Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

Shumpert switches it up for the summer

By Jeff Case

Few players in the NBA have as recognizable of a hairstyle as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. For several seasons now, he’s been rocking the “Gumby” haircut (shown below), which is basically a really big flat top.

Iman Shumpert

Shumpert is/was a free agent this summer, but reportedly reached a deal with the Cavs to the tune of four years and $40 million. So, it is understandable he’s living it up a little bit this summer and decided why not change the hairdo, too. TMZSPorts caught up with Shumpert, who has a decidedly new look …


LeBron James, Yoga Instructor

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James has evolved into a great leader, both on and off the court, and when King James speaks, his teammates listen. But how about when he’s way off the floor, like as far away as…the yoga mat? This week in California at the Nike Basketball Academy, LeBron took some campers out to the beach and led a little yoga before the basketball workout…

(via BIL)

LeBron shows off impressive (vocal) range

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We all knew LeBron James had great range, but who knew that also extended to his vocal cords? Last night on “Conan,” director Judd Apatow brought along a clip from his new movie Trainwrecked, which features LeBron. And as we see in the clip, LeBron shows off some impressive versatility, and an ability to go high or low…

VIDEO: LeBron Apatow

Matthew Dellavedova: The Movie


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the surprise stories of the NBA Finals was that of reserve Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova. As the Cavs suffered injuries and their roster options were winnowed down, the man they call Delly stepped up and played some big minutes for the Cavs. Considering Dellavedova was undrafted out of college, the Australian’s rise to prominence in the NBA Finals was almost like something out of a movie.

So why not make a movie out of it? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. As the paper writes…

The fictional story, based on Dellavedova’s rise, will follow the tale of three young Australian basketballers who are drafted to play basketball for a US college.

Role Models executive producer Jason Shuman has signed on to the project, which is being called Final Four, while The Bodhi Tree’s Robert ‘Bobby’ Galinsky will act as screenwriter and executive producer.

Galinsky said the work would either be made into a feature film or a Friday Night Lights-style series.

True Detective’s Woody Harrelson and Hotel Rwanda’s Nick Nolte have both been approached to play the boys’ coach.

The idea was conceived three years ago by young Werribee actor Josh Howlett, who was inspired by Dellavedova’s story after he was plucked from the Australian Institute of Sport to play US college basketball.

Galinsky said Howlett approached him about the project years ago when the Australian basketballer was relatively unknown. His Cleveland Cavaliers singlet is now one of the NBA’s best-sellers.

Can we get my man Rick Fox a part in this thing? Holler at us, Hollywood…

Nike takes out ad in honor of Cavs, LeBron’s season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers had something of a dream season, managing to make it to the NBA Finals with a mostly new roster, and a new coach, and despite tons of injury problems. They lost in the Finals, sure, but that shouldn’t take away from what was an incredible season for them and LeBron James. To make sure people remember what a great season it was, Nike took out a full-page ad in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer in order to keep the memory alive…

Stephen Curry can feel it in the air tonight

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At each NBA Finals game in Cleveland, just minutes before tipoff, the PA system at The Q would play Phil Collins‘ classic “In The Air Tonight.” It’s an evocative, slow-building song, which of course explodes into a terrific drum break about halfway through. As I sat there and heard it before each game, I thought to myself, “Is it possible to listen to this song and not play ‘air drums’ along to the drum break?”

Well, as we now know thanks to Stephen Curry‘s wife, not even the MVP can pass up the chance to hit the drum solo…

WWE champ Seth Rollins trolls LeBron, Manziel

CLEVELAND — We’re here in Cleveland, waiting for Game 6 of the NBA Finals to tip off tonight, but last night the WWE rolled into town, which meant even as wrestling took over, people were talking NBA. I spent the night ringside, where I had a great view when, for instance, The Big Show tossed The Miz into Ryback at the announce table…

Big Show wrecking shop

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But the evening began with WWE champ Seth Rollins addressing the Cleveland crowd, and in classic wrasslin’ fashion, Rollins got on the mic and let Cleveland know that despite Johnny Manziel (a.k.a. “Johnny Idiotface”) and LeBron James, Cleveland’s title drought wouldn’t be ending anytime soon…

60-year-old Warriors assistant coach shows off dunking skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How tall is Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry? You might wonder who even cares, but today it’s a particularly valid question.

But before we get to the why, how tall is Alvin Gentry? A simple google search turns up nothing. According to his Wikipedia page, Gentry played point guard in college at Appalachian State, which would suggest he is probably not all that tall, at least in relation to most basketball players. Perhaps the best we can do is by analyzing this recent photo of Gentry on the sidelines next to Steve Kerr, who we know is 6-3.


So by that picture, let’s just assume Gentry is also 6-3, if not maybe an inch or so shorter. But the more salient fact, at least for our purposes, is that Gentry recently turned 60 years old.

We’re doing a deep dive into Gentry’s personal stats for an important reason: At Warriors practice yesterday in Cleveland, before Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Alvin Gentry dunked a basketball. Yes, it took him two tries, and yes, he used the wall for a little boost, but he’s 60 years old! As the caption on this video reads, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.”

Age ain't nothing but a number. Alvin "skywalker" Gentry still getting up to throw down. @warriors #DubNation

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Jimmy Kimmel pranks fans in Cleveland

By Jeff Case

When The Finals were out in Oakland for Games 1 and 2, Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew around town to talk to Golden State Warriors fans and, unfortunately, out some of them as not being to knowledgeable about their team. With the series having just left Cleveland for Games 3 and 4, he did a similar stunt in Ohio and, well, stop making fun of those Warriors fans, Cavs people …

VIDEO: Kimmel Finals, Part 2

Ric Flair pumps up crowd in Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals create may be a heavyweight matchup, but the true legends were at Quicken Loans Arena last night in Cleveland, where it was a veritable who’s who in the wrestling world. First of all, pregame I was standing and watching warmups, when I noticed WWE superstars (and Cleveland natives) Dolph Ziggler and The Miz hanging out courtside…

Harrison Barnes, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler. The Finals can start now.

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Those two later took the mic and fired up the crowd, and did it well. But it’s hard for anyone to top true wrestling royalty, the Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair. Not only did Flair photobomb the NBA TV crew…

But later, the Nature Boy got dressed up and got the crowd hyped…

VIDEO: Flair hype