Posts Tagged ‘James Jones’

Footrace Breaks Out At Miami Heat Practice

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sometimes, when an argument occurs, the only way to settle it is to take to the athletic field. Or in this case, the court.

Yesterday in Oklahoma City, where the Miami Heat were practicing in the run-up to tonight’s showdown on TNT against the Thunder, a footrace broke out between the 33-year-old James Jones and the 25-year-old Michael Beasley. Luckily Ray Allen had his phone at the ready to preserve the results on social media. As Allen noted in his caption, “Chalk one up for the old guys”…

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”…

Ken Jeong, Shane Battier & Greg Oden getting the evening started! #Battioke2014

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

James Jones & @n_coleworld with Holy Grail #Battioke2014

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

Toney Douglas performing Montell Jordan's "Let's Ride" with a surprise cameos from @KingJames & James Jones

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Looks like summer is catching up with Durant

by Zettler Clay

If you haven’t heard, Kevin Durant is a busy man.

In between ruling the asphalts and hardwood, Durant is making appearances around the country at various summer basketball camps. He was in Chicago earlier this week. Today, he was at his basketball camp in Oklahoma City, talking to reporters about the state of the NBA.

Seems obvious as to why right? I mean, he is Kevin Durant. But there’s another practical reason. He is OKC’s union representative. Being abreast of the minutiae of bargaining agreements and traveling to as many as four cities in a week schooling (physically and pedagogically) on the rudiments of basketball pretty much confirms what we know about Durant: that he’s pretty much a freak of nature.

But even nature has its hiccups.

Like most of us, he’s hopeful that an agreement can be made. Also like most of us, he “lost track of time” and didn’t realize the Collective Bargaining Agreement was set to expire tomorrow.

Ouch.

One one hand, he’s the team’s union face. In times of crisis, he is the face that mans the fort in the meetings. To let him completely off the hook would be coddling. However, there is a reason why only four All-Stars and names such as Jordan Farmar, Jared Dudley and James Jones (no offense to the latter three) represent their teams. Stars generally don’t have the time , desire, patience or incentive to lend toward the intricacies of an “billionaires vs. millionaires” caucus.

Even though it’s odd that KD would forget something this important, this scenario is refreshing in the sense that a horde of players exist to play ball and not worry about the rest. And really, isn’t unmitigated focus (enthusiasm?) for basketball what we want to see from professional athletes?

If you want, this is probably a perfect time bust out a “didn’t he have it written on a stone tablet in his backpack” joke. No? Cool.

Conventional wisdom: May 25th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on its jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Wednesday, May 25.

Start planning the parade:

Miami Heat

The Heat are getting excellent play from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. That much we probably could have expected. What we didn’t count on, but Miami has been able to rely upon throughout these playoffs, are clutch performances by some of the Heat’s much-maligned bench players.

Last night it was the ghost of Mike Miller who got his turn in the spotlight, hitting several clutch shots down the stretch to keep Miami in the game long enough for the SuperFriends to eventually take over.

All along it was thought that if you could coax a bad game or two out of Miami’s big three you would have them, because they’d have no one else to rely on. But with guys like Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Miller, and James Jones each making plays at various points in these playoffs, that strategy is coming up empty.

Give it up already:

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Bulls would appear just as dead in the water as the Thunder, but at least their Game 5 will be played at home.

OKC will be in Dallas tonight for their final contest of the 2010-11 season. It’d make for a great story if they could nab a victory and send the series back to Oklahoma, but this ain’t no fairy tale. Young teams (or old, for that matter) don’t come back from the kind of mental devastation that was Game 4.

After tonight, the Thunder will go gentle into that good night.

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Conventional wisdom report: May 12th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Thursday, May 12.

Start planning the parade:

Miami Heat

Oh how it pains me to write this, but is there any doubt right now that the Heat are looking like the team to beat?

It’s funny. With all the commotion over last summer and how everything came together, and then the periods of struggle in Miami this season, I somehow managed to forget what a stone-cold playoff killer Dwyane Wade is.

Yeah, LeBron is playing well right now, but we’ve seen him shrink in the postseason spotlight before. Chris Bosh? God only knows what he’s going to provide game to game. But Wade? He’s a machine, man. He’s going to come through. And the fact that the Heat beat their Celtic nemeses in five games while getting almost no contributions outside of the Big Three (save James Jones‘ 25-point effort in Game 1) speaks volumes about what this team is capable of accomplishing this postseason.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but this is happening people.

Give it up already:

Memphis Grizzlies

Sekou is going to hate me for saying it, but the Hang Time Grizzlies’ run is over. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve been fun to watch over the last few weeks, and they’ve really shown themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the reshaping Western Conference hierarchy for the future.

But for this year, Memphis is finished. Frankly, the series should already be over, but the Thunder have this annoying habit of letting big fourth-quarter leads go to waste.

Losing a triple overtime game in a 2-2 playoff series has to be a backbreaking experience, and Game 5 showed us that it affected the Grizzlies big time.

Look for OKC to finish them for good Friday night in Memphis.

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