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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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Doug McDermott photobombs CP3, Blake Griffin, Kid Ink


VIDEO: Kid Ink

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen plenty of stars at Lakers games through the years, but don’t forget about the Clippers, who get their share as well. Last night, for instance, with the Clippers hosting the Bulls, rapper (and Clippers fan) Kid Ink was at the game. In the video above, he talks about being a Clippers fan and how much that means to him. And at the very end of the video, you can see him pose for a photo with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and…Bulls rookie Doug McDermott?

Above is video evidence of McBuckets’ epic photobomb. If you look at the group photo, McDermott seems perfectly happy to be involved…

But look at the photo taken just seconds later, and you can see Blake giving him the business…

Don’t call Justin Timberlake a bandwagon Grizzlies fan (UPDATE)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — He may not be as ever-present as Spike Lee is with the Knicks or Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles, but Justin Timberlake has long been a fan of the Memphis Grizzlies. It makes sense, as Timberlake is a Memphis native, and he’s publicly been an NBA fan for years now. I mean, Who can forget when he served up Kenny “The Jet” Smith at the All-Star Game years ago?


VIDEO: JT vs Kenny

And in 2012, Timberlake actually became a part-owner of the Grizzlies. So last night, it wasn’t much of a surprise when JT tweeted his support for the 10-1 Grizz.

But that didn’t sit well with at least one of his twitter followers, who accused Timberlake of being a bandwagon Grizzlies fan. And Timberlake fired right back. It’s clear who’s the owner here.

UPDATE: Just in case you didn’t believe him, the Grizz tweeted this pic of JT repping the Grizz way back in the day…

Michael Jordan takes over Hornets twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan may be basketball’s GOAT, but thus far MJ’s social media game has been a bit behind the times. Which is to say, he hasn’t had a social media presence. Thena gain, why should he? When everybody knows your name, you don’t need to forecast your every move to the world. But today, to celebrate the start of the NBA season and the re-branding of the Bobcats to the Hornets, Jordan took over the Hornets’ twitter account and did everything from photobombing an employee to taking a selfie. Here are some highlights…

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NBA Pokemon

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen several NBA memes bubble up on Twitter this summer, from NBA Superheroes to NBA Movies. Yesterday another one developed, though I must confess, I am at a loss to explain this one to you. This topic was NBA Pokemon, a reference to what I’m pretty sure was a video game that became a cartoon show that became a trading card series? Or something along those lines.

The Phoenix Suns were apparently on the same page as me…

Whatever it is, I’m just old enough that I missed out on Pokemon, so to me these are just a bunch of odd cartoons that are NBA related. Either way, these were big on Twitter yesterday, so I present them to you thusly…

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NBA Cartoons

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen several NBA-related memes crop up on Twitter this summer, from NBA Movies to NBA Musicians.

Another NBA hashtag party broke out yesterday, this time themed around NBA cartoons. Here are some of our favorites…

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NBA Movies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It has been the summer of NBA Twitter. After the fun of NBA Musicians and NBA Superheroes, the NBA teams (and some NBA fans) returned yesterday to give their takes on NBA Movies…

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Joel Embiid on his “relationship” with Rihanna

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite NBA stories this summer has had nothing to do with basketball: Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid has taken Twitter by storm by using it as a public forum in his quest for a relationship with pop singer Rihanna.

After a brief flirtation with Kim Kardashian, Embiid settled upon Rihanna as the object of his affection. After a few apparently unrequited tweets, Rihanna followed him back and soon Embiid announced that he and Rihanna were officially an item. Never mind that she hadn’t responded to him. He then posted a photo that seemed, um, heavily altered, of the two of them on a “date”…

Embiid even combined their names into its own hashtag: #Johanna.

While their actual relationship status is unclear — OK, they probably haven’t even met — it is clear that Embiid understands how to use Twitter to have fun. I asked him for the lowdown on the relationship on Sunday during the NBA Rookie photo shoot, and Embiid showed that if this basketball thing doesn’t work out, he may a career in improv…


VIDEO: Embiid on Rihanna

NBA Superheroes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week on Twitter, “NBA Musicians” became a trending topic that people had a lot of fun with. Today, in a similar vein, “NBA Superheroes” started trending on Twitter, eventually becoming the number one trending topic worldwide. Here are some of our favorites…

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