Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

Lakers bond over paintball

By Nick Margiasso IV

The preseason is for preparation, people. And, what, are you going to get your readiness up in the gym … on the court? Of course not. The paintball fields are where champions are made, bud.

New Lakers Roy Hibbert and D’Angelo Russell readied for battle to do just that, as evidenced by this post from this “Pro Paintball Champion”…

Whatever you do, guys, don’t shoot Kobe.

David Letterman sure loved the NBA

NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Basketball legends Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) talk with Dave (right) about their friendship and their rivalry on the court when they visit the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, April 11, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. This photo is provided by CBS from the Late Show with David Letterman photo archive. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) are interviewed on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 11, 2012 (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

By Jeff Case

In case you’ve been living under a rock or something the last week or so, here’s an update: The “Late Show with David Letterman” is nearing the finish line and, tonight, David Letterman will host his final show. For 33 years and across two networks, the “Late Show” forever changed the face of late-night TV talk shows behind Letterman’s unique sense of humor and style. Amazingly, when he walks off the stage tonight, he will have hosted 6,028 broadcasts.

(The Indianapolis Star has a great look at the life and times of the TV icon here.)

Letterman, an Indiana native, is also a well-known sports fan and, in particular, a basketball fan and Indiana Pacers fan (he even did a Pacers-themed Top 10 once). Everyone from Reggie Miller to Shaquille O’Neal to Michael Jordan (who gave Letterman some guff over wearing adidas shoes) appeared on the show, as did former NBA commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver.

With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of Letterman’s best NBA-related interviews …

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Michael Jordan in 1986

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Patrick Ewing in 1989 (FF to the 30 minute mark)

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Isiah Thomas in the late 1980s

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Reggie Miller and Spike Lee in 1994

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Grant Hill in 1994

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dennis Rodman in 1997

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Charles Barkley in 2006

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dwyane Wade in 2006

VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Magic Johnson and Larry Bird


NBA players share their Mother’s Day thoughts via Twitter

VIDEO: LeBron James and other NBA stars wish you a Happy Mother’s Day

By Jeff Case

In last year’s Kia MVP ceremony, Kevin Durant delivered a touching, memorable tribute to his mother as he was honored for his on-court exploits. (In case you forgot about it, here’s the video).

As folks around the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day, NBA players were not remiss in making their gratitude for mom known on social media. Here are some of the best tributes we saw today …

Stance is now the official sock of the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For as long as anyone can remember, NBA players took to the court wearing white socks. That got a tweak a few years ago when some people mixed in black socks. Meanwhile, off the court, colorful socks are all the rage. We saw some of that around the All-Star Game when sock company Stance rolled out colorful East and West socks for the teams to wear. And yesterday it was announced that next season Stance will be the official sock supplier of the NBA.

According to a release from the NBA…

“We can’t wait to bring our innovative sock technology and unique style to the NBA’s global following,” said Clarke Miyasaki, EVP of Business Development at Stance. “It’s an unbelievable honor for Stance to become the league’s official oncourt sock, and we look forward to unveiling the entire lineup to NBA fans.”

Stance also announced the addition of Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson to its roster of brand ambassadors. Thompson, who helped lead the Warriors to the best regular season in franchise history, joins three-time NBA champion and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons as current brand ambassadors.

“Joining the Stance family as one of their NBA ambassadors is an exciting opportunity,” said Thompson. “Stance has found a creative way to make socks a fashion statement, and their unique designs make it fun to show off my personality both on and off the court. Along with the artistic style of the socks, the comfort and performance is extremely high-level.”

The Stance NBA Collection will feature its innovative Triniti Technology, which combines anatomical cushioning, targeted compression and superior moisture wicking. The traditional crew silhouette will debut at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine next month and will be worn by all players participating in the 2015 Samsung NBA Summer League in July. Stance will create team-specific designs as well as unique, limited-edition styles for marquee events and holiday games, including Hoops for Troops, Christmas Day, MLK Day and NBA All-Star.

Here are some early images of some of the initial designs. Looks like there will be some fancy footwork in the NBA next season…

Cleveland Cavaliers Stance NBA Sock Design

Golden State Warriors Stance NBA Sock Design

Miami Heat Stance NBA Sock Design

San Antonio Spurs Stance NBA Sock Design

Stance White & Black NBA Sock Design

Throwback Thursday: Bill Russell grabs 51 rebounds

VIDEO: Relive Bill Russell’s remarkable career

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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Russell Grabs 51 Rebounds

It’s a number that few imagine will ever be bested.

On February 5, 1960, Bill Russell pulled down a career-high 51 rebounds against the Syracuse Nationals. This mark was the best in league history at the time and solidified Russell’s place as the most dominant player in the game. (That is until Wilt Chamberlain tallied 55 rebounds against Russell and the Boston Celtics nine months later.)

To honor Russell’s incredible accomplishment, we take a look back at his storied career:

Gallery: Bill Russell’s Career

What are your favorite Bill Russell moments? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best NBA Teams Of All-Time

VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s Top 10 Plays – 1996

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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: NBA’s Best Teams

On January 8, 1997, the NBA announced the Top 10 Teams in NBA history as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. The list was created by members of the media and presented without ranking.

Top 10 Teams Of All-Time

1964-65 Boston Celtics
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
1969-70 New York Knicks
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers
1985-86 Boston Celtics
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
1988-89 Detroit Pistons
1991-92 Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls

To honor this historic group of teams, we look back at the best teams from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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

Gallery: Best Teams – 1960s

Gallery: Best Teams – 1970s

Gallery: Best Teams – 1980s

Gallery: Best Teams – 1990s 

Who do you think is the best team of all-time? Should a team after 1997 be included in the top 10? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or leave a comment below.

Throwback Thursday: Bryant’s scoring milestones

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Scoring Milestones

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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Bryant’s Scoring Milestones

Kobe Bryant is just 31 points away from passing Michael Jordan for third on the NBA all-time scoring list. This monumental accomplishment will add another bullet to Bryant’s Hall-of-Fame worthy resume and could occur as soon as Friday when the Lakers visit the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs.

To honor this moment, we look back at images from Bryant’s career scoring milestones.

Gallery: Bryant’s Scoring Milestones

What’s your favorite Kobe Bryant memory? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit’s Throwback Thursday page.

Get an (NBA-themed) jump on the ugly sweater competition

By Jeff Case

We’re just about to mid-November, which means Thanksgiving is not far away in the United States and, after that, the Christmas and Winter holiday season will be upon us. For many, that means gift buying, hanging up decorations around the house, braving the shopping malls (more than you’d like to) and holiday parties.

The ugly holiday sweater party has been on the rise the last few years wherein folks dig up (or go purchase) some horrible-looking sweater from their youth. The goal? That your sweater is uglier than everyone else’s and you take home bragging rights.

If you get invited to an ugly holiday sweater party though, bookmark this page on They’ve got a whole line of NBA (and other league)-themed ugly holiday sweaters that will soon be available for purchase. And if the John Wall one that leaked today is any indication of how awfully good these things are …

John Wall sweater

(h/t Washington Post & Dan Steinberg)

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 gave it a try and some of our favorites are shown below:

bullsnuggetswizardswolves hornetsjazz

(h/t Yahoo’s BDL & J.E. Skeets)