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NBA Movies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It has been the summer of NBA Twitter. After the fun of NBA Musicians and NBA Superheroes, the NBA teams (and some NBA fans) returned yesterday to give their takes on NBA Movies…

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Joel Embiid on his “relationship” with Rihanna

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite NBA stories this summer has had nothing to do with basketball: Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid has taken Twitter by storm by using it as a public forum in his quest for a relationship with pop singer Rihanna.

After a brief flirtation with Kim Kardashian, Embiid settled upon Rihanna as the object of his affection. After a few apparently unrequited tweets, Rihanna followed him back and soon Embiid announced that he and Rihanna were officially an item. Never mind that she hadn’t responded to him. He then posted a photo that seemed, um, heavily altered, of the two of them on a “date”…

Embiid even combined their names into its own hashtag: #Johanna.

While their actual relationship status is unclear — OK, they probably haven’t even met — it is clear that Embiid understands how to use Twitter to have fun. I asked him for the lowdown on the relationship on Sunday during the NBA Rookie photo shoot, and Embiid showed that if this basketball thing doesn’t work out, he may a career in improv…


VIDEO: Embiid on Rihanna

NBA Superheroes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week on Twitter, “NBA Musicians” became a trending topic that people had a lot of fun with. Today, in a similar vein, “NBA Superheroes” started trending on Twitter, eventually becoming the number one trending topic worldwide. Here are some of our favorites…

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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.

Some Heat fans not taking LeBron’s departure well (Update)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to sign with with Miami Heat, there were many Cavaliers fans who were upset with The Decision, enough so that they burned James jerseys and rallied against him in the streets. Four years later, upon his return home, James appears to be forgiven.

Not so fast in Miami, however. Yes, some fans understand why James would leave and return home, such as Heat owner Micky Arison, who took to Twitter to write…

But, according to WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, some Heat fans aren’t taking as well…

UPDATE: It appears at least one Heat fan is trying to right the wrongs of the other, angrier fan…

Don’t call Damian Lillard a lizard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It seems like we’re constantly trying to come up with cool nicknames for NBA players. Some of them stick — one of my favorites was “B-Diddy” for Baron Davis — and some of them don’t — “Slim Reaper” for Kevin Durant.

Recently, an artist did a drawing of Portland’s Damian Lillard represented as a lizard. This was a nod to Lillard’s slithery game, but also a bit of wordplay — “Lillard” sounds a bit like “lizard.”

But as it turns out, Damian Lillard himself hopes this is a nickname that doesn’t stick. In a chat yesterday on ESPN’s SportsNation, someone asked Lillard about being called “Lizard.” And, well, he wasn’t really into it…

Joel Embiid ends hilarious Twitter recruitment of LeBron James

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before the July 4th holiday, we checked in with Sixers rookie Joel Embiid, who was using Twitter to have a little fun with the free agency frenzy surrounding LeBron James.

Embiid was using Twitter to jokingly attempt to get LeBron James to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. But after a few days of trying to get James’ attention via Twitter, with apparently no response, Embiid announced that he’s ended his pursuit. Good job, good effort, rook. Sure was fun while it lasted…

Spencer Hawes challenges Blake Griffin to arm-wrestling contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The numbers NBA players wear can be just as important as their shoes or their haircuts. Some players have worn the same number since childhood, or they have some deep attachment to the number. I know one former NBA player who’s phone number ends with his uniform number repeated over and over — and yes, he said he requested it that way. But when a player changes teams, sometimes his former number is suddenly in use by a different player or, worse, retired and totally unavailable. At least when a different player is wearing your number, you may be able to convince him to give up that number, whether through monetary recompense or, as newly acquired Clippers center Spencer Hawes suggested to Blake Griffin on Twitter, even a feat of strength…

Joel Embiid is recruiting LeBron James on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, the Philadelphia 76ers took Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in the NBA draft. While many experts had Embiid rated as perhaps the most talented player in the Draft, recent surgery on his foot was enough of a concern that Embiid fell No. 3. The Sixers, of course, are deep in rebuilding mode, and are willing to wait for Embiid to get healthy.

In the meantime, Embiid has been using Twitter over the last week to casually recruit free agent LeBron James to join the Sixers. Although from the looks of it, Embiid is still waiting for an answer. He might be in for a long wait …