June 3, 2016 · 9:46 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors won Game 1 of the NBA Finals by 15 points, but they didn’t always have such a big lead. Early in the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers made a run and took a lead against the Warriors starters. An angry Golden State coach Steve Kerr called a timeout, and as the players sat on the bench, Kerr and his assistant coaches huddled up on the court. And to release some of the pressure of the moment, Kerr took it out on his whiteboard. “Destruction tends to ease some of the anger,” Kerr joked later. “So I try to take it out on a clipboard instead of a player. So it’s better that way. We came out after halftime and we completely lost focus, throwing careless passes. We got lost defensively a couple of times, and we had to kind of regain our focus and our edge. The bench did that for us, so they did a great job.”
June 3, 2016 · 9:29 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A modern reboot of the classic movie Ghostbusters is on the way, and to celebrate the new flick, last night new trailers dropped featuring several NBA players. In the first spot, set in New York City, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis team up with Spike Lee and Walt “Clyde” Frazier to vanquish the ghosts of Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, who you gonna call? That’s right, Kobe Bryant.
June 2, 2016 · 11:42 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen plenty of NBA players and coaches have a turn at throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at various baseball games. But last night in Chicago, it was time for Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager to have a go at it. Sager has been waging a public battle against cancer while raising money and awareness for the fight via his #SagerStrong foundation. The Cubs invited Sager to be part of their Conquer Cancer Day at Wrigley Field…
June 2, 2016 · 9:35 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It used to be that the pinnacle of stardom in the NBA may have meant scoring a magazine cover or maybe a TV commercial. Today, there may be no bigger honor than being on the cover of a video game. And last night we found out the latest NBA player to join the pantheon of stars who have been on the cover of the NBA 2K series. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George will be on the cover of NBA 2K17.
The game, which will drop in September, will also feature a “legend” edition, that will showcase the recently retired Kobe Bryant on the cover…
June 2, 2016 · 9:15 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals tip-off in a couple of hours, and the reigning MVP has introduced a new way for Golden State Warriors fans to fully enjoy the run. Yesterday, Steph Curry tweeted out a link to his own emoji keyboard app, that you can download and use on your phone for when you’re texting with friends. From the looks of this trailer, if you’re a Curry fan, everything you could want is in this keyboard, from the Curry family to Steph’s signature shot celebrations.
June 1, 2016 · 1:20 PM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides being one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, Shaquille O’Neal has also always flexed his acting muscles, appearing in movies and TV shows throughout his career. So we can’t be that surprised that his acting chops are still pretty good. In this video for Lyft, an icognito Shaq gives a lift to a bunch of people who somehow aren’t able to recognize a 7-3 guy thanks to a collection of wigs, hats and beards. Funny stuff…
June 1, 2016 · 10:16 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo in Orlando for the Frank Vogel introductory press conference, showing off some of his best NBA impressions, including Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. The hardest part of these impressions for me would be just making those shots. Nice work, Victor…
June 1, 2016 · 9:55 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Oklahoma City Thunder pushed the defending champion Golden State Warriors to the limit in the Western Conference Finals, taking a 3-1 lead before ultimately losing the series in an epic Game 7 matchup. And when the Thunder returned to Oklahoma City a day later, thousands of fans showed up at the airport to cheer for the team and let them know that despite the loss, they appreciated the wonderful ride they’d been on this season…
May 30, 2016 · 9:24 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Tonight it’s finally time for the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder to play Game 7 (9:00 p.m. ET, TNT) in the Western Conference Finals, with everything on the line. Win and go to the NBA Finals, lose and go home. But to get to a Game 7, the Warriors first had to win a wild Game 6 in Oklahoma City a few nights ago. The Thunder led most of the way, but Warriors guard Klay Thompson got hot in the second half and started raining threes, finishing with 11 made three-pointers, an NBA playoff record. How did he get so hot? Was it his form? His technique? Or maybe it was all a Jedi mind trick? Because as it turns out, Thompson wore a pair of Yoda socks to the game.
As Thompson told The Vertical after the game, “”I brought my Yoda socks to bring out my Jedi powers.”
The Force is strong in that one.
May 27, 2016 · 9:20 AM ET
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Brooklyn Nets’ season may be over, but that doesn’t mean center Brook Lopez isn’t taking any time off. In this video from the Nets, Lopez pays a visit to the house of a fan and helps her out with some spring cleaning. Wiping down tables? Adjusting rods that are near the ceiling? Lighting a scented candle to improve the ambience? Brook Lopez can really do it all…