Posts Tagged ‘Dwyane Wade’

D Wade reenacts Air Bud with a dolphin

By Joe Boozell

The sequel to the multiple sequels of “Air Bud”, perhaps? After putting the finishing touches on a new deal to stay in Miami, Dwyane Wade finally has some time to himself. So D Wade decided to hit up the zoo, and this happened:

With the loss of LeBron James, apparently the Heat are exhausting all possible methods of bringing in outside talent.

 

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Blake Griffin’s NBA 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. The event has rapidly grown over the past few years and now includes a championship tournament during the action in Las Vegas (which begins tomorrow on NBA TV).

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

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

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

How to keep LeBron? A LeBron-A-Thon!

2014 NBA Finals - Game Five

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With NBA free agency underway as of midnight last night, the big prize in this year’s class is LeBron James, who recently opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat. With his teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reportedly joining James in free agency to help create cap room for the Heat, Miami may have the inside track as far as keeping the King. But just in case, a Miami radio station is going all-in, at least for a day.

According to the Miami Herald, Miami radio station WQAM is, at least for today, hosting a LeBron-A-Thon. What’s a LeBron-A-Thon? That’s a little unclear, at least from the press release…

Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM will celebrate “LEBRON-A-THON” all day, tomorrow July 1st, 2014. South Florida has enjoyed championship basketball the last four years, and we want more. We all want LeBron James to stay in Miami and WQAM is encouraging listeners put their money where their mouth is, by supporting a great cause. Listeners are being encouraged to visit WQAM.com where they can click on the “LEBRON-A-THON” banner to make a donation. 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.

So basically the goal of the LeBron-A-Thon, other than keeping LeBron in Miami, is to raise money for the local Boys and Girls Clubs. No matter where LeBron ends up, seems like a worthy cause.

Can you spell Dwyane Wade?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In yet another NBA-themed video from Jimmy Kimmel, we discover that Dwyane Wade is the athlete with the most commonly misspelled name. (I’m assuming this poll was taken before Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the Milwaukee Bucks.) To find out just how tricky it is get Wade’s first name correct, Kimmel sent a camera crew out on the streets of Los Angeles and offered up a hundred bucks to anyone who could spell it correctly.


VIDEO: Spell Dwyane Wade

The NBA Nae Nae dance-off!

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The nae nae is a dance that has been growing in popularity for the past few months. (Deadspin provided some pretty good background on it here.) And as it has expanded, it has crossed over into the NBA several times. So we all know what that means…time for another dance-off!

Who performed the best version of the nae nae? Vote at the bottom…

DWIGHT HOWARD

JOHN WALL AND PAUL GEORGE

VIDEO: Wall and George

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS MASCOT BETSY ROSS

DWYANE WADE

BEN MCLEMORE AND THE SACRAMENTO KINGS

VIDEO: MCLEMORE NAE NAE

Do Sleeved Jerseys Help Shooting?

Miami Heat  v San Antonio Spurs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, after the Miami Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James was not happy. He finished the game shooting 6-of-18 from the field, and he had one immediate suggestion for his poor shooting night.

“I’m not making excuses, but I’m not a big fan of the jerseys,” LeBron said. “Every time I shoot it feels like it’s just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don’t have much room for error on my jump shot. It’s definitely not a good thing.”

(His teammate, Dwyane Wade, had a different response: “It ain’t the reason we lost. You’re just not used to it. They [the Spurs] didn’t have a problem with it. It is what it is. Let’s not make this about a jersey, please. We got our butts kicked. That’s it.”)

Ever since the NBA introduced sleeved jerseys last season, response seems to fall on both sides. Both players and fans have been vocal about their feelings — some love them, some hate them. Although as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star Game, “From a fan standpoint, the greatest indicator is how are they selling, and I’ll say we’re having trouble keeping them in the stores. There’s enormous demand for those jerseys. Fans like them and I happen to like them, too.”

