ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –Videobombing has officially become a favorite past-time for the Miami Heat. After nearly every win, while LeBronJames or whomever is chatting with Heat sideline reporter Jason Jackson, another Heat player figures out some way to mess with the interviewee. While Chris Bosh used to be the prime perpetrator, lately it’s Dwyane Wade who has has stepped up his game. Just last week we saw Wade bust out several cartwheels while LeBron was talking. This weekend he went in a more a physical direction and broke out a mop. LeBron’s reaction is great, as always. -
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have dutifully chronicled each step of the way as the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh has elevated videobombing to new and glorious heights. The Heat are obviously a team focused on the videobomb, and last night Dwyane Wade took the shenanigans to an entirely new level by doing cartwheels behind LeBron James during his postgame interview. The look on LeBron’s face when he realizes what is happening is fantastic… -
According to a news release, the show will center around a main character named Daryl Wade, who, along with “his entourage of eccentric friends, find themselves parenting by committee, when [Wade] gets full custody of his two young sons. It’s a recipe made for disaster, but no matter how misinformed, misguided, or unfit Team Wade may be, they have a trump card that can’t lose. It’s called love.”
The Herald also touches on some pressing casting issues, such as, who will play Dwyane Daryl Wade?
“I haven’t figured that out yet,” Wade said. “But I’m sure it will be someone very handsome.”
Ray Allen, already an accomplished actor, said he would not be available to try out for the part.
And so we have our first. The season is barely a week old, but the Horry Scale has been broached. You want a surprise? It came in Miami, which may not be that shocking, but it came from a team that was not expected to contend this season, much less notch a win in Miami.
Before we get too far into this, we should stop and explain. What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.
With the rules established, let’s check out tonight’s entry, when Jeff Green of Celtics delivered a knockout punch on South Beach to the reigning champions, the Miami Heat. Uncle Green ain’t new to this. But how do we rank it? Let’s break it down…
The old saying goes you play to tie at home and play to win on the road. And in this case, the Celtics played to win. I’m not sure how much more difficult this shot could have been. First of all, shoutout to Gerald Wallace for the inbound pass — he pump-faked to a completely covered Avery Bradley and got Birdman Birdman to briefly jump to his right, then tossed a two-hand, over the head strike to the far corner to Green. This was like Tom Brady throwing a perfect corner fade. Worth noting: Green was being defended on the play by LeBron James, an All-NBA defender. And when James turned his head for just a moment, Green took off for the corner, where he was met by Wallace’s pass and got off a shot without even setting his feet. Did this matter? Nope, not at all, as Green drained a fadeaway corner three over King James to give the Celts the road win. It was actually remarkably similar to Ray Allen’s three from Game 6 of the 2013 Finals. Still, in terms of difficulty, it’s hard to top this one.
Up two, with 0.6 seconds left to play, Dwyane Wade went to the free throw line with a chance to ice the game. His first shot rimmed out. His second shot, still with 0.6 remaining, was missed intentionally. BUT HE MISSED THE RIM. If Wade’s shot had simply drawn iron, the clock would have started, and even if the Celts had grabbed the board, there would have been perhaps 0.3 seconds left to get off a shot, which would have required something going to the rim or an alley-oop. But Wade whiffing on everything meant a violation, and the Celts were able to take the ball out of bounds on their end with no time ticking off the clock. As important as Jeff Green’s shot was, Wade not being able to draw rim was equally consequential in this instance.
Yes, we’re still early in the season, and some may argue that winning in general isn’t that important for the Celtics this season. So really, the Celtics probably didn’t need to win this game. And for the Heat, OK, sure, it’s just another early season game. The loss knocked Miami to 4-3, but three seasons ago they began 5-5 and still made the NBA Finals, so if anything we understand that a game this early in the season doesn’t carry that much weight.
Considering we’re early in the season and there was little at stake in terms of postseason standings or placement, the celebration was pretty fiery. Kelly Olynyk gave a 360 chest bump, and Wallace and Bradley were right there to give hugs. Bonus points to the coaching staff and bench players for their quick arrivals, as well.
