Posts Tagged ‘Dwyane Wade’

The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with John Leguizamo

Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. Today we check in with the multihyphenate (writer-actor, producer-director, and on and on) John Leguizamo. Though he was born in Colombia, Leguizamo’s family moved to New York soon after, and a lifelong love affair with basketball and the New York Knicks began. His latest project is the loosely-autobiographical film Fugly!, out now on demand and on iTunes.

ME: I’ve seen you at lots of Knicks games through the years. Did being a fan of the Knicks start as soon you and your family moved to New York?

LEGUIZAMO: Yeah, definitely. I love basketball — that’s what I played growing up. You know, the sport you play is the sport you end up loving to watch. Somehow, it’s reliving the childhood and the life you never had. So yeah, I was a big Knicks fan back in the day — Clyde and up to Patrick Ewing, Sprewell, Starks, LJ, and up to now, the triangle offense, I’m here.

ME: Even these days, when the franchise is rebuilding, are you still fully invested?

LEGUIZAMO: It’s tough. The triangle offense is a tough thing to figure out. I mean, I guess it worked for Phil Jackson in Chicago and L.A., but how is it going to work on these cats who’ve played so differently all their lives, man? I don’t know, it’s a tough thing to watch. It’s like…(laughing) sending troops into war without weapons. I don’t know. It’s like, “Try and use your fist this time instead of a bayonet!”

ME: Also, to be fair, Phil had Jordan and Pippen in Chicago and Shaq and Kobe in L.A. So there may be a bit of a personnel issue with this Knicks team.

LEGUIZAMO: You mean you don’t think Carmelo is Kobe Bryant? (laughs) I mean, who was Michael Jordan anyway? No athlete will ever equal the excellence of that cat, but Kobe was pretty close, man.

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ME: Let’s get your predictions for the Christmas Day games. First up is your Knicks hosting the Washington Wizards.

LEGUIZAMO: Aw man. I mean, the Knicks will surprise you out of nowhere man, and maybe this is the time they’ll all come together — J.R. Smith and Shumpert — and maybe they’ll still come together for that. So I’ll give it to the Knicks. I mean, they come out of nowhere sometimes and they figure it out, and somehow the triangle offense comes together and somehow they’re loose and free. Or they get totally shut down, I don’t know.

ME: Right, sometimes it’s more like the Bermuda Triangle offense.

LEGUIZAMO: (laughs) Definitely the Bermuda Triangle. I think the Aztecs used The Triangle when they fought the Conquistadores. And what happened to the that empire?

ME: Yeah, didn’t work out so well. What do you do on Christmas Day? Will you watch games, or what’s your plan?

LEGUIZAMO: Well, we travel far. Our families are gypsies, so last year we went to Peru, and this year I’m going to be in Africa on a safari, not a shooting safari but shooting with my camera.

ME: Sounds amazing. OK, next up is the San Antonio Spurs at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LEGUIZAMO: Thunder didn’t show up the other night. I mean, Kevin Durant is back, but I’m gonna go Spurs.

ME: Yeah, it’s hard to pick against them. Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat.

LEGUIZAMO: Aaahhhhhh! Oh dear, that’s gonna be wild. I love LeBron now that he went to the Cavs; somehow he regained my respect and love. But that’s gonna be tough, Look at Dwyane who came in the other day with crazy points. I don’t know, I’m gonna go with the Heat.

ME: Two more. Lakers at the Bulls.

LEGUIZAMO: Bulls. Derrick Rose. That’s all I gotta say, two words: Derrick Rose.

ME: Last one, Los Angeles Clippers at maybe the surprise team of the season, the Golden State Warriors.

LEGUIZAMO: Wow, that’s a tough one. I mean, I love the Clippers, man, I love CP3, and after all they went through, I’m going to do the emotional choice instead of the smart choice (laughing), I’m going to go Clippers.

Buy Dwyane Wade’s clothes

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What do you do when you’re finished with a pair of shoes or a jacket? Do you give them away to a friend? Hand them down to a sibling? If you’re Dwyane Wade, why not raise some money for charity?

On the luxury consignment site The Real Real, Wade is holding an auction of many of his old clothes. There are shoes, jackets, suits — all sorts of stuff. And some pretty good bargains, too, like a XXL Tom Ford blazer worth $5,000 but listed at $995. That’s 80 percent off! OK, so that’s off of 5 G’s, but still, that’s quite a markdown.

All proceeds will go to the Wade’s World foundation, so it’s all for a good cause.

(via GQ)

Chris Bosh takes photobombing to Hollywood

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oh sure, the Miami Heat may have been one of the NBA’s best teams on the floor the last few years, but their teamwork was really on display in their postgame photobombs. We saw everything from cartwheels to wheelbarrows from the Heat, but the unifying factor was really Chris Bosh‘s work in the enterprise. As often as we saw LeBron James or Dwyane Wade involved, it was always Bosh who seemed to really love popping into photos and videos.

With LeBron gone to Cleveland, Bosh may be forced to play a different role for the Heat this season. Some things, however, seem to never change, as we can see from this moment at last night’s Emmy Awards. Check out Emmy nominee Matthew McConaughey being interviewed on E!, as guess who pops up in the background? Alright, alright, alright…

(via TNLP)

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each have their own tie brands

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERChris Bosh and Dwyane Wade may be teammates on the Miami Heat, but they’re competitors on store shelves.

About a year ago, Wade announced a collaboration with The Tie Bar, an online tie retailer. (And, fellas, a great place to get stuff for reasonable prices, FWIW.) Wade’s collection has regular ties, bow ties, pocket squares, even cuff links. Now about a year later, Chris Bosh is getting into the same game. Bosh has linked up with the company Armstrong & Wilson to launch a company called Mr. Nice Tie. Bosh’s brand isn’t as diverse as Wade’s, but it’s a bit higher-end.

The NBA Style wars continue…

Touchdown, Dwyane Wade

By Jeff Case

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is a Chicago native and was in his hometown last week to host a sports camp with Chicago Bears superstar receiver Brandon Marshall. Before the camp started, Wade jokingly told a tale of how a camper asked him why he flops.

Although the camp ended on Wednesday and Wade was there to help with the basketball side of things, he couldn’t help showing off some gridiron skills with an impressive one-handed snag of a pass:

(h/t TNLP)

Camper asks Dwyane Wade why he flops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One thing pro athletes get involved with in their off-season are camps for kids — just recently we saw Damian Lillard throwing down dunks at his camp in Portland.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade hails from Chicago, so he returned home this week to co-sponsor a camp with Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. And in a press conference at the camp, Wade shared what happened when he took questions from the campers. And you know, kids say the darndest things…


VIDEO: Wade flops?

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!

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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