Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

NBA wants ‘Everybody Up’ for 2014-15


VIDEO: Everybody Up

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there was any doubt remaining that the NBA is now a worldwide sport, you can let that go. The NBA’s new ad campaign for the 2013-14 season is called “Everybody Up,” and the campaign celebrates the NBA’s global community, calling on fans around the world to get up and show their team spirit for the season ahead while featuring all 30 teams.

“We are all united by our love of the game, and the new ‘Everybody Up’ campaign captures the passion, dedication and endless contributions of the global NBA community,” NBA Chief Marketing Officer Pam El said in a news release. “With tremendous momentum heading into the season, we look forward to engaging both our avid and casual fans like never before.”

You can check out is the campaign’s first spot up above. This ad called “Roll Call,” is narrated by Common and debuts on TV during the NBA Global Games Rio 2014 preseason contest between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, Oct. 11. The game will air live at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS.

The music in the spot is from the legendary Ray Charles‘ (“What’d I Say Pt. I & II”) and the hyper-edited footage showcases the expansive NBA community — players, coaches, team staff, arena employees, fans, and families, among others. Throughout the season, spots will air nationally on ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV. Additionally, the commercial will run on regional sports networks, league and team social media platforms, in-arena and internationally.

NBA unis get transformed into soccer kits

By Jeff Case

NBA players are no different — in one sense — from most sports fans around the world: they have a broad variety of sports they are interested in.

Such was proven this year during the World Cup, as the Hawks’ Dennis Schroeder carved out time after a Summer League game to watch his homeland of Germany take on Argentina in the final. And, of course, there’s Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who isn’t afraid to get on the pitch and show off his skills.

So what would happen if the NBA and soccer uniforms (or kits, to those in the football world) cross pollinated? The folks over at Behance.net gave it a try and some of our favorites are shown below:

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(h/t Yahoo’s BDL & J.E. Skeets)

Welcome @NBA to the official game ball

By Joe Boozell, NBA.com

Social media is changing the way media, businesses and sports operate at a rapid pace. That applies to the NBA as well, which has over 24 million likes on Facebook and also ownsย almost 11 million Twitter followers.

Eleven million for now, that is. This upcoming season, all Spalding NBA game balls will have the ‘@NBA’ Twitter handle imprinted on them. Take a look at the stylish new orange:

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The official press release from the NBA can be seen here.

NFL Madness Continues: You OK KD?

By Nick Margiasso IV

The only thing more entertaining than the first week of the NFL so far has been NBA players’ reaction to it. And what better way to cap an extended weekend of madness than the NBA brotherhood taking out the Redskins Monday night meltdown/Eagles ascension on renowned Washington fan Kevin Durant.

Teammate Russell Westbrook, busy this weekend at New York Fashion Week and celebrating his Cowboys’ big win, took time out to rub it in on pal KD…

Durant wasn’t happy…

And LeBron James, well, just thought it was pretty funny…

Westbrook Goes Fashion Forward-er

By Nick Margiasso IV

What happens when the worlds of the NBA and New York Fashion Week collide? Something with explosive patterns, random accessories and odd lil’ hats … worn by a guy like Russell Westbrook, of course.

But, you see, New York Fashion Week is no place to make tongue-in-cheek quips at the outfits worn by NBA players like R-Wes in the obligatory postgame presser fashion show. Just the opposite — it’s where NBA fashion fits like a glove (check out NBA Style correspondent @LanceFresh for all your NYFW-NBA happenings).

Case-in-point, Westbrook has been spotted sitting with one of the most powerful faces in fashion — Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour.

See for yourself … if it’s a little blurry, that’s just because you stylishly took the lenses out of your frames:

And again at another NYFW (the kids’ll wanna throw a “hashtag” in front of that) event:

What does this all mean for the OKC man runnin’ the point on posh style? All signs point to a little love in the pages of that aforementioned very famous fashion mag. Keep your lense-less eyes peeled …

Follow Russell Westbrook on Twitter @russwest44 and on Instagram here.

The Season In Fan Halfcourt Shots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I’m guessing it’s a universal emotion: We’re at an NBA game, sitting there in the stands, cheering our team on, and then through some fantastic twist of fate, we’ve been chosen to go out on to the court and attempt a halfcourt shot. We line it up, take a few dribbles, then let fly… and the crowd goes wild as it swishes through the net! There is generally some sort of prize connected with making the halfcourt shot, but the reward isn’t really the point — the real reward is making the impossible shot and having everyone go wild.

This happens a few times each season, but it seemed like this season it happened more than usual. And the NBA has put together a terrific supercut of all the halfcourt shots from throughout the season.
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What They’re Saying: July 4th

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here in the United States, July 4 is observed as our Independence Day. Let’s check in with some of the NBA’s best to see how they’re celebrating…

Best Video Bombs Of The Season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Are you guys following all the free agency news? Crazy, huh? Stressful? Making you a little nervous as you wonder which players your team will or won’t end up with?