GRADE 3 Horrys. It was a ridiculous shot, there’s no denying that. And while the shot rated highly in most Horry Scale categories, we have to dock it a bit due to the game being relatively inconsequential. It was a nice win for the Celts and a tough loss for the Heat, but there’s a lot of NBA left to play. So we’ll give this one three Horrys.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Miami Heat may be 1-0 and off to a fast start with a big win last night over Chicago, but Chris Bosh looks to be picking right up where he left off with his post-game interview photobombing. Bosh has discussed it before, as he does here with Conan, and he admits that he looks for opportunities to pop in and drop a photobomb.
Last night, Bosh managed to get two of them in after beating Chicago, as someone noted via Instagram…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You might think that a world class athlete such as Dwyane Wade would be pretty much fearless. And for all we know he very well may be, except for one Achilles heel that he has no problem freely admitting: He hates birds. And I should say right here that I, too, hate birds. They may be majestic in flight, but they can also swoop down and peck you in the head and fly away without ramifications.
According to a recent interview, Wade’s fear of birds stems from an incident while he was in college, when he was “attacked” by birds.
That ornithophobia has apparently stayed with Wade. And perhaps the dislike goes both ways — at this point the birds may be antagonizing Wade, as is evident from this video he posted yesterday on Instagram, which he captioned, “The Bird hating is real people… They sit and wait for me to come out”…
It’s been said before, but if you can’t beat a good idea why not join in on it? This is especially a good rule when it comes to fan interaction between NBA players and their followers. After all, in this hyper-social, virtual reality in which we live online, fans just want to chat with their favorite players. So, following LeBron James’ extensive fan Q&A the other day, Dwyane Wade got in on the action on football Sunday. So many highlights here, some of the keys being the chatter about his fellow players, one random call-out of ESPN’s resident Jonah Hill look-alike and hoops writer Brian Windhorst and some unfortunate Twitter monikers :
Long drive in the car with the kids and they have there iPads and headphones on. So I got time to answer a few questions.. Scream at me!!— THREE (@DwyaneWade) October 20, 2013
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Late on Friday night, the NBA’s reigning champ and MVP, LeBron James, made an unannounced stop on Twitter to answer questions from fans. His answers included everything from references to KobeBryant‘s rank among the NBA’s best players to a shoutout to Lisa Turtle from “Saved By The Bell”…
It's been awhile since I've done this, so let's go. Q & A for 15 mins. Starting now. GO— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 19, 2013
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — LeBron James didn’t get to be a four-time MVP by taking it easy, especially in the weight room.
The video below comes from the Miami Heat, who were filming footage for their pregame scoreboard introduction videos. There are a bunch of videos and pictures of Heat players doing various things, including Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade casually walking in front of angry geysers, but the first video is the most remarkable. It features LeBron easily doing dips with heavy chains around his neck, flipping oversized tires, and tossing heavy ropes as though they’re shoelaces.
The lesson here, I think, is that if you end up at the health club on the machine next to LeBron, might be wise to wander off to another part of the place, unless you don’t mind getting showed up.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the biggest news tidbits in the last few years, at least in the shoe world, came when Dwyane Wade left Jordan Brand and signed with the Chinese company Li-Ning. His first signature shoe with Li-Ning was last season’s Way Of Wade (or WOW), and over the weekend Wade posted a photo on Instagram of a shoe he’s never worn in a game: A Way Of Wade with what appears to be light-up shoe laces… -
3. I don’t know if these laces would be considered OK by the NBA or not to wear in a game, but seems to me there would be all kinds of opportunities to make your laces flash — after a bucket, after a steal, etc. Or what about in the middle of a crossover? Would there be any better way to distract your opponent?
Either way, I think we have to respect Wade’s innovation here.
So how about it: Would you wear a pair a shoes of light-up laces?