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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.

 

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.

All-Access at 2014 Summer League

By Jeff Case

NBA Summer League is well underway in Las Vegas — in fact, we’re already in the tournament stage of the competition. As you’d expect, there have been a bunch of youngsters who have surprised (our Scott Howard-Cooper is all over it on the Rookie Ladder) and we’ve even had a couple of shots that nearly made us fire up the Horry Scale.

The other part of the fun of Summer League is seeing how the NBA’s youngsters learns on the job — and on the bench. Not only do rookies get more playing time than they might get on their team come the regular season, but assistant coaches (often the men who lead Summer League teams) get to try their hand at their craft, too.

With that all being said, here’s a look at some different folks participating in Summer League, courtesy of their respective team websites …


VIDEO: Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova takes part in Summer League


VIDEO: Listen in as Knicks swingman Cleanthony Early participates in the Las Vegas Summer League


VIDEO: Wolves rookie Zach LaVine gets ready for his Summer League experience


VIDEO: Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool coaches up the team during Summer League


VIDEO: Kings assistant coach Chris Jent leads the team through a Summer League practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Mosby reacts to LeBron’s return to Cleveland

By Joe Boozell

“How I Met Your Mother”, the hit sitcom that recently wrapped up its ninth and final season on CBS, stars Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby. The show takes place in New York City, but Radnor’s character calls Columbus, Ohio home.

Throughout the series, Mosby makes it known how salty he is about King James‘ departure. For example:

 

The show may be finished, but Mosby lives on. Radnor reacts to LeBron coming home first, but he inevitably lets overzealous Ted do the rest: