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Tyus Jones throws a first pitch strike

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we saw Paul Pierce return home to Los Angeles and throw out a first pitch/bounce pass at a Dodgers game. Great idea, perhaps lacking in execution.

Instead, let’s check out Minnesota Timberwolves guard (and Minnesota native) Tyus Jones, who took to the mound last night before a Twins game and threw a first pitch strike…

Stop! (Becky) Hammon Time!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has had a pretty good year, becoming the first female assistant coach in the NBA and then coaching the Spurs’ Summer League team to a championship. But yesterday, to celebrate #TBT, Hammon posted a video on Instagram showing her tribute to MC Hammer. Can’t touch this…

Dennis Schroder has improved his range

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players work on their games in the summer, and try and find ways to be better than they were when the season ended. Last season, Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder had a big campaign, becoming the Hawks’ back-up point guard and getting regular playing time. Schröder shot 43-percent from the three-point line on the season, well above the league average of 35-percent. But Schröder apparently wants to extend that range.

How far? To about the sixth row…

LeBron James holds Twitter Q+A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, after noting it had been a while since he’d talked directly to his fans, LeBron James popped up for an hour on Twitter to answer questions from fans. King James ended up talking about everything from the NBA to professional wrestling to cartoons…

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Cuttino Mobley can still get buckets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERCuttino Mobley played for ten years in the NBA, most memorably pairing with Steve Francis to form a dynamic backcourt for the Houston Rockets. And while Mobley retired in 2008, he popped up this week in Los Angeles at the Drew League, where, even with the gray hair, Mobley showed he can still play the game…

Jamal Crawford dominating Seattle Pro-Am

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the summer’s now-annual traditions is getting video of Clippers guard Jamal Crawford doing Jamal Crawford things up at the Seattle Pro-Am. Crawford has an ability to dribble and pass like few others, and while we get to see that occasionally during the NBA season, it’s in the summer when he’s in his hometown of Seattle where Crawford really gets a chance to put on a show…


VIDEO: Crawford Seattle

(via BIL)

Paul George shows off some awesome dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It hasn’t been a year since Paul George suffered a terrible leg injury during a USA Basketball scrimmage. After a long recovery period, George returned at the end of last season and managed to show he was on track toward a full recovery.

But this week, while on a tour of the Philippines for Nike, George threw down a couple of impressive dunks that looked like the pre-injury George. Great to see he’s on the way back…

#RiseBeyondBelief #PaulGeorge

A video posted by Carlo Valenzuela (@_carlovalenzuela) on

(via B/R)

Pacers to wear uniforms to honor Hoosiers

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The classic hoops movie “Hoosiers”, about Indiana’s fictional Hickory High School, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season. And it was announced today that the Indiana Pacers will celebrate the anniversary by breaking out Hickory throwback uniforms for a few games this season. Via Pacers.com

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and the Indiana Pacers will bring one of the all-time great underdog stories, Hoosiers, to the NBA hardwood, celebrating the film’s 30th Anniversary.

For the 2015-16 season, the Pacers will introduce the Hickory uniform to be worn in select regular season games as part of the NBA Pride Collection. The Hickory uniform is a tribute to the rich tradition of basketball in the State of Indiana and will serve as inspiration to fans everywhere that no matter how improbable the challenge may be, amazing things can be accomplished through teamwork, determination, heart and hustle.

“Our team will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time.”

For more pictures of the uniform, click here.

No word on whether the Pacers will be able sign Jimmy Chitwood for their Hickory games.

Shaq says all-time Lakers would destroy Bulls greats

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s always fun to argue about NBA history. Who is the greatest player of all-time? What is the greatest team ever? Could this guy beat this guy? Would this team be able to beat that team?

As it turns out, even former NBA players enjoy being part of the conversation, like how Shaquille O’Neal recently took to Instagram to stir things up. What would happen if a team of former Lakers greats (Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, Shaq and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) faced off against a team of Chicago Bulls greats (made up of Derrick Rose, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Horace Grant)?

According to Shaq, the Lakers great would “beat em by 50.”

We would beat em by fifty "what you think". Let me know and don't hold back

A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

 

Update:

Pippen has a different opinion:

 

Update II:

Shaq responds to Pippen:

 

What do you think? Is Shaq right?

Rare footage of Michael Jordan dunking in high school

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — These days, everything is put on video and saved for future generations. But it wasn’t that long ago that some things weren’t saved, not even for posterity. MaxPreps turned up this video of Michael Jordan playing for Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C., back in the late ’70s. I don’t recall seeing much footage of Jordan from this far back, but it certainly looks similar to the MJ we would see later in the NBA…