LeBron gives sweet apology to his Ohio neighbors

By Jeff Case

In the days before LeBron James eventually made his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, many, many, MANY, cars and on-lookers lined the street in Bath Township, Ohio. That’s where James has a residence off Idlebrook Drive in a high-end community and all of that foot traffic — from fans others awaiting some kind of sign at James’ home about his free-agent choice — no doubt bothered at least some of James’ neighbors.

Like any good neighbor, though, James did what he could to right that wrong by having an upscale bakery in Ohio deliver cupcakes to the other homeowners. The Akron Beacon Journal has more:

Employees from Baker Blvd. Decadent Desserts in Fairlawn dropped off cupcakes Tuesday night to James’ Bath Township neighbors. Included with the dozen cupcakes was an apology note from James for the “chaos” that surrounded his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

When James announced his decision to return to the Cavs earlier this month, fans and the media crowded his Idlebrook Drive home.

“We know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos,” the note reads. “We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.

“As a gesture of our gratitude and appreciation, our family wants to give you something that is meaningful to us, our foundation’s cupcakes. We hope you enjoy the treat!”

The note was addressed from James, his wife and two children.

James’ neighbors received six “Just a Kid from Akron Cherry Cola” cupcakes and six “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes. Both cupcakes were designed for James.

And here’s a tweet from David Galehouse, who home is just miles from James’ home, writes ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell.

Kobe’s secrets to success? Cold-calling

By Jeff Case

Some of the funniest shoe commercials of the last few years were the ones Kobe Bryant did in 2012 billed as the “Kobe System”. In those spots, Bryant plays the role of motivational speaker/coach to a cast of Hollywood celebrities and other famous athletes.

But how has Kobe seeks to transition from NBA superstar to the next phase of his life in a few seasons, Bryant recently shared with Bloomberg how he often cold-calls business leaders and other people he’s interested in learning about cold.

That’s right, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history will just call up business leaders when the inkling strikes him. Granted, that’s not something all of us can do, but Bryant’s advice about not being afraid to learn and/or ask stupid questions of others is worth storing away …

(h/t Los Angeles Daily News)

Why NBA players shouldn’t bowl …

By Jeff Case

We like Andre Drummond around these parts because he reflects a lot of what the All Ball Blog is all about — fun off the court, a flair for social media and a general sense of not taking oneself too seriously.

A frequent user of Vine, Drummond showed off in his latest video just why NBA players should steer clear of the bowling lanes (bonus points for including Sweet Georgia Brown, there, Andre) …

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Kobe’s busy weekend in Seattle

By Jeff Case

Kobe Bryant has a documentary that will debut on Showtime in November in which he’ll address the Lakers’ disastrous 2013-14 season, his injury woes and other heavy topics that have been on the mind of the L.A. superstar.

While he’s gearing up for next season (and, no doubt, hoping for a better season than the last), Bryant was in Washington over the weekend and was quite the busy fellow. First, he stopped off at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am and visited with Jamal Crawford while he was there.

He also took part in a charity softball game thrown by Seattle Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman that drew more than 22,000 fans to Safeco Field in Seattle.

How did Kobe do? He just hit a home run …

Not a bad weekend, there, Kobe …

(h/t BallIsLife.com)

LeBron James in cheering dad mode

By Jeff Case

The first few weeks of the free-agent period this summer were all about LeBron James and where he’d decide to go for the next few seasons. Now that we all know he’s Cleveland-bound (again), things have quieted down — somewhat — in terms of James and the news about him. Sure, we had his tweet on Friday soliciting fans to help him pick his jersey number as a Cav, but mostly, LeBron has been soaking up his offseason with his family.

As such, we’ve got some great video of James taking in his son, LeBron James, Jr., at a basketball tournament in Lexington, Ky.

The Lexington Herald Ledger has a 25-image photo gallery of James at the event (and hanging out with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari), too.

Watching the World Cup with Dennis

By Joe Boozell

Atlanta Hawks second year player Dennis Schroder is many things – a jet-quick point guard with a killer first step, a first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and an avid soccer fan. He also happens to be German, and the German national team won the World Cup on Sunday.

