Blake Griffin, spoken word poet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin is a man of many talents, from slam dunks to dumping water on fans sitting courtside. One of the best things about Blake, though, is that he doesn’t seem to mind trying new things. Like, oh, I dunno…poetry?

Yes, in this new series of commercials from Vizio, Blake the baller becomes Blake the spoken word poet. Snaps up…


VIDEO: Blake pants


VIDEO: Blake bobble

(via FTW)

Joakim Noah throws first pitch(es) at White Sox game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There have been a bunch of NBA players throwing out ceremonial first pitches at baseball games the last few weeks, but I’ve been trying not to post each one individually in the hopes of later putting together a round-up of all the different first pitches.

But we had a first pitch earlier this week that I just couldn’t overlook. Bulls center Joakim Noah tossed the first pitch this week at a Chicago White Sox game. And after warming up a bit in a tunnel under the stadium, Joakim ran onto the field and…fired a pitch way low and outside.

But all is not lost! Instead, Joakim asked for another try, and this time lobbed a strike down the middle. There’s a reason you four balls to throw three strikes…


VIDEO: Noah pitch

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…

 

Throwback Thursday: All-Time Assists Leaders


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: Magic Johnson

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Assists Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 All-Time Assist Leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: All-Time Assists Leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-Time Steals Leaders

Which of these players would you want passing you the rock? Leave your comments below!

Chris Douglas-Roberts is bringing short shorts back

John Stockton drives past Allen Iverson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJohn Stockton is one of the greatest point guards of all time, but one thing he is perhaps best known for is his fashion sense. While everyone around during the ’90s wore shorts that were longer and baggier than ever, Stockton seemed to go the other direction, wearing shorts that were, well, pretty short.

I asked Stockton about this last year…

ME: When you retired you said something about making sure your shorts were hemmed up high throughout your career. Were the short shorts a deliberate choice?

STOCKTON: My second-to-last year, I think — my seventeenth year — the equipment manager came up to me and said, “Would like to lengthen your shorts?” I really didn’t know that it was an option. I’d never asked, and they’d never asked me. So we just kind of kept plugging on. Everybody kept talking about my shorts and I thought, “Well, I didn’t change anything…”

ME: You didn’t maybe notice around you that the shorts were getting bigger and longer?

STOCKTON: Yeah, but I was comfortable with it. I also saw other guys with 34-inch waists get 40-inch shorts and then just cinch them, and that…that didn’t make any sense to me.

We bring all this up today because everything old eventually becomes new again. The Clippers recently signed free agent small forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, and as Roberts announced on Twitter, he has some plans to pay homage to a bygone era…

If nothing else, should make for an interesting #NBAStyle segment.

(via B/R)

Steph Curry wins shooting contest from bench

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the reasons USA Basketball has people around with cameras filming everything is just in case a situation like the one below breaks out. At a Team USA practice in Barcelona, an impromptu shooting contest happened between Kenneth Faried, Stephen Curry and James Harden. That in and of itself isn’t all that rare. But in this case, their shooting station was the bench.


VIDEO: Bench shooting

Gheorge Muresan is your new Stat Boy?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a while now, Tony Reali has pulled double duty on ESPN, serving as both the host of “Around The Horn” as well as having a role on “Pardon The Interruption,” where he was been known as “Stat Boy,” the guy who pops up at the end of each show to correct whatever the hosts have gotten wrong.

But Reali is moving on, at least from “PTI,” so on last night’s episode, they replaced Reali with…7-foot-7 former Wizards center Gheorge Muresan? According to their tweet above, it was only for a day. Still, it’s always great to see Gheorge doin’ work…

(via B/R)

Jeremy Lin can’t stop pranking people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a busy summer for Lakers guard Jeremy Lin, who spent time creating a high-concept music video, as well as dunking on his Mom, and then getting her with the ol’ pie in the face.

Well, Mama Lin got got again recently, along with Jeremy’s uncle and a bunch of random people. The Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in San Francisco recently unveiled a statue of Jeremy, and Jeremy decided to put on his uniform and show up and, well, just watch. If nothing else, you have to give this dude credit — he’s definitely committed to pranking people. The other Lakers better keep their heads on a swivel…


VIDEO: Lin Wax Museum

Nick Young can’t turn off the swag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard and All Ball all-star Nick Young was in New York this week to take in part of New York fashion week, and if there’s anything we learned from Nick Young, it’s too expect the unexpected. So even when Nick Young is in town to take part in off-court activities, if he sees a court, he’s liable to hop out of his car and get in the game.

As Young wrote in the caption to this post, “Lol surprise some lil hoopers while driving thru these NY streets decided to stop and join they 3 on 3 … I had to swag on them tho #JustBecause #NYFW #BallIsLife #BasketballJones”

Roy Hibbert witnesses policeman’s act of kindness

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It may seem like all news is bad news these days, but that isn’t exactly true. There is good news to be found out there, too, and sometimes it comes from…Roy Hibbert?

Yesterday on Instagram, Hibbert posted a photo of a policeman handing a pair of shoes to someone on the side of the road. As Hibbert wrote in the caption, “Just seen an Indy police officer pull over. Go into his trunk n give a homeless guy a pair of shiny boots. #COPS”

Later, Hibbert spoke to Buzzfeed about what he witnessed.

The homeless man shook his head in disbelief and appeared to thank the officer, Hibbert said.

“He just walked back into his car and drove away,” Hibbert said.

The officer couldn’t have known the NBA center was just a few cars away and would share the encounter to his 180,000 Instagram followers. The Pacers have also reached out to the police department to try to identify the officer; Hibbert said he’d like to give him a few tickets to show his appreciation.

At a time when the excessive force of some officers has caught headlines, Hibbert said he wanted to bring attention to the acts of good that aren’t as visible.

“Not all police officers are what you hear about in Ferguson,” he said. “This type of stuff you don’t hear about too often.”