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UConn Huskies and Andre Drummond celebrate trip to Final Four

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Though he is just now in his second season in the NBA, Pistons big man Andre Drummond attended college for one season at the University of Connecticut. If he had stayed in college instead of joining the NBA, Drummond would just now be a junior. So many of his former teammates are still playing for the Huskies.

After playing at Philadelphia on Saturday, the Pistons had a day off on Sunday. Drummond swung by New York City to see his Huskies play in the Elite Eight against Michigan State.

And when UConn won and punched their ticket to the Final Four, Drummond couldn’t resist filming a selfie on the court …

(via TNLP)

Which Bench Celebrated Better: Pistons Vs. Warriors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just as important as any great dunk is the celebration that follows. And we aren’t only talking about the way the dunker himself lets the world know he threw down, but the way his teammates get into the act and celebrate. To that end, let’s take a look at a couple of recent bench celebrations and see which bench celebrated best.

1. Detroit Pistons
A few days ago the Pistons hosted the Atlanta Hawks, and Pistons big man Andre Drummond got a steal and a dunk on Elton Brand. It wasn’t a dunk on as much as it was a dunk around as Brand tried to deliver a foul. Still, Brand went reeling, making it look worse than it probably was. Either way, as it was down the stretch in a close game, the Pistons bench turned in a celebration for the ages.


VIDEO: Drummond dunks on Brand

And how about that Pistons bench? Coaches and players alike went wild, although it’s always hard to top Pistons assistant coach Rasheed Wallace

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2. Golden State Warriors
Last night against the same Pistons team, Golden State’s Klay Thompson dunked on Kyle Singler. Singler’s legs got tangled or went numb or something, and following the dunk Singler did a stiff-legged stumble into the photographers along the baseline.


VIDEO: Thompson On Singler

It’s a bit tougher to see the bench celebration on this one, but even without Kent Bazemore there to lead the way, the Warriors bench knows how to be explosive after a big play. Watch this GIF of the play and see how the bench shows out. (There’s also the great juxtoposition of the bench getting up as Singler goes down.)

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So what say you? Which bench had the better reaction?

Andre Drummond Channels Bill Russell

Doc Rivers recently said that his starting center DeAndre Jordan carries qualities of legendary center Bill RussellThough it’s no surprise for coaches to veer into the realm of hyperbole to unlock potential of their players (think of Mark Jackson’s declaration of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson being the best shooting backcourt in NBA history), Rivers isn’t wrong. DJ is springy, he lives on the glass and deters weak and strong forays to the basket alike.

There was another element about Russell. The Lord of the Rings is praised for his ability to turn a block into a turnover, making defense offensive and piling on assists from the defensive end. More than anybody, in the process of altering shots his own way, Russell altered the way practitioners and fans viewed defense on the hardwood.

On Monday night, there were plenty of stout rejections, but it was the Pistons’ young pivot Andre Drummond who demonstrated to a new generation the art of turning a block into a quick two:


VIDEO: Andre Drummond swats Nando De Colo’s attempt to the running Brandon Jennings

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Clippers/Pistons Matinee Turns Into Epic Dunkfest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –Today’s Clippers at Pistons game ended up with Los Angeles taking the win, 112-103. But what the score doesn’t show was how much of the game was played above the rim. Perhaps this is not a surprise, considering how many above-average dunkers were involved, from Blake Griffin to Josh Smith, from DeAndre Jordan to Andre Drummond, and on and on.

In all, there were 19 dunks in this game. When Lob City meets Motor City, here’s what happens…


VIDEO: Clippers/Pistons Dunkfest

The Next Level Of The Alley-Oop


VIDEO: Check out out the best off-the-glass alley oops

It’s always been thought that if you can make those around you better, everyone wins. And there’s no better way to do that in the NBA than sharing the ball and putting your teammates in position to thrive. À la, the alley-oop.

What we’re starting to see lately in the NBA is an evolution of sorts of that all-to-familiar notion. Sure, Lob City  is always fun. But now that we’re into the new year, it’s all about pushing things forward. And this season, we’ve been bearing witness to some creative two-way hook-ups: backboard alley-oops.

Pistons tandem Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond kicked things off early in the season with one of the showiest of Showtime plays you’ve probably ever seen on the L.A. hardwood. Not to be outdone, Isaiah Thomas and new Kings high-flyer Derrick Williams brought the Hollywood show to northern Cali with their own backboard rendition.

As they’ve shown before, this is nothing new for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who have taken a keen liking to the glass connection. They’ve pulled it off not once, but twice this season, with the second edition coming in front of a national audience on Christmas Day for all to see.

Is this the start of something big? Only time will tell. But at this point, there’s a new alley-oop sheriff in town and it’s being joined by its newest partner in crime, the backboard.

As always, make sure to check out the Dunk HQ, our rolling countdown of the season’s best jams!

Rasheed Wallace Continues Dunking Exhibition

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRasheed Wallace retired from the NBA at the end of last season, but he quickly found a new job as a coach with the Detroit Pistons, tutoring their talented big men. He has apparently formed some sort of kinship with Andre Drummond, who Vine’d a video of Rasheed almost dunking in practice a few weeks back, and then yesterday posted a new video of Sheed showing off his dunking skills. Rasheed says this dunk is a tribute to Michael Jordan. Maybe more of a loose interpretation?

Rasheed Wallace Involved In Impromptu Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I was telling someone over the weekend that Andre Drummond of the Pistons is one of the more underrated NBA players on social media. And if he’s intent on remaining in that rarefied air, he just needs to continue posting funny videos and Vines such as the one below that he posted this weekend. In this Vine, Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell shows off his dunking prowess in an impromptu contest against Pistons assistant coach Rasheed Wallace, who at least makes a run at a dunk here.
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Peyton Siva Has Uno

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You probably knew by now that NBA teams fly charter flights on their road trips, but did you know that they pass the time on those flights by playing…Uno? In this Vine from Pistons G Peyton Siva, he shows us what it’s like behind the scenes on a Detroit flight.

Draw four, Andre Drummond
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(via TNLP)

Andre Drummond’s Innovative New Free Throw Style

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The free throw is supposed to be the easiest shot in basketball — you are unguarded, unbothered, and allowed to stand just fifteen feet from the rim and take your time making the shot. Of course, all of that is easier said than done, as we’ve seen plenty of players who, for one reason or another just couldn’t take advantage of the “free” part of the throw.

Consider, for instance, Pistons C Andre Drummond, who by all measures had a productive rookie season — well, except in one category: Drummond shot just 37 percent from the free throw line. His struggles were exemplified in this video below, where he went to the line in the fourth quarter of a tie game against the Chicago Bulls and fired up a free throw that ended up a foot short. He regrouped, received a quick pep talk from a teammate, and then fired up a second airball.
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However, from this Vine Drummond posted yesterday, it appears that he may have found a way to improve his performance from the line with this new, innovative style. Hey, whatever works.