Dwight Howard helps launch all-new NBA Swingman jerseys


VIDEO: Swingman

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are basically real-life superheroes — bigger, faster, stronger. Fans not only love watching and rooting for them, fans want to be them, which is basically impossible. But adidas and the NBA have teamed up to make a jersey that makes it more possible than ever before. From a release…

All-new adidas NBA Swingman jerseys feature improved materials and fit to better replicate the jerseys worn on the NBA court by players. The premium mesh body of the jersey provides enhanced comfort and appearance while the tailored fit offers a slimmer cut and reduced length for superior style. In addition, the name and numbers on the jerseys are applied through a new process that provides a similar performance look and feel as authentic NBA jerseys.

Fans can purchase the adidas NBA Swingman jerseys at NBAStore.com, the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City and team retailers now for $110 in adult sizes and $75 in youth sizes.

Orlando Magic legends reunite in Taiwan

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERPenny Hardaway and Tracy McGrady are two of the greatest players in franchise history for the Orlando Magic, thought they never actually played together — Penny was there from ’93-99, while T-Mac arrived in 2000. But now the two retired legends will join forces and hit the hardwood together…in Taiwan. According to this poster, Penny and T-Mac will team with several other former NBA players, including Latrell Sprewell, Keyon Dooling and Vin Baker, to play in some sort of All-Star game next week. Better late than never…

(via BIL)

Tim Duncan made a Punisher car

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan‘s love for the comic book character The Punisher has been well-documented. He was in a Punisher comic book, and the man has a Punisher knee brace, for goodness sake.

So perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised when Duncan showed up at the Heroes and Festivals convention this weekend to sign copies of his comic book and he unveiled a Punisher-themed car made by his BlackJack Speed Shop. According to MySA, the car will be raffled off for charity at a later date. Don’t be surprised if Duncan buys all the tickets.

(via TNLP)

Steve Nash, weirdo librarian

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard Steve Nash is out for the season with a back injury, and while it stinks to be missing the former two-time MVP on the court, there is an upside: Now we have a chance to see Nash wear a cardigan and a wig and pretend to be a strange librarian while he plays fantasy sports on an app on his smartphone. Actually, Nash kind of looks like the Area 51 lab director from Independence Day in this commercial.


VIDEO: Nash Ad

Taylor Swift and the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — OK, you’re asking, understandably, what does pop star Taylor Swift have to do with the NBA? Surprisingly, a good amount, at least for today. Two things…

1. For some reason she was at Madison Square Garden yesterday wearing a throwback jersey and hanging with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire

Not to mention the Junk Yard Dawg, Jerome Williams

2. Swift’s latest hit is a song called “Shake It Off,” but as we all know, a song isn’t a real hit until it gets parodied by an NBA mascot and some players. Take it away, Denver Nuggets. And you go, Timofey Mozgov


VIDEO: Denver Swift

Kevin Durant coaches a blindfolded James Harden

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden have reunited since their conscious uncoupling in a commercial for BBVA, the Spanish banking company. But this new ad starring the duo is a doozy. In it, Harden faces off against three defenders, while blindfolded, inside a cage atop the BBVA building in Madrid, while Durant coaches him from a command center in Oklahoma City. It’s a little like a fight scene from a movie — why don’t all three defenders just attack the ball at once? But at the same time, it sure is fun to watch…


VIDEO: Harden Durant

Patrick Patterson working in Toronto sporting goods store

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It was just last week when we saw Jeremy Lin working at an adidas store in Taiwan. But apparently the Raptors had something similar brewing, as forward Patrick Patterson pulled a shift at a Toronto-area sporting goods store. It’s a bit harder for Patterson to convince people he’s not an NBA player — he’s considerably taller than Lin — but Patterson does seem to have a blast. I like when he tries to convince the woman that he actually does have a part-time job alongside his career in the NBA.


VIDEO: Patterson Job

Oklahoma City Thunder players love Halloween

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Every year around Halloween, it seems as if we see a lot of pictures of members of the OKC Thunder in full costume, ready to go door to door for candy. I’m sure many teams do it, but the Thunder sure seems to have a high rate of participation, as we saw last year. We’re still a week away from Halloween, but the Thunder started getting dressed up early, as a bunch of Thunder players posted pics from a Halloween party on social media this weekend.

Russell Westbrook as Officer Mendez from Orange Is The New Black

Steven Adams as Tom Hanks in Castaway

Nick Collison and Andre Roberson as Ghostbusters…

Mitch McGary as Bane and Lance Thomas as Finn…

(via NewsOK)

Should LeBron bring back the powder toss?


VIDEO: Take a look back at LeBron James’ chalk toss ritual

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James made a bold choice in deciding to leave Miami for Cleveland, but he’s been less decisive about another choice that awaits: Should he bring back his pregame powder toss?

The powder toss was something LeBron regularly did just before tipoff as a member of the Cavs, and then he did it only occasionally with the Heat.

But after re-signing with Cleveland, LeBron came out and said he couldn’t wait to do it in Cleveland again, posting a video on his Instagram account of the moment.

Then, a few weeks ago, he sort of waffled on his announcement, saying he would ask his kids about it…

But today, LeBron said he would leave the decision up to the fans…

Now, if you took a poll of Cavs fans, I’m pretty sure it might be a unanimous “yes” to bringing back the powder toss. People who aren’t LeBron or Cavs fans might not be as in favor it.

So what say you? Would you like to see LeBron bring back the powder toss this season?

Milwaukee Bucks break out trick play

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’re still in the NBA preseason, but Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks are already in midseason form when it comes to trick plays. Kidd, you’ll remember, had a few tricks up his sleeve last season when was coaching the Nets, such as the game where he “spilled” a drink on the court to get a free time out. Last night against Minnesota, guard Bucks Nate Wolters trotted over toward Kidd on the sideline as if he was going to call a timeout, and when the defense made a similar assumption, Wolters had a clear path to the rim. Nifty play…


VIDEO: No TO