ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Thanksgiving, a day when the U.S. takes a moment to reflect and be thankful. In the videos below, players and teams from around the NBA took some time to give back to the communities that support them throughout the year…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, 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. And remember, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!
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.
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…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Miami Heat rookie Justise Winslow is already making an impact, playing great defense off the bench and contributing offensively. And, as Winslow posted on Instagram, perhaps part of his success is because it’s so hard to get a read on him. Is he happy? Is he sad? Is he angry? Who knows?
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Toward the end of last night’s Miami/Atlanta game, with the Hawks clinging to a lead and the Heat desperately trying to mount a comeback, the Hawks called a late timeout to draw up an inbounds play. And as you can see in the clip below, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was so focused on drawing up the perfect play, he didn’t really notice that the rest of his team had left him alone…
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 NBAStore.com and NBAStore.eu. 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 Stance.com and other major retailers.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Taylor 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?
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s flip the track, bring the old school back.
From media day in Miami yesterday, this is how Dwyane Wade does it. He seems to know every word of the song, and has the movements down cold, as well. I get the feeling this isn’t the first time Dwyane Wade has done this.
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.
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.
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.