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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…

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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.

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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…

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(thanks @CJZero for GIF)

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!!

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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…

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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)