Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

POLL: Which Nick Young 360 was the swaggiest of them all?

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard Nick Young has been one of the few bright spots this season for Lakers fans. The Lakers may have missed the postseason, but Young, who calls himself Swaggy P, has provided a steady stream of entertainment, both on the court and off the court.

During last night’s game against the Grizzlies, Young drove baseline and completed a 360 layup. It was an awesome shot, the kind of singular, creative, athletic move that we’ve come to expect from Young. But as we look back through Young’s history, we realized the 360 is a staple of Young’s arsenal.

So we put together a Swaggy sampler of some of Nick Young’s greatest spinning hits. Vote for the swaggiest of them all in the poll at the bottom…

1. Last night against the Grizzlies

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 against Grizzlies

2. 360 dunk last season

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 dunk

3. 360 denied by Andris Biedrins

VIDEO: Biedrins blocks 360

4. 360 against the Grizzlies two years ago

VIDEO: Other 360 against the Grizzlies

5. 360 against the Lakers

VIDEO: 360 against the Lakers

6. 360 over the backboard

VIDEO: 360 over the backboard

Your turn. Rate the swag, please…

Paul McCartney enjoys NBA games

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great things about being a worldwide superstar must be getting the great sports tickets. Front row? No problem! Be our guest! The trade off is that usually the celebs sitting up close try to act too cool for school. They know they’re being watched, so they sit there and generally don’t get too worked up. Sure there are exceptions — Spike Lee, Jack Nicholson — but most celebs just can’t be bothered.

And then there’s Paul McCartney. Not only is McCartney one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time as well as one of the world’s most famous celebrities, he also knows how to have fun at an NBA game. Check out Sir Paul yesterday at the Lakers/Clippers game, twisting and shouting…


And don’t forget when he was at a Brooklyn Nets game a few months ago. Even big-timers want a free t-shirt…


Which NBA teams are most searched for on Google?

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this year we caught up with the latest information from Google Trends, which showed us which players and teams were the most searched for. Today the site FiveThirtyEight went a step further and took Google Trend info from the last ten years to see which sports franchises were the most searched for. According to FiveThirtyEight, “All figures are taken relative to the league average; a score of 1.00 represents a team with league-average popularity.”

Here are the rankings of NBA teams…


(via FiveThirtyEight)

Nick Young takes two of each snack item

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last evening, faced with a night off in Milwaukee, the Lakers held one of those team-building exercises, going as a group to a screening of the film Noah. And as reporter Mike Trudell captured for posterity, leave it to Nick Young to go all-in at the concession stand…

(via TNLP)

Nick Young gets swaggy too soon

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While former coach Phil Jackson has recently moved East to take a gig running the Knicks and Kobe works on his business chops, the Lakers have managed to still play hard, such as last night when they delivered a decisive 127-96 win over the Knicks. Even as their fortunes have flagged, guard Nick Young has been relentlessly upbeat, what with his irrepressible swag. Being swaggy is fun and all, but as we saw last night, you have to make sure you know when to let your swag show…for instance, maybe wait until the ball is all the way in the basket…

VIDEO: Swaggy Three

Kobe Launches Kobe, Inc.

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What do you do when an injury keeps you from playing basketball? If you’re Kobe Bryant, you turn your full attention off the court and get a head start on a post-playing career in business.

As Kobe told ESPN over the weekend, he recently founded “Kobe, Inc.”

“I have always had ideas and always had a vision of where I wanted to go going back to 2000, but they are just ideas,” Bryant said. “Now, once the Achilles injury took place, I’m sitting at home for months not moving, a couple things set in. One is that there is only so many Modern Family episodes a person can watch. And then two, what do I do now?”

Bryant said he then put pen to paper and began executing his vision, which included a mission statement.

“We want to own and help grow brands and ideas that challenge and redefine the sports industry while inspiring,” Bryant said. “If it doesn’t have the limbs of the sports industry, which I understand extremely well, then I probably won’t touch it.”

Going forward, Kobe said, instead of endorsing products he wants to take ownership and use his name and experience to help run the businesses and make them successful.

His first endeavor? A sports drink called Body Armor. Kobe took to his millions of social media followers this weekend to help spread the word, writing, “I believe in innovation that will help athletes train and perform at their best. Finally we have a product that is THE UPGRADE athletes have been silently demanding for years! @drinkbodyarmor #entrepreneur #TasteRevolution #UpgradeYourSportsDrink”

Kobe’s scouting report on President Obama

By Lang Whitaker,

Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Lakers have had a nightmare of a season, with injuries eliminating most of their core and forcing the team to plan ahead to next season. Which might explain why in their just released team photo, Kobe doesn’t look like the happiest fellow, although Kobe meeting with the Wish kids seems to brighten his day.

But yesterday while on The Dan Patrick Show, Kobe was asked about playing pick-up ball with President Barack Obama. To whom would Kobe compare the President? How about Tiny Archibald?

To hear Kobe on this and more, check out the entire interview below…

VIDEO: Kobe On Dan Patrick Show

Chris Paul follows up Clippers win with extra practice

By Lang Whitaker,

VIDEO: CP3 Does Extra Work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Los Angeles Clippers hosted the Golden State Warriors in a game between two of the better teams out West. The Clippers led throughout and finished with a 111-98 win, but that apparently wasn’t good enough for all of the Clippers. Following the game, Chris Paul went back out to the court to put in more work. Paul, who finished 5-15 from the floor (and 1-3 on threes) apparently wasn’t satisfied with the win. Perhaps you’ll recall Kobe Bryant once did the same thing after a Lakers loss game in Miami. In the video above, Paul explains that he feels like the Clips have a special team this season and he has to do his part.

Happy Birthday, Shaq

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Shaquille O’Neal‘s 41st 42nd birthday. And in honor of Dr. O’Neal making it through another year, I through we’d look at some of his greatest Instagram moments from the last year (with an added bonus at the bottom of the post after the jump). Happy birthday, Diesel…


Orlando Magic’s Video Tribute To Dwight Howard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDwight Howard may currently be a member of the Houston Rockets, but before Houston (and Los Angeles before that), Dwight spent the first eight seasons of his career playing for the Orlando Magic. Wednesday marked Howard’s first return trip to Orlando as a member of the Rockets, and despite the bad feelings surrounding Howard’s departure, the Magic paid tribute to Dwight for his contributions to the organization …

VIDEO: Orlando Tribute To Dwight