Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

Draymond Green’s bobblehead is all about winning

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure he won an NBA championship and got a nice new contract with the Golden State Warriors, and sure the Warriors are off to an historic 15-0 start, with the chance to make it 16-0 tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST, TNT), but you know what really gets Golden State’s Draymond Green excited? That his new bobblehead, which the Warriors are giving away tonight, isn’t focused on scoring or rebounding, or anything in particular other than one thing: Winning.

VIDEO: Draymond bobblehead

Marcelo Huertas tries over-the-head shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the shot clock is ticking down, you have to do whatever it takes to get the ball to make contact with the rim, to reset the shot clock and get another — presumably better — chance at getting a bucket. So let’s take a second and recognize that we understand why last night against the Miami Heat, Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas turned and threw up one of the most awesome shot attempts I believe I’ve ever seen. I just wish it had gone in.

VIDEO: Huertas shot


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So we’re now a few weeks into the NBA season, and we’ve reached a critical mass of dunks and, more importantly, people getting dunked on. So let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner…

Kristaps Porzingis on Kevin Love

VIDEO: Porzingis on Love

NBA releases Christmas Day uniforms and socks

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Laydown Horizontal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As Christmas Day has become one of the biggest days on the NBA calendar, with a marquee slate of games, the teams involved have started to wear increasingly special uniforms. And this year, adidas and Stance are really going all out, as you can see in the new images released today.

From the NBA’s release…

adidas and the NBA today unveiled the uniforms that all teams will wear during the league’s Christmas Day match-ups. Designed as part of the adidas NBA Season’s Greetings Collection, the uniforms continue the tradition of introducing new and unique elements each season. This year’s uniforms incorporate primary team colors and cream tones, while player names and numbers are showcased in holiday-style script and detailed with woven rows of stitching. A scarlet NBA seal is also displayed on the back of the jersey as a nod to holiday greeting cards.

The socks, Stance’s contribution to the on-court Christmas Day look, mirror the uniform’s design and feature classic holiday colors, winter-inspired imagery and pay homage to holiday sweaters.

The Season’s Greetings Collection includes a special-edition Swingman jersey, women’s Replica jersey, on-court shooting shirt, T-shirt, snapback and knit beanie. Items range from $28-$110 and will be available this weekend on and Jerseys will also be available at select team and other retailers.

The Christmas Day socks go on sale this weekend. They will be available at and other major retailers.

For more pictures, see below…

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Group


The Miami Heat sign Taylor Swift

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTaylor Swift‘s national arena tour keeps on trucking across the country, and after Kobe Bryant joined Swift on stage in Los Angeles, it set a pretty high bar as far as NBA participation goes. So last night, while a couple of other NBA teams were getting started across the country, Swift brought her talents to Miami, and who better to welcome her to Miami than Dwyane Wade?

Look who surprised Taylor at the @americanairlinesarena tonight

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NBA 2K16 simulation predicts Warriors repeat

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: The Golden State Warriors celebrate winning the 2015 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The 2015-16 NBA season tips off tonight, with the defending champion Warriors beginning their title defense against the Pelicans (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET). And while we don’t know for certain who will win the championship this season — it’s why we play the games!! — the people at 2K Sports tried to figure it out.

Last year they had the Warriors winning the NBA Finals over the Cavaliers in six games, which is exactly what happened.

Using the powerful engine that drives the popular NBA 2K16 video game, according to 2K the Warriors will repeat as NBA champs, besting the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 7 game series.

Other things the 2K season simulation predicted: Oklahoma City winning the West in the regular season; Chicago and Miami finishing second and third in the East; Kevin Durant winning MVP; Anthony Davis winning Defensive Player of the Year; D’Angelo Russell winning Rookie of the Year.

Julius Randle rejects kid’s layup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the Lakers in Hawaii for training camp, Lakers forward Julius Randle made an appearance at a local Boys & Girls Club. If social media is our main form research into these visits from NBA players, they nearly always devolve into a game of one-on-one between the NBA player and a kid. Sometimes the kid gets lucky, sometimes the NBA player drops the hammer on the kid. On this video, the kid gets to the rim and gets up a shot…and it doesn’t end well. My favorite part, by far, is the reaction from all the other kids in attendance.

(via FTW)

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)