ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t played a game since Sunday, when they eliminated the Detroit Pistons in four games in Round One of the playoffs. And because the Cavs had to wait for their opponent to be determined, Cleveland’s next game won’t be until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. So it’s perhaps understandable if the guys are a little bored of practicing against each other and are ready to get to some actual game action. That ennui showed itself at practice yesterday, when first a little football game broke out…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Cavs guard Iman Shumpert has made no secret of his love for hip-hop, releasing several songs where he shows off his ability to drop a rhyme. But his latest song covers some ground a little closer to home: The Cleveland Cavaliers themselves. Check out Shumpert’s new song, “The Name Drop (Cavs Anthem).” Sounds like the Cavs may have a new theme song on their hands…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You don’t have to be a detective to figure out that several members of the Cleveland Cavaliers gathered in Miami this weekend to get in a workout together. How do we know? They all posted the same picture on Instagram. Either there was a glitch in the matrix or they all really liked this photo…
Few players in the NBA have as recognizable of a hairstyle as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. For several seasons now, he’s been rocking the “Gumby” haircut (shown below), which is basically a really big flat top.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here on the All Ball blog, we try to take a big picture look at the NBA, which means we spend as much (or more) time looking at off-court stuff as we do at the on-court. With that established, we thought we would preview the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers by looking at some of the things that makes each franchise so special…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This week the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to California for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals, against the Golden State Warriors. Having homecourt advantage is normally helpful, but for one member of the Cavaliers, the Warriors’ homecourt advantage may be more pronounced. Cleveland forward Iman Shumpert took to Twitter to say that he had seen the new disaster film San Andreas, which is about a massive earthquake in California.
And now Shumpert is not so sure about that trip to Cali…
. @warriors i kno yall got home court advantage but after watching San Andreas wit wifey…can we play all 4 in CLE cuz i aint got 🕒 for 🌊
Is it OK to say this was the sweetest moment for Derrick Rose since 2011? Yes, it appears so, because what could be more uplifting to a player who’s been to injury hell and back (three times) than sending a sucker punch to LeBron James and the Cavs here in what could be a tightly-contest second-round playoff series?
Over the last few years it has become customary, even tired, to proclaim “He’s Back!” whenever Rose did anything that remotely resembled his MVP season. To be honest, Rose will never be “back” until he displays the consistency of that season, but let’s put that aside for a moment. On this very play, with this very shot, he was “back” for a fleeting microsecond, even if the three-point buzzer beater than put the Bulls up 2-1 in the series required a kiss from the basketball Gods to bank off the glass.
As it is, Rose is being celebrated today in the same city that heckled him during his clumsy comeback from knee surgery a few years ago. Good for him, because if anyone needed a lift from a crazed crowd and a game-winning shot, it’s Rose.
Well, when you’re running to your right and need to shoot over a defender who has the wingspan of a prehistoric bird, then yeah, this shot was a bit tricky to pull off.
Rose took an in-bounds pass with three seconds left and after shaking free of ImanShumpert, found Tristan Thompson flying in his grill. Of course, with time of the essence, there really wasn’t any time to think. And maybe that was a good thing. Three times on the Bulls’ previous four possessions, Rose missed one of two free throws and went 0-for-2 on isolation plays. This time, Rose simply launched it and didn’t call bank.
Before Rose’s game winner, the Bulls were stunned by a desperate three-pointer by J.R. Smith just seconds earlier. In a bit of bad decision-making by the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls refused to foul Smith while leading by three. In that situation, it’s better to send a player to the free throw line than risk having him tie the game, and the Bulls lost that gamble.
With Pau Gasol on the bench dealing with an injured hamstring, the Bulls couldn’t afford to play into overtime, not against LeBron. Speaking of whom, he poked the ball away from Rose on the very next play. Lucky for LeBron, he wasn’t called for a foul. And lucky for Rose, the ball went out of bounds, giving the Bulls another shot with three seconds left.
Bulls are up 2-1 in the best of seven. And the next game’s at the United Center on Sunday. C’mon.
Rose was rather subdued, as though he knew a 30-foot bank shot was going in all the way. Anyway, he was immediately lifted into the air by Joakim Noah, who sprinted off the bench, and soon mobbed by teammates. Of course, the UC went nuts, as it should, given that all of Chicago has been waiting to see something like this from Rose for nearly four years. Wish granted. If the Bulls win this series, don’t you think this shot will be raised as one of the reasons why?
Five Horrys, because of the circumstances: Rose’s continued comeback from injuries, it was a playoff game, LeBron was on the floor, and the ball was banked in. Yes, this is the max number of Horrys, but just the same, this isn’t some game in February. Please, after all he’s been through, don’t you think Rose should get lots of Horry love?
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I know the NBA’s in the midst of the playoff race with important games on every night, but the world goes on even without the NBA. Which brings us to “Empire,” the new drama on FOX about a family in the music business that is breaking viewing records week after week after week.
I haven’t had a chance to watch the show, but apparently there is a character named Hakeem who is rather similar to Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert. Chris Haynes, from the Northeast Ohio Media Group, picks up the trail from there…
Hakeem is a rap artist and son of Empire CEO Lucious Lyon, played by Cleveland native Terrence Howard. Hakeem has the mannerisms, as well as the look and, strangely, the sound of Shumpert.
He’s even rocking Shumpert’s patented high-top fade hairstyle. And it turns out that Shumpert raps too.
“I don’t watch that stuff, man,” Shumpert told Northeast Ohio Media Group with an annoyed expression on his face.
“They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it,” Shumpert said of Teyana Taylor, a real-life R&B singer, dancer and actress who is Shumpert’s girlfriend. “They didn’t even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.
“And come on man, they’re really using a guy with a flat-top like me. Come on. That’s ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired.”
In the series, Hakeem has a girlfriend named Tiana, (played by Seraya McNeill) an R&B singer and dancer who is signed to the record label. The fictional character has an eerily similar persona to Taylor.
Aside from having a first name similar to Taylor’s, Tiana has an identical hairstyle. Taylor’s signature appearance is wearing her hair in a puffed out, curly form. It’s hard not to see the similarities.
Hakeem is dating Tiana in the show.
Calls to the show’s producers at FOX Studios in Los Angeles were not returned.
Shumpert, a defensive specialist, is coming off of a game where he tied his career-high of six steals in a 127-94 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. So he feels he has a pretty good idea of what stealing looks like.
“I don’t see how they can deny it,” he said. “Everybody knows.”
Whether the accusations are true or not, it’s certainly worth discussing. Shumpert insists that they aren’t upset with how things have transpired, just a little suspicious.
“Her fans are more mad about it than I am,” Shumpert said. “I’m a ball player, but that’s her field. That’s what she does. Me personally, I don’t plan on taking any action but I don’t know about her.”
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The title of this post really explains it all. What would it look like if Houston Rockets guard James Harden‘s beard was Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert‘s hair? Some enterprising person out there used Photoshop to merge these two men of follicular greatness. Somehow this image got back to Shumpert himself, who posted it on Instagram with a note of approval…