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Dirk Nowitzki can’t stop singing David Hasselhoff songs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, we looked into Dirk Nowitzki‘s long interest in the pop stylings of David Hasselhoff, including a recent performance of “Looking For Freedom” on a German talk show.

Now Dirk is back in Dallas and prepping for a new season with the Mavericks. And in between stops during media day, Nowitzki was asked to drop a few bars of whatever song he would sing to audition for “American Idol.” Without pause, Dirk went for The Hoff and gave a passionate performance…


VIDEO: Dirk Sings

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Kevin Durant likes good apples

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In a Sports Illustrated story a little over a year ago, Kevin Durant talked about the importance of picking apples. As he said at the time…

To Durant, basketball is an orchard, and every shot an apple. “Let’s say you’ve got 40 apples on your tree,” Durant explains. “I could eat about 30 of them, but I’ve begun limiting myself to 15 or 16. Let’s take the wide-open three and the post-up at the nail. Those are good apples. Let’s throw out the pull-up three in transition and the step-back fadeaway. Those are rotten apples. The three at the top of the circle — that’s an in-between apple. We only want the very best on the tree.”

Nike has run with that thought with a new colorway of Durant’s signature shoe, the KD7. The colorway is called Good Apples, and has hits of red and green. In this new spot below, Durant explains his philosophy. Also, he eats an apple. A good one, I suppose.


VIDEO: Good apples

Victor Oladipo nails amazing trick shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo had a memorable rookie season, making the All-Rookie first team and finishing second in Rookie of the Year balloting. How do you improve upon such a great start? Maybe by adding an awesome over-the-head, back-to-the-basket halfcourt shot to your repertoire…


VIDEO: Oladipo Shot

Nick Young’s latest invention: Poetry Fridays

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Nick Young has given us plenty of All Ball fodder over the last year or so, and he continues innovating even on the eve of the NBA season. His latest idea? Poetry Fridays. Here is Nick in two videos rhyming about…banners or something? The highlight of the entire enterprise might be at the end of the second video, where Swaggy P’s son, Nick Jr. — an aspiring model in his own right — drops a guest verse.

Jeremy Lin has some endorsement ideas

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJeremy Lin is about to begin his first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s played in large markets before — most notably, New York City. But despite having a high profile and playing in places where fans love their basketball players, in his latest video for YouTube, Jeremy realizes that perhaps he could step up his endorsement game. So here we see J-Lin go through several options, from being the most “Linteresting” man in the world to meeting his long-lost twin brother Jeremiah.


VIDEO: Lindorsements

Yep, Chris Douglas-Roberts Is Bringing Back Short Shorts

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, new Clippers signee Chris Douglas-Roberts made a promise via Twitter: He was going to bring back short shorts this season.

And now we know: He wasn’t kidding. Yesterday, CDR took place in a photo shoot with his new Clippers uniform, and indeed, the shorts are really short…

Who does Kevin Durant play as on NBA 2K?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant is arguably the best player in the NBA right now, but to hear him talk, he is inarguably the best NBA player when it comes to playing the NBA 2K video game. Last night on “The Tonight Show,” Durant noted he’s been playing the game for 15 years, so he’s understandably “really good” at it.

However, Durant said he doesn’t play NBA 2K as himself. Meaning when he plays the game, he doesn’t control the Oklahoma City Thunder. So what player does he use to ensure his winning streak stays alive?

See for yourself…


VIDEO: Durant Fallon

Memphis Grizzlies Step Up Their Giveaway Game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, the Memphis Grizzlies had one of the more unique in-game giveaways when they handed out temporary neck tattoos in honor of swingman James Johnson.

This season, the Grizzlies are continuing the interesting giveaways. There’s a list of all the swag here, but here are a few nights worth singling out…

• Nov. 11 vs. Los Angeles Lakers — Ashley Furniture Military Salute Night, where the first 5,000 fans in attendance will be rewarded with a Grizzlies Camo Hat.

• Dec. 19 vs. Chicago Bulls — The Grizzlies will be helping fans prepare for the holiday season with fan-favorite Grizzlies Wrapping Paper, presented by Mercury Printing, to the first 5,000 fans.

• Jan. 31 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder — Grizzlies Wrestling Belts will be given to the first 3,000 fans as part of Wrestling Night.

• Feb. 27 vs. Los Angeles Clippers — Grizzlies Flip Flops will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans.

• Mar. 27 vs. Golden State Warriors — The first 5,000 fans will receive a Tree Sapling at the Grizzlies Go Green Game, presented by International Paper.

• Mar. 14 vs. Milwaukee Bucks — First 5,000 fans in attendance receive the Marc Gasol Growth Chart, presented by First Tennessee.

• April 3 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder — The first 5,000 fans will be given the Super Grizz Cape Set.

• April 4 vs. Washington Wizards — Z-Bow-Ties will be given to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.

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Steven Adams Does His Best LeBron James

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, as a rookie with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Steven Adams established himself as a rough and tumble center, unafraid to do dirty work in the post. He was not, however, known for his ability to, say, take guys off the dribble. But as we see in the video clip here, when Adams is matched up against someone much smaller, he can not only put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, but he can perform his best LeBron James celebration after the basket…


VIDEO: Adams LeBron

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Patty Mills Can’t Stop Singing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hey, sometimes you can’t just turn it off. When you have the music in you, you have to let it our, whether you’re in the shower or on a road trip. Last year we saw Patty Mills (with help from Boris Diaw) giving karaoke a try. And yesterday Mills gave us a video of himself driving while soulfully singing “The Tracks Of My Tears.” He’s even got the fake microphone and everything…