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JaVale McGee dunks in his dreams

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It wouldn’t be an NBA off-season without a visit from JaVale McGee, the Nuggets center recovering from injury who is in many ways a master of social media, as he’s shown us previously. In this latest video, JaVale shows us exactly what his sweet dreams are made of…

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How to grocery shop like JaVale McGee

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s JaVale McGee in a grocery store, riding on a scooter, with Eazy-E’s “Boyz N The Hood” as background music. What more could you want? Oh, how about a caption? As JaVale wrote, “HOW TO GROCERY SHOP LIKE A BOSS!”

Denver Nuggets forever

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It has been the season of their discontent in Denver. After finishing last season 57-25, but also making their fourth consecutive first round exit, the Nuggets parted ways with reigning coach of the year George Karl and embarked upon a new campaign. But after injuries sidelined JaVale McGee and Danilo Galinari for basically the entire season, and new coach Brian Shaw butted heads with Andre Miller, the Nuggets have basically stumbled into rebuilding mode.

They aren’t far from being back and contending — time and health and the Draft should make huge differences next season — but in the meantime, Denver poet Ken Arkind has written and narrated a tribute to the history of the Nuggets that is a lot of fun to watch. Well done, Denver…


VIDEO: The Scripture Of The Mile High

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Denver Continues Its Obsession With Food

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back, we noted that since Denver coach Brian Shaw banned junk food from the Nuggets’ locker room, the Nuggets had gone into a tailspin. Of course, since that post they’ve gone 6-3 and apparently turned things around. There is no official word on whether the junk food ban has been lifted or not, but judging from the recent culinary focus of some of the Nuggets’ social media accounts, it seems food remains on their minds.

JaVale McGee, for instance, recently celebrated a birthday, and at his party he was presented with a birthday cake. But not just any cake — this one has a mustache on the side, as well as a jug of water, since we all know Javale is about that #juglife.

And then going one further, at least when it comes to using food as a personification device, is Nate Robinson, who got a pizza with his face on it. Amazing …

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JaVale McGee’s Mom’s Reality Show

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJaVale McGee is become an integral part of the All Ball blog, from his frequent social media adventures to his starring roles (whenever healthy) in Shaqtin’ A Fool. Now a new trailer for a reality show gives us some of the behind the scenes in McGee’s life. JaVale’s mother, former WNBA player Pam McGee, is starring in her own reality show on the OWN Network called “Mom’s Got Game.” The trailer seems to indicate that we’ll not only learn about her life, but also about her relationship with JaVale, who she manages as well. The show debuts on OWN on January 18…


VIDEO: Mom’s Got Game Trailer

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Kenneth Faried Is Excited About The Return of Wilson Chandler

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Denver Nuggets have had a rough start to the season, going 2-4 out of the gate in coach Brian Shaw‘s first season. Part of the problem has been injuries, with JaVale McGee being the latest to hit the chilling list. On the bright side, Wilson Chandler has been cleared to make his season debut tonight after missing the beginning of the season to treat a hamstring injury.

And when Chandler stopped to tell Nuggets.com about his return, his teammate Kenneth Faried couldn’t contain his excitement upon hearing the news…
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VIDEO: Kenneth Faried Welcomes Wilson Chandler

MUSCLEWATCH: Denver Nuggets Edition

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are elite athletes, and it takes them a lot of work to maintain that status. They run dozens of miles a week and are constantly focused on fitness, because what better way to stay on the floor longer than to be in the best possible shape?

In Denver, longtime strength and conditioning coach Steve Hess puts in work with the Nuggets to keep them going. The Nuggets were recently visited by fitness guru Billy Blanks as part of his “Celebrity Sweat” video series. The full video is available for download, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit NBA Cares. In the meantime, here’s a clip of Blanks, along with Hess and several Nuggets in the weight room, including everyone’s favorite, JaVale McGee
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VIDEO: Denver Nuggets Celebrity Sweat

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Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw Leads By Example

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s easy for a coach — in any sport, not just basketball — to talk tough. In some ways, it’s part of the job: You tell the players how to execute your game plan, and if you don’t at least sound like you know what you’re talking about, how do you get them to buy in? Sometimes you reach deep to find ways to motivate. In Denver this season, Brian Shaw is just months into his first NBA head coaching gig, but he’s already showing that he’s not afraid to get out on the court with his players and mix it up. And considering Shaw played a decade-plus in the NBA and won three Championship rings as a player and two as an assistant coach, he’s probably worth listening to.

The Nuggets have been releasing short videos from their practice sessions, and Shaw’s physical involvement seems to be a recurring theme. In the videos below, he bangs in the post with big men like Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee, and in another video gets involved in a shoot-out with guard Randy Foye. His post defense is actually pretty effective for a guard trying to stop a big…


VIDEO: Brian Shaw post defense
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VIDEO: Brian Shaw shooting drills

Denver Nuggets Create Tribute To Mario Kart

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver F Evan Fournier was born in a suburb of Paris, France. Denver C JaVale McGee was born in Flint, Michigan. Despite literally being from places a world apart, these two seem to have found something that bonds them, other than an ability to do great falsetto voices. Apparently they have both put in plenty of time playing Mario Kart, because they have all the voices and sound effects down cold. I love this so much…
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