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President Obama weighs in on Bulls firing Tom Thibodeau

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — President Barack Obama not only plays basketball, but he’s an NBA fan, particularly of the Chicago Bulls, where he lived before becoming President. So it’s no big surprise that with today’s news of the Bulls firing of coach Tom Thibodeau, President Obama was asked about it on Twitter. And he was happy to give his two cents on the matter…

The internet reacts to Shaq falling down


VIDEO: Shaq Falls

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Every night on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” there’s a moment when Kenny Smith hops up from the analyst table and runs to the back wall of the set. And every once in a random while, Kenny’s fellow analyst Shaquille O’Neal will jump up and race Smith to the wall.

Last night was one of those nights, and as Kenny hopped up, Shaq did, too. Except Shaq took about one step and crashed to the floor, his legs tangled in wires and a monitor. Here’s the initial fall…

Shaq then challenged the internet to come up with the best Shaq falling meme, and plenty of them were generated…
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Allen Iverson takes over Sixers Twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides letting the players coach, yesterday the Sixers also brought back legendary guard Allen Iverson and gave him the controls to the team’s Twitter account to answer questions and interact with fans. Here are some of The Answer’s best answers…

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Kobe has some words for Westbrook’s haters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRussell Westbrook has been playing out of his mind the last few weeks, single-handedly keeping the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff hopes alive. His most recent big game came Sunday against the Pacers, when Westbrook finished with 54 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Westbrook scored that 54 points on 43 field goal attempts, although he did make almost half of his shots (he finished 21-43). So while that 54-9-8 line looks great, some people pointed out that maybe Westbrook took too many shots.

But maybe we should listen to someone who understands not only volume shooting but also deflecting criticism: Kobe Bryant

Atlanta Hawks unveil Twitter tribute to Dominique Wilkins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a big week for Dominique Wilkins, the Hawks legend who is having a statue made in his honor unveiled today in Atlanta. For those of us who grew us in Atlanta, Nique was everything, as I wrote about today here on NBA.com. But before the statue is unveiled, the Hawks broke out a lo-fi but equally cool tribute to The Human Highlight Film: artwork made from characters. It’s no statue, but it’s a lot easier to copy and paste…

Kevin Durant did not take Serge Ibaka’s water

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So there was Kevin Durant, standing there after an Oklahoma City Thunder practice, chatting nicely with the media, when all of a sudden Serge Ibaka wants to know if Kevin Durant took his water. It’s a valid question, I suppose, although Durant doesn’t really have the answer. Keep searching, Serge.

Atlanta Hawks make a mixtape for their fans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Atlanta Hawks lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, snapping their epic 19-game win streak. Today, they said thanks to the fans in Atlanta who rallied behind the team through the streak by tweeting a link to a Spotify playlist which, at first glance, may not make sense. But if you read the song titles from the top down, it creates a letter from the Hawks to their fans…

Kevin Durant has some existential questions about Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Twitter is a popular social networking platform, that allows users to interact and share information. Sometimes that means jokes, sometimes that means NBA scores, sometimes that means blog posts, sometimes that means having a conversation with a person you’ve never met.

So we know what Twitter is, but really, what is Twitter? Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant found himself pondering something similar, and where better to share those questions and concerns than on Twitter?

Phil Jackson uses Twitter to respond to critics

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In years past, a frequent criticism of the New York Knicks was that they weren’t transparent enough with fans and the media. New Knicks president Phil Jackson, however, doesn’t seem to be having any problems with that, thanks to his Twitter account. Early in the day on Thursday, after Sheridan Hoops founder and veteran NBA writer Chris Sheridan tweeted a link to a piece criticizing the Knicks’ off-season trade of Tyson Chandler, the Zen Master himself responded with a series of tweets…

Then, during last night’s Knicks/Bulls game on TNT, analyst Charles Barkley was repeatedly critical of the Knicks, saying at one point the best thing they had going for them “is Philadelphia.” So Phil went to Twitter once again…and this time he even broke out the emojis!

Anderson Varejao is a dancing machine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During an important moment in last night’s San Antonio/Cleveland games, the Spurs needed to inbound the ball along the sideline. In order to try and disrupt the pass, the Cavs had seven-footer Anderson Varejao defend the passer, Kawhi Leonard. And in order to make the pass as tough as possible, Varejao was very awkwardly active. Which meant he did this…

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Later, just to make sure the moment was commemorated perfectly, “Inside Stuff” host Kristen Ledlow took to Twitter to suggest someone put Varejao’s moves to music. After we discussed a few options — I knew Ledlow would initially gravitate toward Grizzlies fan Justin Timberlake — a Twitter user came up with what just may be the perfect soundtrack to Varejao’s funky moves. Thank you, internet…

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