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The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game

VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…


Horry Scale: Mudiay finds a way


VIDEO: Nuggets rookie Emmanuel Mudiay throws up a prayer for the winner.

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everyone knew this was a transitional year for the Nuggets, who added a new coach and rookie point guard, and in that sense there hasn’t been any surprises. The Nuggets are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the rest of the season is devoted to see who stays and who goes before next season.

But their 30th win game in smashing fashion Wednesday when Emmanuel Mudiay, who’s had shooting issues for much of the season, allowed the Nuggets to escape a potentially embarrassing home loss to the Sixers. His body-twisting shot from just inside the half court stripe beat the buzzer and for a struggling team, it was just what the basketball doctors ordered.

It’s been a typical peak-valley rookie season for Mudiay. He won’t be in the running for Rookie of the Year, as some expected when the season began, and there remains some question as to whether he’s a natural point guard. But he has steadily improved; in March he’s averaging 16.6 points, 5.2 assists and just over three rebounds. He’s not as turnover prone, either. Even better, Mudiay is hitting a respectable 40 percent; in December his shooting percentage was 25 percent.

Mike Malone has shown great patience with Mudiay and is allowing the teenager to play through his mistakes, which is exactly as it should be; Denver wants Mudiay to be much more polished when it finally surrounds him with better talent. This is precisely the season to allow him to find his way through the NBA, because from a win-loss standpoint, it’s a throwaway year.

Mudiay finished with 27 points against the Sixers, and speaking of Philly, the gang still needs to win one of its remaining games to avoid tying the single-season futility mark.

DIFFICULTY: The Sixers had the ball and a one-point lead with just over three seconds left and Robert Covington was immediately fouled after receiving an inbounds pass. He missed the first free throw, though, leaving the door open. Because the Nuggets had no more timeouts, Darrell Arthur had to inbounds the ball underneath his own basket, rather than having the ball advanced. But: His half-court pass to Mudiay was money, and after dribbling off his knee and collecting himself, Mudiay shot an off-balanced jumper over TJ McConnell.

GAME SITUATION: Give the Nuggets props for not caving. Here’s what Malone said after the Nuggets’ loss in Cleveland a few days earlier: “I thought in the second half we quit. I haven’t seen that from our team for most of the year. I was very disappointed.” Well, the youngsters redeemed themselves.

CELEBRATION: Mudiay reacted as how you’d expect from a teenager who’ll never forget this night. He sprinted to the Denver bench and did a body-bump with Mike Miller, who thankfully didn’t hurt himself on that jump. Then Mudiay absorbed some playful punches to the gut by Gary Harris, another youngster who’s having a season of solid growth. It was good to see the Nuggets having fun.

GRADE: No disrespect to Mudiay and the biggest shot of his professional life, but let’s put this in perspective here. Nothing special was on the line. The Nuggets are playing out the string, and this shot came against the Sixers. Let’s give it two Horrys.


Anthony Davis has a pet monkey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Having a pet can be a full-time job. I have a pet dog, for instance, and I have to feed and walk the dog several times a day. Taking care of a pet is a real commitment, but weighed against how much we love our dog, it’s well worth the effort.

Taking care of a dog is one thing, but what about a marmoset? First of all, what is a marmoset? According to Wikipedia, a marmoset is a species of monkey that is usually about 8 inches long. It is also a monkey that many people keep as a pet.

One month ago, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis posted a photo on Instagram of a marmoset, with the caption (apparently the name of the monkey), “Meek!”

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Young Meek!

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There was no further explanation given, however. Until now. This weekend, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher apparently came across the marmoset at Las Vegas Summer League, and was able to reveal a little more detail…

For what it’s worth, Davis isn’t the first NBA player to have a pet monkey. Years ago when he played for the Miami Heat, Mike Miller had a pet monkey named Sonny.

