Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar meets LeBron, sits down with Cavs legends

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Cool stuff from last night in Cleveland, where the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was in town to watch Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in person. Not only did Abdul-Jabbar sit down with Cavs legends Austin Carr and Campy Russell, as you can watch in the video above, but Kareem also got to share a moment with LeBron James, who last night passed Shaquille O’Neal for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list. As LeBron said after the game

“I was actually … jogging into the locker room like we usually do off the floor, and obviously I saw a legend outside of our locker room, and I slowed my pace up drastically just to embrace a legend being in our building, watching us play. What he did for the game, the championship runs that he had with the ‘Showtime’ Lakers and him being the all-time leading scorer in NBA history and so on and so on and so on, it’s just respect.

“When you see a guy like that, when you put him in a class with like Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali and Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, those guys all laying that same thing, Bill Russell. It was a pretty cool moment.”

Lil Kev is playing a key role for the Cleveland Cavaliers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ official mascot is, of course, Moondog. But right now their unofficial mascot, or perhaps just spirit leader, might just be a magazine advertisement that bears a passing resemblance to their All-Star power forward, Kevin Love. That’s right, a magazine advertisement. A magazine advertisement that is known as Lil Kev.

Let’s back up a bit. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, this whole thing started during Cleveland’s first round series against the Detroit Pistons.

What Lil’ Kev is, literally, is a Tommy Bahama advertisement that was ripped out of an in-flight magazine by [Richard] Jefferson when the Cavs were flying back from Detroit after their first-round sweep of the Pistons.

Jefferson thought the model in the ad bore a striking resemblance to Love.

“We saw Lil’ Kev in a magazine and we just started giving Big Kev a lot of crap, even though it’s not him,” said Jefferson. “It’s not him and that makes it even funnier.”

The name, Jefferson says, is inspired by Love’s recent State Farm commercial, in which he plays a prepubescent boy as part of a fictional family sitcom, “The Hoopers,” also starring DeAndre Jordan as the mom, Kevin Garnett as the grandpa, Chris Paul as the dad and Damian Lillard as the baby.

“We were messing with Kev and we ripped it out [from the magazine] and we started doing stuff with it,” Jefferson explained.

Since discovering Lil Kev, Jefferson has given the ad a starring role on his Snapchat account, with vignettes such as this…

Lil Kev now has his own (verified!) Instagram account, where he makes guest appearances with other Cavs players…

Is this the next Espn 3- man broadcast crew?

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And now it appears there may be a clothing line in the works? Last night Cavs guard J.R. Smith posted a photo of him getting up some late night shots at the Cavs’ practice facility while wearing a Lil Kev t-shirt.

#nightcap with @thereal94feetofgame thanks to my guy @officiallilkev for the shirt

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He may only be a magazine ad, but Lil Kev seems to be playing an important role for the Cavs right now…

#teamchemistry is key to a great lockeroom.

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Kyrie Irving is latest NBA player with a glitch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Perhaps it’s the busy schedule, or maybe it’s the stress of playing games with so much on the line. Whatever it is, players during these playoffs have shown a bizarre tendency to glitch out. If you didn’t see it, last week during a postgame press conference, Golden State’s Draymond Green had a bizarre glitch in which he just froze for half a minute. And then last night in Atlanta, after a whistle stopped play, a Kyrie Irving glitch occurred in the corner of the court. Do we need to call the Geek Squad?

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Kyrie Irving’s new shoes look delicious

#donutsandkicks @nikebasketball @krispykreme @kyrieirving

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKyrie Irving has had his own signature Nike shoe for a while now, and to celebrate Cleveland’s trip to the postseason, Nike is collaborating with Krispy Kreme to make a limited edition donut/sneaker truck mash-up. Instead of the Kyrie 2, now you can get a pair of Ky-rispy Kreme kicks, as the donut truck makes stops across the country…

Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert partake in Running Man challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t played a game since Sunday, when they eliminated the Detroit Pistons in four games in Round One of the playoffs. And because the Cavs had to wait for their opponent to be determined, Cleveland’s next game won’t be until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. So it’s perhaps understandable if the guys are a little bored of practicing against each other and are ready to get to some actual game action. That ennui showed itself at practice yesterday, when first a little football game broke out…

JR Smith, LeBron and Kyrie throwing a football after Cavs practice.

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Then, Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert did their best Running Man dance…

Cavs fans sing the National Anthem

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday, just moments before Game 1 of their series against the Detroit Pistons, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the National Anthem performed. And while teams usually have a local singer or celebrity sing the anthem, the Cavs did something pretty cool and instead asked the 20,562 fans in attendance to sing it themselves…


VIDEO: Cavs fans National Anthem

The NBA reacts to Kobe Bryant’s final game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On a night where the Golden State Warriors set a record by finishing the season 73-9, the story of the night was the final game of Kobe Bryant. As it turned out, even in his final game, one of the NBA’s greatest players still had some magic left in him. Kobe finished with 60 points, on 22-of-50 shooting, in the performance of a lifetime, as the Lakers came from behind to win, 101-96. Players from around the NBA watched and shared their reactions on social media…

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Cavs have some more fun with hashtags

By Jeff Case

The Cleveland Cavaliers had some fun a year or so ago putting hashtags on some less-than-flattering photos of their teammates. Back then, Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving were the targets of this little game. This time, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert are the crosshairs. Stick around for the end because Thompson has maybe the best hashtag of them all …


VIDEO: Cavs Hashtags

Cavs’ Smith forms special friendship with fan

By Jeff Case

Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith is a fan favorite in Cleveland thanks to his 3-point shooting binges and overall approach to the game. To one Cavs fan, though, he’s more than just a favorite player but a friend off the court as well.

Cavs.com details the relationship Smith has built with Brad Hennefer in a must-see feature …


VIDEO: Smith, Hennefer forge friendship

JR Smith meets his (near) match

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is something of an illustrated man, such as he is nearly totally covered with tattoos. And last night at the Cavs game, a young fan showed up in his best Smith outfit — a Cavs jersey, a bobblehead and tons of tattoos. (Temporary, we hope.) Guess he passed the test — J.R. came over and gave him an autograph…

#SwishBobble Night off to an ink-credible start! 👏🏽 to this young fella.

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