NBA unveils groundbreaking integrated timekeeping system

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you watch any NBA game, the clock is always ticking. And today the NBA announced a way to make sure that clock ticks more perfectly than ever. By teaming up with TISSOT, the official timekeeper of the NBA, the NBA is introducing a new integrated timing system

The NBA and TISSOT announced today the launch of a groundbreaking integrated timing system and a new shot clock with innovative LED glass technology developed exclusively for the league.  The new shot clock will debut July 8 at Samsung NBA Summer League and will be integrated into all NBA arenas for the 2016-17 season.

The integration of the new TISSOT shot clock and timing system marks the first time the league will use the same clocks and timing equipment across all 29 of its arenas.  The clean, sleek shot clock is visibly free of cables and conductors and equipped with TISSOT’s LED glass, making the clock nearly transparent when in use and fully transparent while turned off.  It integrates the 24-second, timeout, and game clocks in one piece of hardware – a first for the league.  Transitions between numbers are instant and undetectable even by high-speed TV cameras, resulting in definitive footage that will further assist NBA referees and the NBA Replay Center in evaluating certain critical calls.

The new system simultaneously transmits exact timing data to all in-arena scoreboards and video equipment, letting fans follow the action within fractions of a second.  Clock and scoreboard operators in all arenas will control the system with TISSOT’s proprietary software, which offers an intuitive and uniform interface.  Each shot clock will feature TISSOT branding, another sign of the company’s increasing presence at NBA games.

“TISSOT is proud of confirming its expertise in the world of basketball timekeeping by presenting this new shot clock,” said François Thiébaud, TISSOT President.  “Our collaboration with the NBA is bound for greatness.  Our shared love for precision and passion for sport is leading us to push boundaries to enhance the experience of basketball for everyone involved with new technology and innovation and this is only the first step.”

“The NBA has depended on accurate timekeeping for more than 70 years, and in all that time we’ve never had a partner like TISSOT,” said Michael Gliedman, NBA Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Information Technology.  “TISSOT’s expertise and groundbreaking timing system developed exclusively for the NBA will provide us with the most sophisticated shot clock the league has ever had, enhancing our game on the court and providing a sharper viewing experience for fans.”

The NBA introduced the 24-second shot clock during the 1954-55 season as a way to speed up game play.  The league has since made a number of enhancements to shot clock technology.

It’s a far cry from the days of the earliest shot clocks…

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Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Snoop Dogg gives Kobe a sweet retirement gift

By Jeff Case

Kobe Bryant‘s NBA playing days were officially finished as of April 13 of this year, after his 60-point farewell game against the Utah Jazz. Throughout his farewell season in Los Angeles, the Lakers’ great received all manner of gifts, including a book of poetry, every pair of Jordans ever, passes for some great outdoors-y stuff to do and more.

Since he hung it up, though, Bryant has kept a low profile — especially on social media (although he did congratulate the Cavs on their 2016 championship a few days ago).

Longtime friend/famous rapper Snoop Dogg apparently didn’t get his retirement gift to Bryant just yet, though, but atoned for that recently. Bryant got a purple-and-gold painted convertible from Snoop Dogg, which he proudly showed off on social media.

The gift that keeps on giving. Enjoy it mamba 💫✨🌟👏🏾🔌

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Stephen Curry surprises hoops campers

By Jeff Case

The offseason is well underway and some star players between now and the start of the 2016-17 season will host basketball camps for youngsters around the country.

Reigning MVP Stephen Curry just wrapped up his camp in Laie, Hawaii (it ran from July 2-5) and as an added bonus for campers: he provided a surprise wake-up call that left them stunned to see their NBA idol face to face.

Warriors.com captured the moment, which was an instant classic …

 

Uncle Drew celebrates Cleveland Cavaliers championship

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Through the years, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving has made numerous appearances as his alter ego Uncle Drew, a mysterious elderly man who dominates out on the basketball court against “youngbloods.” And with Irving and the Cavaliers winning an NBA title two weeks ago, Uncle Drew emerges in this new spot from Pepsi to congratulate Kyrie on getting the ultimate bucket…

USA Basketball unveils Men’s Olympic team

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The term “unveiled” is often employed to describe the introduction of something new, and at its definition, “unveiled” suggests literally taking the lid off of whatever it is that is being displayed. Yesterday in New York City, the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team was, quite literally, unveiled at a community center in Harlem. A group of kids were gathered for an announcement, when suddenly a door was raised, revealing all the members of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team…

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After the announcement, a few kids were asked for their reactions. Clearly, and understandably, they were still pretty fired up about it…

James Harden is unstoppable

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Houston Rockets guard James Harden has shown himself to be one of the NBA’s most creative players, with an ability to get to the basket almost no matter the defender. And at a recent basketball camp, Harden broke out a move that probably wouldn’t work in an NBA game, but still left his defender, a kid camper, with his head spinning. Literally.

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Tyronn Lue talks to President Obama

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For an NBA team that wins a championship, you usually get a quick phone call from the president congratulating you on the achievement. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, after beating the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, that call came a few days later, and lucky for us, there were cameras present. Here’s a great video of President Barack Obama calling Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to congratulate him on a job well done. It’s a brief call, but President Obama is on long enough to make it clear that while he’s retired from playing, he not only watched the games but he kept up with the parade as well…

Jimmy Butler pays tribute to Derrick Rose

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Draft is just hours away, but the big story yesterday was the Chicago Bulls trading former MVP Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. And while Bulls fans are certainly sad to see Rose go, his All-Star teammate Jimmy Butler took to Instagram to pay a heartfelt tribute to Rose…

Outgoing rookies have some advice for Ben Simmons

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In just a couple of days, the NBA Draft will be held in Brooklyn, and Ben Simmons will be one of the first players selected. With that in mind, this new spot from Foot Locker features Simmons receiving advice from a few guys who just finished their rookie seasons — Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and D’Angelo Russell. And the outgoing rookies are able to share some of the wisdom they picked up from their rookie years to help smooth the way for Simmons…

Also, in this spot, Simmons makes his own Foot Locker ad, with special guest “Karl-Anthony Towns”…