Posts Tagged ‘Houston Rockets’

Dwight Howard helps launch all-new NBA Swingman jerseys


VIDEO: Swingman

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are basically real-life superheroes — bigger, faster, stronger. Fans not only love watching and rooting for them, fans want to be them, which is basically impossible. But adidas and the NBA have teamed up to make a jersey that makes it more possible than ever before. From a release…

All-new adidas NBA Swingman jerseys feature improved materials and fit to better replicate the jerseys worn on the NBA court by players. The premium mesh body of the jersey provides enhanced comfort and appearance while the tailored fit offers a slimmer cut and reduced length for superior style. In addition, the name and numbers on the jerseys are applied through a new process that provides a similar performance look and feel as authentic NBA jerseys.

Fans can purchase the adidas NBA Swingman jerseys at NBAStore.com, the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City and team retailers now for $110 in adult sizes and $75 in youth sizes.

Kevin Durant coaches a blindfolded James Harden

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden have reunited since their conscious uncoupling in a commercial for BBVA, the Spanish banking company. But this new ad starring the duo is a doozy. In it, Harden faces off against three defenders, while blindfolded, inside a cage atop the BBVA building in Madrid, while Durant coaches him from a command center in Oklahoma City. It’s a little like a fight scene from a movie — why don’t all three defenders just attack the ball at once? But at the same time, it sure is fun to watch…


VIDEO: Harden Durant

Dwight Howard has advice for JJ Watt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJJ Watt is a defensive end for the Houston Texans, and one of the most unstoppable players in the NFL. Last week, in fact, he intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown, and upon scoring broke into…something? As Watt says in the video below, he thinks his victory dance may have contained elements of the nae nae.

Luckily, Watt plays in Houston, where Dwight Howard also plays. And we already know about Dwight’s dancing prowess. So a Houston TV station went to Dwight and got him to deliver a pep talk for Watt.


VIDEO: Watt Howard

(via SBN)

Jeremy Lin has some endorsement ideas

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJeremy Lin is about to begin his first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s played in large markets before — most notably, New York City. But despite having a high profile and playing in places where fans love their basketball players, in his latest video for YouTube, Jeremy realizes that perhaps he could step up his endorsement game. So here we see J-Lin go through several options, from being the most “Linteresting” man in the world to meeting his long-lost twin brother Jeremiah.


VIDEO: Lindorsements

Beat James Harden in H-O-R-S-E


VIDEO: Harden Horse

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen some of the hilarious ads James Harden has made for Foot Locker, but now he’s teamed up with Foot Locker for something a little more serious. And with this project, you can challenge James Harden.

Yesterday, Harden and Foot Locker challenged the internet to a game of H-O-R-S-E. The way this works is simple: You take (and make) a crazy shot, and make sure you film yourself doing it with your phone or GoPro or whatever. Upload your video and hashtag it #HorseWithHarden at @footlocker, and on October 1, Harden will attempt to match the shots. And if he loses, we all win!

Since this was announced yesterday, a few contenders have already popped up on Twitter…

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 3)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

CHANDLER PARSONS
CP went from Houston to Dallas this offseason, but before taking the court for the Mavericks, he took the mound for the Texas Rangers and may have thrown the best NBA pitch of the summer. (As he admits, he’s a former high school baseball player.)


VIDEO: Parsons pitch

JAMES HARDEN
Parsons’ former teammate James Harden spent his summer in Spain with Team USA, but before leaving stopped by an Astros game (while rocking jorts) to throw a first pitch…
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James Harden Does The Carlton

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — He won a gold medal in Spain, he called in a beard guru, what’s left for James Harden to do? How about meet Alfonso Ribeiro, a.k.a. Carlton Banks from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and learn first-hand how to do “The Carlton”?

James Harden visits the Beard Guru

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before getting your picture taken or appearing on TV, you get a haircut to make sure you’re presenting your best self. But before having your face scanned to appear in a video game, such as NBA2K15? If you’re James Harden, you call the only man who understands, the Beard Guru.

Harden has one of the world’s great beards, but it apparently doesn’t just grow on its own. It takes some finesse, some cajoling. And apparently, it takes a visit from Fritz, the Beard Guru (with a cameo from Anthony Davis)…


VIDEO: Beard Guru

Beard-Off: FIBA Edition

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We noted earlier that Team USA had little trouble with Serbia in the final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, winning 129-92. Team USA was excited, breaking into dance moves and making snow angels on the floor.

Serbia may have lost, but the players weren’t completely defeated. Just check out this quote from Serbia center Miroslav Raduljica

Now, if you’re not familiar with Mr. Raduljica, you should get familiar. As part of looking alarmingly like The Starters co-host Trey Kerby, Raduljica has a thick, cultivated beard, as you can see below…

Serbia v France

Now, this isn’t to say James Harden, who has made commercials about his beard, doesn’t have something significant happening on his own…

2014 World Cup Finals - Serbia v USA

But what we are here to uncover is, Who wore it better? And for that, we could only turn to you, All Ball readers, and ask for your input.

So tell us, who had the better FIBA beard? Cast your vote below…

Steph Curry wins shooting contest from bench

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the reasons USA Basketball has people around with cameras filming everything is just in case a situation like the one below breaks out. At a Team USA practice in Barcelona, an impromptu shooting contest happened between Kenneth Faried, Stephen Curry and James Harden. That in and of itself isn’t all that rare. But in this case, their shooting station was the bench.


VIDEO: Bench shooting