Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

Kevin Love finally makes the postgame Cavs photo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers enjoy posting group Instagram photos of themselves. The problem is, somehow Kevin Love keeps getting left out of the picture. As a result, Love recently had to edit himself into a team photo to make sure he got in there.

But last night, things finally changed in Love’s favor. After beating the Pacers in overtime, the Cavs posed for a team photo. And this time, they included Kevin Love. As he posted on Instagram, he was pretty excited about this…

Great OT road win #squadUP #ontothenext #HELLYEAHHHHimadethepic

A photo posted by @kevinlove on

Cavs, Jazz celebrate Australia Day

By Jeff Case

The NBA is truly an international league, as 100 players from around the world were on opening-night rosters this season. Eight players in the NBA — Cameron BairstowMatthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum — hail from Austraila.

Yesterday was Australia Day, and as such, players from the Cavs and Jazz took it upon themselves to celebrate it.

The Cavs went all-in on Australia day with Dellavedova, having him teach teammates some Australian words …


VIDEO: Dellavedova teaches teammates some Australian words

… and had him address the crowd before the game.


VIDEO: Dellavedova addresses the crowd

Cleveland also had Austrailan pop singer Cody Simpson sing the Australian National Anthem last night, too.


VIDEO: Cody Simpson sings Australian National Anthem

(For comparison’s sake, here is Starters co-host Leigh Ellis belting out the Australian National Anthem, too)


VIDEO: Leigh Ellis sings the Australian National Anthem

And, lastly, the Jazz had Ingles and Exum wish their fellow Australians well on the holiday. You’ve gotta love how Ingles does his best to troll Exum throughout the whole segment …


VIDEO: Exum, Ingles wish you a Happy Australia Day

 

Curry, James, Kobe have NBA’s most popular jerseys

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on January 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the recent holiday season, a bunch of people apparently got NBA jerseys as gifts — according to a release from the NBA, NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year. But which jerseys were the most popular? Here’s a look at the top 15 most popular jerseys, based on sales from October 2015 through December 2015, which features a conspicuous debut from one rated rookie…

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
14. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Also, here are the ten most popular teams in terms of merchandise sold…

1.  Golden State Warriors
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Miami Heat
9. Boston Celtics
10. L.A. Clippers

Steve Kerr still has the touch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before becoming head coach of the Golden State Warriors and winning an NBA title in his first season, Steve Kerr was one of the greatest long-range shooters in NBA history, winning five titles as a member of the Bulls and the Spurs. We’ve seen Stephen Curry show off his incredible shooting range regularly for Kerr, but in Cleveland earlier today ahead of tonight’s Warriors at Cavs game (TNT, 8:00 pm ET), Kerr showed Curry that he can still knock it down from way outside…

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 15

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, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Quick second to send a shoutout to LeBron James. Not only did LeBron make a strong POSTERIZED appearance this week (see the poll below), but he also paid something of a POSTERIZED tribute to legendary power forward Karl “The Mailman” Malone. Check out this breakaway dunk against the Dallas Mavericks…

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LeBron didn’t exactly dunk on anyone, so for our purposes it doesn’t qualify for the poll. But LeBron did do a dunk that Karl Malone put on numerous posters throughout his career…

Anyway, there were a bunch of terrific POSTERIZING dunks this week. Special shoutout to last week’s winner, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…where one of Porzingis’ fellow rookies, Jahlil Okafor, didn’t have the best of weeks… (more…)

LeBron pays tribute to Tim Duncan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At 39 years old and in his 19th NBA season, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan has been a model of consistency. He may not be flashy, doesn’t seek out headlines, but Duncan gets results — 2 MVP awards, 3 NBA Finals MVP awards, as well as 5 NBA titles. While Duncan’s career is presumably winding down, he hasn’t shown many signs of stopping. Last night, his Spurs hosted and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, to move to 35-6 and continue to solidify their place among the Western Conference elite.

And though Duncan doesn’t seek out attention, it still finds him. Following the game last night, LeBron James took to Instagram to pay tribute to “the Greatest PF to Ever play this game.”

Here’s Timofey Mozgov riding a bear

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home game on January 23, fans in attendance will receive a free winter hat. And who better to advertise a winter hat than Cavs center Timofey Mozgov, who hails from St. Petersburg, Russia, where winters can be fierce? To promote the hat, here’s a video of Mozgov riding a bear through the snow. I would totally watch a movie of this…


VIDEO: Mozgov riding bear

LeBron James surprised by Dallas Cowboys mascot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Even though he hails from Ohio, LeBron James has always made one thing clear: He is a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys. So with the Cavaliers in Dallas, LeBron’s trainer Mike set up a surprise welcome for LeBron when arrives to his hotel room: Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy.

VIDEO: LeBron surprise

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 8

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, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Before we get to the NBA posters, let’s take a moment and give a shoutout to the NBA D-League, which is currently gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for their annual D-League Showcase. Jaron Johnson plays for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and while he may not be in the NBA quite yet, I think we can all agree that his POSTERIZING skills are NBA worthy for sure…


VIDEO: Jaron Johnson

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Boston’s Marcus Smart, who narrowly defeated Utah’s Alec Burks in his attempt to get back-to-back POSTERIZED POLL wins.

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…
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Cavs fan updates ‘2015 NBA Champs’ tattoo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago, just before the NBA Finals tipped off, we met a Cleveland Cavaliers fan who celebrated their Finals trip by getting a “2015 NBA Champs” tattoo. It was both confident and aspirational, and in retrospect it was also, well, wrong. The Golden State Warriors, of course, ended up being the 2015 Champs, making the Cavs tattoo incorrect.

But this story has a happy ending! Earlier today, the NBA on TNT Twitter account tweeted out a photo of the tattoo, asking followers to retweet if they had a better year than the Cavs 2015 NBA Champs tattoo guy. And the original Cavs fan responded with an image of his freshly updated tattoo, which is suddenly relevant again…