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Baron Davis Continues Comeback, With Little Help From Inside The NBA Crew

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last weekend in New Orleans, I bumped into longtime NBA guard Baron Davis, who was in town for the weekend and had a camera crew following him around. Now we know why, after this video aired last night on “Inside The NBA” showing Baron trying to do some networking while in N’awlins…with mixed results, no thanks to Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.


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Inside The NBA Meets The Justice League

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Moviegoers have seen Shaquille O’Neal in costume as Steel, the super-sized member of the Justice League. Now, in a special All-Star weekend collaboration, the entire crew from TNT’s “Inside the NBA” is teaming up with the rest of D.C. Comic’s Justice League to … play basketball? That’s right, they all link up in this special issue to fight dastardly enemies and get buckets. Will they be faster than Kenny “The Jet” Smith? More powerful than Charles Barkley playing “Who He Play For?” Able to leap Ernie Johnson‘s bow tie in a single bound?

To see all the “Inside” crew with some of the NBA’s biggest stars, check out TNT’s All-Star coverage this weekend, all weekend long. To see them with D.C.’s biggest stars, including Superman, Flash and Green Lantern, it’s all in the free comic book. How can you get one? If you’re in New Orleans for All-Star weekend, you can pick up a free copy of the comic at Jam Session.

And if you can’t make it to New Orleans? We’ve got you covered: You can download the entire comic here.

Inside The NBA Takes Manhattan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before I moved into the All Ball Nerve Center earlier this year, I spent just over a decade working for SLAM magazine. This meant that every morning I woke up and took the subway down to Manhattan’s Flatiron District, then walked over to what we called the SLAM Dome — the SLAM offices, located in an office building just across the street from Madison Square Park.

When I started my daily journeys to and from the work space back in 2000, it wasn’t much of a neighborhood — there were a couple of fast food restaurants and some delis around, but it was mostly office space and empty storefronts waiting to be developed. Since then, things have come a long way. Now there are hotels, and fancy restaurants and stores. The city invested in the parks and roads, and you can now find actual crosswalks and sitting areas all over the place.

Last night I made my first return trip in a while, in order to see the fellas from TNT’s “Inside the NBA” do their season-opening show live, basically sitting in the middle of traffic. Here’s how it looked to me …

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Things actually began on Monday afternoon, as Turner Sports hosted a luncheon for the assembled New York media. Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal entered the conference room and sat down exactly in the order in which they usually sit on TNT’s Atlanta set. (Ernie later said they had no idea they did that — they just grabbed seats and it happened naturally.) They guys picked right up where they left off last season, cracking jokes and making fun of each other. At one point when Shaq began a story by saying, “You know, when I retired…,” and Charles quickly interjected, “Two years too late!” (more…)

Live From New York, It’s A New NBA Season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You may not have been aware of this, but the NBA season begins one week from tomorrow! And to tip off a long season of coverage, it was announced today that TNT will begin the season with a special show live from New York City.

From the press release…

Turner Sports will officially launch Kia NBA Tip-Off ’13, the opening week of the 2013-14 NBA regular season, with three consecutive nights of doubleheader coverage across TNT and NBA TV. Entering its 30th consecutive year of NBA coverage, TNT will open the season with a doubleheader Tuesday, Oct. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. ET when the Sports Emmy Award-winning studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal televise a live pregame show from Flatiron Plaza in New York City. The special NBA on TNT Opening Night 2013 Presented by AutoTrader.com telecast is part of a New York City attraction sponsored by 2K celebrating the start of the NBA season.

Following TNT’s special one-hour pre-game show, which also includes live coverage of the championship ring ceremony for the Miami Heat, TNT’s opening night doubleheader will feature the defending champion Miami Heat and LeBron James hosting the Chicago Bulls and the highly anticipated return of Derrick Rose at 8 p.m. After the Bulls/Heat matchup, TNT will feature a battle of Los Angeles with the Clippers and Chris Paul meeting the L.A. Lakers and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash at 10:30 p.m. Marv Albert will call the Bulls/Heat telecast with analysts Steve Kerr and reporter David Aldridge, with Kevin Harlan providing play-by-play for Clippers/Lakers with analyst Reggie Miller and reporter Craig Sager.

