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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:

 

LeBron returns to Cleveland, billboards quickly go up

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It hasn’t even been four hours since LeBron James announced he would be “coming home” to Cleveland to rejoin the Cavs, but the city of Cleveland is already welcoming him back. In LeBron’s final years in Cleveland, a huge Nike “WITNESS” billboard hung on the side of a building across the street from the Cavs arena. This one isn’t as large, but it sure went up fast…

Who’s the baddest? Might just be KD

By Jeff Case

Kevin Durant‘s season ended without him leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals, but 2013-14 was by no means a disappointment individually for the wiry forward. He claimed his first NBA MVP and showed time and again he could lead OKC as his All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook dealt with a myriad of injuries all season.

The last time we saw KD in a commercial was his ubiquitous (some might say bothersome) Sprint ad where he turns into a giant and then blasts off. Pretty cool … but not as cool as his latest commercial, which comes courtesy of Nike Basketball. The premise?

Who’s the baddest player in the NBA today?

Great cameos throughout by NBA legends like George Gervin, Chris Mullin and Charles Oakley, to name a few …

2014 Social Media Awards Update

By Joe Boozell

The NBA offseason is officially here, but social media is an outlet that allows fans to interact with their favorite players beyond the parameters of an NBA schedule. Which is fortunate, because how else would we survive an entire offseason without romantic advice from NBA superstars like Kyrie Irving? (Click the top left for sound.)

The social media universe appreciates a man who has his priorities in tact, as Irving is the winner of the “Best Vine/Video” award.

Voting is live for the NBA social media awards, with the “LOL Award”  next on the docket. Here is a look at the award winners thus far.

Jrue Holiday takes home this year’s “Best Selfie” award, but big props have to go to Anthony “The Brow” Davis for the assist:

Blake Griffin is the winner of this year’s “Best Hashtag” award. But like Holiday, the Clippers’ star big man had his fair share of help. Griffin was assisted by his big brother, Taylor Griffin, a snazzy green polo and, of course, a fresh pair of jorts. #theoriginalduckface

The awards run through Sunday, June 22. So keep on voting!

 

 

 

The 2014 Social Media Awards

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA has always been a league that has embraced social media — from bloggers who helped usher in the sports blogosphere to players being early adopters and having huge presences on Facebook and Twitter, to fans interacting though things like Twitter and Instagram.

To recognize the NBA’s continuing social media influence, and the influence of social media, NBA Digital will host its third annual NBA Social Media Awards, celebrating NBA players and teams for their social engagement throughout the 2013-14 NBA regular season. And while in years past the SMA’s have had various formats — who could forget the 2012 Awards when Rick Fox and I celebrated by shoving Shaq into some trash cans — this year brings a new “10 in 10” format. For the first time, NBA Digital will present 10 social media awards in 10 categories over the course of 10 consecutive days with fan voting across NBA.com, Twitter and Facebook.

Voting is live now, with one Social Media Award winner being declared each day following a 24-hour polling cycle. This year’s awards will be divided into a variety of categories recognizing NBA players and teams and the best social activity across social engagement. This year’s categories will include:

• Best Vine/Video – Friday, June 13
• Selfie Award – Saturday, June 14
• Best Hashtag – Sunday, June 15
• LOL Award – Monday, June 16
• “AWW” Award – Tuesday, June 17
• Best #TBT – Wednesday, June 18
• Social Rookie – Thursday, June 19
• Best Post – Friday, June 20
• Team Social MVP – Saturday, June 21
• Social MVP – Sunday, June 22

Fans can follow all of the conversation, engage with nominees, analysts and more using the hashtag #NBASMA.

In addition, NBA TV’s The Starters will provide fans with daily #NBASMA updates via their TV show, podcast and blog.

We’re live now! Go on, get out the vote!

Nick Young tries being a ‘Starter’

By Jeff Case

Lakers star/swag master Nick “Swaggy P” Young turns 29 today, but on Friday, he got a little bit of an early gift.

Young was in Atlanta to tape an NBA Style segment for NBA TV (you can watch that here), and while he was in town, “The Starters” had him on set to take a crack at helping Leigh Ellis with the Tweet of the Week.

Swaggy P tried his best, but may need some more teleprompter practice …


VIDEO: Nick Young pays a visit to “The Starters”