Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

NBA 2K15 shows preview of Cavs starting lineup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are getting close now, I hope you realize. That’s right, NBA training camps crank up in just a few weeks, and from there we’re just days away from actual NBA action (which is faaaan-tastic!).

But if you, like LeBron James, just can’t wait, Bron has you covered. Earlier today LeBron tweeted a link to a video from the upcoming NBA2K15 video game, of the pregame introductions for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Enjoy everyone…we’re just days away…


VIDEO: NBA 2K The Land

Cavs fans recite LeBron’s coming home essay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Miami Heat and returning to his native Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers, he did so via a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated. Now, the NBA has posted a video of Ohio residents and Cavaliers fans reciting LeBron’s essay, and it’s a pretty cool watch. Powder tosses for everyone


VIDEO: LeBron Homecoming (via Cavs.com)

LeBron, Kyrie, welcome Kevin Love to Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After weeks of rumors, Kevin Love was finally traded this weekend to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And no sooner was the deal announced then his new teammates, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, too to social media to welcome Love to town. (Of course, Love and Irving have worked together before.)

LeBron ready to bring back powder toss in Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments from the early part of LeBron James‘ NBA career came each game just before tip-off, when he would walk to the scorer’s table, fill his hands with talcum powder and heave it into the air. It was a move pioneered by Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett, who would clap talcum at the scorer’s table.

Yet LeBron added height to the practice and dedicated himself early on, and it has become something of a signature move for him. He stopped doing it in 2011, and then brought it back in 2013, though he didn’t resume it with regularity.

But over the weekend, LeBron posted a clip from NBA 2K and wrote, “I swear I can’t wait for this moment again!! #TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness”

Ohio State wants LeBron at football games

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a sophomore and junior high school athlete in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James was twice named to the all-state team — in football. As a wide receiver, James not only was able to be physical with his opponents, but as he grew to his current 6-foot-8, he had a size advantage as well. He gave up football as a senior to concentrate on basketball, which in retrospect was a wise decision. But James has always professed his love for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL, and Ohio State in the college ranks.

And now that James is back home in Ohio, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer would love to have LeBron at a few Ohio State games. According to NFL.com…

Meyer was asked Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days if, as a native of northeast Ohio, James’ letter detailing his reasons to return home resonated with him. “Absolutely,” Meyer said.

Meyer also said he hoped James would attend as many Buckeyes games as possible this fall and joked that he would leave a sideline pass for James for every home game. Meyer also said having James around the program would be good for recruiting.

What if Morgan Freeman read LeBron’s “coming home” story?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he did so by writing a first-person story in Sports Illustrated explaining his decision. I read it and imagined it in LeBron James’ voice.

But what if it was read by one of the great voices of our time, Morgan Freeman? Comedian/impersonator Frank Caliendo was on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” this morning, and he showed off his pitch-perfect Morgan Freeman impression by reading LeBron’s letter in Freeman’s voice…


VIDEO: LeBron Morgan Freeman

(via TBL)

LeBron gives sweet apology to his Ohio neighbors

By Jeff Case

In the days before LeBron James eventually made his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, many, many, MANY, cars and on-lookers lined the street in Bath Township, Ohio. That’s where James has a residence off Idlebrook Drive in a high-end community and all of that foot traffic — from fans others awaiting some kind of sign at James’ home about his free-agent choice — no doubt bothered at least some of James’ neighbors.

Like any good neighbor, though, James did what he could to right that wrong by having an upscale bakery in Ohio deliver cupcakes to the other homeowners. The Akron Beacon Journal has more:

Employees from Baker Blvd. Decadent Desserts in Fairlawn dropped off cupcakes Tuesday night to James’ Bath Township neighbors. Included with the dozen cupcakes was an apology note from James for the “chaos” that surrounded his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

When James announced his decision to return to the Cavs earlier this month, fans and the media crowded his Idlebrook Drive home.

“We know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos,” the note reads. “We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.

“As a gesture of our gratitude and appreciation, our family wants to give you something that is meaningful to us, our foundation’s cupcakes. We hope you enjoy the treat!”

The note was addressed from James, his wife and two children.

James’ neighbors received six “Just a Kid from Akron Cherry Cola” cupcakes and six “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes. Both cupcakes were designed for James.

And here’s a tweet from David Galehouse, who home is just miles from James’ home, writes ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell.

LeBron James in cheering dad mode

By Jeff Case

The first few weeks of the free-agent period this summer were all about LeBron James and where he’d decide to go for the next few seasons. Now that we all know he’s Cleveland-bound (again), things have quieted down — somewhat — in terms of James and the news about him. Sure, we had his tweet on Friday soliciting fans to help him pick his jersey number as a Cav, but mostly, LeBron has been soaking up his offseason with his family.

As such, we’ve got some great video of James taking in his son, LeBron James, Jr., at a basketball tournament in Lexington, Ky.

The Lexington Herald Ledger has a 25-image photo gallery of James at the event (and hanging out with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari), too.

LeBron James needs your help

By Joe Boozell


VIDEO: LeBron on choosing No. 6 in 2009

23? 6? Pull a Michael Jordan and bust out the 45 jersey?

LeBron James needs your help, NBA fans. Despite deciding to change his jersey number to 6 before even signing with the Miami Heat, The King is thinking about bringing back his Cleveland “23”. James took to Instagram to see what his fans think he should do.

Regardless of his choice, LeBron appears to have a bright future in Photoshop design ahead of him once his hoops career ends.

 

 

All-Access at 2014 Summer League

By Jeff Case

NBA Summer League is well underway in Las Vegas — in fact, we’re already in the tournament stage of the competition. As you’d expect, there have been a bunch of youngsters who have surprised (our Scott Howard-Cooper is all over it on the Rookie Ladder) and we’ve even had a couple of shots that nearly made us fire up the Horry Scale.

The other part of the fun of Summer League is seeing how the NBA’s youngsters learns on the job — and on the bench. Not only do rookies get more playing time than they might get on their team come the regular season, but assistant coaches (often the men who lead Summer League teams) get to try their hand at their craft, too.

With that all being said, here’s a look at some different folks participating in Summer League, courtesy of their respective team websites …


VIDEO: Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova takes part in Summer League


VIDEO: Listen in as Knicks swingman Cleanthony Early participates in the Las Vegas Summer League


VIDEO: Wolves rookie Zach LaVine gets ready for his Summer League experience


VIDEO: Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool coaches up the team during Summer League


VIDEO: Kings assistant coach Chris Jent leads the team through a Summer League practice