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Sacramento Kings fan hits halfcourt shot, wins car

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a while there it seemed like fans were knocking down halfcourt shots left and right — or maybe that was just in Oklahoma City. But then things slowed down, at least until last night in Sacramento, where a fan drained a halfcourt shot to win a new car. (And check out the shot of the guys who are on the hook for the car.)


VIDEO: Kings fan hits a shot to win a car

DeMarcus Cousins says Happy April Fool’s

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins announced that he had an R&B album in the works. I wrote about it at the time and explained why, to me, this seemed at best improbable. Basically, after analyzing the evidence previously available online, I had to conclude that perhaps Boogie was attempting a hoax.

Yesterday, Boogie came clean…


VIDEO: Boogie April Fool’s

Sacramento Kings on best April Fools Day pranks

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is April 1, which means today is April Fools Day, a day to pull pranks and practical jokes. Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins apparently had one in the works, although I’m proud to say we sniffed it out yesterday before we got fooled. But in this video from the Kings, DeMarcus and several other Kings talk about some of their favorite April Fool’s Day pranks. Love how Vlade Divac is nearly driven to tears recalling the time he terrified Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds


VIDEO: Kings on April Fool’s Day

Is DeMarcus Cousins embarking on a singing career?

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Perhaps I have been fooled one too many times. Remember when we thought Kobe was making a piano, and it turned out to be an elaborate ad campaign? Yeah.

So maybe I’m just being skeptical here, but I’m not sure what to make of this story. Last night Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins announced that he would soon be launching an R&B career. He posted a photo on Instagram of what appears to be his CD (they still make CDs?) and wrote, “Coming soon…click link in my bio to hear sneak peak of my new single feat the homie @chancetherapper off my R&B album #BoogieSmooth”…

If you click the link, you are taken to this page, which promises an album called Misunderstood, with a single called “Emotional” and a bonus track called “Big Fellas” (featuring Rick Ross).

A video promoting the project also popped up on YouTube featuring producer Mally Mall


VIDEO: Boogie Smooth

This is all interesting stuff, but I still have a few doubts.

1. Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day.

2. On the promotional video for an album of DeMarcus Cousins singing, he doesn’t actually sing.

3. According to available internet evidence, Cousins doesn’t seem to be much of a singer…


VIDEO: Cousins at Media Day


VIDEO: Karaoke with Cousins

Perhaps I am wrong, and Cousins has yet again been Misunderstood. He’s got my attention. #boogiesmooth

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m. ET: The intrepid Marc J. Spears over at Yahoo Sports confirms our suspicions … this is an April Fool’s day prank

Luc Mbah A Moute treats fan club to game

Milwaukee Bucks v Minnesota Timberwolves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pretty cool story out of Minneapolis, where Wolves forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute decided to step in and help some fans who traveled a long way to meet him.

The dozen young basketball players are all from around Avignon in the south of France. They became aware of Mbah a Moute through a friend of his who used to play for the nearby Basket Club Nyonsais. Because Mbah a Moute has roots in Africa (he is a native of Cameroon) and speaks French, this group of kids felt a particular kinship. As Mbah a Moute explained to Fox Sports, “The French connection, and a lot of those kids are also from Africa originally, so their parents are from Africa. Just being fans of a guy from Africa playing in the NBA, just my story, how I made it in the NBA.”

Still, after becoming fans of Mbah a Moute, getting to the U.S. to see him play a game wasn’t so easy. The original plan was to visit Milwaukee to see him play with his then-team the Bucks, but he was traded to the Sacramento Kings before the season. So they instead planned their trip around two games this week — Sacramento at Brooklyn on Sunday, and Sacramento at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

And then the Kings traded Mbah a Moute to Minnesota. The fans decided to keep their plans as they were, which would have meant missing Mbah a Moute. So Mbah a Moute got involved and paid for the entire group to fly out to Minnesota on Monday, where they had dinner with Mbah a Moute and Ronny Turiaf, and then they attended last night’s Bucks/Timberwolves game.

