Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

LeBron James sings Happy Birthday to Kevin Love

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James can do it all — score, defend, pass, rebound… name it, LeBron’s done it. Singing, though? Well, as LeBron displays in this Instagram video where he sings to a magazine cover of his teammate Kevin Love, let’s just say he might have some room for improvement…

Farm builds corn maze tribute to LeBron and Cavs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James and the Cavaliers won the NBA championship, they brought Cleveland fans their first championship in over fifty years. Fans thanked the team by coming out to their parade, and also in other, creative ways. We’ve seen corn mazes dedicated to NBA teams and players, and this farm in Ohio honored the Cavs’ title by building three corn mazes. Homegrown hero, indeed…

Stance introduces new NBA cartoon socks


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Stance has revolutionized the NBA sock game over the last few years, and they are continuing to introduce new options to keep fan’s feet fresh. The latest move? NBA Cartoon socks. Via Stance…

Three years after debuting its initial NBA Legends collection, and less than a year after unveiling its inaugural NBA Future Legends collection, Stance is excited to announce its new pack of NBA Legends and Future Legends in a Cartoon style.

The Cartoon styles are designed to fit the aesthetic of both hardcore NBA fans and sock enthusiasts. More than that, from a performance perspective, they are engineered to be both durable and comfortable.

The six pairs, and seven players, vary widely in terms of when they played in the NBA and who they played for. There are four current players, aka Future Legends, featured in the collection: Anthony Davis, of the New Orleans Pelicans; James Harden, of the Houston Rockets; LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors.

There is also a style that pays homage to Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, of the Chicago Bulls, and a style that co-stars the iconic Utah Jazz duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone.

Stance’s NBA Cartoon Legend and Current Players collection is now available at It will be also be available at Fanatics, Fanzz, Dicks Sporting Goods, Foot Locker, NBA Store, Lids and other key global retailers.


Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Cleveland Indians pay tribute to LeBron

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By winning the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally broken the city of Cleveland’s 52-year dry spell without a title. And while the people of Ohio and certainly excited, other teams around Cleveland are also showing their gratitude. During last night’s Indians game, the Indians slipped an image of LeBron and the Larry O’Brien trophy into their Kiss Cam segment.

LeBron James plays volleyball during the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James turned in a dominant performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, contributing 41 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists along the way to Cleveland’s 112-97 win. He also had 3 blocked shots, including one against Golden State’s Stephen Curry where James soared through the air and spiked the basketball. If it reminded you of someone spiking a basketball, you aren’t alone: Here’s a version of Bron’s block that’s been photoshopped to make it a volleyball highlight…

Story of a photo: Capturing LeBron’s Game 3 dunk

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 8: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a dunk against the Golden State Warriors against the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 8, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — The frozen moment happened with just under 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 3 of The 2016 NBA Finals. After knocking loose a pass from Golden State’s Stephen Curry to Festus Ezeli, Cleveland’s LeBron James grabbed the basketball and raced the other way to start a fast break.

Just past halfcourt, James collided with Curry and stumbled, his right knee and hand going to the floor to help him retain his balance, while James used his left hand to slap at the ball and keep his dribble alive. One second later, his bearing renewed, James resumed his dash to the hoop.

Curry was the lone defender between James and the basket, and as James neared the rim, Curry slid one step to his left, to truncate James’s angle of attack. LeBron quickly fired the ball to his left, where his teammate Kyrie Irving was streaking toward the rim. Curry and the basketball reached Irving at nearly the same time, and just as quickly as Irving caught the ball, he sprang off his right foot and immediately flipped the ball back up and over Curry, in the general vicinity of the hoop, where it figured that James would be arriving shortly.

“I knew he was going to throw it up there,” James said later. “And I had to go get it. He threw it, I had to go get it.”

It was not a perfect pass, but it was good enough. It was up to James, then, to do his part. And did he ever.

During the ball’s brief dalliance with Irving, James took five steps in the direction of the basket and then, leveraging his left foot against the court, James launched himself skyward, soaring up and at least equal to the rim.

As he flew, James twisted his torso and reached back with his right hand past the edge of the backboard, corralling the ball, and then he fired it though the hoop with a breathtaking combination of equal parts improbability, power, force and grace.

It was the play of The 2016 Finals thus far, a moment tailor-made to immediately go viral and embed itself in our brains for posterity as one of the signature plays of the 2016 postseason, if not James’ career.


But James and Irving weren’t the only one who did great work on the possession. As LeBron stole the ball and turned toward his basket, sitting a few hundred feet away and a couple of rows up in an arena seat in Quicken Loans Arena’s Section 106, Jesse Garrabrant was also preparing to try and create a different type of NBA Finals history.

A photographer for NBA Photos since 1994, Garrabrant lives on the New Jersey shore and shoots every Philadelphia 76ers home game. As the playoffs build toward an ultimate finish, NBA Photos brings all hands on deck to cover every game from every angle. In Cleveland for Game 3, Garrabrant rigged multiple remote controlled cameras around Quicken Loans Arena, which he could control from a button in his seat in Section 106. While Garrabrant could make the cameras click, he wasn’t actually looking down the viewfinders as the shutter snapped. So Garrabrant was, quite literally, firing blind.

