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Jabari Parker gives treats not tricks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Bucks rookie Jabari Parker sure knows how to win over fans in his new home of Milwaukee. In the video here, he dresses up like one of the Blues Brothers (he never specifies if he’s Jake or Elwood) and then gives out copious amounts of candy to unsuspecting kids who were out for Halloween. Except that one times when he drops the candy bucket and he makes the kids pick it up — way to instill a strong work ethic, JP.


VIDEO: Jabari Halloween

Sacramento Kings troll Golden State Warriors during pregame introductions

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When an NBA team goes on the road, they know better than to expect a friendly welcome. I mean, sure, the home teams may offer a smile and handshake, but the road team is there to beat the home team, so the home team will certainly attempt to create some sort of advantage. The Celtics under Red Auerbach famously fluctuated the temperature in the visitor’s locker room. Even today, many visiting teams are given much smaller locker rooms than the home teams, with just the essentials provided.

So let’s credit the Sacramento Kings with coming up with a novel way to troll the Golden State Warriors. During their home opener on Wednesday night, while the Kings went through a perfunctory pregame introduction of the Warriors players, they cue’d up the theme song from “Full House,” the saccharine-sweet ’80s sitcom that, like the Warriors, was set in San Francisco.

It didn’t seem to have much effect — the Warriors won by 18 — but it was highly enjoyable. Let’s hope the Kings keep this up all season with city-specific music for each opponent.


VIDEO: Kings troll

(via TNLP)

NEW CLIPPERS OWNER STEVE BALLMER IS REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before buying the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer spent over three decades at Microsoft, eventually rising to the role of CEO, and while at Microsoft he became known for having a fiery style of leadership that helped the company become one of the world’s most profitable software companies.

So it’s no surprise that since taking over as owner of the Clippers, Ballmer has demonstrated a few times that he can get REALLY FIRED UP when rooting for his team. Last night, for instance, at the Clippers home opener, there were a few times that BALLMER GOT SO EXCITED THAT HE COULD BARELY CONTAIN HIMSELF. Like, check out this GIF of BALLMER GETTING SO JACKED UP WHEN THE CLIPPERS SECURED THE WIN that he SCARED THE HECK out of his own son, sitting next to him…

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(via r/NBA)

The Dallas Mavericks are Run DMC

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great things about Dirk Nowitzki, maybe the best thing, is his apparent complete lack of self-awareness when asked to participate in goofy videos. He loves to sing and be silly, as we’ve seen again and again. And it don’t stop, because in this latest video from the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk teams up with Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons as some sort of new version of the seminal hip-hop group Run DMC, singing a remixed version of “Sucker M.C.’s.”

WÜRZ-BURG!


VIDEO: Mavs DMC

(via Skin Wade)

Michael Jordan brings back the fist-pump

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of Michael Jordan‘s first iconic NBA moments came in the 1989 playoffs, when Jordan hit a jumper over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo to give the Bulls a series win. After sinking the shot, Jordan celebrated with a vigorous fist pump…

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Last night, Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets were down three toward the end of regulation, and Kemba Walker knocked in a huge three pointer to tie it and send it to overtime. And in this video from the crowd, MJ can be seen celebrating. Guess which celebration he brought back (well, a less vigorous version)?

Ben McLemore is Sacto’s new pizza guy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the joys of watching games via League Pass is seeing local commercials you might not otherwise come across. As such, it was fun last season watching Kings guard Isaiah Thomas star as the Pizza Guy.

But alas, Thomas left this summer and found a new home in Phoenix, meaning the coveted Pizza Guy slot in Sacramento was vacated. To fill it, the Pizza people looked no further than Ben McLemore, who apparently used to actually order the pizza.

And now he’s not just a customer, McLemore is the new pizza guy…


VIDEO: McLemore Pizza

(via HP)

The New Orleans Pelicans would like to prepare your dinner

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New Orleans Pelicans convincingly won their season opener at home last night, beating the Orlando Magic, 101-84. And to commemorate the start of a new season, the Pelicans created a video where the players and coach Monty Williams messed around in a kitchen and, um, basically showed why they’re basketball players, not actors.


VIDEO: N.O. Dinner

(via EOB)

Sixers, Kings debut cool court projection systems

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season during the retirement ceremony of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed off a nifty court projection that appeared to make the static hardwood come alive. This year a couple of other teams have run with the same idea, using a court projection system to give their floor a 3-D look.

• The Atlanta Hawks have announced they will have one, though they’ve yet to release any footage.

• Here’s the projection the Sacramento Kings plan to introduce…


VIDEO: Kings Court

• And here’s the one the Sixers will use (no, not during games)…


VIDEO: Sixers Court

(via Deadspin)

Tim Duncan made a Punisher car

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan‘s love for the comic book character The Punisher has been well-documented. He was in a Punisher comic book, and the man has a Punisher knee brace, for goodness sake.

So perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised when Duncan showed up at the Heroes and Festivals convention this weekend to sign copies of his comic book and he unveiled a Punisher-themed car made by his BlackJack Speed Shop. According to MySA, the car will be raffled off for charity at a later date. Don’t be surprised if Duncan buys all the tickets.

(via TNLP)

Steve Nash, weirdo librarian

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard Steve Nash is out for the season with a back injury, and while it stinks to be missing the former two-time MVP on the court, there is an upside: Now we have a chance to see Nash wear a cardigan and a wig and pretend to be a strange librarian while he plays fantasy sports on an app on his smartphone. Actually, Nash kind of looks like the Area 51 lab director from Independence Day in this commercial.


VIDEO: Nash Ad