Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

Timofey Mozgov has found a home away from home

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since being traded from the Denver Nuggets, Timofey Mozgov has only been in Cleveland for a few weeks. The good news, though, is that Mozgov appears to have found a home away from home in The Land, at a local establishment called The Brew Garden. In this local ad for the Brew Garden — and you know we love local ads here at the All Ball blog — Mozgov literally wipes out a competitor and delivers a stern tribute for the restaurant…


VIDEO: Mozgov local

Cavs fans share totally normal dinner with J.R. Smith

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At a recent Cleveland Cavaliers game, one lucky fan won a contest that involved throwing chickens (rubber, presumably) at a target on the court. His prize? A dinner with Cavs guard J.R. Smith. Luckily for us, cameras were brought along to capture their dining experience. I really love this video because the time they share seems to be pretty boring and normal and low-key. But more than anything, it’s normal.

NBA players may be huge superstars, but in this video, these dudes talk about the weather, they chat about golf, they talk a bit about basketball, and of course there are also some awkward silences while they eat. In short, it’s a totally normal meal between a few people who don’t know each other very well but are trying to make the best of it.


VIDEO: Dinner with J.R.

Angry Robin Lopez continues mascot attacks with renewed vigor

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The long-running battle between Robin Lopez and mascots around the NBA reached some sort of a breaking point last week, when the mascots, fed up with being beaten down by Robin Lopez, struck a stinging psychological blow. As we saw then, Cavs mascot Moondog attempted to drive a wedge within the Lopez family by befriending Robin’s brother Brook. When he saw the evidence, Robin reacted angrily on social media…

And it didn’t take Lopez long to start taking out his aggression on NBA mascots. A few days later, in Orlando, after light provocation from Stuff, the Magic mascot, Lopez hit him with a modified belly-to-belly suplex…

Then, in Memphis during pregame warmups, Grizzlies mascot Griz offered Lopez an olive branch…accompanied by a “KICK ME” sign on his back.


VIDEO: Griz vs Lopez

This battle clearly hasn’t reached its zenith. Let us hope for peace.

Danny Green’s pregame martial arts routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In another lifetime, back when he played at UNC and was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Danny Green was known as “Dancing” Danny Green for his pregame dancing routines. Since joining the Spurs, Green has mostly lost the “Dancing” moniker. But yesterday, when the Spurs took on the Hawks, Danny Green let loose with a pregame martial arts routine that was pretty impressive…

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(via r/NBA)

Kevin Love and his nightmare robot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At this point, Kevin Love is well established as one of the best rebounders in basketball. Even this season, playing reduced minutes, Love is in double digits, averaging 10.1 rpg. How is he so good at rebounding? Well, in a new commercial for chocolate milk, Kevin Love discusses
“the art of rebounding,” and shows his workout regimen, which apparently involves…a robot?

But not just any robot! This is a robot that unfolds into a terrifying spectacle. Like, I will legit have a nightmare about this thing…

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The good news for humanity, I suppose, is that the robot apparently can’t shoot — that’s why it works out with Love, so he can practice grabbing rebounds. And I know the robot is Love’s workout partner, but…man, I don’t think I’d ever want to turn my back on something like that. Wonder if it’s eligible for a 10-day? The Sixers could definitely use some help.

Oh, and here’s the commercial…

VIDEO: Love Rebounding Robot

(via CBS)

The NBA celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Did you wear green yesterday? It was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, which in the U.S., at least, means we celebrate Irish culture and heritage. A simple way to do that is by wearing green, and we saw that throughout the NBA last night, from players to fans.

Here’s an entire gallery of pictures from Los Angeles, where the Clips made everything green for the night…

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In Houston, a couple of strategically placed leprechauns did their best to jinx the Magic…


(via SBN)

And in Cleveland, the Cavs want you to have a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure you wear your green wig…


VIDEO: Cavs Day

Celtics fan takes LeBron dislike seriously

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James understands it well: As one of the best players in the NBA, he not only has a lot of fans, he also has a ton of haters. Which may mean he gets anti-LeBron signs at a game, or maybe some mean tweets.

But this may be a first: A Jeep in the Boston area not only supports the Celtics, with a collection of stickers and a vanity license plate, but it also advertises hate for LeBron with a spare tire cover featuring a lifelike painting of a crying LeBron James. It’s like a rolling anti-Bronmobile.

(via @CelticsBlog)

Do not look at this picture of Shawn Marion’s pinky finger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Look, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m even posting this photo after the jump, just so the squeamish don’t stumble upon it on the All Ball main page.

Because, you see, fingers aren’t supposed to look like this. At least, most of them aren’t. There are people with fingers that bend in non-traditional ways, mostly former athletes who suffered an injury and didn’t have the luxury of time to let the finger heal correctly. (Such as Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Yikes.)

Or, in this case, Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion, who took to Instagram this weekend and noted he probably can’t wear a pinky ring. Oh, you think?

If you want to see the picture, scroll down. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Iman Shumpert is not a fan of “Empire”

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I know the NBA’s in the midst of the playoff race with important games on every night, but the world goes on even without the NBA. Which brings us to “Empire,” the new drama on FOX about a family in the music business that is breaking viewing records week after week after week.

I haven’t had a chance to watch the show, but apparently there is a character named Hakeem who is rather similar to Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert. Chris Haynes, from the Northeast Ohio Media Group, picks up the trail from there

Hakeem is a rap artist and son of Empire CEO Lucious Lyon, played by Cleveland native Terrence Howard. Hakeem has the mannerisms, as well as the look and, strangely, the sound of Shumpert.

He’s even rocking Shumpert’s patented high-top fade hairstyle. And it turns out that Shumpert raps too.

“I don’t watch that stuff, man,” Shumpert told Northeast Ohio Media Group with an annoyed expression on his face.

“They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it,” Shumpert said of Teyana Taylor, a real-life R&B singer, dancer and actress who is Shumpert’s girlfriend. “They didn’t even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.

“And come on man, they’re really using a guy with a flat-top like me. Come on. That’s ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired.”

In the series, Hakeem has a girlfriend named Tiana, (played by Seraya McNeill) an R&B singer and dancer who is signed to the record label. The fictional character has an eerily similar persona to Taylor.

Aside from having a first name similar to Taylor’s, Tiana has an identical hairstyle. Taylor’s signature appearance is wearing her hair in a puffed out, curly form. It’s hard not to see the similarities.

Hakeem is dating Tiana in the show.

Calls to the show’s producers at FOX Studios in Los Angeles were not returned.

Shumpert, a defensive specialist, is coming off of a game where he tied his career-high of six steals in a 127-94 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. So he feels he has a pretty good idea of what stealing looks like.

“I don’t see how they can deny it,” he said. “Everybody knows.”

Whether the accusations are true or not, it’s certainly worth discussing. Shumpert insists that they aren’t upset with how things have transpired, just a little suspicious.

“Her fans are more mad about it than I am,” Shumpert said. “I’m a ball player, but that’s her field. That’s what she does. Me personally, I don’t plan on taking any action but I don’t know about her.”

Charles Barkley can’t say Dellavedova

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Cleveland/San Antonio game was was a match-up between titans, with an amazing ending and a record-setting performance from Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. It was also special because TNT analyst Charles Barkley left behind the studio in Atlanta and showed up in San Antonio, where he joined Chris Webber and Kevin Harlan on the call. And while Charles may have left the studio behind, he was still The Chuckster, as you see here when he tried oh so hard to pronounce Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova‘s last name. Good job, good effort.

(via TNLP)