LeBron may not enjoy wearing them, but perhaps LeBron is the outlier here? While King James says he hasn’t been as successful in the sleeves, according to statistician Ed Kupfer, who works with the Houston Rockets, teams wearing sleeved jerseys have on the whole shot better than teams in tank tops.

Kupfer later clarified that this was eFG%, or “effective field goal percentage,” which basically factors in that three-pointers are worth more than two pointers. (Here’s an explanation.)

But even in raw numbers, three-point percentages seem to be up while wearing sleeves…

And sure, I understand that we’re dealing with a much smaller sample size here when it comes to the sleeved jerseys, but numbers never lie, right? Or maybe they do?

Either way, perhaps there are some players who are just beyond sleeves…


VIDEO: Bird in 1988

(via B/R)

Brewer’s Perfect Free-Throw ‘Self Pass’

Your team is down by three with 3 seconds left and no timeouts. You’re at the free-throw line. You sink the first shot; now you know you’ll have to miss the second freebie so your team has a chance to win. How often have you seen this scenario … and a player fails?

Earlier this season, Dwyane Wade decided to just “hit the rim” and missed badly, costing his team the win.

Well, Top Plays Theatre favorite Corey Brewer provided the antidote Sunday night, though it didn’t result in a win. It did tick off a few Raptors and gave him another highlight in a season full of them:


VIDEO: Corey Brewer perfectly executes the “self pass” in his free-throw attempt

LeBron and Wade Connect Again In Dallas

I’m a bit obsessed with the concept of vengeance in the NBA. Beyond the plots and subplots, many like myself are just as interested in the “games within the games” as the final score. When Deron Williams hit CP3 with a serious cross in an December showdown in Brooklyn, it was recognized not just as a superb move, but as another link in the career-long saga between the points guards. Same as with Kenneth Faried and his inclination to make highlights by any means.

So when Emperor of the League LeBron James strolled into Dallas fresh off Mount Rushmore musings and a nationally televised interview, he placed another bullseye on his back. What better opponent for fans to witness than the Mavericks.

We remember what happened in the 2011 Finals, when he was disrupted by Dirk Nowitzki and Co., in no small measure, by the defense and chatter of diminutive guards J.J. Barea and Jason Terry. Since that Finals letdown, ‘Bron has responded with a fury that is still scorching the league.

On Tuesday night, it was to be expected that Miami’s master duo would come with game faces. They didn’t displease, pulling off another magical act against the Mavericks with Dwyane Wade playing the adept benefactor. These guys make it look too easy:


VIDEO: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade repeat their cross-court magic

Dwyane Wade, Gatorade Give Louisiana High School Team Huge Surprise

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Part of the rite of passage of playing high school basketball is spending months on months in underfunded locker rooms. Cement floors, cold wooden benches, unwashed towels, mismatched uniforms — this is all generally part of the high school hoops experience.

But during his All-Star break in New Orleans, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade teamed up with Gatorade to make a difference for a Louisiana high school. During the second half of a game at Riverdale High School, a team of workers pulled an extreme makeover to Riverdale’s locker room.

The reaction from the players upon returning is terrific, as is their excitement when Wade unexpectedly strolls into the room. I also love how upon seeing Wade, most of the players are too shocked to do anything, except for one kid who beelines directly for a handshake. Great stuff all around…


VIDEO: Wade Surprises High School Team

(via TNLP)

LeBron: I’d Win Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the downsides to social media is that in the constant race to post fast and first, sometimes context and subtlety are hard to discern. I mention that in this case only because we don’t know exactly how LeBron James said what we’re about to read. Was he joking? Was he serious? We don’t know exactly. But for some reason I don’t think he was kidding.

Anyway, just the other day we saw LeBron putting on a dunking exhibition after a Miami Heat practice in Phoenix. Since LeBron’s never actually competed in the NBA’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest, this is about as close as we’ve seen. If you read the comments on that post, there’s an epic argument still raging about how LeBron would do if he entered the dunk contest.

But how does LeBron think he’d do in a dunk contest? The Miami Herald‘s Joseph Goodman says LeBron addressed it…