Well, take a second and chill out, and laugh at some of the season’s best video bombs.
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Copa de Kobe: Lakers’ Bryant Kicks Around In Brazil On Vacation

By Nick Margiasso IV

Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant knows the best way to unwind after a season of hanging around big-time athletes playing a game followed by fans around the world that revolves around a little ol’ 29-inch ball.

Hang around big-time athletes playing a game followed by fans around the world that revolves around a little ol’ 28-inch ball, of course.

That’s right, Kobe “Footy” Bryant took his love for The Beautiful Game on the road for his latest vacation. He is currently in Brazil for the Confederations Cup rooting on world football/futbol/futbal/calcio/futebol/whatever-you-call-it powers like the aforementioned host country and his beloved Italian squad (who he grew up watching as a youngster in the country of calzones).

Here’s a look at the Soccer, err, Futebol Mamba on his sojourn:

Kickin’ it with all-time great Ronaldinho:

Starry-eyed in Soccerland with top players like Neymar, Dani Alves and Mario Balotelli:

Hangin with Brazil’s Mr. Damiao in a pair of his new soccer-inspired Nike joints:

As for his Achilles injury? Well, he’s been chatting on and off with the recently retired soccer brand David Beckham on that one. Kobe probably hopes that at this time next year, instead of kicking around at the fun and frenetic world party that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be, a ticker-tape parade will be on his calendar. Fun and frenzy is much more a Dwight Howard thing, anyway.

Follow Kobe Bryant, recent winner of the NBA’s first Social Media MVP Award, on Twitter @kobebryant.

Allow Me To Introduce Myself…

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Well, hello there. My name is Lang Whitaker, and up until this point, Iโ€™ve been something of an interloper around these parts the last few years, popping in irregularly to speak on the NBA on podcasts or in video clips. But now Iโ€™m here to stay. So we better get used to each other.

A little about me? I was born in Atlanta. I went to elementary, middle and high school in Atlanta. I went to college at UGA. I worked in Atlanta for a while after that. I moved to New York City in the fall of 2000, and Iโ€™ve lived here in NYC ever since. I root hard for the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Bulldogs, Manchester United and the Atlanta Falcons.

For the last 13 years, I worked for SLAM magazine. From about 2001-09, I wrote five days a week on SLAMonline.com for a column called โ€œThe Links.โ€ I also wrote about a hundred features on various NBA players. In 2011, I left my full-time gig at SLAM and started doing other stuff alongside limited SLAM duties. I wrote a book. I wrote for newspapers and magazines and web sites. I took a few deep breaths.

And now Iโ€™m here. Iโ€™ll be writing here on the All Ball Blog every day. Once a week Iโ€™ll be podcasting with Sekou Smith and Rick Fox. I chat with folks on TNT Overtime during some of the TNT games. And from time to time you might even see my mug pop up on NBA TV.

For now, Iโ€™ve got to get settled in here. So while I figure out how to check my email on my phone, here are some other things you might want to know about me: I like to cook. I like to eat. I like to put soy sauce and sriracha on just about everything. My favorite restaurants include, but are not limited to: Red Rooster Harlem, Ma Peche, and Waffle House (any location). I have been married for nine years. I have a dog named Starbury. I have a son who is four months old, whose main objective in life right now is to make sure I donโ€™t sleep more than a few hours at a time. I love sneakers and sportswear. I like to play golf. I like to watch TV and movies. If I had to pick a character on โ€œDuck Dynastyโ€ that I would most like to hang out with, it would be Uncle Si.

My favorite director is Wes Anderson. I think a billion dollar idea might be disposable tissues that clean your eyeglasses without leaving any streaks. I believe in the sovereignty of the SEC. I enjoy playing video games so much that I have to try and avoid playing them. Iโ€™m going to start working out again pretty soon, I swear. My favorite writers include, but are not limited to, Truman Capote, John Irving, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nick Hornby, David Sedaris and Mike Sager. I read the New Yorker cover-to-cover every week. I feel like anyone who serves unsweetened iced tea has some nerve. I believe that OutKast is the greatest hip-hop group of all-time, and I also believe that Big Boi is perpetually underrated. Branford is my favorite Marsalis. Tyrion is my favorite Lannister. Khloe is my favorite Kardashian. Finally, I believe that above all else, basketball is a game, and it should be fun to follow.

The last point is the most relevant to who I am, and to this blog. I love this game, and this blog will hopefully reflect that and celebrate that, every day. Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll reveal more about myself (and learn more about myself) as we go along here, and Iโ€™d like to learn more about you guys, too. If you have thoughts, ideas, links, whatever, leave a comment down below, or email me using the link up top in the header, or tweet via the link up above.

And just so I donโ€™t leave you with nothing to chew on, hereโ€™s my favorite NBA-related YouTube video of all-time. This video explains my NBA fandom in many ways, from celebration of the game itself to the blind, ultimately misguided optimism. Iโ€™m old enough that I remember when this song was released, and I remain hopeful that one of these days the Atlanta Hawks will recycle this both as a marketing slogan and a theme song.