Posts Tagged ‘Dwyane Wade’

Miami Heat throw it back to the 1990s

By Jeff Case

Last night, the Miami Heat hosted the San Antonio Spurs in a TNT showdown on national TV. As such, the Heat decided this would be a “throwback” game and sported uniforms the team wore during the franchise’s 1990s era. But they didn’t stop there with the historical stuff.

They had a throwback “I Love This Game”-themed commercial, playing off the popular advertising campaign the NBA used in the 1990s …


VIDEO: Miami Heat “I Love This Game” commercial

… there was a throwback player introduction before the game …


VIDEO: Heat’s throwback player introductions

… and perhaps the best part, they had the players do a 1990s-style infomercial featuring Amar’e StoudemireDwyane Wade, Tyler JohnsonGoran Dragic and Chris Andersen dancing to hits from Bobby Brown (“Every Little Step”), Kris Kross (“Jump”), Tom Jones (“It’s Not Usual”/The Carlton) Los Del Rio (“The Macarena”) and M.C. Hammer (“Can’t Touch This”).


VIDEO: Miami Heat infomercial

Happy Birthday LeBron James

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 1: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses for a portrait on August 1, 2003 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the greatest players in NBA history, LeBron James.

Born in Akron, Ohio, LeBron entered the NBA straight out of high school in 2003, and spent his first seven seasons with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. He then famously took his talents to South Beach, joining the Miami Heat and teaming with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to make four consecutive visits to the NBA Finals, winning two titles. He returned home to the Cavs last summer, and helped the Cavs reach the NBA Finals last season, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors. He has won two NBA Finals MVP awards, been the NBA MVP four times, and been an 11-time All-Star.

LeBron turns 31 years old today. Happy birthday, Bron!


VIDEO: LeBron James’ NBA debut


VIDEO: LeBron’s Top 30

The Miami Heat sign Taylor Swift

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTaylor Swift‘s national arena tour keeps on trucking across the country, and after Kobe Bryant joined Swift on stage in Los Angeles, it set a pretty high bar as far as NBA participation goes. So last night, while a couple of other NBA teams were getting started across the country, Swift brought her talents to Miami, and who better to welcome her to Miami than Dwyane Wade?

Look who surprised Taylor at the @americanairlinesarena tonight

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This is how Dwyane Wade does it

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s flip the track, bring the old school back.

From media day in Miami yesterday, this is how Dwyane Wade does it. He seems to know every word of the song, and has the movements down cold, as well. I get the feeling this isn’t the first time Dwyane Wade has done this.

It feels so good, in his ‘hood, tonight…

Dwyane Wade nails opponent while playing dodgeball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I can think of very few things scarier than the prospect of playing dodgeball against a professional athlete. A baseball pitcher would probably be the worst option, sure, but any pro athlete with the ability to throw a ball at a high speed would not be fun to square off against.

Let’s add the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to that list. Here’s a video of Wade at the headquarters of Stance socks, the NBA’s official sock and where Wade has his own line of socks, playing dodgeball. And someone on the other side of the court makes the mistake of getting caught in Wade’s sights.

Duck!

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (SUMMER WRAP-UP)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The leaves are going from green to shades of red and gold and brown, as summer drifts into fall and the weather becomes more accommodating. But that doesn’t mean MUSCLEWATCH stops. Because MUSCLEWATCH never stops.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but seemed to always be 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

Whenever you come across MUSCLEWATCH news, please let me know! You can either email me via the link in the header above, or you can send me a tweet, and make sure you use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

I received several MUSCLEWATCH alerts on Twitter the last few days, and with not much news happening around the rest of the NBA, I thought we would check in with another round of MUSCLEWATCH.

• We don’t have any exact information here, but someone tweeted me a picture of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade post-workout, with Bosh looking surprisingly muscular…

• Our friends at CBS Sports discovered a video of Andrew Wiggins‘ workout routine, which made me exhausted just watching it.


VIDEO: Wiggins MUSCLE

• The New Orleans Pelicans have always embraced MUSCLEWATCH, so let’s thank them for this recent article about Anthony Davis putting on a dozen pounds. It doesn’t specify whether this is muscle or something else, but considering the accompanying photos feature Davis pumping iron, let’s assume it’s MUSCLE…

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• Toronto’s Kyle Lowry apparently felt the need to take some weight off, and he’s posed for a few photos showing off a more slender physique…

Good AM run with the Fellas!!!

A photo posted by Kyle OQuinn (@kyle.oquinn) on

• Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger also pulled a reverse MUSCLEWATCH, dropping weight over the last eight weeks…

Roy Hibbert also hit the diet plan hard before debuting in Hollywood with the Lakers, as he’s apparently dropped 16 pounds since last season…

• As NetsDaily pointed out via Twitter, Chris McCullough is putting in time in the weight room…

• Finally, perennial MUSCLEWATCH contender Shabazz Muhammad is just getting started, but posted some promising results…

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Stephen Curry’s Summer League debut in 2009

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. After events in Orlando and Salt Lake City, the attention turns to Las Vegas where 23 of the 30 teams participate in 10 days of basketball, culminating in a tournament that was won by the Sacramento Kings last season. Coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament continues on NBA TV through July 20.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players to ever play in the Summer League.


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Big Three forms in Miami


VIDEO: Heat Introduce Big Three

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: LeBron, Wade, Bosh Come Together

On July 9, 2010, the Miami Heat signed free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to contracts. From there, nothing would be the same for them, the Heat franchise or the NBA at large.

The Heat reached four straight NBA Finals during their four seasons together in Miami, winning two NBA championships over the span, and established the legacies for all three players. But, by the summer of 2014, James eventually left to return to Cleveland and things changed for Miami.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the Big Three’s four years in Miami … 

PHOTO GALLERY — Miami Heat’s Big Three

What was your favorite memory of the Big Three? Leave your comments below!

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

A photo posted by dwyanewade (@dwyanewade) on

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

Dwyane Wade hosts Twitter Q&A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the more interesting stories in free agency this summer was that of Dwyane Wade. The lifelong member of the Miami Heat opted out of his contract, and after rumors connected him to a few other teams, Wade ultimately agreed to return to the Heat on a one-year deal. With his next year figured out, Wade took to Twitter last night to answer some questions from fans…

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