Zach LaVine is breaking ankles

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERZach LaVine is already established as the best dunker in the NBA today and arguably one of the all-time greats. But thanks to some footage from this weekend’s Seattle Pro-Am, it looks like Zach has added a killer crossover to his game. Better watch those ankles, defenders!

Steph Curry perfects halfcourt seated shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most impressive things about Stephen Curry these last few seasons as he’s shot his way to MVP awards and championships is he way he’s improved his game by leaps and bounds every summer. And while he’s not playing with Team USA this summer, Curry is clearly putting in work, as this video that turned up this week shows. From halfcourt? Seated? No problem…

Myles Turner surprises family with new car

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s apparently always the season of giving if you’re an NBA player. We just saw Troy Daniels give his mother a new car, and now another NBA player has gifted wheels to a family member. Pacers center Myles Turner had a terrific rookie year, and while back home in Texas, Turner decided to make life a little brighter for his grandmother and aunt.

As Turner says in the video below, “My grandma and aunt are really responsible for why I’m here. My aunt really was very loving. She did a lot for me when I was playing AAU basketball, as far as getting me places, being there for support. My grandma was at every game.”

Here’s the Facebook Live stream of Turner giving them their new car…

USA Basketball cheers on Phelps, Ledecky

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With a night off last night in Rio, what should the members of Team USA do? For a group of guys like Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry, they took advantage of the downtime by attending one of the night’s biggest events, swimming, which featured a couple of the biggest stars of the Olympics, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Not only did the USA Basketball guys have a chance to cheer Phelps and Ledecky on toward gold medals, they got to spend some time with them post-race, as well…

Witnessed greatness tonight🏅 #20 #21

A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on

It's just a Maryland thing!! #swimunited @kledecky

A photo posted by Kevin Durant (@easymoneysniper) on

Draymond Green learns how to stand out

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green plays alongside some of the NBA’s biggest stars, including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. So it’s no surprise that from time to time Green might get overshadowed by some of his better-known teammates. But in this new commercial from Foot Locker, Green gets some advice from a couple of other people who may understand what it might be like to be overlooked…

Be Like Mike turns 25

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMichael Jordan is one of the most popular athletes of all-time, and while that’s largely because of his dominance on the basketball court, there are other factors as well. Jordan was also involved in several advertising campaigns and off-court projects that, even years later, remain iconic.

According to ESPN.com, yesterday was the 25th anniversary of one of Jordan’s most memorable ads of all-time, Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” commercial. As Darren Rovell writes, Gatorade came up with the memorable jingle in just a few days…

[Ad exec Bernie] Pitzel wanted a chance to do something iconic. OK, the Gatorade execs said. So the ad went from idea to final version in three days.

Pitzel’s original idea was to show kids looking up to Jordan while playing the song “I Wan’na Be Like You” from the 1967 film “The Jungle Book” that Disney had recently rereleased. But Pitzel said Disney wanted Gatorade to pay $350,000 for a five-week run. At the time, the cost was too much.

So Pitzel went back to the drawing board, sat down at his favorite Italian restaurant, and came up with the “Be Like Mike” lyrics on a napkin in four hours. Pitzel put the lyrics to four local music houses and quickly settled on jingle specialists Ira Antelis and Steve Shafer.

The result was the commercial song that the world came to love, which was then paired with Jordan and kids, and the spot was quickly shot. The rest is history.

And ever since, people have wanted to be like Mike…

Kyrie Irving takes technology too far

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You can do pretty much anything with your phone these days, from booking a vacation to tracking your exercise. And with fun apps like Snapagram or Instachat, you can do some other neat tricks, such as swapping faces with your friends. In this new ad from Foot Locker, Kyrie Irving and a young fan test out some face-swapping technology, and things finally go too far…

Troy Daniels bought his mom a car

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s a nice story to start your week: Troy Daniels hasn’t had the easiest road to the NBA, playing for several different teams as he’s tried to find a the perfect home. But things changed for Daniels this summer when he was traded to Memphis and signed a three-year deal with the Grizzlies, and finally found a little stability.

So yesterday, Daniels took to Instagram to celebrate his mother’s birthday, writing a nice tribute…

But that wasn’t all. Daniels also apparently surprised her by giving her a new Mercedes. As he writes, apparently they both broke down in tears…

(via FTW)

Team USA has a blast on flight to Houston

By: Khari Arnold

The exhibition season has been a breeze for Team USA, defeating its four opponents so far by an average of 43 points. So on the flight to Houston for its final warmup game before Rio, the team was in pretty good spirits.

There was a sing-a-long with Jimmy Butler at the helm (with Carmelo Anthony looking annoyed), fake-guitar playing by Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green creeping on his teammates while they’re asleep.

Melo ain't having it…😂

A video posted by DeMar DeRozan (@demar_derozan) on

Karl-Anthony Towns dunks on everyone

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when it appeared that basketball campers were finally getting their revenge on NBA players, as we saw at Russell Westbrook‘s camp, NBA players are coming back strong. First there was Victor Oladipo with his recent slam on a camper, and today we get video of Karl-Anthony Towns going one-on-everyone and dunking on all the campers…