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I don’t know whether or not Sonny is still part of the Miller household, but once upon a time, as the Washington Post reported, Sonny did provide a classic NBA story

Sonny had his own bedroom, but “I didn’t have no kids, so he got to post up wherever he wanted,” Miller said. He would get food from the fridge whenever he was hungry; grapes were a particular favorite. He loved playing billiards, though “he wouldn’t use a pool stick, he’d just throw the balls,” Miller said. “He had a nice jumper, too,” he added, though he said he was joking about that. But at this point, I wasn’t totally sure what was a joke or what wasn’t. Like, the oft-told tale about when Miller got a phone call saying his monkey was on the loose?

“Oh yeah, that was a trip,” Miller said. “You would always put him in his room, and then we’d lock the door, and then we’d put the dogs out, and then we’d lock the front door. Well, he found out how to unlock doors, unlocked his door, went downstairs, let the dogs in the house and opened the front door. About an hour later we got a call from our neighbors, saying, ‘Your monkey is riding your dogs around the neighborhood.’…I said, ‘C’mon y’all, y’all got to get in the house.”

Timberwolves prepare for big return of…Mike Miller?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The biggest move this offseason for the Minnesota Timberwolves was trading away Kevin Love to Cleveland. It was a deal that worked out well for everyone: Love got to go play for a contender, while the T-Wolves were able to re-boot the franchise and add draft picks and young talent like Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. This Saturday, Kevin Love returns to Minnesota for the first time since the trade. So the Timberwolves released this video preparing fans for the big matchup and the return to town of…wait, Mike Miller?

VIDEO: Wolves Miller

Mike Miller takes LeBron’s cheers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers have been spending the preseason playing games all over Ohio — they not only played a game in Cleveland, but they’ve had a game in Cincinnati, and then, last night, hosted the Bulls in Columbus.

It’s been something on a homecoming tour for LeBron James, who has logged minutes in each stop as a way to say thank you to his home state. And the fans in each city have given him an ovation at the beginning and end of each game…at least, we think it’s for him.

Check the funny video clip from last night, caught by Tas Melas from The Starters, where the crowd gives LeBron an ovation and LeBron’s teammate Mike Miller steps in to steal some applause…

Nobody boxes out like Kendrick Perkins

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Thunder/Grizzlies game, Kendrick Perkins and Mike Miller both went after a rebound. Perk managed to tap it to a teammate, and then just to make sure Miller couldn’t continue his pursuit of the ball, Perkins sat on him. Hey, whatever works.


(via JDonSports)

Kevin Seraphin, Snakes and Skeletons

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the history of NBA players with awesome pets, it will forever be tough to top Mike Miller, who as a rookie in Orlando had a pet monkey that once escaped from his house and rode up and down his street on the back of his dog. (That might be the greatest first sentence to a blog post of all time.)

But Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin is apparently attempting to give Miller a run for his money. Late last season it was discovered that Seraphin had a bird named April and a snake named, naturally, Snakey. Unfortunately, as Seraphin explained at the Wizards media day on Friday, Snakey is no longer a member of the Seraphin family, having apparently made a run for it…

And if a rogue snake wasn’t enough trouble around the house, according to a recent Instagram post from Seraphin, a skeleton that he owns has recently learned how to ride a Segway, and is now wreaking havoc around his apartment.

(Snakey via NBC Sports)

LeBron, Wade & Heat ‘Sing’ The Hits

By Jeff Case


Two weeks ago, videos like the one above touting Battioke began circulating the NBA blogosphere. What exactly is Battioke? It’s a Jan. 21 event at Miami’s Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach, hosted by none other than Heat forward Shane Battier as part of his Take Charge Foundation, which helps furthering education for at-risk students.

Nothing quite like watching your favorite Miami Heat stars belt out the hits, especially after last season’s event which saw LeBron James sing (and we use that term loosely) Rick James‘ “Superfreak” as well as a truly eardrum-shattering version of The Temptations’ hit, “My Girl,” by Heat boss Pat Riley.

