Posts Tagged ‘2014 All-Star’

Stance introduces official All-Star Game socks

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, we saw the official 2015 All-Star Game uniforms from adidas. Today we find out how the uniforms will be finished off, as Stance Socks and the NBA unveiled the official socks of the 2015 All-Star Game.

From a press release…

“The best sock minds on the planet have been intensely focused on creating an unrivaled basketball sock,” said Clarke Miyasaki, EVP of Business Development at Stance. “We’ve paired the technical geniuses behind this sock with the creative sock artistry that Stance pioneered, and we hope the world’s greatest basketball players will be as happy as we are with the socks.”

Masterfully blending art and science, the limited-edition Stance Fusion Basketball socks feature distinct blue East and red West tie-dye designs to complement each conference’s All-Star uniform, while the innovative sock technology ensures optimal fit and feel for the league’s biggest stars. Stance’s Triniti Technology keys in on moisture management utilizing a mesh venting system, traction control with strategically-placed grippers on the footbed and targeted cushioning in the areas of the foot that take the most impact.

“Our goal is to always provide our players with the best apparel and equipment to play the game,” said Lisa Piken Koper, NBA VP of Licensing. “Stance continues to focus on developing products that maximize oncourt performance and the NBA All-Star design is a key example of their commitment to producing innovative products.”

NBA fans can now purchase NBA All-Star socks for $25 at Stance.com, NBAStore.com and various Stance retailers worldwide.

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Behind the scenes of All-Star Weekend with Stephen Curry

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back, Warriors guard Stephen Curry went to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, and played in his first NBA All-Star Game. But that doesn’t mean he took the weekend off. Besides the game, there were media obligations, meetings, dinners, even basketball clinics for area kids. Under Armour followed Curry every step of the way and released this video of Curry’s All-Star experience…


VIDEO: Curry All-Star Weekend

Baron Davis Continues Comeback, With Little Help From Inside The NBA Crew

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last weekend in New Orleans, I bumped into longtime NBA guard Baron Davis, who was in town for the weekend and had a camera crew following him around. Now we know why, after this video aired last night on “Inside The NBA” showing Baron trying to do some networking while in N’awlins…with mixed results, no thanks to Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.


VIDEO: Baron Continues Comeback

Kevin Love Thanks Timberwolves Fans For All-Star Votes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When it became obvious that Kevin Love had a chance at being voted in as an All-Star Game starter, the Timberwolves decided to try and get out the vote. Lo and behold, it worked, as Love moved past Dwight Howard and into the starting five with a surge in votes over the last few weeks.

To show his appreciation to the Timberwolves fans who took the time to vote for him, Love took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Minnesota Star Tribune

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T-Wolves Hope To Send Pekovic To All-Star Game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Getting a player into the All-Star Game, at least as a starter, is a fairly straightforward proposition — you get enough votes and you’re in. So teams are able to campaign for their guys and hope that a democratic process will deem their player a winner. In many ways, it’s a popularity contest, plain and simple. Getting into the All-Star Game as a reserve is a trickier procedure — coaches vote, based on some vague criteria, and the list of reserves always generates conversation.

Kevin Love made a late run at the polls to get voted into the All-Star starting lineup, and the campaign video from the Timberwolves surely didn’t hurt his chances. Now the T-Wolves are hoping to work the same magic for center Nikola Pekovic, who apparently is positioning himself Kevin Love’s running mate with this campaign, #PEKGOESTOO…


VIDEO: Pek Goes Too

Paul George Isn’t Out Of Dunk Contest Yet


VIDEO: George’s 360 Dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Indiana’s Paul George has become one of the best all-around players in the NBA, but it wasn’t long ago that he was known for his dunking — he finished second in the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest. And of course, just a few days ago he threw down one of the best dunks of the season (see the video above).

So it was a bit disappointing late last week when it was reported that George would be skipping this year’s Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

But not so fast my friends! As George clarified yesterday to Pacers.com, he may still throw down after all…

The chances of him competing are slim, as he would prefer to rest and enjoy the weekend in The Big Easy. He is still open to the idea of taking part in at least one event and plans to decide in the next few days.

When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m keeping my options open.”

In particular with the dunk contest, George, who fans would love to see be involved after he showed off a 360-degree slam in Saturday’s win, would like to see it taken more seriously.

“It would all depend on who’s in it,” he stated. “I want to be in it when the competition is good.”

(via EOB)

Adidas Debuts 2014 NBA All-Star Uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA and adidas today dropped an early look at the uniforms for the 2014 All-Star Game, on February 16 in New Orleans.

According to a press release from adidas, “the uniforms are inspired by New Orleans’ rich and unique culture, featuring vibrant Mardi Gras colors and shiny brass and silver accents on a short-sleeved silhouette. The NBA All-Star logo appears on the chest of the blue ‘East’ and red ‘West’ jerseys in the shape of the fleur-de-lis, the official symbol of Louisiana, with a purple ‘W’ or green ‘E’ cut out to identify the conference of each player.”

“Each year, we look forward to developing a unique on-court look for the players that pays homage to the host city and adds to the excitement of this highly anticipated game,” said Chris Grancio, adidas head of global basketball sports marketing. “This year’s All-Star collection reflects New Orleans’ festive musical history while also providing the premium performance elements that NBA athletes have grown accustomed to.”

Also, the All-Stars will rock “varsity-style” warm-ups that are customized to “represent individual career accomplishments such as NBA All-Star Game appearances and NBA All-Star MVP awards, NBA Championships, regular season accolades and scoring titles. Players will also wear shooting shirts that feature a colorful primal print.”

NBA All-Star jerseys ($80 – $130) will be available at NBAStore.com in addition to a full range of NBA All-Star apparel from adidas including men’s and women’s T-shirts ($22 – $30), track jackets ($80 – $120) and headwear ($16 – $26).

Check the gallery below for images…


Gallery: New 2014 All-Star Game jerseys

Wolves Out To Prove Kevin Love Is An All-Star Starter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are only a few weeks of All-Star voting left, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are doing their best to get out the vote for their power forward Kevin Love. According to the most recent returns, Love was just a few thousand votes behind Blake Griffin for the third starter spot in the West. With this new video posted today, the Wolves are trying to round up any last-minute votes…


VIDEO: Kevin Love For NBA All-Star

DeMarcus Cousins Gets Out The All-Star Vote

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With just weeks remaining until the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans, time is running out for hopefuls to accumulate enough votes to make it into the starting line-ups. According to the most recent results, Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins was in 12th place among Western Conference big men, which might explain why in this new video, Cousins seems to be taking a one-to-one approach to getting out the vote…


VIDEO: Cousins Gets Out Vote

(via TNLP)

Golden State Warriors Get Out The All-Star Vote


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Kid Warriors Get Out Vote

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best way to get fans to vote for your players for the NBA All-Star Game? Use kids to get out the vote, obviously. Because everyone loves kids. The Golden State Warriors are clearly a step ahead of some other franchises when it comes to mobilizing their base.