Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

Dennis Schröder mixes soccer and hoops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder is a native of Germany, where despite the best efforts of NBA players like Dirk Nowitzki and Schröder, soccer remains king. After all, Germany won the 2014 World Cup. So leave it to Schröder to figure out a way to combine soccer and hoops in this Instagram video, where he shouts out German National Team member Jerome Boateng

Yo @jeromeboateng !!! What You got next 😎😎 #SchrodersSwagTeam #DS17 #FG #FlexGanG #TheGoldenPatch #NiceWithIt

A video posted by Dennis Schröder (@dennismike93) on

Bryce Cotton can jump through the roof

VIDEO: Cotton alley-oop

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Late in the regular season, the Utah Jazz picked up point guard Bryce Cotton, who ended up playing 15 games and was rewarded with a long-term extension. His most memorable moment, however, may have been the play above, where Cotton skied to catch an alley-oop over the Dallas Mavericks.

Even though the Jazz season is done, Cotton has continued putting in work. And as we see in the clip below, while working out at P3 Sports Science, Cotton showed off a 45-inch vertical leap, besting Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine‘s 44-inch leaps.

Rick Carlisle is a terrific piano player

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We tend to think of NBA coaches as one-dimensional robots — men who stroll sidelines and call plays and yell at people and are one-million percent focused on basketball. But that sells them short, because these guys do have other interests and pursuits away from the game. For instance, I knew that Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was a world-class ping-pong player, as you can see in the very long video here…

VIDEO: Carlisle ping-pong

And it don’t stop: This weekend, a video emerged of Carlisle onstage at a Bruce Hornsby concert, sitting in on the piano. And I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, but Carlisle can go, man…

VIDEO: Carlisle Hornsby

Cavaliers fan gets ‘2015 NBA Champs’ tattoo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals are still four days away, but at least one Cleveland fan feels pretty good about the Cavs’ chances. A user on Twitter posted a photo of a new leg tattoo of the Cavs logo along with the words “2015 NBA Champs.” It’s a bold prediction, to be sure, but there’s a positive history: Jason Terry got a tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy months before the Dallas Mavericks won a title. Terry didn’t put the year on there, though. Either way, this Cleveland fan will have a great memento of the season…

J.J. Watt has a blast at Game 2 of Rockets-Mavs series

By Jeff Case

The Houston Rockets are expecting a big playoff run in 2015, what with their fancy, new pregame intros and whatnot. Tuesday night’s Game 2 moved Houston to 2-0 in its series with the rival Dallas Mavericks and delighted the fans at Toyota Center — one of whom was Houston Texans star J.J. Watt.

Before the game, Watt and his fellow Rockets fans were treated to a masterful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by 12-year-old Nicholas Connors:

After which Watt congratulated Connors on his rendition (and clearly shocked him in the process):

And lastly, Watt soaked up the Rockets’ win with some celebratory dancing:

VIDEO: J.J. Watt dances after the Game 2 win

Warriors fan revises, relaunches familiar ‘We Believe’ slogan

VIDEO: The Warriors stun the Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs

By Jeff Case

(Disclaimer: This post is not intended for Mavs fans)

Remember back in the 2006-07 season, when the Golden State Warriors squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and took on the No. 1-seeded (and 67-win) Dallas Mavericks? It was perhaps the greatest first-round upset in NBA playoff history as the Warriors ousted the defending Western Confernce champion Mavs in six games.

In that series, Golden State built a 3-1 series edge thanks to a raucous home crowd at Oracle Arena. Back then, the team rallied behind a “We Believe” slogan that was started by a season-ticket holder and loyal fan, Paul Wong. Although that wasn’t the official slogan of those Warriors, that crew led by Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson came to be known as the “We Believe” Warriors to many.

As Golden State embarks on what it hopes will be a run to The Finals, Wong has updated that familiar slogan: “We Believe Championship”. Wong unveiled that phrase on placards — about 250 of them — during last night’s Blazers-Warriors game and is hoping it will catch on like the ’07 slogan did.

Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area News Group has more on Wong’s new campaign. And, here’s an image of the new signs, too …



NBA players react to Steve Nash retiring

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier today, former two-time MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Nash, an 8-time All-Star, had been riddled with injuries the last few seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. As news spread of Nash’s retirement, players around the NBA took to social media to say goodbye and show respect…


Steph Curry, J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson compete in new Crossover Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we had the occasional Crossover Contest post. This season, I was planning on saving up some of this season’s best crossovers for one big season-ending post. But after the weekend we had, I think we need to break out another Crossover Contest, because dudes were putting people on skates all across the NBA.

Let’s start in Cleveland, where J.R. Smith sent Brandon Knight flying with a killer crossover…

VIDEO: J.R. on Knight

Now to Los Angeles, where Chandler Parsons had Lakers forward Ryan Kelly all mixed up…

VIDEO: Parsons on Kelly

In Detroit, down the stretch in a close game, Lance Stephenson went at Anthony Tolliver and left him stumbling in his tracks…

VIDEO: Lance on Tolliver

And let’s end with Stephen Curry yesterday out in the Bay, where he crossed over half the Clippers and drained the three…

VIDEO: Curry cross

Now it’s your turn: Who had the trickiest dribble? Cast your vote for the winner in the latest Crossover Contest…

Mark Cuban is the president

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but he’s also much more — he’s a cast member on “Shark Tank,” he’s a tech innovator, he owns an entertainment company, etc. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Mark Cuban is now going to act in an upcoming film.

Now sure, Cuban may not really be an actor, but at the same time, the movie he may be appearing in may not actually be a movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cuban will play the President of the United States in the upcoming Sharknado 3. If you’ve seen the first two Sharknado “films,” as I have, then you know that these movies are more focused on entertaining than they are on changing the norms of filmmaking.

Cuban joins a cast that includes Bo Derek, Jerry Springer and Chris Kirkpatrick.

Sounds like a real (shark) home run, to me…


Richard Jefferson throws down dunk of the year candidate

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRichard Jefferson is 34 years old and in his 14th NBA season, but last night against the Hornets, pretty much out of nowhere, RJ broke out a thunder dunk that will have him in the upcoming season-ending Posterized Poll.

Now, an offensive foul was called on this play, I guess saying that RJ fouled Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as he dunk all over him, which would normally invalidate the play from Posterized contention, but since it wasn’t a foul, and it was an incredible play, I think we should allow this one…