Vlade Divac can be your GPS

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So, Waze is an app that crowd-sources traffic data, and helps drivers get to wherever it is they’re going as expediently as possible. I live in New York City and I do not own a car, so I’ve never used Waze, but apparently there’s some sort of voice-prompt feature you can turn on, so someone will talk you through how to navigate the roads.

So why not let that person be NBA legend (and new Kings “lead voice”) Vlade Divac talk you through traffic? According to Waze, today users can switch on Vlade’s voice to be their guide.

Here’s video of Vlade doing work…


VIDEO: Vlade GPS

Justin Timberlake’s newborn son already supports the Grizzlies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You may recall a few months ago when Justin Timberlake took to Twitter to swat down a hater who claimed that he wasn’t a real fan of the Memphis Grizzlies. Not only is Timberlake a Memphis native, he’s a part-owner of the team.

So we shouldn’t be surprised that yesterday, when Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel shared the first public photo of their newborn son, Silas, he was decked out in Grizz gear to support the start of the postseason…

The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

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Grizzlies mascot goes full WWE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I’m a little fuzzy with the details on this video, so “bear” with me, if you will.

I think it does like this: Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies hosted the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first round series. The Grizzlies mascot is a bear named Grizz. Grizz has a sidekick named Natch. At some point in the game last night, Natch pulled a heel turn and revealed himself to be fan of the Trail Blazers. Of course, Grizz couldn’t stand for this, so he hit him with the RKO, and then turned things into a tables, ladders and chairs match…


VIDEO: NBA WWE

I guess the Grizz really are going for that championship belt…

An inside look at Cleveland’s Game 1 win over Boston

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers were the Eastern Conference’s best team in the second half, posting a Conference-best record of 22-9 after February 2. So expectations were high yesterday when the Cavs hosted the Boston Celtics to begin their latest postseason run. The crowd was hyped, and LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were each special in their own ways, as they helped the Cavs to a 113-100 win.

Here are a couple of videos from yesterday in Cleveland. First, here’s a slow-mo look at the game…

VIDEO: Slow-Mo Cavs Game 1

Also, here’s LeBron James mic’ed up during the game…

VIDEO: LeBron Mic’ed Up

STEVE BALLMER IS STILL REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has owned the Los Angeles Clippers for just about a year now, but time doesn’t seem to have lessened his enthusiasm. We saw Ballmer display his, er, unique brand of enthusiasm during the regular season. And now that we’re in the postseason, Ballmer has stepped up his game as well.

Check out his reaction last night when Chris Paul hit a shot to give the Clippers an 18-point third quarter lead over the Spurs…

Shaqtin’ A Fool: 75th Anniversary Special

Take a stroll through the best Shaqtin’ moments of the last four seasons and don’t forget to vote for the 2014-15 Shaqtin’ A Fool MVP! #Shaqtin

Top 10 Shaqtin’ Plays: 2011-12


VIDEO: Top 10 Shaqtin’ Plays from 2011-12

 

Top 10 Shaqtin’ Plays: 2012-13


VIDEO: Top 10 Shaqtin’ Plays from 2012-13

 

Top 10 Shaqtin’ Plays: 2013-14


VIDEO: Top 10 Shaqtin’ Plays from 2013-14

2014-15 Shaqtin’ A Fool MVP


VIDEO: 2014-15 Shaqtin’ A Fool MVP Nominees

 

Who is this year’s Shaqtin’ MVP? Vote below and tweet your choice to #Shaqtin!


How to make a Hawks logo out of Post-It notes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Hawks won the Eastern Conference and start their postseason run this weekend against the Brooklyn Nets. And what better way to commemorate the Hawks’ playoff aspirations than by making a huge Hawks Pacman logo out of Post-It notes on a wall. Must have been a slow day in the office there…

The Animated Top Plays of the NBA Season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Readers of the All Ball Blog will no doubt remember the work of Patrick Truby, who has done several animations where he brings to life memorable NBA plays, such as this one. Now Patrick has teamed with ESPN to produce an animated version of their top ten NBA plays of the season. Pretty cool stuff…


VIDEO: Animated Top 10

Thunder fans greet players at the airport

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It was a disappointing season for the Oklahoma City Thunder — injuries robbed them of their expected lineups throughout the season, and despite a valiant effort that came down to the last day of the season, the Thunder just missed making the playoffs.

While the season may have been a disappointment, the fans in Oklahoma City wanted to show the team they appreciated the effort the Thunder showed this season, so they met the team in the middle of the night at the airport when they got home from their final game of the season…


VIDEO: Thunder Airport

Inside the Pelicans locker room celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It took them almost every minute of every game, but last night the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs and qualified for the NBA playoffs. This was cause for celebration, and while the Pelicans celebrated on the court, they were able to cut loose a bit more in this video from inside the locker room, which also includes coach Monty Williams’ congratulatory speech as well as their postgame prayer. Great stuff…


VIDEO: Pelicans celebrate