Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

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…

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.

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…)

Who does Kevin Durant play as on NBA 2K?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant is arguably the best player in the NBA right now, but to hear him talk, he is inarguably the best NBA player when it comes to playing the NBA 2K video game. Last night on “The Tonight Show,” Durant noted he’s been playing the game for 15 years, so he’s understandably “really good” at it.

However, Durant said he doesn’t play NBA 2K as himself. Meaning when he plays the game, he doesn’t control the Oklahoma City Thunder. So what player does he use to ensure his winning streak stays alive?

See for yourself…


VIDEO: Durant Fallon

Steven Adams Does His Best LeBron James

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, as a rookie with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Steven Adams established himself as a rough and tumble center, unafraid to do dirty work in the post. He was not, however, known for his ability to, say, take guys off the dribble. But as we see in the video clip here, when Adams is matched up against someone much smaller, he can not only put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, but he can perform his best LeBron James celebration after the basket…


VIDEO: Adams LeBron

(via TNLP)

Cleveland Cavaliers Lift Ban On Fan Who Ran After LeBron

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Four years ago, when LeBron James announced that he was leaving Cleveland to become a member of the Miami Heat, Cavs fans were understandably upset. Two seasons ago, when the Cavs were playing a game in Cleveland, a fan named James Blair ran on the court and showed LeBron his shirt that read “WE MISS YOU” and “2014 COME BACK.” As security hauled Blair away, LeBron gave him a high five. And as a result of his stunt, Blair was banned from attending Cavs game.

Until now. With LeBron back home and a member of the Cavs, according to multiple reports, the ban on Blair has been lifted.

Blair himself confirmed the cancellation on Facebook…

Chris Bosh Shows He Can Score On Himself

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James departed Miami for Cleveland, the Heat quickly signed Chris Bosh to a max contract extension, signalling that they expect a big season out of Bosh. He’s played the alpha dog role before, in Toronto, but since arriving in Miami, Bosh was mostly a complementary player, even developing into a stretch center.

But this week on the Ellen show, Bosh made an appearance and showed he can still put the ball in the basket. Especially if it’s a small basket on his own head…


VIDEO: Bosh on Ellen

Nike introduces the LEBRON 12

9.15.14 Nike LeBron 12 Launch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It wouldn’t be a new NBA season if LeBron James didn’t come out in a new pair of kicks. Yesterday in Portland, at Nike World Headquarters, Nike and LeBron debuted his latest signature shoe, the LEBRON 12.

According to a release from Nike…

The LEBRON 12 was born in the lab, where scientific data and analysis substantiated the need for next-generation cushioning, support and flexibility.

This science-led insight was maximized for James while accounting for the diverse needs of athletes worldwide. The lead colorway, the LEBRON 12 NSRL, was inspired by the new shoe’s genesis in the lab.

Five visible, hexagonally-shaped Nike Zoom Air bags in the outsole of the LEBRON 12 enhance natural motion while providing accelerated explosiveness with each step. Nike Zoom Air delivers the same great cushioning it brought to footwear when first introduced to basketball in 1995; now the hexagonal Nike Zoom Air is mapped to the pressure points of the foot where it’s most needed for basketball performance.

In tandem with the sole, the lightweight and breathable Megafuse upper is designed to act as a molded second skin that minimizes weight and amplifies breathability and comfort.

James runs approximately three miles per game, and the average player changes directions about 1,000 times over that distance, requiring supportive, comfortable footwear to withstand tremendous impact and torque. Dynamic Flywire cables provide lockdown support for James’s unrivaled combination of speed and strength. The upper is constructed for a precise fit, with Hyperposite wings that deliver targeted support and protection.

The first colorway drops October 1 in China and October 11 globally. Check below for images of the shoe in several colorways…

NBA 2K15 shows preview of Cavs starting lineup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are getting close now, I hope you realize. That’s right, NBA training camps crank up in just a few weeks, and from there we’re just days away from actual NBA action (which is faaaan-tastic!).

But if you, like LeBron James, just can’t wait, Bron has you covered. Earlier today LeBron tweeted a link to a video from the upcoming NBA2K15 video game, of the pregame introductions for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Enjoy everyone…we’re just days away…


VIDEO: NBA 2K The Land

Cavs fans recite LeBron’s coming home essay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Miami Heat and returning to his native Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers, he did so via a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated. Now, the NBA has posted a video of Ohio residents and Cavaliers fans reciting LeBron’s essay, and it’s a pretty cool watch. Powder tosses for everyone


VIDEO: LeBron Homecoming (via Cavs.com)

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)

LeBron, Kyrie, welcome Kevin Love to Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After weeks of rumors, Kevin Love was finally traded this weekend to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And no sooner was the deal announced then his new teammates, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, too to social media to welcome Love to town. (Of course, Love and Irving have worked together before.)