As part of TNT and NBA TV’s comprehensive Opening Night coverage, NBA TV will televise a special edition of NBA GameTime at 6 p.m. Hosted by Matt Winer with analysts Grant Hill, Steve Smith and Chris Webber, the show will preview the upcoming season while also providing live look-ins to the event taking place in New York City.

For NBA fans in New York City, TNT’s critically-acclaimed studio show will be part of an on-site attraction open to the public and sponsored by 2K. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Flatiron Plaza, and will feature a basketball court, NBA 2K14 video game kiosks, and a massive video board perched 30 feet above Broadway and Fifth Avenue serving as a viewing area for fans to watch the live TNT pre-game show and game coverage. Turner will team up with NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility program, during the day’s activities to promote physical fitness and healthy living for kids and families.

Turner Sports will also set up an NBA on TNT social media vending machine at various locations throughout New York City, giving fans a chance to collect free prizes ranging from copies of the NBA2K14 game, golden tickets for meet and greets with the Inside the NBA studio team and more. Additionally, an NBA 2K14 video game scavenger hunt will take place around Manhattan with clues being distributed via the @NBAonTNT and @2K Twitter handles throughout the day.

In addition to the New York-based events, host Winer and analysts Hill, Webber and Smith will provide the Sprint Halftime Report for the Lakers/Clippers game, along with full post-game coverage during the Inside the NBA presented by Kia broadcast from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

Turner Sports’ opening week coverage will also include doubleheader action on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31. NBA TV will feature the Cleveland Cavaliers and NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving hosting the Brooklyn Nets with newcomers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce at 7 p.m., followed by the Lakers visiting the Golden State Warriors and sharpshooter Stephen Curry at 10:30 p.m.

TNT will round out three consecutive nights of NBA opening week doubleheaders with the Bulls hosting the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at 8 p.m., and the Warriors visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m. Albert will provide the call for the Knicks/Bulls game with analyst Kerr and reporter Aldridge, with Harlan describing the Warriors/Clippers game with analyst Miller and reporter Sager.

NBA TV, jointly managed by Turner Sports and the NBA, will also televise the Bulls visiting the Philadelphia 76ers and rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant hosting the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

NBA Style: Spotlight on Trendspotting

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by The NBA.com Style Crew

The 2013 playoffs have provided many fantastic memories and moments, on and off the court. Players have had a chance to showcase their skills on the biggest stages, and show off their personalities at the podiums. While there have been many unique looks, there have also been a few trends embraced by multiple players. In this spotlight, we’ll take a look at “Stars in Stripes” and the red/pink/orange color scheme that seems to continually pop up in arenas across the country.

As always, keep up with the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle.

Mike Conley, featured in last week’s spotlight, pairs a modern beige jacket with a casual black and white striped shirt.

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Carmelo Anthony looks classic in a white sweater with thin red and blue stripes.

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NBA Style: Custom Suits

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by Boris Kodjoe

I did not own a custom suit until I was in my late twenties. Prior to that, I often found myself buying an ugly shirt just because the sleeves were long enough, or I would score a designer jacket and ignore how it was two sizes too small. Tailored clothes were far removed from my wallet, and I assumed for the longest time that the term referred to the process of producing the garment by hand and not machine.

borisLittle did I know that custom tailoring defines a specific set of hand and machine sewing and pressing techniques first established in the 13th Century. These were unique to the construction of traditional jackets then, and are the foundation of any quality tailoring business today. A custom tailored suit is completely original and unique to each customer.

Buying a tailor-made suit gives the buyer the ability to create a suit that fits his own personal style. Many off-the-rack suits are styled to reflect current trends, but these trends don’t necessarily flatter every body shape. Although it’s possible to find an off-the-rack suit that fits quite well, custom tailoring ensures that the suit fits as perfectly as possible, or exactly as the customer wants it to fit. The same is true of the fabric and construction of custom suits, which usually boast superior quality. Other advantages of tailor-made suits, particularly when compared to off-the-rack suits, include durability, and even personalization like your name or initials on the clothing.

