Thunder unveil alternate uniforms for 2015-16

NBA.com staff reports

Kevin Durant’s back healthy and cleared for camp. There’s a new coach and system in town. Russell Westbrook is still arguably the most explosive player in the NBA.

With the future looking as bright as it is in Oklahoma City, why not unveil sunset orange uniforms to be worn 18 times this upcoming season?

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The Thunder will wear these alternate uniforms on all 13 of their Sunday matchups, along with five other times throughout the season.

Jeremy Lin explains how to fit in the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If this NBA thing doesn’t work out for Jeremy Lin — and for whatever it’s worth, it seems to be going just fine, thank you very much — perhaps Lin should look into a back-up career in the world of video. Because Lin sure does seem to enjoy, and be good at, making viral videos. And while the videos of him pranking people are always funny, this latest Youtube video is also great. Here Lin gets a little help from fellow NBA players like Stephen Curry, Tyson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker, in this video about how to fit in the NBA…

VIDEO: Lin fits

New Orleans Pelicans unveil Mardi Gras uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Mardi Gras is a series of carnival celebrations held each Winter (usually February) in New Orleans. So it makes sense that the New Orleans Pelicans would introduce a uniform inspired by the annual event. In this Q&A with the Pelicans’ equipment manager, he explains that for the Pelicans’ players, who previously had Mardi Gras uniforms from 2010-13, they enjoy the chance to switch it up every once in a while.

Detroit Pistons debut new hype video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Detroit Pistons are a few years into their rebuilding campaign under Stan Van Gundy, and in this new hype video the Pistons released today, they point out the connections between the hard-nosed style of play Van Gundy is espousing, and the way the city of Detroit is rebounding from their economic troubles. Pretty cool stuff…

VIDEO: Pistons Hype

Dwight Howard rates James Harden the best left-hander of all-time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the NBA.com blogtable, we looked at some of the greatest left-handed players of all-time, a list that includes some legendary NBA players, such as Bill Russell, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tiny Archibald…the list can go on and on.

Houston guard James Harden got one vote on our NBA.com list, but that’s presumably only because his teammate Dwight Howard didn’t have a vote.

Last night, Howard took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and when asked for his take on the greatest lefty of all-time, Howard went with Harden…

And you know what? Dwight hears your disagreement, and respectfully reserves the right to disagree…

And for what it’s worth, Howard mentioned Russell among his list of the best in League history…

When a fan asked how Russell could be one of the three best of all-time but not the best lefty, Howard had an answer ready for him…

What do you say? Is James Harden the best lefty of all-time? Or does someone else get your vote?

Andrew Wiggins dunks on JJ Barea

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Canadian National Team played an exhibition against Puerto Rico, and on the play below, J.J. Barea ended up squaring off against Andrew Wiggins on a fast break. As it turned out, Barea didn’t stand much of a chance…


Jason Williams is still awesome to watch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJason Williams played about a dozen years in the NBA, and the man called “White Chocolate” was always known for his incredible ballhandling ability. He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, but we seen in occasional viral videos of J-Will playing pick-up ball that he’ can still make defenders look silly.

This latest video is about five minutes of fun, featuring Williams in the Orlando pro-am league (with a few cameos from other NBA players) showing off all the stuff that made him a crowd favorite throughout his career. Williams may be 39 years old, but some of the stuff on this video is just awesome…

VIDEO: Williams Orlando

The Sacramento Kings join crop maze trend

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welp, there’s a headline I never expected to write. The last few days, we’ve seen a trend develop, and it’s not a trend I can say that I ever saw coming. First, there was a crop maze tribute to Jerome Kersey. Then there was a corn maze tribute to Marc Gasol. And now, the Sacramento Kings have joined the crop maze trend.


According to Kings.com, the 3.5-acre Kings logo is part of a regional corn maze at a pumpkin patch. Writes Kings.com…

“This is a fun and unique way to both salute the best fans in basketball and celebrate our region’s world-class agricultural leadership,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “We’re looking forward to hosting special events and bringing Kings entertainment and energy to the maze for fans of all ages.”

In 2007 and 2014, the maze was certified as the world’s largest maze by Guinness World Records. This year’s maze will be 44 acres large and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. Last year’s maze had thousands of visitors over the 51-day season.

Which NBA team will be the next to join the corn maze trend? I’m not sure, but this is clearly a trend.

Dunks, trick shots and a lot of fun

By NBA.com Staff

The NBA’s annual Rookie Photo Shoot Day is an opportunity for the league’s newest players to be interviewed and photographed in one convenient venue, i.e., the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.

It’s also an opportunity for them to show off their skills and — let’s face it — get their goof on.

Here’s No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves, perhaps getting in some early practice for next season’s Sprite Slam Dunk Contest:

How about the Heat’s Josh Richardson (with a little help from Towns and the Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky)?

And the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell:

The Heat’s Justise Winslow says hi:

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson of the Nets and Bobby Portis of the Bulls aren’t holding back:

D’Angelo Russell again, from the opposite foul line:

This time from over his head:

Towns and Kaminksy again. Or least Kaminsky’s feet:

Hollis-Jefferson needs to come out of his shell:

Nice entrance by the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis:

And finally, here’s the whole crew. Welcome to the NBA!

Here’s Rick Fox getting eaten by a shark

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night marked the debut of the third movie in the Sharknado canon, a pop culture phenomenon. These movies present an alternate in which the United States is routinely hit with tornados made out of sharks. And last night in Sharknado 3, there were a few NBA references. Besides Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban playing the President of the United States, former Lakers forward and NBA TV’s own Rick Fox played a Secret Service agent who got eaten by a flying shark. Next week’s Hang Time Podcast will be epic.

At least Rick got a punch in first…


(thanks @CJZero for GIF)