Maybe Frank Kaminsky looks like a Craig

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You know how when you go to Starbucks, they ask for your name and then write your name on the side of the cup so you can find your drink once it’s ready? Over the weekend, Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky went to Starbucks, placed his order, and either picked up the wrong order or got a barista who wasn’t sure how to spell “Frank”…

Even Warriors’ Triple-Double Machine Green In Awe Of Kobe

By Nick Margiasso IV

Kobe is Kobe, people. So when The Black Mamba hits the road for his retirement tour, even the best NBA players of the day pay respect and lineup like kids in candy stores.

Cue Draymond Green, the NBA’s season triple-double leader, who seems to have waited his whole life to get Kobe Bryant’s John Hancock on his collectible kicks.

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Happy New Year from the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At some point yesterday, depending on where you live, the clock struck midnight and 2015 became 2016. And NBA players from around the league took to social media to wish a happy new year to NBA fans around the world…

To a BIGGER and BETTER 2016!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR from the SQUUAADDD!!!! #DubsUp 😜😜😜🎊🎉

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Jonas Valanciunas got his cast signed by Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Kobe Bryant “Don’t Call This A Farewell Tour” Tour stopped in Toronto last night. And while Kobe has asked opposing teams to please not make sure a big deal out of his final games in each city, it’s understandably tough to just pretend like it’s just another game. So the Raptors played it normal during pregame introductions, but later on, via DeMar DeRozan, they gave Kobe a gift of a customized hat and sneakers…

But the coolest gift may have come from Kobe himself. Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is out with a broken hand, and as such missed his chance to play against Bryant in his final NBA game up north. But, as Valanciunas tweeted, he did manage to get Kobe to commemorate the occasion…

Kevin Seraphin wears his support for Paris

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While the recent terror attacks in Paris were a shocking occurrence to everyone, spurring shows of support from around the NBA, they resonated in a uniquely personal way with the NBA players who have ties to the French capital.

Knicks center Kevin Seraphin, for instance, was born in French Guiana but moved to Paris when he was 16, and now lives there during the NBA offseason. Seraphin considers Paris his adopted hometown, and on Friday as the attacks were unfolding, Seraphin told Yahoo that it all still was hard to comprehend…

“It’s kind of sad, because… there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Seraphin who played for the French national Olympic team in 2012. “Think about how some people went to see a soccer game and went to see a [concert] and you don’t really expect that. It’s just scary, now people are scared to go out and just do anything. I couldn’t believe… killing us as a human. For sure, we don’t want to see people living like that.”

Seraphin said he was too young and too detached to understand the affect the 9/11 attacks had on New York and the United States, but Paris has now dealt with two traumatic situations in the past 11 months. Last January, 12 people were killed during a terrorist attack at the Paris satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, and Seraphin – then, still a member of the Wizards – honored the victims by wearing a shirt that read, “Je suis Charlie” – French for “I am Charlie” – before a win against Chicago.

“I’m scared that this is starting to be often,” he said. “At one point, just like, I live in Paris. You don’t want that to start to be something that happens every two months. If you don’t feel safe anymore in the country like you want, you don’t want to be there, so it’s kind of sad. It’s really sad.”

Today, for the Knicks game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Seraphin showed up with his support for Paris on display for everyone to see…

Update: Kevin Seraphin played his best game as a member of the Knicks on Sunday, scoring 12 points (6-8 FG) in 14 minutes. After the game, he dedicated the win to the victims of the terror attacks in Paris:

Kristaps Porzingis can’t stop dunking on people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the New York Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the 2015 draft, fans at the arena in Brooklyn booed loudly. But it didn’t take him long to turn those boos into cheers, as just two weeks into his rookie season, Porzingis has been the toast of New York, for his relentless approach to the game. He still has a lot to learn, but thus far he’s used his athleticism to excel, most notably when he attacks the boards for put-back slams. (He even hit a buzzer-beater last night that ended up not beating the buzzer.) But to keep fans happy, the Knicks released this supercut of Porzingis’s best follow-up slams…

And as our friends at SB Nation noted, perhaps Porzingis is the ultimate clean-up solution…

James Michael McAdoo is loving it

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA Rookies are traditionally assigned chores and tasks that veteran players don’t have to do or want to do. This apparently also applies for second year players who didn’t play much as rookies, such as Warriors forward James Michael McAdoo, who was on the team last year but only played in 15 games. This season, McAdoo has been in the rotation from the start of the season, and as such he is being asked to perform rookie duties. Which explains why yesterday he had to drop over $100 at a local McDonald’s before Warriors practice.

And McDonald’s took notice, reminding JMM that he was once the co-MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game…

Lakers bond over paintball

By Nick Margiasso IV

The preseason is for preparation, people. And, what, are you going to get your readiness up in the gym … on the court? Of course not. The paintball fields are where champions are made, bud.

New Lakers Roy Hibbert and D’Angelo Russell readied for battle to do just that, as evidenced by this post from this “Pro Paintball Champion”…

Whatever you do, guys, don’t shoot Kobe.

Could Dirk Nowitzki outrun Peyton Manning?

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 2: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks runs up the court while Head Coach Rick Carlisle reacts during their game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the fun things about being on a team is the random arguments and discussions that happen along the way. You spend that much time with someone, all sorts of things get discussed.

For instance, as Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki said on Twitter, an argument the Mavs had recently in their locker room brings up an interesting question…

I’m going with Dirk all day in this one, but we’ll give you the chance to weigh in as well…

LeBron Approves As Ohio State’s Miller Does ‘The Silencer’ Move

By Nick Margiasso IV

In between breaks from watching FIBA Americas basketball all night on NBA TV, you may have briefly flipped over to watch the Ohio State football team play backyard video game football as they crushed Virginia Tech.

LeBron James was watching, too.

He was certainly watching when former QB-turned-WR Braxton Miller put on a show and remembered to stamp it by paying homage to the Cleveland’s King.

An impressed James nodded back.

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