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Let’s do karaoke with Tony Allen

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen also keeps a heavy hand in the community. Last night in Memphis, he hosted his annual Karaoke Night, to benefit a local charity called JIFF, Inc.

One day later, some of the highlights from the event popped up on social media…

Tony Allen’s turnover celebration is amazing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen is something of a spiritual leader for the Grizzlies — the guy who spawned the “Grit N Grind” identity the Grizzlies have so fully embraced. Part of that leadership means that Allen occasionally lets loose a bit on the court, like whenever the Grizzlies force a turnover, Allen gives a football-style “first down” sign to signal the change of possession. But last night against the Dallas Mavericks, Allen broke out a variation on the first down sign, adding some popping and locking to the move…

After the game, Allen tweeted out an explanation…

Memphis Grizzlies owner slam dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I’m pretty sure that Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera is the youngest majority owner in the NBA — he was born in 1978, making him just 36 years old. Which also means Pera is within the top tier in terms of physical shape of the NBA majority owners. We already know Pera loves playing basketball — remember last season when he challenged Tony Allen to a one-on-one match that ended up never happening? And last week upon joining Instagram, Pera posted a video of him throwing down a rather powerful two-handed dunk. (The only question from me: Is that a 10-foot goal? until proven otherwise I feel like we have to give Pera the benefit of the doubt.)

A video posted by Robert Pera (@__rjp__) on

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars


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…

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!

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.

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.

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!

Tony Allen Auctioning Off Shoe That Kicked Chris Paul’s Face


ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTony Allen has made himself into one of the NBA’s premier defenders, but his aggressiveness on the defensive end went a little too far last month against the Clippers. As Chris Paul drove the lane, Allen reached out to stop him and made contact with Paul’s face. Except Allen used his foot.

VIDEO: Allen Kicks CP3

Allen served a one-game suspension for the incident. Now Allen is auctioning off the shoe to raise money for a Memphis-based charity. The shoe — autographed by Allen and mounted in a Grizzlies display case — is currently available on eBay to raise money for Youth Villages. Per the eBay description…

To celebrate the holiday season, Allen – the NBA’s Season of Giving Ambassador for the Memphis Grizzlies – is donating the renowned shoe to Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Memphis. Youth Villages will auction the shoe online as part of an effort to raise $15,000 to buy presents for children receiving help on Youth Villages’ Memphis residential campuses and group homes.

“I’m glad that the shoe will be creating something special for kids in Memphis. Everyone deserves to have a Christmas to remember. I’m glad I can be a part of their memories,” Allen said.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind piece of sports memorabilia that will be an amazing addition to any Grizzlies fan’s collection,” said Richard Shaw, chief development officer at Youth Villages.Starting bid price of $750 will provide holiday gifts for 10 children in Youth Villages’ care. The auction ends Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.

All proceeds generated from the sale of “The Shoe” will be matched 1:1 from an anonymous donor (up to $10,000) and will be used to ensure that all children away from their families this Christmas at Youth Villages experience the joy of the season.

(via BDL)

Grizzlies Owner Challenges Michael Jordan To Play 1-On-1

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera was supposed to square off in a one-on-one match against Grizz defensive stopper Tony Allen in a match for charity. After a bit of build up, on the day of the event it had to be postponed indefinitely.

Yesterday, Pera apologized to fans for the postponement, and tweeted a link to a video of him putting in work on the Grizzlies’ practice court…

I have to say, Pera looks pretty good out there. Good enough to beat an NBA player? Well, that’s unlikely. Against another owner? Pera seems to think there’s at least one he’d have a shot at…

And it don’t stop. Want to raise a million dollars for charity? Someone get Charlotte owner Michael Jordan on the phone!

(via B/R)

Tony Allen To Play Grizzlies Owner 1-On-1


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night I played pick-up basketball with a longtime NBA employee, and our discussion eventually turned to what it is like for us, civilians, to play basketball against actual NBA players. Both he and I have been lucky enough to have a few opportunities to be on a basketball court with NBA players, and the truth is when someone that good decides they want to shut you down, they can do exactly that, easily.

A few weeks ago, Grizzlies owner Robert Pera issued a public challenge to Grizzlies G Tony Allen

And so it is on: Tomorrow, Allen and Pera are playing to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While this event is closed to the public, they’ll be streaming the battle live on (I’m still waiting for Grizz VP John Hollinger to release his statistical analysis of this matchup.) I’m assuming Allen is the heavy favorite here, especially considering he’s one of the NBA’s best one-on-one defenders. But perhaps he’ll go a little easy on Pera — you never want to show up your boss.

Tony Allen Stops Lionel Hollins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been fun watching Memphis wingman Tony Allen develop into one of the NBA’s elite perimeter defenders over the last few years. With his unique skill set, he can stop anyone: he’s versatile, athletic, smart, savvy — really the total package. And speaking of, ahem, you know, over the weekend Allen accidentally discovered how to stop Memphis coach Lionel Hollins. Walk it off, coach.

h/t r/NBA

Happy Valentine’s Day From the Memphis Grizzlies

by Micah Hart

Looking for the right way to tell your loved one how much he/she means to you this Valentine’s Day? I’m pretty sure a card from one of the Memphis Grizzlies is exactly what you are looking for:

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Nicely done Memphis. I choo-choo-choose to watch you play basketball tonight against the Rockets at 8 ET.

H/T Chris Vernon

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Don’t know about a thousand, but this picture talks, Part XII

by Zettler Clay

One of the more interesting factors in any NBA game is the sub-plot. A coach badmouthing another coach or player on the eve of the game. A matchup between two teams that just don’t like each other. Impending reprisal for an embarrassing loss.

Or players coming back to play an old team, which is precisely what happened Wednesday night when the Memphis Grizzlies came to Boston to face the Celtics. Leon Powe and Tony Allen, two significant cogs in the Celtics’ recent machine (remember Powe’s 21-point game in Game 2 of 2008 NBA Finals?), came back donning the baby blue and yellow.

There was an element of bitterness from the Grizzlies’ end as well, who undoubtedly remembered a 116-110 overtime home loss to the Celtics on Nov. 13, 2010.

So we should have expected nothing short of a bromance fest, no?

Hard to tell who won, huh?