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MUSCLEWATCH 2014 (Update 1)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — And here we are again. Summer has officially given way to fall, which means many things, but really only means one thing that we care about around these parts: IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR A NEW NBA SEASON.

And when training camps convene around the country, that means it’s time for … wait for it … MUSCLEWATCH!

What, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? It stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that our local paper used to always say that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of MUSCLE. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

MUSCLEWATCH has truly evolved from when it was Matt and I sitting around our apartment cracking jokes. I thought we’d come a long way a year ago when the official television network of the NBA was running promos for it…

#MUSCLEWATCH is reaching critical mass

A video posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

And now actual NBA teams are referencing #MUSCLEWATCH…

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I feel like we’ve got a movement on our hands. This is a wonderful thing.

WHEN WE LAST LEFT MUSCLEWATCH, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were putting in work. Let’s get into the muscles…

• The biggest story in the NBA this summer was LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But pretty soon after the dust settled from The Announcement, LeBron started posting photos online where he looked drastically thinner than he looked last season.

Love getting back in the lab with my brothers @druondemand @rometrav #StriveForGreatness

A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on

In an interview this week with CNN’s Rachel Nichols, LeBron talked about his weight loss. (Around the 2:45 mark here.) According to LeBron he’s around 250 pounds — even though he’s been listed at 249 for years — thanks to eating only fish, meat, fruits and vegetables for 67 days. He also said, “I had the Cookie Monster chasing me in my dreams a few times.

We don’t know exactly how much weight LeBron lost or even how much he weighed before, unless someone gets it out of him at Cleveland’s media day, which I’m afraid makes him ineligible to win the MUSCLEWATCH title this season.

Instead, LeBron, in recognition of your efforts, we will give you this GIF of Cookie Monster dancing …

cookiedance

• While we’re talking about the NBA’s bold names, how about Carmelo Anthony slimming down?

Last season Melo was listed at 240, but he has apparently been making better choices when eating, according to this article. No Cookie Monster nightmares that we know about yet, however. YET.

• There were reports earlier this summer that Detroit point guard Brandon Jennings had added 25 pounds of muscle (more…)

Summer MUSCLEWATCH Round-up


VIDEO: Jrue MUSCLEWATCH

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are still a few months until NBA training camps begin, so NBA players still have time to get in the weight room and add 15 pounds of muscle, the amount they always seem to add, and make an appearance on MUSCLEWATCH. Once camps start up we’ll launch our official MUSCLEWATCH 2014, but right now with plenty of guys playing in summer league, we can make an initial check-in and see how MUSCLEWATCH is shaping up.

What, you may be asking, is MUSCLEWATCH? It stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that out local paper used to always say that players had gained 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of muscle. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay. If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

On to the MUSCLEWATCH…

Anthony Davis is already making a case to be a MUSCLEWATCH winner this season.

• In the video above, AD’s teammate Jrue Holiday talks about adding muscle and strengthening the leg he had surgery on. We don’t get any concrete numbers, but he still has months to go.

• One of the big stories from summer league has been the newly-slimmed Anthony Bennett, who looks much different. According to our man Steve Aschburner, Bennett has lost 15 pounds from his playing weight last season. I also love this quote from Bennett so much: “It wasn’t really that tough. My body is kind of weird. I can gain weight fast, I can lose weight fast. So it was just me maintaining it. Watching what I eat at night.”

• Bulls forward Tony Snell arrived for summer league not only with his braids gone, but with 10 pounds of muscle added. “I’ve been in the weight room a lot and I’m eating right,” Snell said. That’ll do it, Tony.

Victor Oladipo is dropping weight this summer. Might want to slow the pace a bit, Vic, considering we have a few months to go…

• Battling with Anthony Davis for MUSCLEWATCH honors may be Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, who has added 17 pounds(!) since the season ended and has plans to keep going. Do it, Gorgui!

• Finally, Brandon Jennings has some vague weight goals on his mind…

Pelicans Unleash New Threads

by Zettler Clay IV

A few months ago, New Orleans came forward with a new team mascot, opening the door for Michael Jordan to make a similar move with the Bobcats.

Since jettisoning “Hornets” for “Pelicans,” New Orleans made a few changes on the roster front as well. With newly acquired All-Star Jrue Holiday and 2012 No. 1 pick Anthony Davis in tow, there is reason for fans in the bayou region to carry a little excitement going into the 2013-14 NBA season.

