October 22, 2014 · 9:58AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When Miami Heat fan and South Florida resident Illuminada Magtoto, also known as Grandma Nelly, was approaching her 90th birthday, she made a video challenging Dwyane Wade to a game of one-on-one. For her birthday, she paid a visit to the Heat’s practice court, where Wade greeted her and took her out on the court. It wasn’t exactly a one-on-one game, but Wade did manage to work in a funny burn on Mario Chalmers. Great job Wade and the Heat, and happy birthday, Grandma Nelly!
VIDEO: Wade 1-On-1
October 22, 2014 · 9:50AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A year ago we saw a Minnesota Timberwolves video made a group of Spanish T-Wolves fans that mixed together the theme from “Cheers” with shots of the Wolves. This season, to celebrate the new start in Minnesota, the same fans have re-cut the opening credits of the seminal ’90s series “Beverly Hills 90210″ using members of the Timberwolves. It’s brilliantly done, although I have to admit I was hoping for Flip Saunders to pop up in the Joe E. Tata slot at the end of the credits.
VIDEO: MN 90210
October 22, 2014 · 9:30AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week a video surfaced of Paul George getting some shots up after an Indiana Pacers practice. This was great to see, considering George suffered a horrific leg injury about three months ago.
But that video above was just George shooting alone. Is he well enough to take on an opponent? George seems to have answered that by posting a new video yesterday of him going one-on-one against a truly dogged defender — his dog. Jokes aside, it’s great to see George moving around and getting up shots, even if it just against canine opposition.
October 21, 2014 · 1:07PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two members of the Oklahoma City Thunder — Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary — are currently out with foot injuries. And in order to make sure they keep off their healing feet, the Thunder have assigned each of them to a scooter to, you know, scoot around on. Each by itself is just a scooter. Together, they are the world’s toughest scooter gang…
October 21, 2014 · 12:56PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — #NBAStyle is still a thing, and New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert took it to new heights after last night’s Knicks preseason game. He’s wearing a baseball cap with what appears to be a clock installed on the front of the hat. Or maybe several clocks? Or a two clocks and a compass? It’s hard to tell exactly what the device is, other than it looks expensive and ornate and kinda cool.
October 21, 2014 · 9:55AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we’ve previously seen Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez and his love for all parts of nerd culture. Recently, Lopez was a guest on the Portland-based variety radio program “Live Wire Radio,” where they decided to test Lopez’s knowledge on everything from Disney princesses to “Game of Thrones.” Results were mixed…
VIDEO: RoLo trivia
October 21, 2014 · 9:35AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers have been spending the preseason playing games all over Ohio — they not only played a game in Cleveland, but they’ve had a game in Cincinnati, and then, last night, hosted the Bulls in Columbus.
It’s been something on a homecoming tour for LeBron James, who has logged minutes in each stop as a way to say thank you to his home state. And the fans in each city have given him an ovation at the beginning and end of each game…at least, we think it’s for him.
Check the funny video clip from last night, caught by Tas Melas from The Starters, where the crowd gives LeBron an ovation and LeBron’s teammate Mike Miller steps in to steal some applause…
October 21, 2014 · 1:00AM
A couple of months ago, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were teammates in search for the gold. Last night, they were adversaries looking to get their bearings together for the regular season. In only their second-ever matchup against each other, they gave us a preview of what should be a fulfilling rivalry over the next seven months.
VIDEO: Kyrie Irving scores 28 and Derrick Rose puts in 30 Monday night
Other than splendid scoring at the point guard position, there were couple of takeaways from Monday’s showcase. Rose was very aggressive with his 3-point shot, pulling up off the dribble with ease and confidence (finished 4-for-5 from deep). His 30 points and zero turnovers in 24 minutes was easily his best game of the preseason.
Secondly: Oct. 31 can’t get here fast enough.
October 20, 2014 · 2:01PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are not only partners on the court, but off the court as well. They’ve each proven their acting chops, so now they’re joining up with comedian Neal Brennan, to create their own sketch comedy special, titled “BGCP3TVinHD.” Really. Brennan, who co-created “Chapelle’s Show,” gave the stars rave reviews in an interview with USA Today: “Both Blake and Chris took notes really well and played off of each other in a fantastic way. Blake’s humor is a little more dry while Chris is a bit of a cluckster. Best part of all this is that everyone knew Blake was funny already, now they’re gonna know Chris is funny too.”
You can check out the teaser trailer below. The first episode will debut on Adult Swim on October 24 at 12:12 AM.
October 20, 2014 · 1:41PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are many ways a city can honor a native son: a parade, a day in their honor, a key to the city. But the city of Wellston, Missouri, just outside St. Louis, recently came up with a more permanent way to honor Kings guard Ben McLemore. And sure, having a parade for you would be pretty cool. But having a street named after you? That’s about as great as it gets…