Posts Tagged ‘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…

Roy Hibbert Gets Videobombed

By Jeff Case

The Miami Heat’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have seemingly had the videobombing game on lockdown since joining forces before the 2010-11 season. Heck, we’ve got plenty of proof on this very blog that few teams can videobomb like the Heat can.

This season, we’ve seen the Kings give it a try and even the First Lady, Michelle Obama, got in a nice one (which, of course, came while the Heat were visiting the White House). The team gunning for Miami in the standings, the Indiana Pacers, had one videobomb earlier this season, with Roy Hibbert pulling a little prank on the ESPN TV crew after the Heat-Pacers game in Miami from December. After last night’s Pacers-Nuggets game from Indianapolis, Hibbert got the videobomb treatment from teammates Paul George and George Hill:


VIDEO: Paul George and George Hill videobomb Roy Hibbert after the Nuggets-Pacers game

Chris Bosh Adds Daughter To Videobomb Routine


VIDEO: Bosh Videobombs Wade With Daughter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think the Miami Heat have run out of ways to videobomb each other, they come up with something new. Last night, after Dwyane Wade put up 30 points in a win against the Pistons, he stopped to do the postgame interview. As their talk wound down, Chris Bosh delivered his customary videobomb. To switch it up, this time he got his daughter involved.

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Miami Heat Hold Epic Super Bowl Party

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Twitter is at its best during big events — nearly everyone has a wary eye on their second screen, looking for facts, jokes and supplementary commentary. And during last night’s Super Bowl XLVIII, many of the Miami Heat players were populating social media with text and images from a team-wide viewing party held at Ray Allen‘s beach-front home.

As Allen posted on Instagram early in the day, “Super Bowl party at my crib. In the words of Bart Scott, CANT WAIT.”…

He also showcased another image of the inflatable 35-foot screen they were using (with a peek at the Dwyane Wade-designed Stance socks Allen was rocking)…

The Heat players seemed fired up for the game…

LeBron posted a video from poolside and gave thanks to Allen for hosting…

As for the game itself…well, it wasn’t much of a game, as Seattle jumped out a lead and never looked back…

At least LeBron enjoyed the halftime show…

And while LeBron enjoyed the halftime show, Shane Battier continued the Heat tradition of photobombing

By the way, while the Heat players enjoyed the view on the waterfront screen, Heat owner Micky Arison did it even bigger, with the Mississippi River as the background and an even larger screen on which to watch the game, along with a few hundred friends…

The Miami Heat Perform Karaoke

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night down in Miami, Heat forward Shane Battier hosted his annual Battioke event, where the Miami Heat players take turns performing karaoke to raise money for charity. And thanks to the Heat’s Instagram account, we have a treasure trove of videos from the vent, featuring plenty of off-key singing and performances. Little pitchy, dawg? Little pitchy, dawg.

Let’s start with Battier, Greg Oden and actor Ken Jeong performing the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”…

Norris Cole and James Jones went with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake‘s “Holy Grail”…

Newest Heat member Toney Douglas went with Montell Jordan‘s “Let’s Ride,” while LeBron James and James Jones did some background dancing…

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