On Thursday, Jason Smith, Ryan Anderson, Holiday and Davis looked to stretch that fervor and unveiled the franchise’s new uniforms to the world.

pelicans uni screen shot

Based on the reaction of the Twitter-sphere, the new work gear of Davis and Co. stands firmly in fashion purgatory. It doesn’t engender aversion, but it doesn’t yell “come see us play” either. As pointed out by Bleacher Report’s Benjamin Cruz, the unis lamentably bear a certain likeness to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Either way, this is another step in a new direction for a rising franchise. What sayeth you?
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John Wall, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday Star With A$AP Rocky In New Adidas Spot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – Here’s the latest spot from adidas basketball, set to air during the NBA Playoffs, promoting their Crazyquick basketball kick.

Titled “Quick Ain’t Fair” and narrated by hot hip-hop star A$AP Rocky, the new ad features Washington PG John Wall, Portland’s Rookie of the Year candidate Damian Lillard, and Philly PG Jrue Holiday. The shoe and the ad showcase the crazy quickness employed by all three players, while Rocky spits almost an object lesson in the value of speed.

The shoe features a four-zone quick outsole, which “provides maximum traction and flexibility for quick movements.” The Crazyquick is out May 1 in five colorways and is available for pre-order today at adidas.com.

Because at the end of the day, quick ain’t fair.

Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Kansas



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We continue the Sweet 16 in the West region, where two towers of college basketball power square off for a chance to move on to the Elite Eight.


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UCLA Bruins

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: 30.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.4 steals
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks: 11.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.8 steals
Kevin Love, Timberwolves: 27.2 points, 20.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.8 steals
Baron Davis, Cavaliers: 21.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 11.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.4 steals
Jrue Holiday, Sixers: 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.1 steals

Missed the cut: Matt Barnes, Lakers; Darren Collison, Pacers; Jordan Farmar, Nets; Dan Gadzuric, Nets; Ryan Hollins, Cavaliers; Jason Kapono, Sixers; Trevor Ariza, Hornets; Earl Watson, Jazz; Arron Afflalo, Nuggets

Team synopsis: As the school with the most current players in the NBA, the UCLA Bruins will be a tough out. Several different players could make the starting lineup, but I went with Mbah a Moute’s all-around contributions over those of rising studs like Collison and Afflalo. When Davis is nearly left out of the starting five, you know you’ve got some firepower to work with. Love’s per-48 rebounding stats are absurd, and Westbrook’s scoring is only a few ppg behind his scoring-champion teammate, Kevin Durant. (more…)

Extend, Trade, or Cut – new starting PG edition

by Micah Hart

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for another fabulous edition of Extend, Trade or Cut. It’s not just any Monday though, it’s the Monday before the start of the 2010-11 season. That being the case, I thought today we’d take a look at three players who start this new season in similar places — as the projected starting point guard for their team for the first time in their careers. The nominees: the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday, the Bobcats’ DJ Augustin, and the Pacers’ Darren Collison.

Just to refresh you on the rules, picture yourself as the GM of a mythical NBA franchise, and pretend that you have to choose between three players. One player you can extend with a new contract, one player you have to trade for some mythical asset(s), and one player you must cut from your roster for eternity (it’s a harsh world). You may choose each option only once.

Let’s take a look at your options:

- Jrue Holiday: Holiday had an up and down rookie season in Philadelphia a year ago, but came on strong toward the end and established himself as the team’s starting PG going into the new season. Known for his sticky defense (many think he can be in the Rajon Rondo class of lead-guard stoppers), his offense is still a bit of a work in progress. A teammate of Collison’s at UCLA, Holiday — who is 20 — is the youngest of this trio.

- DJ Augustin: Larry Brown and Michael Jordan saw fit to let Raymond Felton leave for New York, handing the reins to Augustin in Charlotte this season. Augustin ain’t the tallest cat in town (the Bobcats generously list him at 6-foot), but he makes up for it with the ability to use the angles to get shots in the paint over taller defenders. He’s also an excellent shooter from distance and from the charity stripe.

- Darren Collison: Many were surprised to see the Hornets trade their Chris Paul insurance in the offseason, but Collison was so impressive in relief of Paul last season that the Pacers dealt for the UCLA product and immediately installed him as their starter. Better known for his his defensive capabilities at UCLA, Collison surprised the league by averaging 18.8 ppg in 37 games as a starter during his rookie season.

Them’s the choices. How do you vote?

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