MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (SUMMER WRAP-UP)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The leaves are going from green to shades of red and gold and brown, as summer drifts into fall and the weather becomes more accommodating. But that doesn’t mean MUSCLEWATCH stops. Because MUSCLEWATCH never stops.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but seemed to always be 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

Whenever you come across MUSCLEWATCH news, please let me know! You can either email me via the link in the header above, or you can send me a tweet, and make sure you use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

I received several MUSCLEWATCH alerts on Twitter the last few days, and with not much news happening around the rest of the NBA, I thought we would check in with another round of MUSCLEWATCH.

• We don’t have any exact information here, but someone tweeted me a picture of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade post-workout, with Bosh looking surprisingly muscular…

• Our friends at CBS Sports discovered a video of Andrew Wiggins‘ workout routine, which made me exhausted just watching it.


VIDEO: Wiggins MUSCLE

• The New Orleans Pelicans have always embraced MUSCLEWATCH, so let’s thank them for this recent article about Anthony Davis putting on a dozen pounds. It doesn’t specify whether this is muscle or something else, but considering the accompanying photos feature Davis pumping iron, let’s assume it’s MUSCLE…

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• Toronto’s Kyle Lowry apparently felt the need to take some weight off, and he’s posed for a few photos showing off a more slender physique…

Good AM run with the Fellas!!!

A photo posted by Kyle OQuinn (@kyle.oquinn) on

• Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger also pulled a reverse MUSCLEWATCH, dropping weight over the last eight weeks…

Roy Hibbert also hit the diet plan hard before debuting in Hollywood with the Lakers, as he’s apparently dropped 16 pounds since last season…

• As NetsDaily pointed out via Twitter, Chris McCullough is putting in time in the weight room…

Thru the lens #theysleep

A photo posted by Chris McCullough (@briskuno) on

• Finally, perennial MUSCLEWATCH contender Shabazz Muhammad is just getting started, but posted some promising results…

Carmelo Anthony dedicates basketball court in Puerto Rico

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of Carmelo Anthony’s most recent A Very Melo Weekend, a benefit to raise money for The Carmelo Anthony Foundation, the New York Knicks star dedicated a refurbished basketball court to a neighborhood in Puerto Rico. Anthony, whose father was Puerto Rican, also co-owns the NASL team based in Puerto Rico.


VIDEO: Melo PR Court

Jordan Clarkson and Manny Pacquiao played chess

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJordan Clarkson had a great rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers, which has endeared him to Lakers fans. Clarkson, who’s mother is Filipino, is also popular in the Philippines, where he is currently trying to join their National Team. And while in the Philippines, yesterday Clarkson had a chance to sit across the chess table from a national hero and boxing champ. As Clarkson wrote in the caption, “Crazy Experience. Blessed. Playing Chess with The Legend himself @mannypacquiao respect #pinoypride”

Crazy Experience.Blessed. Playing Chess with The Legend himself @mannypacquiao respect #pinoypride

A photo posted by Jordan Clarkson (@jclark5on) on

Andrew Wiggins dunks on JJ Barea

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Canadian National Team played an exhibition against Puerto Rico, and on the play below, J.J. Barea ended up squaring off against Andrew Wiggins on a fast break. As it turned out, Barea didn’t stand much of a chance…

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Giannis shows off dance moves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing with the Greek National Team this summer. And while his on-court development has been watched closely, in this video from his Greek teammate Nick Calathes, we see how Giannis has been working on his off-court skills, as well…

Lil B accepts D-League tryout invite

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The rapper Lil B is not only an avid NBA fan, who has had numerous interactions with players over the years, but he’s also talked about wanting to play in the NBA. He may now be one step closer to his dream coming true.

Yesterday the Philadelphia 76ers’ D-League team, the Delaware 87ers, took to Twitter and invited Lil B to their open tryouts next month…

Lil B quickly accepted. Maybe we’ll have to start calling it The B League…

Blake Griffin shows off amazing ballhandling skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Clippers showed off their new uniforms a few weeks ago, but apparently there are other new things in the works, such as Blake Griffin becoming a ball-handling genius. In this video Blake posted on Facebook, he does his best Globetrotter and keeps the ball off the ground using his head and shoulders and arms. Let’s hope he tries this in a game once the season starts…

Russell Westbrook really enjoyed the Taylor Swift concert

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTaylor Swift started her run of concerts in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant presenting her with a banner, and last night, Oklahoma City point guard (and Los Angeles native) Russell Westbrook — who as we previously noted, is a huge Taylor Swift fan — attended her show and got his groove on…

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Jabari Parker looks pretty good

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most disappointing injuries last season was when promising Milwaukee rookie Jabari Parker suffered a season-ending injury in December. While we were deprived of seeing Parker for most of last season, in this Vine posted by the Bucks, Parker looks like he’s well on the way to a full recovery…

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Amir Johnson makes a three on scooter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This summer’s latest NBA meme has been crop mazes, something nobody saw coming. But another, more participatory trend, has been guys riding self-balancing scooters. Here’s Boston center Amir Johnson nailing a three while riding a scooter.

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A video posted by @iamamirjohnson on