Welp, this year’s Battioke has come and gone and the videos are starting to pop up. James gets into the act this year by trying his hand at Michael Jackson‘s “Rock With You”. As a bonus treat, a fan gets serenaded by both he and fellow Heat star Dwyane Wade (replete with shades and fake sideburns a la Elvis) as they try their hand at Shai‘s “If I Ever Fall In Love”.

If that’s not enough for you, we’ve also got newly signed center Chris Andersen and 3-point shooter Mike Miller giving it the old Battioke try on Vanilla Ice‘s 1990s classic, “Ice, Ice Baby”:

These vids likely won’t sway your opinion of the Heat one way or the other, but one thing is certain: these guys are awful singers.

Gettin’ Buckets In The Motor City

By Jeff Case

It’s been a while since we updated our “Hey man nice shot” category here in All Ball-land, but we think this one makes it worth it. Rookie Kyle Singler of the Pistons has become a solid contributor for Detroit, starting in his last six games and is averaging 11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg and shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range in that role. That 3-point percentage is nothing to sneeze at as it puts him ahead of other well-known outside shooters such as Jason Terry, Mike Miller, Kobe Bryant and Jamal Crawford this season.

But just think how high his 3-point shooting could be if he were allowed to … oh, I don’t know … drop-kick the ball and bank it off the glass for a 3-pointer? OK, maybe that wouldn’t help his shooting percentage, but it would sure be cool to watch. Check out this great video from the fine folks over at as Mr. Singler takes to Detroit to punt, kick and bounce in some of the most creative shots we’ve ever seen.

All Ball Fave Five: Best Last Name Teams

by Micah Hart

You may have noticed it’s the offseason, which means we have plenty of time to sit around and think about many of the things that make it fun to be an NBA fan. Here at All Ball, we’ll be passing the time until the start of the season with a new series, the Fave Five. Each week will count down a list of the five best, or worst … somethings. We’ll try to get creative with it. Plus we’re taking requests! If you have a suggestion for a Fave Five post, give us a shout and you may see it appear in this space over the next several weeks.

Remember last year when the Nets had four Williams on their team? Crazy right? Maybe not, actually. As it turns out, Williams is the most populous last name in professional basketball history, with 69 players.

Williams is the most popular surname — but is it the best? For this week’s Fave Five, we took a look at the history books to pull out the five best teams by last name.

A couple quick notes: This list is entirely subjective, but there was a little method to the madness. First off, given the sheer mass of players who have competed over the years in the NBA and ABA, we narrowed the list to last names with at least 10 players listed in the Basketball Reference database.

Then, to help whittle down the contenders even more, we used Win Shares (if you are unfamiliar with them, here’s a brief description) as a baseline for judging performance. With a few exceptions, the five players we chose for each team had the most career Win Shares within each last name. To help further guide our hand, we then averaged the win share totals per starting five. I’m sure anyone with basic skills in statistical analysis could poke any number of holes in this methodology, but like I say, this list is ultimately subjective. So too bad.

Also — we used statistics to help frame the debate, but ultimately the rankings came down to answering this question: If these teams played each other head to head, with each player in their individual primes, who would win?

Here we go!

5. Miller


Total Millers:
16 (including 2012 Draft picks Quincy and Darius)
Starting Five: Reggie Miller (174.4), Andre Miller (90.1), Brad Miller (76.5), Mike Miller (53.5), Oliver Miller (21.1)
Hall of Famers: One, as of Friday
Average career WS of starting five: 83.1

The Miller name is pretty top heavy. Reggie, making his way into the Hall of Fame this weekend, is 15th on the all-time list in Win Shares, while Oliver has the least amount of any starter in the top five. In fact, only one other Miller (Larry, a G/F who played seven seasons in the ABA from 1968-75), has put up even double-digit career WS totals*.

*Quincy and Darius, you have your work cut out for you.

This isn’t the flashiest bunch of players, Reggie aside, but the rest of this lineup put together a fine collection of NBA careers in their time. And yeah, Oliver is the weak link here, but the dude — when he was fit enough, which perhaps wasn’t so often — could ball.