Jeff Withey passes ball to himself

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey pulled off quite the trick during last night’s Pelicans/Suns game. Thanks to the hands of Eric Bledsoe and the dome of ref Bennie Adams, Withey pulled off the ol’ pass to himself. Impressive.

He should have shot the ball immediately just to see if he could get an assist to himself (you can see the full play here) …


(via Deadspin)

Do not ask Dick Bavetta for a little help

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Pacers’ bench players, Bucks center Zaza Pachulia ended up hitting the floor. When long-serving ref Dick Bavetta walked past to make the call, Zaza asked for a little help getting up off the floor. And as you can see in the Vine below, that help was not forthcoming…

All Ball Talk Show: Othyus Jeffers

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I admitted as much when I wrote the NBA Behind The Scenes piece last week, but I didn’t know a ton about the D-League when I arrived in Des Moines, Iowa, to serve as an assistant coach for the Iowa Energy. The most interesting player I came across in Des Moines was Energy swingman Othyus Jeffers. So much so that I devoted a chunk of the story to Jeffers, mostly about how he was carving up the D-League and seemed ready to be an NBA player. We sat down and taped an interview while I was there, about the ups and downs of playing in the D-League and what it would take to get back to the NBA, where he has had a few ten-day contracts over the years.

And then yesterday, Jeffers was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of the season. Which puts a totally new perspective on some of the stuff we talked about in the piece below…

VIDEO: Talk Show: Othyus Jeffers

Jeremy Evans debuts art exhibition

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Utah’s Jeremy Evans has won a Slam Dunk championship and spent some time with the Utah Jazz, but his artistic background might not be as well known. (Even though he referenced it in the Dunk Contest.)

So to help spread the word about his art, Evans put together an exhibition inside the arena before last night’s Jazz game. “I’m excited, just so everybody can see it,” Evans told the Deseret News. “Hopefully from here, I can do some work for other people.”

Jody Genessey from the Deseret News tweeted several photos of Evans and his work…

(via B/R)

Sacramento Kings fan hits halfcourt shot, wins car

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a while there it seemed like fans were knocking down halfcourt shots left and right — or maybe that was just in Oklahoma City. But then things slowed down, at least until last night in Sacramento, where a fan drained a halfcourt shot to win a new car. (And check out the shot of the guys who are on the hook for the car.)

VIDEO: Kings fan hits a shot to win a car

Charles Barkley’s TNT Debut

By Lang Whitaker,

This video has been around for a few years, but has only recently started drawing attention. During the 1992 Playoffs, Charles Barkley, who was still an active player, came to Atlanta and sat in the Turner Studio for the night alongside Ernie Johnson. Charles making a career out of this would come later, but for a first time the Chuckster was pretty good. A few things to note:

1. Chuck’s voice sounded a bit higher back then. Yelling Chuck apparently came later.
2. Ernie Johnson seems to have a Trapper Keeper full of information on the desk.
3. That set! That music!

VIDEO: Charles Barkley TNT Debut

(via SI)

Can the Portland Trail Blazers name all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We recently saw the Blazers attempt to name all seven of Snow White’s dwarfs. Now they are put back on the spot and asked to try and name all four members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Hint: There’s not one named Ralph.)

VIDEO: Name the TMNT

Kemba Walker trolls Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One interesting side effect of having UConn and Kentucky play against each other for the national title last night was that there are plenty of NBA players, both past and present, from those two schools. The Charlotte Bobcats, for instance, feature current teammates from both schools — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist won a title with Kentucky in 2012, while Kemba Walker won a championship with UConn the previous year.

So the teammates got together last night to watch the big game. And when UConn prevailed, Kidd-Gilchrist posted a photo to Instagram of himself wearing a UConn shirt and looking rather nonplussed, alongside a thrilled Walker. As MKG captioned it, “Crown Them Uconn Boyzz #respect”…

The NBA reacts to UConn’s Final Four win

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With no NBA games on the schedule last night, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game. Not only did many of them play college hoops, but UConn coach Kevin Ollie played in the NBA as recently as 2010 with the Thunder, one of a dozen different NBA teams Ollie spent time with. After the game, the NBA took to social media to share their thoughts on the big game…


LeBron’s Shaqtin’ A Fool moment

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It happens to the best of us — even King James might forget to put the ball on the floor from time to time, like yesterday in the Heat game against the Knicks. #Shaqtin


(via @CJZero)