Fans find creative way to get Stephen Curry’s autograph

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s no surprise that fans would want Stephen Curry’s autograph — by any measure, he’s one of the most popular players in the NBA today. Which means that even getting to Curry to procure his signature can be tough. So some fans this weekend in Philadelphia came up with a novel approach to get Curry to sign a few items…

VIDEO: Curry autograph fishing

Rookie Diary, Volume 4: Myles Turner

VIDEO: Myles Turner shows off a nice move during his first career start.

Myles Turner of the Pacers and Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks will alternate on a weekly diary for covering life as a rookie, from challenges and success on the court to adjusting to their new world off. This week: Turner discusses getting his first career start as Indiana played the Hawks on Thursday night.

Coach Vogel had called me the night before the game and told me he was going to give me an opportunity to start. I was ready for it. I was just over-the-moon excited about it and wanted to go out there and have a good showing.

It still had to be business as usual, though. That’s the way you’ve got to look at it. I was really excited about the opportunity but I couldn’t get overexcited. I just wanted to show everyone why I deserved it.

My parents were actually here at the time, so I told them. They were ready for it as much as I was. Actually, they were probably more excited than I was. My dad especially. ‘Man, don’t screw this up.’ He was excited for me. He was ready to see me get it going.

This was definitely earned, not given. That’s the way I look at it. I think I just showed the coaches how confident I was out there and how I care about stuff on the court so that I was ready for this opportunity. I think that was probably the biggest thing. I think it’s really just the fact I’m going out there and carrying myself in a way that the coaches are used to. That confidence was giving me the opportunity to go out there and play well.

The biggest part was when the starting lineups were announced. That’s when it became most surreal. But I was ready for the opportunity, I was excited and I was ready to go.

It felt a little different at the start of the game. Instead of bringing energy off the bench, I had to bring the energy right off the bat. It’s not something I would say I wasn’t used to doing, but it was a different sensation for sure. It’s the first time I’ve really started in a long time. I didn’t really start the games in college at Texas, so it was a different sensation I haven’t felt since really high school. It was a huge difference. It was a nice little preview of what is hopefully more to come.

I wouldn’t say there was extra pressure to produce since I was starting. There probably was a little more added pressure, but that was only the pressure I put on myself. That was the main thing. Other than that, it was fun.

I’ve worked really hard to get to this position. To know that it’s working out for the best, that’s the biggest thing for me right there. Anybody can say anything on any given night, but I know I’m out there doing what I’m capable of doing. I’m just excited for the opportunity and for what’s to come.

Grizzlies bust out the ‘Dab Cam’

By Jeff Case

If you’re not familiar with the ‘dabbing’ craze, well, we’re sorry you’ve been living a cave these last few months.

The Memphis Grizzlies decided to get in on the action during a timeout at last night’s game, unveiling the ‘Dab Cam’. As you’d expect, most of the fans took part (and some had no idea what to do), but the best part of this video has to be the ending and (no surprise here) Tony Allen

VIDEO: Grizzlies unveil ‘Dab Cam’


Robin Lopez continues fight with The Raptor

By Jeff Case

For a few seasons running now, New York Knicks center Robin Lopez has been unabashed in his hatred of mascots, yes. But in particular, he’s had a special, dark place in his heart for the Toronto Raptors’ mascot, The Raptor.

The struggle as we’ve documented around these parts goes back at least 2 years. Last night, the Raptor went to an old trick — a piece of poster board with a list on it — and Lopez took the bait. It also ended a lot like that last poster board-fueled incident, too …

Meet Noah Cutler, the kid who can dribble just like Steph

By Jeff Case

It started with an Instagram video a few weeks ago. From there, the dribbling skills of 11-year-old phenom Noah Cutler spread like wildfire to the point that the ball handling maestro was warming up at Oracle Arena with his hero (and inspiration for the video), Stephen Curry.

The folks over at detailed Cutler’s trip to Oracle and his parents pointed out how his dribbling showcase has garnered not only media attention, but a bevy of positive comments from unknown well-wishers, too …

VIDEO: Noah Cutler’s Oracle Arena visit

Stax Music Academy sings Happy Birthday to Marc Gasol and Vince Carter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The city Memphis has played an important part in the history of American music. One of the great soul record labels of all-time, Stax Records, was founded in Memphis, and now the Stax Music Academy is based in Memphis. So when Grizzlies players Marc Gasol and Vince Carter recently celebrated birthdays, who better than some students from the Stax Music Academy to pay a surprise visit to a Grizzlies practice and serenade the birthday duo?

VIDEO: Stax Birthday

Cavs, Jazz celebrate Australia Day

By Jeff Case

The NBA is truly an international league, as 100 players from around the world were on opening-night rosters this season. Eight players in the NBA — Cameron BairstowMatthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum — hail from Austraila.

Yesterday was Australia Day, and as such, players from the Cavs and Jazz took it upon themselves to celebrate it.

The Cavs went all-in on Australia day with Dellavedova, having him teach teammates some Australian words …

VIDEO: Dellavedova teaches teammates some Australian words

… and had him address the crowd before the game.

VIDEO: Dellavedova addresses the crowd

Cleveland also had Austrailan pop singer Cody Simpson sing the Australian National Anthem last night, too.

VIDEO: Cody Simpson sings Australian National Anthem

(For comparison’s sake, here is Starters co-host Leigh Ellis belting out the Australian National Anthem, too)

VIDEO: Leigh Ellis sings the Australian National Anthem

And, lastly, the Jazz had Ingles and Exum wish their fellow Australians well on the holiday. You’ve gotta love how Ingles does his best to troll Exum throughout the whole segment …

VIDEO: Exum, Ingles wish you a Happy Australia Day


Stephen Curry does pregame dribbling routine with young fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago we saw an Instagram video from a kid named Noah Cutler, who could do a pretty good Steph Curry impersonation in his backyard.

Well, apparently Stephen Curry saw it too, because Curry and the Warriors had Cutler out to a Warriors game, where Cutler met Curry and even got to do his pregame dribbling routine alongside Stephen…

VIDEO: Curry dribbles with kid fan

Stephen Curry and Kent Bazemore are pumped about the Carolina Panthers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in order to qualify for Superbowl 50, where they’ll face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. And at least two NBA players, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore, are huge Panthers fans who used social media to celebrate the big game.

As the Warriors prepped for tonight’s big game against the Spurs (10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV), Steph Curry went through yesterday’s practice wearing a Panthers jersey…

And Steph was appropriately fired up by the win…

Meanwhile, Bazemore basically live-tweeted the NFC title game…

Sacramento Kings social media taken over by a dog

Tip-off! (Via Guest Instagrammer @kevinur2cool) #CorgiTakeover

A photo posted by Sacramento Kings (@sacramentokings) on

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For this weekend’s Indiana/Sacramento game, the Sacramento Kings had their social media taken over by a dog. Meet Minnie the corgi, who (with her owner) took over the Kings’ Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat accounts for the night.

Corgi Alert! Guest Instagrammer @kevinur2cool and his corgi Minnie are taking over for tonight's game! #SacramentoProud

A photo posted by Sacramento Kings (@sacramentokings) on

And what exactly did Minnie do during the game? Well, a lot of posts about the game, of course…