DeMarcus Cousins and Harrison Barnes show off soccer skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With Team USA in their final days of preparation leading up the Olympics, the guys took some time yesterday in Chicago to meet some fellow world-class athletes, although from a different sport. (Maybe Dirk could have used some tips.) Check the tape below of DeMarcus Cousins and Harrison Barnes having a kick about with a few ballers from Bayern Munich, including Franck Ribery and Xabi Alonso. DMC is a really effective goalkeeper…

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And at the end of the day, it looks like DMC has decided to stick with what he knows best…

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Stance introduces new NBA cartoon socks

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Stance has revolutionized the NBA sock game over the last few years, and they are continuing to introduce new options to keep fan’s feet fresh. The latest move? NBA Cartoon socks. Via Stance…

Three years after debuting its initial NBA Legends collection, and less than a year after unveiling its inaugural NBA Future Legends collection, Stance is excited to announce its new pack of NBA Legends and Future Legends in a Cartoon style.

The Cartoon styles are designed to fit the aesthetic of both hardcore NBA fans and sock enthusiasts. More than that, from a performance perspective, they are engineered to be both durable and comfortable.

The six pairs, and seven players, vary widely in terms of when they played in the NBA and who they played for. There are four current players, aka Future Legends, featured in the collection: Anthony Davis, of the New Orleans Pelicans; James Harden, of the Houston Rockets; LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors.

There is also a style that pays homage to Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, of the Chicago Bulls, and a style that co-stars the iconic Utah Jazz duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone.

Stance’s NBA Cartoon Legend and Current Players collection is now available at Stance.com. It will be also be available at Fanatics, Fanzz, Dicks Sporting Goods, Foot Locker, NBA Store, Lids and other key global retailers.

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Dirk Nowitzki played soccer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDirk Nowitzki is one of Germany’s greatest athletes, but his time developing his skills has clearly been mostly devoted to basketball, as we see in these clips from a recent charity soccer exhibition.

First up, when Dirk had a chance at a free kick, he imitated Italy’s Simone Zaza and gave the kick a hilariously exaggerated run-up…

Also, when Dirk found himself on the receiving end of a long pass into the penalty box, Dirk decided to try a bicycle kick. And he fell off that bicycle…

DeMar DeRozan almost connects on 360 dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As far as slam dunks in international competition goes, the gold standard is from the 2000 Olympics, when Vince Carter jumped completely over Frederic Weis. But last night in Oakland, Team USA’s DeMar DeRozan attempted a dunk that nearly put him in the same pantheon.

With two minutes left in last night’s exhibition between Team USA and China, and Team USA sitting on a healthy 47-point lead, Draymond Green threw the ball ahead to DeRozan, who tried a 360-dunk over a defender. DeRozan nearly made it, and nearly made history.

Dennis Schroder plays in 3-on-3 tournament wearing disguise

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schröder has one of the NBA’s most unique looks, with a signature patch of his hair bleached bright gold. So when Schröder decided to play in a three-on-three tournament in Germany over the weekend, he showed up wearing a disguise — a huge wig and glasses. And while the disguise eventually came off, Schröder still dominated against a bunch of unsuspecting competitors…

Andre Drummond got dunked on by a former software engineer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — First, the good news: Playing in a game at the Drew League in Los Angeles this weekend, Pistons center Andre Drummond had a dominant 27 point, 18 rebound performance. Now, the bad news: Drummond also got dunked on. Twice. Both times by big men who’ve played college and pro ball, although the guy in the second dunk here calls himself a former software engineer

To his credit, Drummond not only owned up to it on Twitter but noted that really all you can do is drop the “#shrugs” hashtag…

Steph Curry dances with Justin Timberlake and Alfonso Ribeiro

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since Stephen Curry is taking the summer to rest and recuperate, he’s had time to indulge in one of his true passions: Golf. And this weekend while playing in a celebrity tournament, Curry got paired up with singer (and Grizzlies co-owner) Justin Timberlake and actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who is perhaps best known as Carlton from “The Fresh Prince.” The trio not only hit the links, they indulged in a couple of signature dances, including “The Carlton” and the old Jones BBQ and Foot Massage classic…

San Antonio celebrates Tim Duncan Day

NBA.com staff reports

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan was the face of San Antonio for nearly 20 years. Now, after his retirement from the game last Monday, the City of San Antonio made their appreciation official by declaring July 21, 2016 as “Tim Duncan Day” to honor all he brought to the city, on and off the court.

Join along in the celebration on Twitter with #TimDuncanDay and look below to see how the mayor, fire department, and NBA community helped celebrate the special day:

 

Shaq got dunked on by his son

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal has a son, Shareef, who is a sophomore in high school and is evidently already one heck of a basketball player. In this video Shareef posted, here he is working out with Shaq, and learning how to “dunk through contact.” I think he’s just trying to get Shaq onto Shaqtin’ A Fool…

Keeping Up With Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may have walked away from his legendary NBA career, but it seems like he’s as present as ever. So let’s check in with the Mamba and catch up on the latest news…

• Kobe’s latest endorsement opportunity? A Chinese food delivery service called Ele.me. In this new spot, Kobe shows how tough it is to play ping-pong on an empty stomach…

• At the recent Kids Choice Awards, Kobe got drenched with gold slime…

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J.R. Smith was in the crowd and enjoyed the moment…

• And finally, congrats to the Bryant family, who announced via Instagram that they are expecting their third daughter…