HawksTV got to tag along with Schroder for the final match against Argentina, and at around the 1:45 mark, Dennis does what any German soccer fan watching the match would do: He goes absolutely bonkers when Germany scores the winning goal.


BOLD: Dennis Schroder reacts to Germany goal

Love the enthusiasm, Dennis, but the people through the TV screen can’t actually hear you.

 

LeBron James needs your help

By Joe Boozell


VIDEO: LeBron on choosing No. 6 in 2009

23? 6? Pull a Michael Jordan and bust out the 45 jersey?

LeBron James needs your help, NBA fans. Despite deciding to change his jersey number to 6 before even signing with the Miami Heat, The King is thinking about bringing back his Cleveland “23″. James took to Instagram to see what his fans think he should do.

Regardless of his choice, LeBron appears to have a bright future in Photoshop design ahead of him once his hoops career ends.

 

 

D Wade reenacts Air Bud with a dolphin

By Joe Boozell

The sequel to the multiple sequels of “Air Bud”, perhaps? After putting the finishing touches on a new deal to stay in Miami, Dwyane Wade finally has some time to himself. So D Wade decided to hit up the zoo, and this happened:

With the loss of LeBron James, apparently the Heat are exhausting all possible methods of bringing in outside talent.

 

NBA Rooks: An NBA dream begins

By Tyler Ennis, for NBA.com


VIDEO: New Suns guard Tyler Ennis talks about his Draft experience

Hi Everyone!

The last time I checked in I was getting ready for the Draft, working out and visiting teams all around the country. I am so excited to be writing this next entry as an NBA player for the Phoenix Suns. My lifelong dream has come true, and it has been non-stop ever since.

Right after I was drafted, I was told the general manager of the team would be calling, but by that point I only had about 3 percent battery left on my phone. Luckily my media escort had a portable charger in his pocket so I could plug in and charge before Ryan McDonough called. It was great to hear from him so soon, about how excited the team was to get me and meet me the following day.

The morning after the Draft I was on a plane to Phoenix with my family. There was an introductory press conference with some of the other guys that were drafted and a lot of local media. We had a few days to check out the city, and the last day we met all the team employees and some season ticket holders.

I had never been to Phoenix before so it was really nice to get to check out my new home, and I really liked it. The downtown area is really nice and there was a good amount of people around. I’m excited to learn everything about the city. Of course it was really hot, but I’m sure I won’t be complaining about that when winter comes around. It certainly will be really different than Syracuse winter!

I also had a chance to meet some of the guys that are on the team from last year. They stay at the gym and work out over the summer so I actually had a chance to play against a couple of them. Some will be at summer league to watch us play. It’s good to know the players want to be here and are always working on their game. We’re a young team so that is really important.

Now I am in Las Vegas at Summer League. We had a mini-camp that started last Tuesday so we had two-a-days for the last few days. It was a lot of learning the system and getting used to each other, but now we’re in to game play and it’s really fun.

I am really looking forward to getting comfortable on the court and with my teammates. It will be fun to see some of the other guys from the Draft and have a chance to play against them on their new teams. Last year the Suns made it to the championships at Summer League but lost, so I really hope I can start my career off right by helping to claim the trophy this year!

Check me out on Twitter @tdot_ennis and Instagram @tdot11.

T-Mac hangs up the cleats

By Joe Boozell

Former scoring wizard Tracy McGrady was last seen in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, riding the bench in their 2013 Finals loss to the Miami Heat. T-Mac decided to exchange his sneakers for spikes in 2014, beginning an independent league baseball career with the Sugarland Skeeters. “Inside Stuff” had this short feature on McGrady’s quest to the mound a few months ago.


VIDEO: Tracy McGrady on “Inside Stuff”

Unfortunately, like his basketball career, McGrady’s baseball career has ended quite abruptly. CBS reports that McGrady is calling it quits after four appearances, a 6.75 ERA and an abnormally high walk rate. Sabermetrics talk aside, T-Mac is sure to be missed on baseball diamonds and basketball courts everywhere.