Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

Cleveland stands together with LeBron

By Jeff Case

The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to open their season tonight against the New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET, TNT) and the city’s anticipation for the official return of their native son, LeBron James, is growing by the hour. As our Steve Aschburner points out, the grand homecoming of James is about more than basketball. But if that story doesn’t convince you, perhaps this new commercial from Nike will:


VIDEO: LeBron James’ new Nike commercial called ‘Together’

Even if you’re not a Cavs fan, you can’t help but get goosebumps for tonight’s big game. (And, oh yeah, this little billboard is going up tonight, too).

(h/t Scott Soshnick)

Should LeBron bring back the powder toss?


VIDEO: Take a look back at LeBron James’ chalk toss ritual

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James made a bold choice in deciding to leave Miami for Cleveland, but he’s been less decisive about another choice that awaits: Should he bring back his pregame powder toss?

The powder toss was something LeBron regularly did just before tipoff as a member of the Cavs, and then he did it only occasionally with the Heat.

But after re-signing with Cleveland, LeBron came out and said he couldn’t wait to do it in Cleveland again, posting a video on his Instagram account of the moment.

Then, a few weeks ago, he sort of waffled on his announcement, saying he would ask his kids about it…

But today, LeBron said he would leave the decision up to the fans…

Now, if you took a poll of Cavs fans, I’m pretty sure it might be a unanimous “yes” to bringing back the powder toss. People who aren’t LeBron or Cavs fans might not be as in favor it.

So what say you? Would you like to see LeBron bring back the powder toss this season?

Mike Miller takes LeBron’s cheers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers have been spending the preseason playing games all over Ohio — they not only played a game in Cleveland, but they’ve had a game in Cincinnati, and then, last night, hosted the Bulls in Columbus.

It’s been something on a homecoming tour for LeBron James, who has logged minutes in each stop as a way to say thank you to his home state. And the fans in each city have given him an ovation at the beginning and end of each game…at least, we think it’s for him.

Check the funny video clip from last night, caught by Tas Melas from The Starters, where the crowd gives LeBron an ovation and LeBron’s teammate Mike Miller steps in to steal some applause…

LeBron returns home in new ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I don’t know if it’s fair to call this new spot from Beats By Dre a “commercial,” because while it ostensibly exists to promote a product, it’s also nearly three minutes long and has a cinematic feel to it. This ad celebrates LeBron James‘ return to Ohio, but specifically to Akron, where he grew up and played his high school ball. Pretty sure he wasn’t as ripped in high school as he is in this spot, though…


VIDEO: LeBron Beats

LeBron hangs with future NBA players in 2007

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It doesn’t seem like all that long ago, but 2007 was seven years ago, and a lot of players who are in the NBA now were still in high school or college back then. That point was reiterated yesterday when former college basketball player Wesley Witherspoon celebrated Throwback Thursday by posting a pic taken in 2007 at the LeBron James Skills Academy. And while LeBron looks a bit younger then than he does today, what’s really neat is all the guys around him who will eventually make it to the NBA.

See if you can spot Kemba Walker, Greg Monroe, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan and Lance Stephenson

LeBron and the Cavs workout on the beach

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the toughest parts about working out is the actual working out. I know that sounds simple, but with a busy day and things to do at work and at home, it can be hard to find an hour in the day to go hit the gym.

But what if your gym was on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? And by that I mean, like, literally on the sand on the beach? Because with the Cleveland Cavaliers in Rio de Janeiro for the NBA Global Games, LeBron James and some of his Cavs teammates decided to just go work out directly on the beach.

Hey, I was in Cleveland just last week. The weather there was nothing like the weather in this video, so I can’t say i blame LeBron and the Cavs. If you’ve got it, use it…


VIDEO: Beach workout

(via B/R)

Hang Time Road Trip — Day 1

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VIDEO: Sekou tries to get the Hang Time Road Trip rolling

CHICAGO — And so it begins. Hopefully you’ve read about the Hang Time Road Trip over the last few days. We’ve been writing and tweeting (#hangtime) about it, and it won’t stop.

This morning we kicked it off bright and early in downtown Cleveland, where Sekou Smith, Rick Fox and I met our bus, our home for the next week. You can see bus in the video above. I mean, it’s really our home, and it’s tight quarters — the three of us, our producer, a camera man, an audio guy, two editors and two drivers. All in one bus for seven days. Last night we stayed in a Cleveland hotel. Tonight we will sleep on this bus. It’s a really nice bus though, as you can see in a video here.

Anyway, first thing this morning we drove around Cleveland for a bit before ending up over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We discovered a photo shoot for a car magazine underway. So of course we put our best face forward and had Rick join the photo shoot …

The Rock Hall was terrific. We were given a tour and saw everything from James Brown‘s suit to Beyonce‘s tour outfits to Jimi Hendrix‘s guitar to Alex Van Halen‘s drum kit. Also, a video outfit from one of my favorite groups of all-time …

We spent about an hour wandering around the place and checking it out, and could have easily spent another hour or so there. If you’re in Cleveland, it’s a must-see. Here’s a video of our experiences there …


VIDEO: The Hang Time crew visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (more…)

LeBron’s first shot as a Cav (the second time)

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Hang Time Road Trip is in Cleveland tonight for the debut of the LeBron/Kyrie/Love Cavaliers in an exhibition against Maccabi Tel Aviv. We will have much more from our day later, but for now, here’s a look from my seat courtside of LeBron’s first shot as a member of the Cavs (for the second time). For what it’s worth, he made it…

Cleveland Cavaliers Show Off New Court

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season the Cavs had an awesome light show on their court. This season, they have an all-new court.

At last night’s open practice in Cleveland, the Cavs showed off a brand new court design. The court is trimmed in blue with wine and gold over most of the floor. The most striking feature, though, is the Cleveland skyline rising from the sideline.

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 …

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• 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…)