ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Carmelo Anthony is back in New York City from his gold medal-winning trip to Rio with USA Basketball. And when Melo and his wife took a late-night stroll to the corner store, he apparently decided to wear a hat featuring the Olympic rings, along with a robe embroidered with “Melo.” Melo’s logic seems sound: “Why would I get dressed up?”
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The term “unveiled” is often employed to describe the introduction of something new, and at its definition, “unveiled” suggests literally taking the lid off of whatever it is that is being displayed. Yesterday in New York City, the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team was, quite literally, unveiled at a community center in Harlem. A group of kids were gathered for an announcement, when suddenly a door was raised, revealing all the members of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A modern reboot of the classic movie Ghostbusters is on the way, and to celebrate the new flick, last night new trailers dropped featuring several NBA players. In the first spot, set in New York City, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis team up with Spike Lee and Walt “Clyde” Frazier to vanquish the ghosts of Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, who you gonna call? That’s right, Kobe Bryant.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night on the “Tonight Show,” someone asked host Jimmy Fallon if he could get a basketball player to partake in the Running Man Challenge. Who better for Fallon to find behind the hidden door than Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony?
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…