ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Frank Kaminsky may only be an NBA rookie, but he clearly understands how to keep his bosses happy. In a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Kaminsky was asked how he would fare in a game of 1-on-1 against Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who is probably the greatest basketball player of all-time, but who is also 52 years old. And while Kaminsky would have a size and age advantage over Jordan, the competitive edge would probably, even now, still belong to Jordan. So who would win in a game of one-on-one?
Patrick: “You think you could take him one-on-one?”
Kaminsky: “No. I wouldn’t want to try.”
Patrick: “Oh! Of course you would!”
Kaminsky: “I don’t think I would.”
Patrick: “Like, you don’t want to beat one of your heroes, is that what you’re saying?”
Kaminsky: “No, I’m saying the opposite: I don’t want to lose.”
Patrick: “Oh, you could take Jordan! You better be able to beat Jordan.”
Kaminsky: “See, that’s what you would think.”
Patrick: “Now, he thinks he could beat you.”
Kaminsky: “Yeah, I think he could beat me, too, so…”
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With 5:16 left to play in last night’s Cleveland/Milwaukee game, Bucks forward Khris Middleton fouled out of the game. We know this happened because it’s listed in the box score. There’s is also, presumably, video evidence of this occurring, somewhere or another. And then there’s also this Vine of the aftermath that serves as evidence: Middleton is walking off the court, and as he goes away, LeBron James waits patiently, while in the background this one Cavs fan just can’t get enough of the traditional fouled out song, “Hit The Road, Jack.” Sing it!
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While we argue about how well Paul George‘s comeback is going, PG just keeps going out and putting up great performances.
And last night, when the Pacers played the Sixers, Paul George dropped Sixers guard Nik Stauskas with a nasty crossover dribble. Now, to be completely fair, if you look closely it appears that George steps on Stauskas’s foot, which is what causes Stauskas to fall like a tree. Still, George got ’em.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, Trevor Booker made perhaps the most amazing shot of the season, when he tipped a ball over his head and in as the shot clock was running down. It was so amazing that it spawned imitators, from other players to mascots.
Last night, Booker broke out another trick shot. When a loose ball ended up stuck behind the backboard, the only way to get it out was using a broom handle. And not only did Booker knock the ball loose, he knocked it off the shot clock and into the basket…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we did a post about how athletes can occasionally be reticent to talk to the media, and we highlighted how a few teams used kids to get some of these guys to loosen up a bit. Well, in a new commercial for Kids Foot Locker, some kids do exactly the opposite to Golden State’s Stephen Curry. As Curry tries to talk to a couple of kids following a pick-up basketball run, these kids break out the same rote quotes we often hear from pro athletes following big games…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure, the Milwaukee Bucks are off to a slow start thus far this season, sitting at 5-6 right now, but in the video below, you can see that they can really cook — at least once they get into an industrial-sized restaurant kitchen. That Milwaukee Mud Pie sounds like something serious…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players have to deal with the media all the time — at shootaround, at practice, at games — and they can get pretty good at answering questions without actually saying much. But a couple of NBA teams may have discovered the secret to getting their players to open up and show some emotion: replace the media with children. In these videos, the Knicks, Wizards and the Kings sent their kid reporters out to get the answers to some hard-hitting questions…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner. And remember, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen many NBA teams celebrate their heritage by wearing throwback uniforms, which is always a fun way to bring back classic styles. But for their game tonight against the Toronto Raptors on NBA TV (10:30 p.m. ET), as part of their Hardwood Classics series, the Warriors are not only wearing throwback uniforms, they’re also playing on a throwback court.
Originally released during the 1966-67 NBA season, the Warriors’ “The City” jerseys will be worn for a total of eight games this season, with the team’s original center court logo returning to Oracle Arena during all five home games the team will host a Hardwood Classics Night.
Below are additional Hardwood Classics Nights the Warriors will wear “The City” jerseys this season:
Tuesday, November 24 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday, December 8 at Indiana Pacers
Saturday, January 9 at Sacramento Kings
Monday, January 18 at Cleveland Cavaliers
Tuesday, March 1 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tuesday, March 29 vs. Washington Wizards
Tuesday, April 5 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Warriors last wore Hardwood Classics jerseys on four occasions during the 2010-11 season, posting a 3-1 record when donning the retro threads. The Warriors last sported “The City” throwbacks in 2006-07, when they wore the alternate uniform in all seven of the team’s home games during the month of March and recorded a 6-1 record in the jerseys as part of the 16-5 finish to the regular season that netted the Warriors the eighth seed in the 2007 Western Conference Playoffs.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What would happen if you held a race, but instead of having runners or cars or whatever other fast thing you can dream of, you replaced that object with a baby? The Sacramento Kings decided to find out this weekend, when they held a baby race at halftime of their game against Toronto. This race is actually pretty compelling viewing. Also, the Kings won the game so maybe they should have these more often.