Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

LeBron James sings Happy Birthday to Kevin Love

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James can do it all — score, defend, pass, rebound… name it, LeBron’s done it. Singing, though? Well, as LeBron displays in this Instagram video where he sings to a magazine cover of his teammate Kevin Love, let’s just say he might have some room for improvement…

Farm builds corn maze tribute to LeBron and Cavs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James and the Cavaliers won the NBA championship, they brought Cleveland fans their first championship in over fifty years. Fans thanked the team by coming out to their parade, and also in other, creative ways. We’ve seen corn mazes dedicated to NBA teams and players, and this farm in Ohio honored the Cavs’ title by building three corn mazes. Homegrown hero, indeed…

Kyrie Irving takes technology too far

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You can do pretty much anything with your phone these days, from booking a vacation to tracking your exercise. And with fun apps like Snapagram or Instachat, you can do some other neat tricks, such as swapping faces with your friends. In this new ad from Foot Locker, Kyrie Irving and a young fan test out some face-swapping technology, and things finally go too far…

A recent history of NBA players writing open letters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. And that’s never more clearly felt than of late, as we are currently in the midst of a time of change in the NBA. Free agency has seen a bunch of NBA players change franchises and cities, and while at this point we’re used to seeing guys move cities at the drop of a hat, it’s still often difficult for a player to leave behind the fans and people who have helped them reach their current status. So how better to reach out directly and let people know exactly how you feel than via an open letter?

The open letter is not a new form — athletes on the move have done things such as taking out ads in newspapers to publish open letters for years. But the advent of the internet has allowed for new forms and forums.

Here are some of the letters we’ve seen over the last few weeks…

In a letter on The Players’ Tribune announcing his departure from Oklahoma City for Golden State, Durant said he will always miss the relationships he built in Oklahoma City…

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.


Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Uncle Drew celebrates Cleveland Cavaliers championship

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Through the years, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving has made numerous appearances as his alter ego Uncle Drew, a mysterious elderly man who dominates out on the basketball court against “youngbloods.” And with Irving and the Cavaliers winning an NBA title two weeks ago, Uncle Drew emerges in this new spot from Pepsi to congratulate Kyrie on getting the ultimate bucket…

Tyronn Lue talks to President Obama

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For an NBA team that wins a championship, you usually get a quick phone call from the president congratulating you on the achievement. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, after beating the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, that call came a few days later, and lucky for us, there were cameras present. Here’s a great video of President Barack Obama calling Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to congratulate him on a job well done. It’s a brief call, but President Obama is on long enough to make it clear that while he’s retired from playing, he not only watched the games but he kept up with the parade as well…

Cleveland Indians pay tribute to LeBron

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By winning the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally broken the city of Cleveland’s 52-year dry spell without a title. And while the people of Ohio and certainly excited, other teams around Cleveland are also showing their gratitude. During last night’s Indians game, the Indians slipped an image of LeBron and the Larry O’Brien trophy into their Kiss Cam segment.

Cleveland’s belief finally pays off

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The city of Cleveland had gone 52 years without winning a sports championship…until last night, when the Cleveland Cavaliers did the impossible and came from behind to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. It wasn’t always easy to be a Cleveland sports fan, but last night all the years of waiting and wishing became worth it. And in this new commercial from Nike, Cavs fans find out exactly how great it feels to be a champion…

LeBron James plays volleyball during the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James turned in a dominant performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, contributing 41 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists along the way to Cleveland’s 112-97 win. He also had 3 blocked shots, including one against Golden State’s Stephen Curry where James soared through the air and spiked the basketball. If it reminded you of someone spiking a basketball, you aren’t alone: Here’s a version of Bron’s block that’s been photoshopped to make it a volleyball highlight…