July 23, 2014 · 9:23AM
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…
July 23, 2014 · 9:04AM
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.
July 23, 2014 · 7:42AM
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.
July 22, 2014 · 12:57PM
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)
July 21, 2014 · 11:18AM
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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July 21, 2014 · 8:00AM
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 …
July 21, 2014 · 7:37AM
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.
July 18, 2014 · 12:08PM
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.
July 17, 2014 · 2:12PM
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.