Ironically, Mbah a Moute didn’t actually get into the game last night, but it didn’t dampen the experience had by all. As Mbah a Moute told Twincities.com, “I just can’t imagine kids coming and doing something like that for someone they don’t know. I think it’s pretty special.”

When Other People Wear Shaq’s Clothes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal is one of the largest human beings in the world, which means he wears some of the largest clothes in the world. So if you ever see some of Shaq’s clothes laying around, be sure to try them on and snap a photo, because it’s never not funny.

The most recent example of this comes from Sacramento, where Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas found a shirt belonging to Shaq — a Kings co-owner — laying around and tried it on.

Of course, this is just the most recent example of this phenomenon. Just a few weeks back, Shaq was a guest on the first week of Jimmy Fallon‘s new gig hosting the “Tonight Show.” And on that night, he let Fallon try on his jacket…

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Going back a few more months, when Tracy McGrady was pulling a shift on NBA TV’s “GameTime” and he needed a suit, he thought he could pull off wearing one of Shaq’s suits that was sitting around the Turner studios…

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And a few months before that, Reggie Miller was in the Turner studios and decided to give one of Shaq’s coats a try…

Kid Finds New Way To Score Against Dwight Howard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — My favorite thing about this clip of a kid going through the wickets on Dwight Howard is the crowd — it’s hours before a game in Sacramento, but somehow everyone in the arena is focused on this one-on-one match-up between a tiny child and Dwight. Listen to the oohs and aahs as the defensive stopper meets his match…


VIDEO: Kid Schools Dwight

And as it stands, maybe Sacramento is a good place for the Rockets — James Harden seems to have met his match when it comes to beards…

(Dwight via Deadspin)

Ben McLemore May Attempt 720 In Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — An oft-heard trope from people complaining about the dunk contest is that by now, every dunk has been done before. This is not verifiable, although it may seem to be true, if only because we’ve seen many of the same dunks performed over and over. But there are still dunks that have been performed in venues other than All-Star Weekend that have yet to be even attempted in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore is on the West squad for this weekend’s upcoming Sprite Slam Dunk Dunk Contest. We know he’s incredibly athletic, and from what we’ve seen in games and on social media, we understand he’s a high flyer. He also appears to have an understanding of what works and doesn’t work in dunk contests, as McLemore discussed with Celtics Blog after playing the Celtics this weekend…

“Not yet, I’m still working on it. Still planning. I still got time, I still got almost a little over a week to plan and get prepared for this great event coming up.”

He is known for his absurd vertical leap and ability to finish in traffic, but when asked if his style is more aerodynamic or high-flying, McLemore told CLNS Radio, “A little bit of both.”

“I’m definitely a high flyer. I can get high. I just want to show my athleticism out there on the floor and bring a lot of excitement out there.”

Being both aerially dynamic and a high leaper, the current holy grail of the slam dunk, the 720, has come under consideration.

“I was thinking about that, nobody has put that up,” McLemore told CLNS Radio. “But we’ll see.”

Now, the 720 dunk McLemore referenced has never been completed in an NBA Dunk Contest. But hardcore hoops fans may recall it being performed back in 2006 by former And 1 tour member Air Up There. We know McLemore can dunk. But can he do this? This just might be the game-changer the Dunk Contest has been waiting for…
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VIDEO: 720 Dunk

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Derrick Williams Attempts Off-Backboard Alley-Oop To Self


VIDEO: Derrick Williams Dunk Fail

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are two sure-fire ways to make certain you make the highlights. One: You make a fantastic play. Two: You attempt to make a fantastic play and it doesn’t go as planned. Last night, with the Kings sitting on a huge lead late in the game against the Bulls, Kings forward Derrick Williams grabbed a steal and went in for the uncontested dunk. Williams tried to show some flair, but as you can see in the video above, it didn’t work out so well. (Hashtag #shaqtin.)