ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure, the Milwaukee Bucks are off to a slow start thus far this season, sitting at 5-6 right now, but in the video below, you can see that they can really cook — at least once they get into an industrial-sized restaurant kitchen. That Milwaukee Mud Pie sounds like something serious…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players have to deal with the media all the time — at shootaround, at practice, at games — and they can get pretty good at answering questions without actually saying much. But a couple of NBA teams may have discovered the secret to getting their players to open up and show some emotion: replace the media with children. In these videos, the Knicks, Wizards and the Kings sent their kid reporters out to get the answers to some hard-hitting questions…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner. And remember, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen many NBA teams celebrate their heritage by wearing throwback uniforms, which is always a fun way to bring back classic styles. But for their game tonight against the Toronto Raptors on NBA TV (10:30 p.m. ET), as part of their Hardwood Classics series, the Warriors are not only wearing throwback uniforms, they’re also playing on a throwback court.
Originally released during the 1966-67 NBA season, the Warriors’ “The City” jerseys will be worn for a total of eight games this season, with the team’s original center court logo returning to Oracle Arena during all five home games the team will host a Hardwood Classics Night.
Below are additional Hardwood Classics Nights the Warriors will wear “The City” jerseys this season:
Tuesday, November 24 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday, December 8 at Indiana Pacers
Saturday, January 9 at Sacramento Kings
Monday, January 18 at Cleveland Cavaliers
Tuesday, March 1 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tuesday, March 29 vs. Washington Wizards
Tuesday, April 5 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Warriors last wore Hardwood Classics jerseys on four occasions during the 2010-11 season, posting a 3-1 record when donning the retro threads. The Warriors last sported “The City” throwbacks in 2006-07, when they wore the alternate uniform in all seven of the team’s home games during the month of March and recorded a 6-1 record in the jerseys as part of the 16-5 finish to the regular season that netted the Warriors the eighth seed in the 2007 Western Conference Playoffs.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What would happen if you held a race, but instead of having runners or cars or whatever other fast thing you can dream of, you replaced that object with a baby? The Sacramento Kings decided to find out this weekend, when they held a baby race at halftime of their game against Toronto. This race is actually pretty compelling viewing. Also, the Kings won the game so maybe they should have these more often.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great sketches in “Saturday Night Live” history came a few years ago, when Christopher Walken was guest-hosting. In this skit, Walken played music producer “THE Bruce Dickinson,” and during a session with the band Blue Oyster Cult, he kept requesting “More cowbell!” from Gene, one of the band members, played by Will Ferrell. (As I’m writing about the skit, I realize it’s probably funnier and makes more sense if you just go watch the original skit here.)
Anyway, here’s the Dallas Mavericks’ version of that sketch, with Dirk Nowitzki as Bruce Dickinson and, well, all the members of the Mavs as Gene. I gotta have more cowbell!
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While the recent terror attacks in Paris were a shocking occurrence to everyone, spurring shows of support from around the NBA, they resonated in a uniquely personal way with the NBA players who have ties to the French capital.
Knicks center Kevin Seraphin, for instance, was born in French Guiana but moved to Paris when he was 16, and now lives there during the NBA offseason. Seraphin considers Paris his adopted hometown, and on Friday as the attacks were unfolding, Seraphin told Yahoo that it all still was hard to comprehend…
“It’s kind of sad, because… there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Seraphin who played for the French national Olympic team in 2012. “Think about how some people went to see a soccer game and went to see a [concert] and you don’t really expect that. It’s just scary, now people are scared to go out and just do anything. I couldn’t believe… killing us as a human. For sure, we don’t want to see people living like that.”
Seraphin said he was too young and too detached to understand the affect the 9/11 attacks had on New York and the United States, but Paris has now dealt with two traumatic situations in the past 11 months. Last January, 12 people were killed during a terrorist attack at the Paris satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, and Seraphin – then, still a member of the Wizards – honored the victims by wearing a shirt that read, “Je suis Charlie” – French for “I am Charlie” – before a win against Chicago.
“I’m scared that this is starting to be often,” he said. “At one point, just like, I live in Paris. You don’t want that to start to be something that happens every two months. If you don’t feel safe anymore in the country like you want, you don’t want to be there, so it’s kind of sad. It’s really sad.”
Today, for the Knicks game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Seraphin showed up with his support for Paris on display for everyone to see…
Update: Kevin Seraphin played his best game as a member of the Knicks on Sunday, scoring 12 points (6-8 FG) in 14 minutes. After the game, he dedicated the win to the victims of the terror attacks in Paris:
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — LeBron James might be one of the biggest sports superstars on the planet, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t human.
First, let’s rewind to an article a few weeks back from Greg Doyel in the Indianapolis Star, about a local high schooler named Emanuel Duncan, who is stricken with a form of muscular dystrophy. Although he’s in a wheelchair, he’s become an inspirational leader to his high school football team, providing spirit and support for his classmates.
Doyel ends the story with this exchange:
What does he want? I ask him for his bucket list. And this is what he says:
“My bucket list is to meet LeBron,” he tells me. “That’s the one thing I want to do. Meet LeBron James. That’s my role model. He inspires me to do everything. To be a good person, to put other people first, to live your life and do what makes you happy. If I meet LeBron James, that would make my day. I wouldn’t ask for anything.”
I tell Emanuel that LeBron is a great guy and would no doubt be honored to meet him. I tell him, let’s see if the Cleveland Cavaliers are coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season to play the Pacers. Emanuel and I have talked several times, in person and on the phone, and now we’re on the phone and I’m telling him to wait as I look up the Pacers’ sched–
“They’re here Feb. 1,” he tells me.
How did you get that so fast?
“I’ve got the Cavaliers app on my phone.”
LeBron would be lucky to meet this kid. It’s like what Bryan Rutland was thinking when he tried to get Emanuel Duncan on the team. The football team needs, LeBron needs – everyone needs – a little bit of what Emanuel Duncan has.
But the story doesn’t end there. A few weeks after the article ran, a package showed up in the mail for Emanuel, along with a letter urging him to never give up.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is forward Mirza Teletovic‘s first season with the Phoenix Suns, but as you can see in the video below, he apparently hasn’t been around long enough for the majority of players on the team — we see you Brandon Knight! — to learn how to spell his name. My favorite attempt might be from Archie GoodwinSonny Weems, who goes with “Televv” as the last name…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re a regular listener of the Hang Time Podcast, you’ve certainly heard me talk about how I was certain that Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns was going to be a really good NBA player for a really long time. Because, as I’ve explained, from what I had seen, I knew his head was in the right place.
Why was I so sure? Let’s rewind back to February of 2012. I was, at the time, working as an editor at SLAM magazine, and one night I found myself in Philadelphia to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game, a television producer I was familiar with approached me and asked if I had a free moment. I said sure, and he said he wanted to introduce me to an accomplished high school freshman from a nearby high school who was a SLAM reader, and who was at the game working on a piece for the MSG Network’s high school channel.
So I walked over and met this kid. His name was Karl-Anthony Towns. I sat and talked for a while with Towns and his father, who was just as nice and engaging, and I’ve never forgotten that moment. Karl-Anthony was a kid, and he was so composed and curious and mature, and I somehow innately knew right then that Towns was destined for big things.
And the segment Towns was working on? TNT dug it up and showed it last night, the time when Towns interviewed Kevin Durant. See what you think…