Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

Two decades of Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was media day for the Los Angeles Lakers, which means it was Kobe Bryant‘s twentieth media day. To celebrate the anniversary, the people at TWC SportsNet put together this time-lapse video showing Kobe through the years. A couple of different haircuts, a few different jersey numbers, but either way, one of the greatest players of all-time…

Happy birthday to a few Hall of Famers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we like to wish the occasional happy birthday to NBA players of varying importance. And today just so happens to be a day where a trio of Hall of Famers (well, two are in and one is likely to be in) all share a birthday.

Let’s start with Chauncey Billups, a.k.a. Mr. Big Shot, a five-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals with the Detroit Pistons. Billups retired in 2014, and considering his extensive accolades, the Hall of Fame seems like it should be on the horizon sometime soon.

VIDEO: A look back at Chauncey Billups’ career

Also, happy birthday to Bob McAdoo! McAdoo won two NBA titles as a player with the Lakers, and then two more recently as an assistant with the Miami Heat. The NBA’s MVP in 1975, McAdoo was the NBA’s scoring leader three times and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

VIDEO: A look back at Bob McAdoo’s career

Finally, happy birthday to Scottie Pippen! One of the most versatile players of all-time, Pippen won six titles as a member of the Chicago Bulls. A member of the 1992 Dream Team and an eight time member of the NBA All-Defense First Team, Pippen was enshrined to the Hall of Fame in 2010.

VIDEO: A look back at Scottie Pippen’s career

Kobe Bryant shows off fancy footwork in FIFA 16 ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Kobe Bryant’s love for soccer has been well-documented here and elsewhere. So it’s not a huge surprise that he pops up midway through this new commercial for EA Sports’ FIFA 16 and does the equivalent of sinking a fullcourt shot…with his feet. Think there were camera tricks involved?

(via Silver Screen and Roll)

LeBron and Kobe and their shooting based on accessories

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players wear uniforms, so that all players will look alike for fans and teammates can tell who is on their team. Of course, nobody really looks all that much alike, mostly because everyone accessorizes differently — longer shorts, different socks, headbands, armbands, and on and on and on.

And many players change their looks from game to game, including some of the biggest names in the NBA. Twitter user @nbaayy went through the 2014-15 season stats and figured out what LeBron James‘ shooting numbers were based on what he was wearing during each game…

He also did the same for Kobe Bryant

Bottom line? Not sure if it matters what they wear — these guys can play ball no matter what.

Jordan Clarkson does a pretty good Kobe Bryant impression

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the cooler things about being on a team with a legendary basketball player is that not only do you get to see that teammate do work alongside you during games, but during practices you get to go up against that person. In the video clip below, we see Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson on the court, doing his best Kobe Bryant, from the step-back to the spin move to the follow-through on the shot. Not bad, young Clarkson, not bad…

Steve Nash shooting threes with Snoop Dogg as his rebounder

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Nash hasn’t played in the NBA in a while, and he officially retired a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still hit the basketball court to get some shots up. And if you’re going to squeeze in some practice, why not have hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg out there grabbing boards for you? (Also, Nash has an apple in his mouth.)


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The leaves are going from green to shades of red and gold and brown, as summer drifts into fall and the weather becomes more accommodating. But that doesn’t mean MUSCLEWATCH stops. Because MUSCLEWATCH never stops.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but seemed to always be 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

Whenever you come across MUSCLEWATCH news, please let me know! You can either email me via the link in the header above, or you can send me a tweet, and make sure you use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

I received several MUSCLEWATCH alerts on Twitter the last few days, and with not much news happening around the rest of the NBA, I thought we would check in with another round of MUSCLEWATCH.

• We don’t have any exact information here, but someone tweeted me a picture of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade post-workout, with Bosh looking surprisingly muscular…

• Our friends at CBS Sports discovered a video of Andrew Wiggins‘ workout routine, which made me exhausted just watching it.


• The New Orleans Pelicans have always embraced MUSCLEWATCH, so let’s thank them for this recent article about Anthony Davis putting on a dozen pounds. It doesn’t specify whether this is muscle or something else, but considering the accompanying photos feature Davis pumping iron, let’s assume it’s MUSCLE…


• Toronto’s Kyle Lowry apparently felt the need to take some weight off, and he’s posed for a few photos showing off a more slender physique…

Good AM run with the Fellas!!!

A photo posted by Kyle OQuinn (@kyle.oquinn) on

• Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger also pulled a reverse MUSCLEWATCH, dropping weight over the last eight weeks…

Roy Hibbert also hit the diet plan hard before debuting in Hollywood with the Lakers, as he’s apparently dropped 16 pounds since last season…

• As NetsDaily pointed out via Twitter, Chris McCullough is putting in time in the weight room…

Thru the lens #theysleep

A photo posted by Brisk (@briskuno) on

• Finally, perennial MUSCLEWATCH contender Shabazz Muhammad is just getting started, but posted some promising results…

Jordan Clarkson and Manny Pacquiao played chess

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJordan Clarkson had a great rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers, which has endeared him to Lakers fans. Clarkson, who’s mother is Filipino, is also popular in the Philippines, where he is currently trying to join their National Team. And while in the Philippines, yesterday Clarkson had a chance to sit across the chess table from a national hero and boxing champ. As Clarkson wrote in the caption, “Crazy Experience. Blessed. Playing Chess with The Legend himself @mannypacquiao respect #pinoypride”

Crazy Experience.Blessed. Playing Chess with The Legend himself @mannypacquiao respect #pinoypride

A photo posted by Jordan Clarkson (@jclark5on) on

Russell Westbrook really enjoyed the Taylor Swift concert

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTaylor Swift started her run of concerts in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant presenting her with a banner, and last night, Oklahoma City point guard (and Los Angeles native) Russell Westbrook — who as we previously noted, is a huge Taylor Swift fan — attended her show and got his groove on…

Kobe Bryant joins Taylor Swift on stage during concert

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, at the latest stop on her “1989 Tour,” singer Taylor Swift had a special guest join her on stage. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant made a surprise appearance, taking the stage to unveil a banner commemorating Swift’s 16 sold out shows at the Staples Center, the home of Kobe’s Lakers (as well as the Clippers).