“You want to take chances and if it works, there’s a big bonus,” said Garrabrant a day later. “You get a guy like LeBron who can create an incredible play, and if he’s in the exact right spot, it can totally work. At the same time, it could have also completely struck out, especially when you’re doing directional lighting like that.”

The lighting Garrabrant referred to is a special technique known as “spotlighting.” Garrabrant’s remote cameras for Game 3 were geared to take advantage of this method, which can give action photos a dramatic flair, adding depth and richness. But again, with the reward came a risk. “The lighting covers the paint,” Garrabrant explained, “because that’s where the majority of the action happens. LeBron is going to go to the hole sometime, and you just hope the lighting is going to cover it.”

For Game 3, Garrabrant had a camera clamped to the edge of the set ESPN uses for their live pre-and postgame broadcasts, which is assembled on a platform in a corner of The Q, near Section 113. Unless you looked closely, you wouldn’t notice Garrabrant’s camera. Luckily for the rest of us, this camera saw everything. As it turned out, this was the ultimate angle, from which Garrabrant captured the photo you see at the top of this post.

Within seconds of James’ dunk, Garrabrant’s picture was made available for download via NBA Photos on Getty Images, and it quickly started popping up all over social media. It was tweeted and re-tweeted and shared tens of thousands of times, as fans and other media members expressed their amazement. ESPN’s Don Van Natta tweeted that it was the picture of the year. It “belongs in the damn Louvre,” noted Mashable’s Sam Laird.


While the rest of us marveled over Garrabrant’s image of James’ Game 3 dunk, Garrabrant’s mind drifted back to 2008. As it turned out, Garrabrant may have been the perfect person to capture this dunk from this player from this angle, particularly when you consider he’d done almost exactly the same thing before.

“[James] had almost the same dunk in the ’08 Conference semifinals against Kevin Garnett, in the same spot on the court,” recalled Garrabrant. “Same angle, he threw it the same way, everything, except this was an alley-oop and that one was just him driving to the basket. I shot that game and I got the same angle on that particular dunk.”

CLEVELAND - MAY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks over Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 12, 2008 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

We may live in an age where video is increasingly available, streaming at us almost inexorably every time we open a browser window. But there’s still something magical about the perfect photo, which freezes a moment in time in a way that we never want to forget.

Following Game 3, Kyrie Irving was asked about his pass to James on the play. “I wanted to see something great,” Irving said. “I threw it very, very… you know, some people may say it’s a bad pass, but I wanted to see something great.”

At least on this night, we all got to see something great.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar meets LeBron, sits down with Cavs legends

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Cool stuff from last night in Cleveland, where the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was in town to watch Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in person. Not only did Abdul-Jabbar sit down with Cavs legends Austin Carr and Campy Russell, as you can watch in the video above, but Kareem also got to share a moment with LeBron James, who last night passed Shaquille O’Neal for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list. As LeBron said after the game

“I was actually … jogging into the locker room like we usually do off the floor, and obviously I saw a legend outside of our locker room, and I slowed my pace up drastically just to embrace a legend being in our building, watching us play. What he did for the game, the championship runs that he had with the ‘Showtime’ Lakers and him being the all-time leading scorer in NBA history and so on and so on and so on, it’s just respect.

“When you see a guy like that, when you put him in a class with like Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali and Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, those guys all laying that same thing, Bill Russell. It was a pretty cool moment.”

Are we closer to LeBron starring in Space Jam 2?


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hollywood is a wonderful and strange place, a different universe that operates in a way that is often confusing yet ultimately serves to delight and entertain. Which is to say, the following story is still under some scrutiny, but if we are to believe published reports, we might be one step closer to a Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James.

Rumors of a sequel to Michael Jordan’s popular original started two years ago, when it was reported that LeBron would consider starring in a Space Jam sequel. Today, according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, an accomplished director is on board…

Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are ready to shoot some intergalactic hoops with LeBron James.

The Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer is co-writing with Dodge and Botello the Warner Bros.’ sequel Space Jam 2. Lin is also eyeing to direct and produce via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.

Rumors of a follow-up to the live action/animated 1996 hit have been brewing for years, and picked up again when James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. in July. The Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player, who recently appeared in Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, will star in Space Jam 2. He’s repped by WME.

The first film, a live action/animation hybrid that earned $230.4 million worldwide, starred Michael Jordan and a collection of Looney Tunes cartoon characters who teamed up to play a game of ball against aliens threatening their freedom.

Lin helmed four of the Fast & Furious films, starting with 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. He directed Star Trek Beyond, which is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2016. His other credits include 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow and episodes of True Detective and Scorpion. He’s repped by CAA, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse.

Great, huh? Not so fast, my friends. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says there is no deal set as of yet…

The NBA reacts to Kobe Bryant’s final game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On a night where the Golden State Warriors set a record by finishing the season 73-9, the story of the night was the final game of Kobe Bryant. As it turned out, even in his final game, one of the NBA’s greatest players still had some magic left in him. Kobe finished with 60 points, on 22-of-50 shooting, in the performance of a lifetime, as the Lakers came from behind to win, 101-96. Players from around the NBA watched and shared their reactions on social media…