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Cauley-Stein gets a Kings welcome

By Jeff Case

The start of the upcoming season marks 30 seasons that the Kings have been in Sacramento. Although success has been few and far between for the team, one thing they’ve seemed to enjoy throughout their stay is consistent fan support. Even as the team is in the throws of a 10-year playoff drought, Sacramento’s die-hard fan base remains excited about the upcoming season and its new draftee, Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky.

 

Cauley-Stein saw in Lexington, Ky., just how loyal fans can be and in this All-Access video from Kings.com, he discovers what makes Sacramento a unique NBA town …


VIDEO: Willie Cauley-Stein gets a big welcome from Kings fans

 

Stephen Curry, Always A World Champ

By Nick Margiasso IV, NBA.com

When you’re a champion, well, you’re just a champion everywhere you go. The Warriors’ Stephen Curry proved that Saturday night when he carried WBC/Ring Super-Middleweight titlist Andre Ward‘s belt into the ring as part of the fighter’s entourage for his title defense at Golden State’s home court in Oracle Arena.

Well, fine, he carried it into a ring on top of their court.

Paul Smith vs. Andre Ward and MVPs Kaepernick and Curry!!

A video posted by Mgkmrkr (@carissamarker) on

 

Carmelo Anthony buys soccer team in Puerto Rico

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 6:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks prepares to shoot a free throw against the Brooklyn Nets on February 6, 2015 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 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 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has long talked about diversifying his interests and being into plenty of things away from basketball. He’s also frequently talked about his Puerto Rican heritage — his late father was Puerto Rican, and Melo has long had a tattoo of the Puerto Rican flag on his left hand. In recent years, Melo has refurbished and built basketball courts all over the island.

Today those interests connected, as Carmelo Anthony purchased the NASL team, Puerto Rico FC. According to ESPN FC

The New York Knicks forward announced at a Thursday news conference that his new club, Puerto Rico FC, will join the North American Soccer League and begin play in 2016.

“My passion for soccer has always been there,” Anthony told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview.

“I just always kept it to myself and among my circle. Going to games, sneaking into games and just watching and being around the sport over the years. The more time I started spending in Puerto Rico over the past six, seven years I realized that there was kind of a void down there on my island. The island didn’t really have anything that they could kind of call their own, that they could represent not just on the island but from a global standpoint.”

Puerto Rico FC will be the NASL’s 13th club after the league recently added Miami FC on May 20.

The club, which will begin play in the 2016 NASL fall season, will play its home matches at the recently renovated Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. Located in Bayamon, about 10 miles from the capital city of San Juan, the 12,500-seat stadium serves as the home base for the Puerto Rico national team.

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

A video posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

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