Posts Tagged ‘2016 All-Star Weekend’

Kobe Bryant plays Gregg Popovich one-on-one

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s something you may not have known: Long before he became known as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, San Antonio Spurs head man Gregg Popovich spent years as an actual basketball player. Pop played college basketball while at the Air Force Academy in the late ’60s, serving as team captain his senior season.

Since then, of course, Pop has gone on to become the wonderfully grumpy leader of the Spurs, and this weekend he’s been running the Western Conference All-Stars. And while Pop’s teams have squared off against Kobe Bryant dozens of times over the years, we’ve never actually seen them go head-to-head…until now. Saturday morning during the Western Conference’s All-Star practice, Pop tried to play some D on the Mamba before his last All-Star Game. As Pop learned, that can be easier said than done…

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Shaquille O’Neal can still throw it down

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal is one of the most physically impressive specimens in NBA history, and back when he was an active player, he was able to viciously throw down on opposing players at a moment’s notice. But that’s when he was an active player — Shaq retired five years ago, and we haven’t seen him on a basketball court since. Which made Shaq’s “Inside the NBA” cohost Charles Barkley wonder publicly whether or not Shaq could still dunk the way he used to throw it down. So last night, before All-Star Saturday night really got underway, Shaq snuck on the court to let everyone know…yep, he’s still got it…

Stance unveils All-Star Weekend socks

Both events

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We got a look at the official All-Star Weekend uniforms a few weeks ago, and not Stance, the official oncourt sock provider for the NBA, has dropped images of the official socks for the All-Star Game as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. According to a release from Stance…

The Western Conference sock, which is red-and-white, and the Eastern Conference sock, a complimentary blue-and-white, are both colored to accentuate the uniform. The embroidered Stance logo on the front of each sock is gold, to represent the magnitude of the 65th All-Star Game, while the NBA logo on the back is encased in a Toronto-associated maple leaf. The cuff of each sock incorporates a ring of multiple colors that pays homage to the same stripe on the uniform. Meanwhile, in an effort to memorialize the Game, the footbed includes the phrase TO16.

The All-Star Game is not the only event getting a commemorative on-court sock in Toronto. On Friday night, during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, rookies and sophomores will don special footwear. The black-and-gold sock owes its design to both the event’s uniform and the Toronto Raptors’ alternate team colors. The gold Stance and NBA embroideries serve as a reminder of the gravity of the event.

NBA All-Star socks ($28) and BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge socks ($28) are now available at Stance.com and NBAStore.com.

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President Obama, Drake, Future unknowingly endorse Andre Drummond for All-Star

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Anyone can use social media to nominate their favorite player for the NBA All-Star Game, as we saw last season when Drake helped lead an online push to get Kyle Lowry into the All-Star starting five. This year, the Pistons are using the combined star power of Drake and President Barack Obama to try and raise awareness for Andre Drummond‘s All-Star status. Today the Pistons released the following video onto social media, featuring President Obama “rapping” to Drake and Future’s “Jumpman,” with lyrics specifically tailored to Drummond. Got all that?


VIDEO: Jumpman Drummond

adidas unveils 2016 All-Star uniforms

2016 NBA All-Star Uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The All-Star Game will be played north of the border this winter, and today adidas unveiled the uniforms teams will wear in Toronto for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. [photo gallery]

According to a release from the NBA and adidas:

“This is the first NBA All-Star Game to be played outside the United States, and it is a very exciting time for basketball in Canada,” said Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager. “To honor this global celebration and pay tribute to Toronto — the site of the NBA’s first game — we’ve incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city’s basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene to make an All-Star collection that players and fans will love.”

The red-and-white Western Conference and white-and-blue Eastern Conference uniforms feature a maple leaf overlay on the front of the jerseys as a tribute to the national symbol of Canada, while Toronto’s cityscape is featured across the back to represent the host city. Clean, single-layered fonts are a nod to the NBA’s early days in Toronto, where the first NBA game was played on Nov. 1, 1946, between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers.

A star patch that incorporates the maple leaf and NBA logo is displayed on the upper back of the uniforms, while black-and-gold jock tags display the Toronto Raptors’ alternate team colors and claw logo. Featured on the jersey’s neck liner and shorts’ draw strings is a mosaic of flag colors that represent the multinational makeup of the league’s players.

The NBA All-Stars will sport warm-ups that embrace Toronto’s winter fashion and style. Black and heather gray fleece jackets include star patches that acknowledge the number of NBA All-Star appearances for each player, while patches on the right zipper pocket call out the game’s top accolades, including: Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star Game MVP and NBA Championships. The on-court warm-ups also include a performance fleece shooting shirt and tapered pant with white and gold trim.

All this gear will be available on NBAstore.com starting in January. For images, check below…

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