Posts Tagged ‘Dirk Nowitzki’

Dirk Nowitzki, tennis star?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s a fun video from down in Dallas, where Dirk Nowitzki hosted a charity tennis event to raise money for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. Dirk called in some of his famous celebrity friends (Ben Stiller, Andy Roddick) and teammates (JJ Barea, Harrison Barnes) to hit the courts and play some “average tennis”…

Dirk Nowitzki played soccer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDirk Nowitzki is one of Germany’s greatest athletes, but his time developing his skills has clearly been mostly devoted to basketball, as we see in these clips from a recent charity soccer exhibition.

First up, when Dirk had a chance at a free kick, he imitated Italy’s Simone Zaza and gave the kick a hilariously exaggerated run-up…

Also, when Dirk found himself on the receiving end of a long pass into the penalty box, Dirk decided to try a bicycle kick. And he fell off that bicycle…

The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game

VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…


A decade of the NBA on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday, and over the last decade the social media platform has become an invaluable tool to use while following the NBA. Not only can fans and teams interact in real time, but NBA players and front office members have also taken to Twitter as a way to communicate with fans.

So, to celebrate Twitter’s tenth birthday, we got into the wayback machine and checked out some of our favorite NBA people’s first tweets…


Dallas Mavericks introduce Dirk Nowitzki burger

VIDEO: Dirkburger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spend nearly two decades of your life in the NBA, and what is your reward? Among other things, how about your own hamburger? The Dallas Mavericks have introduced The Dirkburger, a hamburger created in conjunction with Dirk Nowitzki. As Dirk explains in the video above, he was hoping for a turkey burger, but instead they went with a beef burger topped with bacon marmalade, arugula, jalapeno beer cheese and a pretzel bun. You can get a Dirkburger at American Airlines Arena in March.

Dallas Mavericks pay tribute to Zoolander

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s only taken a little over a decade, but next year we will finally see the release of Zoolander 2, the sequel to the cult classic comedy Zoolander. And in a tribute to the upcoming release, the Dallas Mavericks recently put together their own version starring Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki, Wes Matthews and Zaza Pachulia. It’s a walk-off!

VIDEO: ZooChandler

Dirk Nowitzki dominates against little kid

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Watching NBA players against little kids is always fun, and this clip of Dirk Nowitzki going one-on-one against former teammate Brian Cardinal‘s son is no exception. Not only does Dirk get the bucket — by employing a rip move — against the kid, he jokingly complains about the no-call as well.

(via FTW)

Dirk Nowitzki would like more cowbell

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great sketches in “Saturday Night Live” history came a few years ago, when Christopher Walken was guest-hosting. In this skit, Walken played music producer “THE Bruce Dickinson,” and during a session with the band Blue Oyster Cult, he kept requesting “More cowbell!” from Gene, one of the band members, played by Will Ferrell. (As I’m writing about the skit, I realize it’s probably funnier and makes more sense if you just go watch the original skit here.)

Anyway, here’s the Dallas Mavericks’ version of that sketch, with Dirk Nowitzki as Bruce Dickinson and, well, all the members of the Mavs as Gene. I gotta have more cowbell!

VIDEO: Mav Cowbell

Who is Stephen Curry?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA season tipping off tonight, and with reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors hosting the Pelicans tonight (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET), there are probably more questions than answers right now. Which is why it makes sense that the game show “Jeopardy!” had an entire category dedicated to Curry last night.

How well do you know Curry? Here are the ques…er, here are the answers, with questions to follow…

$400 answer
Steph dishes out thank yous to cafeteria workers who he thinks made a special meal for him in an ad for this network.

$800 answer
When Steph is making an assist, AKA “dropping” this coin, he’s dishing it to someone else for the score.

$1,200 answer
If Steph dishes out 10 assists along with 10 points & 10 rebounds in a game, he achieves this coveted feat.

$1,600 answer
One of Steph’s best dishes at the 2015 All-Star Game was to this Maverick big man, AKA the Dunking Deutschman.

Steph dished & dealt in the NCAA, leading this Southern state’s Davidson College to the Elite Eight.

$400: What is ESPN?
$800: What is a dime?
$1,200: What is a triple-double?
$1,600: Who is Dirk Nowitzki?
$2,000: What is North Carolina?

(via FTW)

NBA players dress up for Halloween


Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

It was a festive night around the NBA on Saturday as the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City held costume parties to celebrate Halloween. Players on both squads took to social media to show off their new looks:

Russell Westbrook as Steven Adams is just as scary as Adams as The Joker.