Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

8-year-old Hawks fan figures out how to stop LeBron James

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you stop LeBron James? It’s a question that has vexed coaches and players around the NBA since LeBron’s debut back in 2003. But maybe, just maybe, an 8-year-old Hawks fan has figured out how to stop the King.

According to a letter sent to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, while reading a book about the Cavs and LeBron, an 8-year-old named Eli discovered that LeBron’s eponymous website contained a section that listed LeBron’s strengths and weaknesses. And if you’re looking to stop LeBron, like the Hawks may want to do, perhaps employing strategies to exploit those weaknesses is a valid idea.

(via Reddit)

Drake introduces the Toronto Raptors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night, the Toronto Raptors celebrated Drake Night, an annual event where the evening is more or less hosted by Drake, the best-selling artist who also serves as the Raptors’ “global ambassador.” Besides wearing Drake-inspired uniforms and having him courtside all night, the Raptors turned over the pregame introductions to Drake…

VIDEO: Drake introductions

The NBA gives back on Thanksgiving

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Thanksgiving, a day when the U.S. takes a moment to reflect and be thankful. In the videos below, players and teams from around the NBA took some time to give back to the communities that support them throughout the year…


VIDEO: Westbrook Thanksgiving


VIDEO: Brooklyn Thanksgiving


VIDEO: Hornets Thanksgiving

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

Cavs fan sings her heart out

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With 5:16 left to play in last night’s Cleveland/Milwaukee game, Bucks forward Khris Middleton fouled out of the game. We know this happened because it’s listed in the box score. There’s is also, presumably, video evidence of this occurring, somewhere or another. And then there’s also this Vine of the aftermath that serves as evidence: Middleton is walking off the court, and as he goes away, LeBron James waits patiently, while in the background this one Cavs fan just can’t get enough of the traditional fouled out song, “Hit The Road, Jack.” Sing it!


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner. And remember, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Finally, congratulations to last week’s winner, Andrew Wiggins!

Now, let’s go to the posters!


VIDEO: Cousins on Nets


VIDEO: AD on Knicks


VIDEO: Leonard on Plumlee


VIDEO: Parker on Love


VIDEO: Westbrook on Celtics


VIDEO: Whiteside on Favors

LeBron sends support to fan with Muscular Dystrophy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James might be one of the biggest sports superstars on the planet, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t human.

First, let’s rewind to an article a few weeks back from Greg Doyel in the Indianapolis Star, about a local high schooler named Emanuel Duncan, who is stricken with a form of muscular dystrophy. Although he’s in a wheelchair, he’s become an inspirational leader to his high school football team, providing spirit and support for his classmates.

Doyel ends the story with this exchange:

What does he want? I ask him for his bucket list. And this is what he says:

“My bucket list is to meet LeBron,” he tells me. “That’s the one thing I want to do. Meet LeBron James. That’s my role model. He inspires me to do everything. To be a good person, to put other people first, to live your life and do what makes you happy. If I meet LeBron James, that would make my day. I wouldn’t ask for anything.”

I tell Emanuel that LeBron is a great guy and would no doubt be honored to meet him. I tell him, let’s see if the Cleveland Cavaliers are coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season to play the Pacers. Emanuel and I have talked several times, in person and on the phone, and now we’re on the phone and I’m telling him to wait as I look up the Pacers’ sched–

“They’re here Feb. 1,” he tells me.

How did you get that so fast?

“I’ve got the Cavaliers app on my phone.”

LeBron would be lucky to meet this kid. It’s like what Bryan Rutland was thinking when he tried to get Emanuel Duncan on the team. The football team needs, LeBron needs – everyone needs – a little bit of what Emanuel Duncan has.

But the story doesn’t end there. A few weeks after the article ran, a package showed up in the mail for Emanuel, along with a letter urging him to never give up.

The sender? LeBron James…

Kyrie Irving is back as Uncle Drew

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has starred in several of these commercials for Pepsi in which he portrays Uncle Drew, a fictional elderly streetball legend. As in previous iterations, in this newest spot, set in Miami. Irving is surrounded by several celebrities and athletes in heavy makeup, such as Ray Allen as his trash-talking adversary Skinny Walt, and Baron Davis and J.B. Smoove as his domino-playing buddies.

VIDEO: Uncle Drew Part 4


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So we’re now a few weeks into the NBA season, and we’ve reached a critical mass of dunks and, more importantly, people getting dunked on. So let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner…

Kristaps Porzingis on Kevin Love

VIDEO: Porzingis on Love

LeBron James is working on his free throw shooting

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being a good free throw shooter is an important part of being a well-rounded NBA player, especially if you’re a player who gets sent to the free throw line with any frequency. This is something that has happened with regularity to LeBron James, who has averaged almost 9 free throw attempts per game. For most of his career, James has been an above-average free throw shooter, making the freebies at a 75-percent clip.

But for some reason, thus far this season James has struggled from the line. It’s early in the season, sure, but James is just 28-47 from the line, which is just below 60-percent. Which is below average for James. So how do you fix it? For James, you put in work, even if it is late at night…

WORK all day long especially on the things you're not as great at. #StriveForGreatness

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