Posts Tagged ‘Anderson Varejao’

Neymar attends the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With a little bit of downtime on his hands before his home country hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazilian soccer star Neymar showed up last night in Oakland to take in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He spent some time with his countrymen Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao, and got to hang with the Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, as well. Neymar also brought along a gift from his club team, FC Barcelona…

The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate the ’70s

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of their series of Hardwood Classics nights throughout this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers embraced the ’70s last week when they hosted the Bucks. And to get everyone in the proper mindset, the Cavs started the night with this Soul Train-style dance video. One thing worth noting: I think everybody in this video is wearing either a hat or a wig…except Anderson Varejao.

VIDEO: Cavs Soul Train

VIDEO: Cavs Behind Scenes

The Cleveland Cavaliers really liked this picture of them working out

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You don’t have to be a detective to figure out that several members of the Cleveland Cavaliers gathered in Miami this weekend to get in a workout together. How do we know? They all posted the same picture on Instagram. Either there was a glitch in the matrix or they all really liked this photo…

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Anderson Varejao is a dancing machine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During an important moment in last night’s San Antonio/Cleveland games, the Spurs needed to inbound the ball along the sideline. In order to try and disrupt the pass, the Cavs had seven-footer Anderson Varejao defend the passer, Kawhi Leonard. And in order to make the pass as tough as possible, Varejao was very awkwardly active. Which meant he did this…


Later, just to make sure the moment was commemorated perfectly, “Inside Stuff” host Kristen Ledlow took to Twitter to suggest someone put Varejao’s moves to music. After we discussed a few options — I knew Ledlow would initially gravitate toward Grizzlies fan Justin Timberlake — a Twitter user came up with what just may be the perfect soundtrack to Varejao’s funky moves. Thank you, internet…

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Cleveland Cavaliers read nice tweets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Things aren’t going so well for the Cleveland Cavaliers of late — they’ve lost consecutive games and don’t look like they’re on the same page on the court. So how about some good news, Cavs fans? Here’s a video of Cavs players reading nice tweets. Smile! (Also, get off the couch!)

VIDEO: Cavs tweets

Kobe Bryant’s World Cup picks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We saw earlier through social media how Kobe Bryant has been enjoying his time in Brazil for the World Cup. And now a video has emerged of Kobe sitting down with Brazilian native Anderson Varejao and discussing the World Cup. Kobe freely admits his loyalties are divided, but seems to have a pretty solid idea of the teams he expects to see make the World Cup final…

VIDEO: Kobe in Brazil

Cleveland Cavaliers welcome LaBron James

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Miami Heat, which meant the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, the city and franchise where he began his career. And while LeBron’s departure may have been a bit acrimonious, feelings seem to have cooled a bit since then.

Or maybe not? During last night’s game, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer‘s Cavs beat writers noticed LeBron’s name spelled incorrectly on the scoreboard…

Then again, they also noticed one of Cleveland’s players referenced incorrectly…

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Tyler Zeller

By Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers

Happy New Year!

It’s a little belated, but Happy New Year everybody! On New Year’s Eve, our team was home in Cleveland. It was a pretty quiet night. I hung out at home and then stopped by one of my teammate’s houses with my girlfriend. I went home before midnight, and was in bed by 12:15 a.m.!

I don’t really get caught up in New Year’s resolutions. I always have been focused and have my goals to accomplish. So even though I don’t really have a resolution, I’d say my main goal this year is to continue to get better, and become more and more comfortable with the league, my teammates and my coaches. This year is a learning process, and I want to grow as much as possible as my first step in what is hopefully a long playing career.

Court Vision

It’s amazing not having to wear my facemask anymore. I didn’t realize how much I couldn’t see until I took it off. My first game back, I could see peripherally again! And making the quick shots was a lot easier. I was always messing with the mask and usually took it off during timeouts. I tried to convince myself I was fine with it, just so I could keep it out of my mind and play my game. But I once I got rid of it, playing was much easier and my game flowed more.

Things have been going well. I am getting more and more comfortable with my teammates. I have been shooting the ball well, finding those easy baskets and finding my shot. With a point guard like Kyrie Irving, he creates opportunities for me. I have a lot of unique skills, but up until I started playing a lot, I didn’t know what I needed to work on and hone in on. Now that I know what I need to improve, I can work on those things in the gym. For one, I need to get better at finishing inside.

I’ve been part of the starting lineup lately, which is a huge adjustment. You don’t realize the difference between the starters and the second string. I went from playing a couple minutes to facing off with the starters every night. I am up against the best of the best every night, and I am trying to hold my own as much as possible. I am getting more comfortable as a starter, which alleviates some of the pressure.

Mentally, I am feeling pretty good. I have my days. I’m trying to stay focused and keep going. It can be difficult, but I think I’ve done a fairly good job. It’s just that the losing can get tough. And it’s still amazing to me how talented and quick all of the players in this league are. I am constantly trying to figure out how to guard different players. It’s a lot to think about. In the beginning of the year, my head was all over the place. But it’s getting easier.

My teammates Andy Varejao and Luke Walton have done a great job of talking to me and helping me out. Shaun Livingston joined the team a couple weeks ago, and he is somebody who is very smart with a high basketball IQ. He’s the kind of teammate who can help you improve and provide some insight.

In Other News

I participated in a lot of Cavs community outreach events during the holidays, probably about three or four. We went to a children’s home, and to a children’s and veteran’s hospital. It was fun. Anytime you are around little kids, especially during Christmas, it’s always both fun and rewarding and makes me value what I have. I like to give back to the kids and hopefully help them get in better spirits.

I am watching UNC basketball whenever I can, but they are starting to scare me a little right now. I think Coach Williams is doing a great job, but the team is young. Like Coach always says, “If you do what I say, you’ll be a great team.” He told me that all the time. It’s something we all go through and you just try to learn from it. They’re not looking too hot right now, but hopefully they can turn it around.

Last time I blogged, I said I was going to start watching “NCIS.” But I actually started watching “Prison Break.” I watched all four seasons in am month. Now I’ll go back to “NCIS.” I’m also very into movies right now. I like action and thrillers … the movies that make you think, and that you have to watch two or three times to really understand.

That’s what’s going on with me these days … Follow me on twitter (@zellertyler).

Tyler Zeller is a 7-foot center from the University of North Carolina. He was the 17th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Horry Scale: Jennings Takes Down Cavs

by Zettler Clay IV

Looks like Tony Parker has company.

In a back-and-forth affair in Milwaukee, point guard Brandon Jennings punctuated a perplexing night (13 assists, but 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, four turnovers) by nailing a 3-pointer as the buzzer expired to lift the Bucks to 2-0. The game was extremely competitive for the last 28 minutes, with Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy Jr. filling up the scoring column for the Bucks until Jennings performed a coup de grace on the Cavs.

For those that are new around these parts, the Horry scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?), and celebration, and gives it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, who is kind of the patron saint of last-second daggers.

How does Mr. Jennings’ shot Saturday night stack up? Let’s take a look. (more…)