ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Anything can happen once. Twice? Well, that’s a trend. And we apparently have a trend developing at Madison Square Garden. During a Knicks game last week, Carmelo Anthony went up for a dunk after a play and couldn’t quite clear the front of the rim…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I really like this video from the New York Knicks, because here’s a side of Carmelo Anthony you don’t often see. Here in NYC, Melo is the face of a franchise and has to deal with everything from losing streaks to trade rumors. In this video, you get to see Melo laughing, joking, at ease. (And also, Melo knows what a PDA is, so no need to explain.)
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the recent holiday season, a bunch of people apparently got NBA jerseys as gifts — according to a release from the NBA, NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year. But which jerseys were the most popular? Here’s a look at the top 15 most popular jerseys, based on sales from October 2015 through December 2015, which features a conspicuous debut from one rated rookie…
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
14. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Also, here are the ten most popular teams in terms of merchandise sold…
1.Golden State Warriors 2.Chicago Bulls 3.Cleveland Cavaliers 4.Los Angeles Lakers 5.New York Knicks 6.San Antonio Spurs 7.Oklahoma City Thunder 8.Miami Heat 9.Boston Celtics 10.L.A. Clippers
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s the gift giving season, and Knicks.com decided to find out what gifts the Knicks players would like to give to their teammates. What better way than by a “Secret Santa” drawing, where you blindly lift a name from a stocking and are then on the hook for getting that person a gift. Some of the presents the Knicks would buy? Everything from hair dye to Star Wars comic books, and even a nice suit…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!
A quick honorable mention this week to Rajon Rondo, who has a terrific dunk last week against the Knicks, his first dunk in years. But try as I might, I don’t believe we can count this as a #POSTERIZED dunk, as you can clearly see Carmelo Anthony wisely get out of the way as he realizes Rondo is trying to put him on a poster.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Down the stretch during last night’s TNT game between the Kings and Knicks, Sacramento point guard Rajon Rondo drove baseline and surprised everyone by turning in a dunk that will almost certainly get him a slot in next week’s #POSTERIZED Poll. (You can see that dunk above.) Not only did Rondo dunk over/around Carmelo Anthony, but it was his first dunk in three years, Rondo said after the game.
In fact, it was so surprising that the Kings bench had to help revive Quincy Acy, who reacted hilariously…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of Carmelo Anthony’s most recent A Very Melo Weekend, a benefit to raise money for The Carmelo Anthony Foundation, the New York Knicks star dedicated a refurbished basketball court to a neighborhood in Puerto Rico. Anthony, whose father was Puerto Rican, also co-owns the NASL team based in Puerto Rico.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s the drill: Someone passes you the ball, and you catch it and then are allowed to have two dribbles before you must to shoot the ball. At least, that’s the drill they were running yesterday at USA Basketball practice yesterday. And when Russell Westbrook caught it in the post, took two dribbles and then for some reason decided not to shoot the ball, it sent LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony into hysterics.
LeBron and Melo lose it when Russell Westbrook defeats the whole purpose of the drill (2 dribbles to score) pic.twitter.com/7tnWaHwaa0
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New York Knicks may be rebuilding under Phil Jackson, but they already have one key element in place: A superstar. Carmelo Anthony can score the ball at an elite level, this we know, but what about his ability to amass high fives? At the recent Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Melo took a shot at breaking the world record for high fives…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week I went on vacation to Florida, and I spent the week enjoying my time off, playing in the surf and sand by day, and then relaxing at night. My companions? My wife, my two-year-old son, and my parents.
So in other words, basically nothing at all like the vacation Dwyane Wade is apparently on right now. Here’s a picture Wade posted to Instagram last night of him enjoying the evening alongside a few NBA superstars: LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony…