Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

LeBron James holds Twitter Q+A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, after noting it had been a while since he’d talked directly to his fans, LeBron James popped up for an hour on Twitter to answer questions from fans. King James ended up talking about everything from the NBA to professional wrestling to cartoons…

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LeBron James makes impossible shot at Summer League

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent the weekend in Las Vegas at the Samsung NBA Summer League, where I, along with my Hang Time Podcast co-hosts Rick Fox and Sekou Smith, had the chance to announce a couple of games on NBA TV. The first we called on Friday was the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and who should show up to watch the game but the King himself, LeBron James.

LeBron didn’t play in the Summer League, obviously, but while he was sitting courtside, a ball bounced LeBron’s way, and something pretty cool happened. Check this out…

Buckets! @kingjames #NBASummer

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LeBron James: Movie Star?


VIDEO: LeBron Trainwreck

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The thing that makes LeBron James so special, that makes him so unique, is his incredible versatility. Need someone to bring the ball up the court? Grab a big rebound? Hit a three? Block a shot? Lead the break? Defend pretty much any opponent?

There really isn’t much LeBron can’t do, which is how he racked up four MVP awards and two NBA championships by the age of 30. And it also explains why he’s getting rave reviews in his latest venture: movie acting. We’ve seen LeBron in commercials and hosting “Saturday Night Live,” but now he’s legitimately co-starring in Trainwreck, the latest film from super producer Judd Apatow, opening in theaters today.

And as LeBron explained to CNN, the movie business is a whole different ball game…

“It’s different than walking on the NBA floor, I’ll tell you that,” he told Rachel Nichols of CNN Sports. “I had much bigger nerves walking on set. It’s my first time. I’ve done commercials, I’ve done PSAs (public service announcements). I’ve done so many great things, but I’ve never stepped on a movie set. But it was extremely fun to be around those guys.”

James makes his acting debut in the comedy “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer. The movie hits theaters Thursday night. James plays himself, and he is cast as the best friend of actor Bill Hader’s character, sports doctor Aaron Conners.

And his role isn’t just a cameo. It became much more than that.

“Judd Apatow is one of the greatest directors and writers that we have,” James said. “I had a few scenes that we were going to do — a couple scenes, not a few. I had a couple scenes — and myself and Bill Hader, we kind of just hit it off, right off the bat.

“And it was, like, ‘OK, well, you know, you mind sticking around for a couple more days? We’re going to write another scene in here.’ And then I got into a scene with Amy Schumer, who’s unbelievable. And it was, like, ‘You mind sticking around for just one or two more days?’ And I ended up doing, like, five or six, maybe, like, seven scenes. I don’t want to give it up, how many scenes I’m in.”

In the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, James put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back, averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game — leading both teams in those categories. His injury-depleted Cavaliers ultimately lost to the Warriors in six games, but James single-handedly kept the series closer than most anticipated.

But in addition to hoops, James also is interested in taking his talents to the big screen.

“I always talked about it as a kid,” he said. “And even as an adult, I was, like, ‘Wow.’ You know, I always wanted to be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” he added, referring to the 1990s sitcom. “Will Smith kind of set it up. I was, like, ‘Man, that would be cool to be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. How amazing would that be? Just be a silly kid in an unbelievable house and be around so many great people.’

“And then when I got older, you know, the ‘Bad Boy’ movies, I was, like, I would love to do an action movie — you know, be like a cop or something or be like Batman and be a superhero and be able to save people and save corruption and all that mess. I’ve always had it in my head.”

LeBron shooting backward free throws

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s something interesting. Check out this animated GIF of LeBron James shooting a free throw…the wrong way. The NBA forum at Reddit uncovered this, perhaps from the filming of the new movie Trainwreck, which co-stars LeBron. He squares up, shoots it easily…over his head the wrong direction and directly into the basket. Easy, huh?

LeBronBackward

(via r/NBA)

LeBron James vs. Jimmy Fallon in Faceketball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After a few weeks off following the 2015 NBA Finals, LeBron James is back to work, this time out promoting the new movie Trainwrecked, in which he co-stars. So last night LeBron visited “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” where he took on Fallon in a classic game of Faceketball. Faceketball? Yeah, faceketball. And despite Fallon having an injured hand, he makes this a surprisingly close competition…


VIDEO: Bron vs. Fallon

LeBron, CP3, D-Wade and Melo on vacation together

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week I went on vacation to Florida, and I spent the week enjoying my time off, playing in the surf and sand by day, and then relaxing at night. My companions? My wife, my two-year-old son, and my parents.

So in other words, basically nothing at all like the vacation Dwyane Wade is apparently on right now. Here’s a picture Wade posted to Instagram last night of him enjoying the evening alongside a few NBA superstars: LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony

#BrotherHood

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And how do they spend their days? Riding around on a giant banana boat (along with D-Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union), of course…

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

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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…