The most significant downside of purchasing a custom tailored suit is the cost. Prices usually range from $1,000 for entry-level models to more than $10,000 for high-end custom suits. Factors that can play a role in the price of tailor-made suits include the designer brand or tailoring service, differences in fabrics, and additional costs if extra alterations are necessary. Time is another factor in choosing between a custom-tailored suit and an off-the-rack garment. A custom-made suit requires time for fittings, selecting the suit’s material and color, and production of the suit. Most custom tailored suits take 60-100 days from first fitting to receiving the finished product.

All of these factors were considered when we launched World Of Alfa, a web-based revolutionary custom clothing company offering all the advantages of high Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four.quality custom-tailored suits and shirts, but at affordable prices. With custom suits starting at $220 and custom shirts starting at $39, we made it our mission to service the customer who previously settled for the off-the-rack suits and had to compromise on style and fit, as well as the customer accustomed to paying upward of $1,500 for a custom-tailored suit.  Charles Barkley was wearing mock turtlenecks, but now wears Alfa custom-tailored suits and shirts on “Inside the NBA.” Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Rick Fox, Steve Smith, Dr. J and Nick Cannon are a few of many other celebs who wear Alfa suits.

Players such as Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Baron Davis and Amar’e Stoudemire have all lead the way in expressing their personality and creativity through the way they dress. Post-game press conferences have become a quasi-fashion presentation, a way to show the world another side of our favorite athletes.

These days I only wear custom-tailored suits and shirts. No more ill-fitting shirts or ugly suits that happen to be approximately my size. Why, you ask? Because I can afford it. And now so can everyone else.

Boris Kodjoe currently appears on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and is founder of the custom-clothing line, World of Alfa.

NBA Style: Dwyane Wade’s Game 4 Suit

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By the NBA.com Style Crew

After breaking out a colorful printed jacket following Game 2, Miami’s Dwyane Wade showed up for last night’s Game 4 in his home town of Chicago with his most fashion-forward outfit yet: A double-breasted suit with a polka dot pattern, with pants cut at an aggressive, Thom Browne-inspired length. (Or rather, lack of length).

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It was enough to draw a response from Chuck, Shaq and Kenny
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Now it’s your turn. Would you choose D-Wade’s suit? Or would you lose the suit? Vote below, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle
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LeBron and Westbook Win The Fashion Weekend


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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – Over the last few years, what you wear to the Playoffs has become nearly as noticed as how well you do once you arrive. The beauty of this is that you don’t even necessarily have to look good, at least by some traditional definitions. In this game, the goal is have people pay attention to what you’re wearing. And in that sense, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are way ahead of the game.

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LeBron arrived for last night’s postgame wearing what is, at least according to Kenny Smith, a summer sweater. I do not know what a summer sweater is, other than the very term seems like an oxymoron. (You know, like “jumbo shrimp.” Classic.) I am not sure how to describe this summer sweater, other than the print on it vaguely reminds me of a Generra sweatshirt that I may or may not have had when I was in fifth grade. The color is very Miami.

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Meanwhile, in OKC, Russ turned up for the presser in what appears to be a sleeveless hoodie, accented by a thick gold rope and translucent glasses. Russ is so punk rock. I interviewed him recently for GQ about his fashion choices, specifically his glasses, and he told me that he doesn’t actually need the glasses — “I have the best vision,” he said. And don’t sleep on Kevin Durant. He may be wearing muted colors, but it feels like he pulls it off.

(Then again, I’m wearing a t-shirt and camo shorts right now, so what do I know?)

Kevin Hart Drops The Funny On TNT crew

by Zettler Clay IV

Comedian and two-time Sprint Celebrity All-Star Game MVP Kevin Hart visited the Inside crew for halftime of the All-Star Game. The results weren’t too kind for Kenny Smith and Chuck:

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Best of Five: Who deserves the “Jet” nickname?

by Micah Hart

NBA TV analyst Brent Barry has offered his humorous take on many different subjects this season, and he’s back with a Finals edition of “Best of Five”, as he looks to determine once and for all, who deserves the nickname “Jet” — Jason “Jet” Terry, or TNT’s Kenny “the Jet” Smith?

Hmmm, tough call.

Bones picks Terry (spoiler alert!) as his winner, so I’ll assume he moves on to the next round to face Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez?

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