March 5, 2014 · 10:40AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you’re a rookie in the NBA, you have certain duties to perform. Buying donuts? Carrying luggage? Taking care of the veterans? These are all things NBA rookies are regularly charged with doing.
Covering “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5? That’s something that isn’t required as regularly, but at the recent Phoenix Suns JumpBall charity fundraiser, a trio of Suns rookies (Alex Len, Dionte Christmas and Archie Goodwin) were charged with performing the Jackson 5 classic. Little pitchy?
VIDEO: The Jackson 3
March 4, 2014 · 1:21PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Trail Blazers released a video yesterday that involves All Ball favorite Robin Lopez, as well as Bill Walton, superheroes, dancing and Darth Vader. Not really sure how we can not post this.
VIDEO: Rip City Legacy
March 4, 2014 · 10:19AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Shaquille O’Neal is one of the largest human beings in the world, which means he wears some of the largest clothes in the world. So if you ever see some of Shaq’s clothes laying around, be sure to try them on and snap a photo, because it’s never not funny.
The most recent example of this comes from Sacramento, where Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas found a shirt belonging to Shaq — a Kings co-owner — laying around and tried it on.
Of course, this is just the most recent example of this phenomenon. Just a few weeks back, Shaq was a guest on the first week of Jimmy Fallon‘s new gig hosting the “Tonight Show.” And on that night, he let Fallon try on his jacket…
Going back a few more months, when Tracy McGrady was pulling a shift on NBA TV’s “GameTime” and he needed a suit, he thought he could pull off wearing one of Shaq’s suits that was sitting around the Turner studios…
And a few months before that, Reggie Miller was in the Turner studios and decided to give one of Shaq’s coats a try…
March 4, 2014 · 9:52AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA practices frequently devolve into shooting contests — from halfcourt, from full court, between teammates, whatever. And when your team’s coach is a former NBA point guard, it just gives the players one more competitor to go up against in any shooting contest. That’s what happened yesterday in Indianapolis, where the Golden State Warriors had practice on an off day, and where Steph Curry and coach Mark Jackson got into a post-practice shootout.
Even though Curry is arguably the best shooters in the game today, Coach Jackson gave him all he could handle. Hand down, man down.
VIDEO: Jackson Vs. Curry
March 4, 2014 · 3:12AM
While the eyes of the basketball world rested upon the show LeBron James gave Monday, there were some young bucks strutting their stuff in the Midwest. I’m about the plays, so forgive me for diverting your attention from James’ best game as a Heat (statistically) to talk about a Jazz-Bucks contest.
But I’m guessing if you’re a fan of people doing amazing things, you’ll be OK.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jeremy Evans bring tremendous wingspans and strides that don’t look natural on a human, and last night, they didn’t hesitate to show it.
Giannis took the lead.
VIDEO: Giannis rejects, then runs the break with the perfect behind-the-back pass
Not to be outdone, Evans followed up a couple of game minutes later.
VIDEO: Jeremy Evans gets forceful with the block, then skies on the other end for the boom
Factor in Ersan Ilyasova’s out-of-nowhere 31 points on 13-for-14 shooting (only miss came on a putback, go figure), Milwaukee shooting 57 percent and registering a blowout win, and one could make the case that this game was as eye-raising as That Guy’s masterpiece in Miami. Well, almost as eye-raising.
March 3, 2014 · 10:43PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — LeBron James‘s record-setting 61-point night against the Bobcats tonight was remarkable enough to have Twitter buzzing…
March 3, 2014 · 12:44PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What is the best way to encourage tourists to visit Wisconsin? The people of Travel Wisconsin decided the best possible way was to reunite the stars, director and producers of the seminal comedy Airplane!, which was released 34 years ago. One of those people, of course, is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who not only acted in Airplane!, but also was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and won a title with the Bucks in 1971. Roger? What?
VIDEO: Kareem In Airplane Wisconsin
March 3, 2014 · 11:01AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve enjoyed following the exploits this season of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the precocious but wildly talented Bucks rookie. He has been raw, but his physical gifts are so obvious, that it seems like just a matter of time until he puts it all together. In the meantime, he’s been a lot of fun to watch.
It’s also been neat seeing the Greek import explore and get to know his new surroundings in Milwaukee. We have already learned, for instance, that Giannis loves smoothies. And as we see from this Youtube video, he’s also pretty darn good at soccer. While attending a recent Milwaukee Wave indoor game, Giannis nailed this shot from midfield to win a scooter for a lucky fan.
VIDEO: Giannis scores
March 3, 2014 · 10:50AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the weekend, Kobe Bryant tweeted out a picture of what appears to be a piano built in the shape of Kobe’s Nike logo…
Only…I don’t think this is real. Now, I’m no expert, and I fully expect you guys to correct me in the comments section if I’m wrong, but I’m calling shenanigans here. First of all, the reason the left side of the piano is longer than the right side is because the strings need to be longer to create the lower notes. I suppose you could avoid this by having this piano not actually be an acoustic piano — if it were a synthesizer you could built it however you want and just have the sounds created electronically. Still, the bigger issue is that the keys are incorrect. An octave on a piano has eight whole notes (C through C), with five sharps and flats, which are the black keys. Each octave has two black keys together, and then three black keys together, repeating over and over. And this piano, down on the left end, has some crazy key patterns.
But what do I know? If anyone could actually create a working Kobe Logo-shaped piano, it would probably be Kobe. And after all, I can’t play Beethoven. Kobe, apparently, can.
March 3, 2014 · 10:26AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen a lot of Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin this season on the All Ball Blog. He may still be developing on the court, but off the court, he’s clearly capable of producing some terrific highlights.
This latest entry comes to us courtesy of the D.C. Sports Bog, and it shows Seraphin teaming up with John Wall to play a game of $25,000 Pyramid. Which is awesome.
There might be some cultural differences between Wall and Seraphin — for instance, Wall didn’t seem to immediately seize upon creme brulee as a clue — but the two of them obviously have a connection. For a bonus clip, check out this footage from last year of Wall and Seraphin watching a game together…
VIDEO: Wall and Seraphin