went viral, so a few days later, Shaq responded…

Charles doesn’t use any social media, so he was unaware of this until last night when Conan O’Brien showed it to him. This set Charles off on another terrific rant (I love Conan’s reaction)…


VIDEO: Chuck on Shaq II

And just in case you weren’t sure how Charles felt about Shaq, check out Charles hitting golf balls with Shaq’s face on them…


VIDEO: Golf Chuck

Ronny Turiaf wired for sound

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


VIDEO: Ronny Turiaf video bombs Kevin Love’s postgame interview

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Timberwolves big man Ronny Turiaf is one of the best bench guys in the NBA — always engaged, always excitable. (For a case in point, just watch him videobomb Kevin Love‘s interview last night above.)

And even while he’s out injured, he embraces his role as the team’s emotional leader. During a recent game against the Lakers, Turiaf wore a microphone to record what it’s like on the bench during the action. I love how he is more aware of Kevin Love‘s triple-double chase than Kevin Love is…


VIDEO: Turiaf wired for sound

Joakim Noah was Born To Run

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the things that makes Bulls center Joakim Noah such an effective center is his mobility; it’s hard for most NBA players to keep up with him on the break, much less other big men. Watching him get out and run the floor, and particularly when he has the ball in his hands, there’s an element of danger there. Is he going to dribble the ball off his foot? Is he going to throw a pass out of bounds? But he generally makes the correct plays, which is why it’s so much fun to watch Noah run the floor. Rob Mahoney at SI.com put together this supercut of Noah on the break, set to, appropriately, Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born To Run”…


VIDEO: Noah was born to run

(via The Point Forward)