Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

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”

Buy a pack of NBA cards, get a piece of a game-worn shoe?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Basketball cards have long been more than just photos and text. Years ago companies started inserting cards with little authentic game-worn keepsakes built-in to the card — swatches of jerseys, a piece of a court, etc. But this season cards are going where they’ve never gone before.

In Panini America’s 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball collection, releasing on Friday, they’ve managed to incorporate cards that have pieces of game-worn shoes from everyone from Kobe Bryant to Kevin Durant to Larry Johnson inside the cards. Panini wrote about the genesis of the idea on their official blog

“The idea to create the Sneak Peek memorabilia cards came while we were looking at a pair of Kobe Bryant game-worn sneakers in the Panini Authentic memorabilia room,” said Jim Stefano, Panini America’s Senior Director of Product Development. “NBA players, more so than any other athletes, wear sneakers that reflect their personalities. Their sneakers are an extension of who they are. It’s all about the swag.”

That swag, of course, takes various forms. Shaquille O’Neal’s Reebok Pumps. Blake Griffin’s Jordans. Kobe’s Kobes. Larry Johnson’s Converse Reacts. LeBron’s Nike Lebron Xs. It was one thing to create a wishlist of game-worn sneakers to target for Sneak Peek; it was another thing altogether more complex to actually acquire them and then figure out how best to incorporate them into a trading card.

But Panini America acquisitions officials worked their relationships with exclusive and non-exclusives athletes alike to turn a wishlist into a checklist; from there, the game-worn sneakers made their way through Panini America HQ, with each department — Product Development, Production, Design — helping shape the masterful finished product.

“This was truly a great experience to develop and execute with the various departments within Panini America,” Stefano said. “It was a true team effort that resulted in one of the most singularly spectacular sets of trading cards ever created. The sheer amount of different swatch colors, materials and patterns is a unique and exciting development for the entire trading card category. We believe these cards will not only be sought after by basketball collectors but by sneaker heads as well.”

To see some examples of the cards, check below…

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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young work on trick shots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERNick Young is a longtime All Ball favorite, for his on court bravado and his off-court swag. (There’s a reason he goes by Swaggy P, after all.) He’s been dating pop star Iggy Azalea for a while now, and apparently Swaggy’s having an effect on her, because from the looks of this video Nick posted on Instagram of Azalea getting up shots in the Lakers’ practice facility, she’s got a few trick shots up her sleeve. She’s so fancy…

Jeremy Lin smashes birthday cake in mom’s face

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best way to celebrate a birthday? With cake, of course.

The best way to make that cake a surprise? Smash it in the birthday celebrant’s face.

A cake to the face is funny, in theory. In practice it sometimes loses some of the humor. But in the video below, in which Jeremy Lin celebrates his mother’s birthday by hitting her in the face with a cake, everyone seems to have a good laugh. Enjoy the cake, Mom!

The House of Mamba’s Kobe Bryant court is amazing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back we took a look at the new court the Charlotte Hornets were introducing next season for use in their arena, specially designed with a Hornets theme. We also have seen courts with impressive light displays as part of the pregame or halftime intros. But what if all came together at once?

Here’s a short video (via SB Nation) of a basketball court that Nike built in China for an appearance by Kobe Bryant at a venue called the House of Mamba. The LED court is covered with lights and lines and designs and, well, just check this out…


VIDE: Mamba court

High school Kobe was as dominant as NBA Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a high school player at Lower Merion High School, Kobe Bryant was highly regarded enough to become a first-round draft pick straight out of high school. Once he got to the NBA, Kobe has always been about looking forward, not back.

But sometimes it’s fun to look back. In this video unearthed by LakersNation, we find Kobe Bryant as a high school junior, and he was just as dominant as he became in the NBA. In these highlights — which really are maximum ’90s, from the graphics to the music to the clothes — we see Kobe’s Lower Merion against Norristown. In this game, Kobe scored 18 in the fourth quarter to lead a come-from-behind win. He also showed off a similar array of celebrations as we’ve seen from him in recent years. And the really amazing thing is when Kobe speaks on camera after the highlights, as he sounds pretty much exactly the same as he sounds in interviews today.


VIDEO: High school Kobe

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1990s


VIDEO: Relive the top 10 plays from the 1993 Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1990s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1990s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 2000s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1990s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s
Best Teams of the 1980s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1980s


VIDEO: Relive the top moments from The 1983 Finals between the Sixers and Lakers

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1980s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1980s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1990s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1980s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!