DeMarcus Cousins gets schooled at basketball camp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDeMarcus Cousins is one of the best young big men in the NBA, with one of the best (and most physical) post games in the NBA. So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that his perimeter defense might not be as great.

And as we found out this weekend at the DeMarcus Cousins skills camp, the best way to beat Cousins off the ball might be going through the legs. At least, it worked here for a little kid. I like how Cousins doesn’t seem too into this until the kid nutmegs him, and then Cousins gets all-in and goes for the two-handed blocked shot…


VIDEO: Cousins nutmeg

Nike takes out ad in honor of Cavs, LeBron’s season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers had something of a dream season, managing to make it to the NBA Finals with a mostly new roster, and a new coach, and despite tons of injury problems. They lost in the Finals, sure, but that shouldn’t take away from what was an incredible season for them and LeBron James. To make sure people remember what a great season it was, Nike took out a full-page ad in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer in order to keep the memory alive…

Stephen Curry, Always A World Champ

By Nick Margiasso IV, NBA.com

When you’re a champion, well, you’re just a champion everywhere you go. The Warriors’ Stephen Curry proved that Saturday night when he carried WBC/Ring Super-Middleweight titlist Andre Ward‘s belt into the ring as part of the fighter’s entourage for his title defense at Golden State’s home court in Oracle Arena.

Well, fine, he carried it into a ring on top of their court.

Paul Smith vs. Andre Ward and MVPs Kaepernick and Curry!!

A video posted by Mgkmrkr (@carissamarker) on

 

Stephen Curry can feel it in the air tonight

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At each NBA Finals game in Cleveland, just minutes before tipoff, the PA system at The Q would play Phil Collins‘ classic “In The Air Tonight.” It’s an evocative, slow-building song, which of course explodes into a terrific drum break about halfway through. As I sat there and heard it before each game, I thought to myself, “Is it possible to listen to this song and not play ‘air drums’ along to the drum break?”

Well, as we now know thanks to Stephen Curry‘s wife, not even the MVP can pass up the chance to hit the drum solo…

Throwback Thursday: Shaquille O’Neal


VIDEO: Shaquille O’Neal leads the Lakers to the title in 2000

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Shaquille O’Neal wins first Finals MVP

For the first seven seasons in his NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal achieved tremendous success during the regular season, but consistent success in the playoffs eluded him. Sure, he reached the NBA Finals in just his third season (1994-95) as a member of the Orlando Magic, but his team was swept from the NBA’s championship stage in four games.

After signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 1996, O’Neal was again a focal point of the team and led L.A. on playoff runs. He never reached The Finals again, though, until the 1999-2000 season. That was the season in which he ran away with the regular season MVP trophy and, once he got back to The Finals, made sure not to flub this time around.

On June 18, 2000, he was named unanimous MVP of The Finals after L.A. ousted the Indiana Pacers 116-111 in Game 6. O’Neal averaged 38 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks in the six-game Finals series. He became just the third person to sweep MVP honors for the season, capturing the All-Star Game MVP, which he shared with San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP awards. O’Neal joined Willis Reed (1970) and Michael Jordan (1996). The Lakers tied the NBA Finals single game record with only five turnovers.

In honor of Shaq’s big accomplishment 15 years ago today, we pay homage to his tremendous career::


Gallery: Shaquille O’Neal’s career

What are your favorite O’Neal memories? Leave your comments below!

Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Dikembe Mutombo speak out against wobbly tables

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve all been there — you sit down at a restaurant to enjoy a nice meal, and the next thing you know, your food is rocking back and forth. Wobbly tables are widespread throughout the restaurant world, and Jimmy Kimmel managed to find a few NBA stars willing to speak out against this scourge. Here’s Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and Dikembe Mutombo speaking out against this important issue…


VIDEO: Kimmel table

Kobe Bryant would like to remind you how good the 2001 Lakers were

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors may be the latest NBA champs, but Kobe Bryant would like to take a moment and remind you of the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers. Back then, Kobe and Shaq teamed up to win a second championship with a pair of dominant performances, leading the Lakers to a 15-1 postseason record. According to Kobe, he just happened to come across this picture, the day after the Warriors won the title, so he posted it on Instagram…

Came across this and just had to post it. #DominantDuo #2alphas #23yrsYoung #lakers #shaq #mamba

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Blake Griffin, Steve Ballmer show off rejected Clippers logos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night on “Conan,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer showed off the team’s new logo. But what he didn’t show was all the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating that new logo. And apparently, this is the blood, sweat and tears of graphic design enthusiast Blake Griffin, who took on this project and came up with something new…

VIDEO: Clips logo

Tony Parker nails halfcourt shot, gets mobbed by kids

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At a camp for kids this week in San Antonio, Spurs point guard Tony Parker was given the opportunity to hit a halfcourt shot. Not only does Parker nail the shot, he gets mobbed in response…


VIDEO: Parker halfcourt

Clippers unveil new logo for 2015-16


VIDEO: Owner Steve Ballmer unveils the Clippers’ new look unis on ‘Conan’

By Nick Margiasso IV, NBA.com

In the NBA world, it’s time to already start turning toward next season. And while prospect and player news begins trickling in as both the 2015 NBA Draft and free agency period are, respectively, on their way, the summer also means new logo season is here.

Rejoice!

So — although the Milwaukee Bucks already got a jump start on revamping their gear — the Los Angeles Clippers decided to use the first day after The Finals to show the world their own big makeover. Oddly enough, Conan is where owner Steve Ballmer showed off the new wears … with an official announcement to follow shortly thereafter.


VIDEO: Clippers unveil their new logo and unis