Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

Cam Newton pays tribute to LeBron James with TD celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had a signature celebration for a while now: He stands tall and pretends to rip open his jersey, as if he were Superman. But this weekend in a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, Newton broke out a new wrinkle: He added LeBron James‘ hand-pumping/high-knee move to the Superman…

And LeBron, a noted football fan, took to Twitter to express his support for Newton as well as the impending return of the football season…

Draymond Green blocking LeBron James made from emojis


VIDEO: Draymond blocks LeBron

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During overtime of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, one of the iconic plays of Golden State’s run to the Finals was a blocked shot from Draymond Green against LeBron James. (Watch the clip above.)

Or, since we are in the digital age, you can see the image below as translated into emojis…

LeBron puts on dunking exhibition in Manila

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While on tour in Asia right now, LeBron James played today in an exhibition game in Manila. And while it may only be an exhibition, LeBron still finished this alley-oop with incredible authority…

Russell Westbrook makes LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony crack up

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s the drill: Someone passes you the ball, and you catch it and then are allowed to have two dribbles before you must to shoot the ball. At least, that’s the drill they were running yesterday at USA Basketball practice yesterday. And when Russell Westbrook caught it in the post, took two dribbles and then for some reason decided not to shoot the ball, it sent LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony into hysterics.

LeBron James holds Twitter Q+A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, after noting it had been a while since he’d talked directly to his fans, LeBron James popped up for an hour on Twitter to answer questions from fans. King James ended up talking about everything from the NBA to professional wrestling to cartoons…

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LeBron James makes impossible shot at Summer League

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent the weekend in Las Vegas at the Samsung NBA Summer League, where I, along with my Hang Time Podcast co-hosts Rick Fox and Sekou Smith, had the chance to announce a couple of games on NBA TV. The first we called on Friday was the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and who should show up to watch the game but the King himself, LeBron James.

LeBron didn’t play in the Summer League, obviously, but while he was sitting courtside, a ball bounced LeBron’s way, and something pretty cool happened. Check this out…

Buckets! @kingjames #NBASummer

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LeBron James: Movie Star?


VIDEO: LeBron Trainwreck

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The thing that makes LeBron James so special, that makes him so unique, is his incredible versatility. Need someone to bring the ball up the court? Grab a big rebound? Hit a three? Block a shot? Lead the break? Defend pretty much any opponent?

There really isn’t much LeBron can’t do, which is how he racked up four MVP awards and two NBA championships by the age of 30. And it also explains why he’s getting rave reviews in his latest venture: movie acting. We’ve seen LeBron in commercials and hosting “Saturday Night Live,” but now he’s legitimately co-starring in Trainwreck, the latest film from super producer Judd Apatow, opening in theaters today.

And as LeBron explained to CNN, the movie business is a whole different ball game…

“It’s different than walking on the NBA floor, I’ll tell you that,” he told Rachel Nichols of CNN Sports. “I had much bigger nerves walking on set. It’s my first time. I’ve done commercials, I’ve done PSAs (public service announcements). I’ve done so many great things, but I’ve never stepped on a movie set. But it was extremely fun to be around those guys.”

James makes his acting debut in the comedy “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer. The movie hits theaters Thursday night. James plays himself, and he is cast as the best friend of actor Bill Hader’s character, sports doctor Aaron Conners.

And his role isn’t just a cameo. It became much more than that.

“Judd Apatow is one of the greatest directors and writers that we have,” James said. “I had a few scenes that we were going to do — a couple scenes, not a few. I had a couple scenes — and myself and Bill Hader, we kind of just hit it off, right off the bat.

“And it was, like, ‘OK, well, you know, you mind sticking around for a couple more days? We’re going to write another scene in here.’ And then I got into a scene with Amy Schumer, who’s unbelievable. And it was, like, ‘You mind sticking around for just one or two more days?’ And I ended up doing, like, five or six, maybe, like, seven scenes. I don’t want to give it up, how many scenes I’m in.”

In the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, James put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back, averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game — leading both teams in those categories. His injury-depleted Cavaliers ultimately lost to the Warriors in six games, but James single-handedly kept the series closer than most anticipated.

But in addition to hoops, James also is interested in taking his talents to the big screen.

“I always talked about it as a kid,” he said. “And even as an adult, I was, like, ‘Wow.’ You know, I always wanted to be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” he added, referring to the 1990s sitcom. “Will Smith kind of set it up. I was, like, ‘Man, that would be cool to be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. How amazing would that be? Just be a silly kid in an unbelievable house and be around so many great people.’

“And then when I got older, you know, the ‘Bad Boy’ movies, I was, like, I would love to do an action movie — you know, be like a cop or something or be like Batman and be a superhero and be able to save people and save corruption and all that mess. I’ve always had it in my head.”

LeBron shooting backward free throws

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s something interesting. Check out this animated GIF of LeBron James shooting a free throw…the wrong way. The NBA forum at Reddit uncovered this, perhaps from the filming of the new movie Trainwreck, which co-stars LeBron. He squares up, shoots it easily…over his head the wrong direction and directly into the basket. Easy, huh?

LeBronBackward

(via r/NBA)

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Stephen Curry’s Summer League debut in 2009

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. After events in Orlando and Salt Lake City, the attention turns to Las Vegas where 23 of the 30 teams participate in 10 days of basketball, culminating in a tournament that was won by the Sacramento Kings last season. Coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament continues on NBA TV through July 20.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players to ever play in the Summer League.


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!

LeBron James vs. Jimmy Fallon in Faceketball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After a few weeks off following the 2015 NBA Finals, LeBron James is back to work, this time out promoting the new movie Trainwrecked, in which he co-stars. So last night LeBron visited “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” where he took on Fallon in a classic game of Faceketball. Faceketball? Yeah, faceketball. And despite Fallon having an injured hand, he makes this a surprisingly close competition…


VIDEO: Bron vs. Fallon