Off The Court

NBA Musicians

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Finals are over. The draft is over. Most of the free agents have agreed to terms. Summer League is over.

And now, before the FIBA Basketball World Cup gets going in September, we have a little bit of NBA down time. Which doesn’t mean the NBA talk stops — instead, it just takes a turn toward the…strange.

For instance, last night on Twitter, somehow the hashtag #NBAmusicians started trending. What was this hashtag? Basically, people took NBA player’s names and mashed them up with band names. And it’s still going this morning!

How did all this start? That’s not important. What’s important is that it did start, and then the Twitter accounts of actual NBA teams started playing along, and next thing you know you’ve got a trending topic. Here are some of the greatest hits…

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Joel Embiid moves on to Rihanna

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When we last checked in with rookie Sixers center Joel Embiid, he was once again showing his social media prowess by making an (ultimately failed) attempt at meeting Kim Kardashian on Twitter. This following an attempt to recruit LeBron James to join the Sixers.

That didn’t work out so well, but it hasn’t slowed Embiid’s passion for public displays of his affection, as he has apparently decided to re-focus his social media attention on superstar singer Rihanna

Rihanna has yet to respond, at least via Twitter.

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.

 

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.

 

A big week for birthday cakes and the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is apparently a great week to be an NBA player having a birthday, or even if you’re just an NBA player who enjoys eating birthday cake.

Just one day ago we saw Danté Exum presented with a birthday cake. Little did we know it would mark the start of a trend.

Two nights ago, “The Starters” presented Bucks rookie Jabari Parker with this cake.

Last night, after Trey Burke visited “The Starters” on NBA TV, he was presented with a cake, which he promptly smashed into the face of my main man Trey Kerby.

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Meanwhile, out in Portland, Damian Lillard got a birthday cake from a camper at his basketball camp featuring a photo of his Horry Scale shot against Houston from the playoffs.

If that wasn’t enough, Lillard also got a cake with an adidas shoe in the middle of it…