Aaron Gordon puts on his own dunking show

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we saw video of Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine putting on an incredible dunking exhibition at the Seattle Pro-Am. Not to be outdone, Orlando rookie Aaron Gordon posted the following video on Instagram with his own highlight reel of dunks. Your move, LaVine…

Ohio State wants LeBron at football games

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a sophomore and junior high school athlete in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James was twice named to the all-state team — in football. As a wide receiver, James not only was able to be physical with his opponents, but as he grew to his current 6-foot-8, he had a size advantage as well. He gave up football as a senior to concentrate on basketball, which in retrospect was a wise decision. But James has always professed his love for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL, and Ohio State in the college ranks.

And now that James is back home in Ohio, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer would love to have LeBron at a few Ohio State games. According to NFL.com…

Meyer was asked Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days if, as a native of northeast Ohio, James’ letter detailing his reasons to return home resonated with him. “Absolutely,” Meyer said.

Meyer also said he hoped James would attend as many Buckeyes games as possible this fall and joked that he would leave a sideline pass for James for every home game. Meyer also said having James around the program would be good for recruiting.

Special edition USA National Team shoes

NBA.com staff reports

The USA Men’s National Team began practice in Las Vegas on Monday and the NBA’s Twitter account gave us a sneak peek at some of the special edition shoes being worn by the players.

Which pair of shoes are your favorite?

DeMar DeRozan leaps over Kyle Lowry for dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan has always been one of the most athletic players in the NBA, though he doesn’t show off his leaping ability as often as he used to during his first few years in the league. But last week, while in the Philippines, DeRozan caught an alley-oop from his Toronto teammate Kyle Lowry and finished the dunk while jumping completely over Lowry…

(via TNLP)

Boris Diaw is living the life

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals shifted irrevocably when Gregg Popovich inserted Boris Diaw into the San Antonio Spurs’ starting lineup for Game 3. After two games that were rather close, including a Miami win in Game 2, Diaw helped space the floor and move the ball, and the Spurs won three straight games in decisive fashion to win the championship. Kawhi Leonard may have been the Finals MVP, but Diaw was unarguably crucial to what the Spurs accomplished.

This summer, Diaw became a free agent, and without much drama he agreed to a three-year extension to remain a member of the Spurs. He announced the extension via Instagram with a photo of “GO SPURS GO” spelled out on a beach…

Then yesterday, Diaw actually signed the contract…while on a boat. As Diaw wrote in the caption, “Could i find a better place to sign my extension with the spurs? #gospursgo” No, I don’t think you could, Boris.

Zach LaVine is an impressive dunker

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During Las Vegas Summer League, the Hang Time Podcast crew (myself, Sekou Smith and Rick Fox) had the chance to announce a couple of games live on NBA TV. In all, we called three games in one day, and by the time the third game rolled around we were starting to get a little weary.

Luckily, the final game we called was New Orleans against Minnesota, which meant we got to see Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, who was everything he was billed as being. LaVine was by no means the most polished player at Summer League, but the 6-5 guard may have been the most athletic, time and again flying through the sky for crazy dunks or blocks.

LaVine showed off that athleticism again yesterday at the Seattle Pro-Am, where he competed in a dunk contest (emcee’d by Jamal Crawford) and was rather impressive. Let’s hope he gives it a shot in this year’s NBA Slam Dunk contest…


VIDEO: LaVine Dunks

(via BIL)

Clips & Slide: Summer Fun With Your L.A. Basketball Team

By Nick Margiasso IV

If, by now, you don’t know that the Clippers have a roster full of players that like to have a good ol’ rollicking time, well then you don’t follow enough DeAndre Jordan hijinx.

Speaking of … here’s the infamous Charles Barkley impersonator himself, having some old fashioned backyard fun with Matt Barnes’ kids as general managers everywhere collectively cringe.

Summertime!

Touchdown, Dwyane Wade

By Jeff Case

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is a Chicago native and was in his hometown last week to host a sports camp with Chicago Bears superstar receiver Brandon Marshall. Before the camp started, Wade jokingly told a tale of how a camper asked him why he flops.

Although the camp ended on Wednesday and Wade was there to help with the basketball side of things, he couldn’t help showing off some gridiron skills with an impressive one-handed snag of a pass:

(h/t TNLP)

Rihanna following Embiid on Twitter

By Jeff Case

Injured Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid has been busy on Twitter since the Draft, trying to first get LeBron James to sign with Philly, then trying to get the attention of Kim Kardashian and, lately, has been trying to get Rihanna‘s attention, too.

Well, at least his efforts with his latest Twitter target appears to have paid off as the pop star is apparently doing what LeBron and Kim K. wouldn’t do: follow him back on Twitter.

 

Newspaper hiring a LeBron James beat reporter

By Joe Boozell

People who say LeBron James does wonders for the Cleveland economy aren’t kidding. That even applies to the newspaper business now as the Northeast Ohio Media Group (which represents the Cleveland Plain Dealer) is searching for a reporter that will exclusively cover King James. Love writing? Love LeBron? Apply today!

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The job description in its entirety can be seen on the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s website, but here is a quick snippet:

Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You’ll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You’ll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA.