Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

Steve Nash documentary trailer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Nash has had a tough run of it of late, battling injuries in an attempt to get back on the court regularly. Even in the last few weeks, he’s had to take a step back after an injury set-back. But what’s so cool about Steve Nash is that basketball isn’t all that he does. And although the sun may be setting on his hoops career, a new movie called Nash: The Documentary, out soon on iTunes and On Demand, promises to look at Nash from all angles.


VIDEO: Nash Doc

Meet Jeremy Lin, your new adidas store clerk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week I came across a video featuring Jeremy Lin in Taiwan, where he dressed undercover as an employee at an adidas store and basically pranked shoppers. Because we know Lin loves his pranks.

Anyway, I didn’t post the video because I didn’t really understand it — even though it almost doesn’t need commentary; people’s reactions when they realize it’s Lin are pretty visceral — as the entire thing is in Mandarin. But this morning our producer Jeff Case pointed out that you can click on the little “CC” button on the video player to turn on subtitles, which makes it a million times funnier, particularly because Lin is so self-deprecating.


VIDEO: Lin Works

Swaggy P plays tour guide in Hollywood

By Jeff Case

The L.A. Lakers will be without the services of Nick “Swaggy P” Young on the court for a few weeks after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. But, Swaggy P being Swaggy P, you can’t very well expect him to stay out of the L.A. limelight can you? Of course not. The fine folks over at Lakers.com tagged along with Young as he served as guide on a Hollywood bus tour though the city’s most famous sights.

And, as you’d expect, it’s a video you’ve just got to see …


VIDEO: Nick Young serves as a tour guide in Hollywood

 

Ronnie Price employs novel defensive strategy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Lakers/Warriors game, Lakers guard Ronnie Price had a little equipment problem: While driving to the basket, Warriors defender Andre Iguodala stepped on Price’s shoe, causing it to pop off Price’s foot. As Iguodala made the steal and sprinted the other direction, Price grabbed his shoe and did, in the moment, perhaps the only thing he could really do: He threw the shoe at Igoudala. He picked up a technical foul on the play, sure, but he did also stop the fast break.


VIDEO: Price Shoe

Nick Young’s latest invention: Poetry Fridays

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Nick Young has given us plenty of All Ball fodder over the last year or so, and he continues innovating even on the eve of the NBA season. His latest idea? Poetry Fridays. Here is Nick in two videos rhyming about…banners or something? The highlight of the entire enterprise might be at the end of the second video, where Swaggy P’s son, Nick Jr. — an aspiring model in his own right — drops a guest verse.

How Kobe Bryant is like a cheetah

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In yesterday’s New York Times, there was a long interview/conversation between Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington, the media executive perhaps best known as the founder of The Huffington Post. The two apparently struck up a friendship after Kobe reached out to her, and the entire thing is worth your time to read, as they talk about everything from process vs results to meditation.

But toward the end of the piece, Kobe reveals some insight into his game — specifically, how he figured out how to fix his fadeaway jumper…

PG: There’s your Showtime documentary, “Kobe’s Muse,” in November. What’s that?

KOBE: You’ll see all the things I do, on and off the court. Every little detail, every tidbit, every improvement. And from that, we peel back the layers to get to who I am — because you can’t understand what I do without understanding who I am.

PG: Sounds like a series.

KOBE: That’s the vision. I’m the first “Kobe’s Muse,” then we’ll build it out. I want to know how Arianna became Arianna. I had this conversation with Hilary Swank once, and I asked about acting. And she broke down her process all the way to what would the character be watching on TV, what music would she listen to, how much money in her purse, how much change. I’m so interested in all those details.

AH: People want to know those things.

PG: As a lens for understanding each other?

KOBE: Exactly. I’ll give you an example. When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you’ll notice my leg is always extended. I had problems making that shot in the past. It’s tough. So one day I’m watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it’s cutting a sharp angle. And that’s when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?

AH: That’s amazing.

KOBE: Inspiration surrounds us.

And CBS’s Matt Moore found photo evidence — Kobe really is becoming a cheetah…

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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Catching Up With Nick Young

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s impossible to have too much Nick Young on the All Ball blog. I’m thinking about giving him his own category at this point. In the meantime, he does have his own tag, and you can get your Nick Young fix here.

Or, you can just watch the video below, where Lakers.com caught up with Swaggy P and found out how his summer has gone and various other swaggy tidbits…

VIDEO: Nick Young

Jeremy Lin can’t stop pranking people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a busy summer for Lakers guard Jeremy Lin, who spent time creating a high-concept music video, as well as dunking on his Mom, and then getting her with the ol’ pie in the face.

Well, Mama Lin got got again recently, along with Jeremy’s uncle and a bunch of random people. The Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in San Francisco recently unveiled a statue of Jeremy, and Jeremy decided to put on his uniform and show up and, well, just watch. If nothing else, you have to give this dude credit — he’s definitely committed to pranking people. The other Lakers better keep their heads on a swivel…


VIDEO: Lin Wax Museum

Nick Young can’t turn off the swag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard and All Ball all-star Nick Young was in New York this week to take in part of New York fashion week, and if there’s anything we learned from Nick Young, it’s too expect the unexpected. So even when Nick Young is in town to take part in off-court activities, if he sees a court, he’s liable to hop out of his car and get in the game.

As Young wrote in the caption to this post, “Lol surprise some lil hoopers while driving thru these NY streets decided to stop and join they 3 on 3 … I had to swag on them tho #JustBecause #NYFW #BallIsLife #BasketballJones”