Cleveland Cavaliers honor the Ohio State Buckeyes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During a break in last night’s Cleveland/Chicago game, the Cavaliers took a moment to recognize some VIPs in attendance: the coaching staff and some players from the recent college football champs Ohio State Buckeyes. Hey, we know LeBron James was probably excited. Congrats to the Buckeyes for bringing a championship back to Ohio…


VIDEO: Cavs Buckeyes

Atlanta Hawks pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was the federal holiday paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we already checked out the NBA’s spot paying tribute to barrier breakers. But down in Atlanta, MLK Day has always had a special meaning, as Atlanta was Dr. King’s hometown and his base of operations; today he is buried just a few miles from Philips Arena and downtown Atlanta.

The Hawks play each year on MLK Day, and yesterday they used the pregame introductions to pay a special tribute to Dr. King using their 3D court projection system and a full gospel choir made up from people from a number of different churches to sing the player introductions. Really well done, Hawks…


VIDEO: Hawks intros

Stance introduces official All-Star Game socks

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, we saw the official 2015 All-Star Game uniforms from adidas. Today we find out how the uniforms will be finished off, as Stance Socks and the NBA unveiled the official socks of the 2015 All-Star Game.

From a press release…

“The best sock minds on the planet have been intensely focused on creating an unrivaled basketball sock,” said Clarke Miyasaki, EVP of Business Development at Stance. “We’ve paired the technical geniuses behind this sock with the creative sock artistry that Stance pioneered, and we hope the world’s greatest basketball players will be as happy as we are with the socks.”

Masterfully blending art and science, the limited-edition Stance Fusion Basketball socks feature distinct blue East and red West tie-dye designs to complement each conference’s All-Star uniform, while the innovative sock technology ensures optimal fit and feel for the league’s biggest stars. Stance’s Triniti Technology keys in on moisture management utilizing a mesh venting system, traction control with strategically-placed grippers on the footbed and targeted cushioning in the areas of the foot that take the most impact.

“Our goal is to always provide our players with the best apparel and equipment to play the game,” said Lisa Piken Koper, NBA VP of Licensing. “Stance continues to focus on developing products that maximize oncourt performance and the NBA All-Star design is a key example of their commitment to producing innovative products.”

NBA fans can now purchase NBA All-Star socks for $25 at Stance.com, NBAStore.com and various Stance retailers worldwide.

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Big Baby Davis dances like nobody’s watching

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just last week we saw Andre Drummond get his groove on during an interview. But what if an NBA player decided to get funky during an actual game?

Reddit user “kylepg” posted this terrific vid of Clippers forward Glen Davis in a game against the Celtics taking a midrange jumper and trying to use body his language to help the shot drop. Except here, with some creative editing and a great musical selection, it looks almost as if Big Baby decided to just make it funky out here…

(via r/NBA)

Dirk Nowitzki, interview stopper

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A couple of days ago, Mavs broadcaster Skin Wade was just minding his own business, recording an interview with Chandler Parsons, when Dirk Nowitzki strolled by and with a flick of the wrist made quick work of the whole situation. My favorite part might be the way Parsons reacts, with equal parts surprise and confusion.

Lance Stephenson doesn’t like his bobblehead

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Saturday, the Charlotte Hornets gave fans commemorative Lance Stephenson bobblehead dolls. Which is a fun collectible that fans can take home and enjoy as a reminder of their trip to a Hornets game. Only one problem: Lance Stephenson says the doll — which may or may not be a bobblehead or a bubblehead — does not look like him. I don’t think it’s terrible, but what do you guys think?

This bubblehead do not look like me

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NBA mascots are running wild

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s agree on this: Someone needs to do something. Because NBA mascots seem like they’re starting to get a little full of themselves. They’re running wild, their behavior unchecked, and we don’t know where they will strike next. Well, actually, we have a pretty good idea where they may turn up next — messing with an NBA announcer. Here are two examples from the past week, where the San Antonio Coyote popped up behind Spurs radio broadcaster Bill Schoening, and then in Chicago, Benny the Bull does something similar to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins. So NBA broadcasters, watch your backs. The mascots are coming for us all!


VIDEO: Coyote surprise

Utah Jazz mascot challenges Trevor Booker

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we took a look at Trevor Booker‘s incredible buzzer-beating shot, and watched as several humans tried to recreate the shot. But we didn’t see a bear try to recreate the shot, not until now.

Here’s Utah Jazz mascot Bear not only giving The Booker a shot, but also calling out Trevor Booker and challenging him to sink one of Bear’s trademark over-the-head-from-halfcourt shots. Your move, Booker…


VIDEO: Bear Booker

The NBA pays tribute to Barrier Breakers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA will celebrate Monday’s national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a dozen games, including 4 nationally televised match-ups. And in advance of the day, today the NBA debuted this terrific new spot, which celebrates the NBA’s history of barrier breakers…


VIDEO: Barrier breakers

Miami’s Tyler Johnson beat the odds

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a kid growing up in Mountain View, California, Tyler Johnson knew he wanted to be an NBA player. He figured his best shot of getting there was to learn from the best, so he targeted a basketball camp held by his local NBA team, the Golden State Warriors. There was on problem, though: Johnson’s family couldn’t afford the camp. So he put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Warriors asking for a scholarship to their camp. He got the free ride, kept putting in work, eventually got a college scholarship to Fresno State, this summer played for the Miami Heat’s summer league team, went to training camp with the Heat and then signed with Miami’s D-League team.

And earlier this week, all that work paid off when Johnson made his NBA debut with the Heat, in Oakland against the Warriors, with his family in the stands. As Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said, “Everything he’s got in this game, he’s earned. You can tell just from the little bit of time we’ve gotten to know him since Summer League, he’s an extremely hard worker and you root for those type of guys.”

No kidding. Here’s a video from the Warriors who got a copy of Johnson’s letter from his Mom…


VIDEO: Tyler Johnson letter