Lang and the NBA Rookies: Inside the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part nine: Ernie, Kenny, Charles or Shaq?

VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Inside Inside

LeBron, Kyrie, welcome Kevin Love to Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After weeks of rumors, Kevin Love was finally traded this weekend to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And no sooner was the deal announced then his new teammates, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, too to social media to welcome Love to town. (Of course, Love and Irving have worked together before.)

LeBron ready to bring back powder toss in Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments from the early part of LeBron James‘ NBA career came each game just before tip-off, when he would walk to the scorer’s table, fill his hands with talcum powder and heave it into the air. It was a move pioneered by Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett, who would clap talcum at the scorer’s table.

Yet LeBron added height to the practice and dedicated himself early on, and it has become something of a signature move for him. He stopped doing it in 2011, and then brought it back in 2013, though he didn’t resume it with regularity.

But over the weekend, LeBron posted a clip from NBA 2K and wrote, “I swear I can’t wait for this moment again!! #TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness”

Charles Barkley takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yet another Dream Team member has followed the lead of Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing: Charles Barkley. Watch out for the marshmallows…

VIDEO: Barkley Challenge

DeMarcus Cousins auditions to join Splash Brothers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At practice yesterday for USA Basketball, Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins decided to show off his outside shooting range, while declaring himself a candidate to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as members of the sweet-shooting Splash Brothers. Luckily, Curry was nearby to witness Cousins’ audition…

Marcus Smart throws out first pitch at Fenway

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Throwing out the first pitch at a baseball must be a terrifying experience — you’re standing out there on the mound, all alone, with everyone focused on you. We’ve seen in the past things go well, and we’ve seen things go not so well.

The Celtics had a camera crew follow rookie guard Marcus Smart last night as he went to a Red Sox game to throw out the first pitch. And while he admits several times to being nervous, we might have a new contender for the best first pitch of the summer thus far…

VIDEO: Smart Pitch

Patrick Ewing responds to Michael Jordan’s ice bucket challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday we saw Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. AS part of MJ’s acceptance, he issued a challenge to his Dream Team teammates. As we noted on the Jordan post, his Dream team teammate Larry Bird was a step ahead of him. But today, MJ’s Dream Team teammate Patrick Ewing, an assistant coach for the Hornets, stepped up to the plate and took the ice bucket challenge…

VIDEO: Ewing Challenge

NBA Movies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It has been the summer of NBA Twitter. After the fun of NBA Musicians and NBA Superheroes, the NBA teams (and some NBA fans) returned yesterday to give their takes on NBA Movies…


Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 2000s

VIDEO: Lakers storm to the NBA championship 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.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 2000s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 2000s.

Make sure to recap all of the NBA greats by decade with the links below.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 2000s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s
Best Teams of 1980s
Best Teams of 1990s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

What did your NBA team sell for?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The folks at Hardwood Paroxysm had an interesting post earlier this week about the evolving nature of NBA ownership. Basically, the article delves into the history of each NBA franchise, examining how each team ended up with its current owner or ownership group, and how those owners made their fortunes.

It’s an interesting article and well worth your time, but one of the most interesting bits is this chart that shows what each team sold for. Obviously, inflation has played a part in the team’s prices rising, but more importantly you can see how the overall strength of the NBA has contributed to franchise values going through the roof.