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Stephen Curry’s pregame routine is pretty awesome

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night I went to the Clippers/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. While standing on the court during pregame warmups, I noticed Clippers point guard Chris Paul going through a series of pretty cool warm-up drills, so I pulled out my phone and took to social media…

.@cp3 doing work

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Every NBA player has his own warm-up routines and rituals. The Warriors posted this video of Stephen Curry going through his pregame routine, and it’s pretty cool to see all the different things he can do, and how effortlessly he’s able to make all of them look…


VIDEO: Curry Warmup

Charles Barkley can’t say Dellavedova

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Cleveland/San Antonio game was was a match-up between titans, with an amazing ending and a record-setting performance from Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. It was also special because TNT analyst Charles Barkley left behind the studio in Atlanta and showed up in San Antonio, where he joined Chris Webber and Kevin Harlan on the call. And while Charles may have left the studio behind, he was still The Chuckster, as you see here when he tried oh so hard to pronounce Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova‘s last name. Good job, good effort.

(via TNLP)

Ryan Kelly’s rough week continues

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Man, look, I don’t like piling on any more than anyone else. But Lakers forward Ryan Kelly is not having the greatest of weeks. First, a few days back, he got all twisted up by Chandler Parsons. Then, in last night’s Lakers/Knicks game — and we should probably stop and note that this may have been one of the least-heralded Lakers/Knicks games of all-time — Kelly decided to take matters into his own hands. Or, more specifically, into his left hand. So Kelly drove left and went with the lefty hook shot over Cole Aldrich. This did not end well.

(via SBNation)

Dikembe Mutombo blocks President Clinton

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since retiring from the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo has been something of a global ambassador for the NBA, traveling the world and raising money for charities. He’s also become a great seat-mate at NBA games, such as a few weeks ago in Brooklyn when Mutombo sat next to Prince William. At the All-Star Game on Sunday, Mutombo sat next to former President Bill Clinton, and at one point Mutombo stood to cheer and delivered yet another block…

Kyle Korver dunked last night

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How well are things going for the Atlanta Hawks these days? Last night’s win over Indiana pushed them to an eye-popping 35-8 on the season. They have won 14 games in a row, and won 28 of their last 30 games. But maybe the most clear sign that the Hawks are rolling? Kyle Korver dunked a ball last night.


VIDEO: Korver Dunk

Now, it’s no surprise that Korver was able to dunk a ball last night — he’s 6-7 and in terrific shape, so being able to dunk probably is no problem. The big surprise here is that Korver chose to dunk the ball. The last time Korver dunked in an NBA game? November 16, 2012, over two years ago.

How big a deal was this? Well, first just listen to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins freak out when Korver dunks. Then take a look at the players on the Hawks bench. Think they loved it?

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Will Ferrell causes mayhem at Pelicans game


VIDEO: Anchorman 2

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know Will Ferrell is an NBA fan — see the video above from last year where I talked basketball with Ferrell and his Anchorman 2 co-stars. And we’ve also seen him through the years at NBA games in cities where he’s filming movies.

So it wasn’t a surprise that Ferrell turned up at last night’s Lakers/Pelicans game in New Orleans, where he’s in town with co-star Mark Wahlberg filming the movie Daddy’s Home. But what was a surprise was at halftime, when Ferrell came onto the court and filmed a scene where he pegs a cheerleader in the face with a basketball and then gets carried off the floor by fake security guards. IN THE FAAAACE…

Nick Young can’t stop the swag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We love Lakers guard Nick Young around these parts — the man known as Swaggy P who is at the very least always interesting. And for all his exploits, which you can read about here, he’s not afraid to take the big shots.

Last night in Portland, for example, after the Blazers tipped a ball into the backcourt, Nick trotted back, picked up the ball, took a couple of dribbles and drained the impossibly long Swaggy three at the shot clock buzzer…


VIDEO: Swaggy 3

NBA ode to Christmas Day


VIDEO: NBA TV narrates the season through Christmas lens

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Garden
Ticket holders asked: “Why can’t we just take James Harden?”
The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes that one day a real team would be there;

Across town the Nets were nestled all snug in their beds,
Visions of D-Will’s 40 percent shooting torturing their heads;
And Sam Presti in his kerchief and Chris Wallace in his wrap,
Had just settled down to brush up on the salary cap.

When out on Seventh Avenue there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew in a flash,
Tore open the shutters, ready to do something rash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Seemed as far away as the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Spike
and his pals on the high-priced front row,
When what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a stretch limousine pulled by eight tiny reindeer,
With a tall, slow driver who’d long lost his quicks,
They knew in a moment he must be from the Knicks.

More rapid than a 20-second timeout his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
“Now Gasol! Now Monroe! Now DeAndre! up above,
“On, K.D.! On LaMarcus and Butler! On Kawhi and Love!
To the top of the scoreboard!  To the top of the wall!
Come with me now to save New York basketball.”

As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky,
Over in Brooklyn, Queen B’s land with Jay-Z,
Lionel’s team was still driving him crazy.

So up to the house top the coursers they flew,
The limo filled with millions, and James Dolan, too.
And then in a twinkling, on Presti and Wallace’s roofs
Was the prancing and pawing of designer hoofs.

As they drew in their heads and were turning around,
Down the chimney came Zen Master came with a bound.
He wore a green suit of Benjamins, sewn out of cash,
Ready to recruit his own Brothers of Splash.

A bundle of promises he was ready to dangle,
At anyone not named J.R., who could grasp a triangle.
His eyes — how they twinkled!  Not the face of a meanie;
Of course, the fall-back plan was still the beach with Jeanie.

His droll little scheme, turn around a team soft as a cushion,
And do it all faster than Brooklyn’s rich Russian.
He piled stacks of cash from their feet to their teeth,
And blew smoke till it encircled their heads like a wreath.

He had a wise, knowing face, hardly hint of a belly,
Not at all like Charles Barkley’s each night on the telly;
He was as haughty and sure as a blackmailer with pictures,
Even though his team’s record was down with the Sixers.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Was supposed to give the entire NBA something to dread.
He had played in the glory years with Reed, Frazier and Bradley,
Now these days in his sack just a hollow team playing badly.

He’d spoken all the right words, said he’d soon make them perk,
But without Jordan and Shaq, this might be too much like work.
And laying a finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprung to his limo, to his team gave some whistles,
Nothing he couldn’t clean up with one or two missiles.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he soared over walls of adobe:
“By this time next Christmas, I’ll even settle for old Kobe.”

Tracy McGrady is back to being a rookie?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was speculation this week that Tracy McGrady wanted to return to the NBA, a rumor that McGrady himself debunked yesterday on Facebook. But two years ago, McGrady spent a season in China, and even though he was in his 30s at the time, he was still a rookie. And as we see in this new commercial from Foot Locker starring McGrady and Portland’s Damian Lillard, rookies have to do their rookie duties, no matter how old they may be…


VIDEO: Rookie Life

Dante Exum and Joe Ingles play football on the basketball court

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides being teammates on the Utah Jazz, Dante Exum and Joe Ingles have something else in common — they are both Australian. As such, they both would seem to be experts at Australian Rules Football. At least, I assume they are, because they’re Australian. I don’t really know anything about it, not because I don’t want to know, but because I just didn’t grow up watching it and even now I’m not sure when/where it’s on TV. (Holla at your boy, Leigh Ellis!)

Anyway, at a recent Jazz rehearsal in Salt Lake City, Exum and Ingles met up with a few members of the North Melbourne Football Club and found out what happens when you take an AFL ball to an NBA court.


VIDEO: Exum Ingles AFL

(via TNLP)