Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

San Antonio Spurs hiring air conditioning specialist

Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - NBA Finals Game One

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Now that we’re in the midst of free agency, the Finals seems like years ago, but it was just a few weeks back that the NBA Finals tipped off in San Antonio, and we saw what will forever be remembered as “The Air Conditioning Game.” With the A/C out in the AT&T Center, temperatures soared close to triple digits, making everyone in the arena uncomfortable, particularly the Spurs and the members of the Miami Heat, and perhaps even causing LeBron James to cramp up and miss the end of the game.

Thus far in free agency, the Spurs have managed to keep the same championship team together. But they do appear to be looking for help in one off court area. According to this job posting, the Spurs are looking for someone to work in building operations. You need some verbal skills and some computer skills, of course, oh and also experience with HVAC…which means heating, ventilation and, yep, air conditioning:

Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload. The successful candidate will have experience with public assembly facilities operations including but not limited to, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and project management. The skill to handle multiple tasks at one time, possess energy and self-motivation, provide effective staff leadership, and communication is essential.

(via CBS)

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars

VIDEO: Relive Blake Griffin’s NBA 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. The event has rapidly grown over the past few years and now includes a championship tournament during the action in Las Vegas (which begins tomorrow on NBA TV).

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

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

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

Cleveland wants LeBron to “come home”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night at midnight, NBA free agency officially became official, meaning contracts and deals that had been negotiated during the moratorium were now able to be actually signed. And while there are plenty of storylines and players out there waiting to be finalized, the biggest fish is still swimming.

LeBron James has yet to announce where he will be playing next next season, but most reports have him deciding between Miami, where he’s gone to the NBA Finals four seasons in a row and won two MVP awards, and Cleveland, his “hometown” team and the the franchise where he began his NBA career. He left Cleveland in 2010 in search of titles, which he found in Miami, but now it looks as if he might make a return to Cleveland if he wants the best chance of winning more rings going forward.

Accordingly, while we wait for Lebron’s decision choice to be announced, Cavs fans have been lighting up the internet the last few days trying to do their part in bringing Bron back. For instance, celebrity chef Michael Symon, who hails from Cleveland and told us about being a Cavs fan a year ago, has promised to give LeBron his own personalized burger if he returns.

A Cleveland-based t-shirt company dropped a design designed to get Bron back in the Cavs’ wine and gold (and blue and orange)…

And finally, here’s an entire music video that’s pretty self-explanatory…

VIDEO: Coming Home

Joel Embiid ends hilarious Twitter recruitment of LeBron James

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before the July 4th holiday, we checked in with Sixers rookie Joel Embiid, who was using Twitter to have a little fun with the free agency frenzy surrounding LeBron James.

Embiid was using Twitter to jokingly attempt to get LeBron James to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. But after a few days of trying to get James’ attention via Twitter, with apparently no response, Embiid announced that he’s ended his pursuit. Good job, good effort, rook. Sure was fun while it lasted…

Kobe calls multiple title expectations for LeBron “ridiculous”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By now we’ve seen several videos of Kobe Bryant, who was in Brazil for the World Cup, discussing various topics with an array of journalists.

But in this latest video, Kobe is asked about a soccer player needing to win a World Cup to truly be considered great, and if that is similar to the expectations placed on LeBron James. As Kobe notes, for NBA players it becomes about “how many [championships] you get, which sounds absolutely ridiculous. You’re really lucky and fortunate to win one, but now it’s become so jaded, it’s like, ‘OK you only won one, you only won two, you should win five or six,’ which is absolutely ridiculous.”

VIDEO: Kobe on Bron

(via TNLP)

Joel Embiid is recruiting LeBron James on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, the Philadelphia 76ers took Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in the NBA draft. While many experts had Embiid rated as perhaps the most talented player in the Draft, recent surgery on his foot was enough of a concern that Embiid fell No. 3. The Sixers, of course, are deep in rebuilding mode, and are willing to wait for Embiid to get healthy.

In the meantime, Embiid has been using Twitter over the last week to casually recruit free agent LeBron James to join the Sixers. Although from the looks of it, Embiid is still waiting for an answer. He might be in for a long wait …

LeBron has gone fishing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, fans of and execs from other teams around the league felt like maybe they had a chance to poach him away. After all, who wouldn’t want LeBron on their team?

But reports thus far make it seem as though James has no plans of leaving the Heat. And while other free agents are going around and visiting teams where they might sign, LeBron is on vacation with his family. Yesterday, LeBron posted this video of his son, Bronny, who seems like a natural when it comes to fishing. As LeBron noted in the caption: “Bronny caught him a black fin tuna. Need to put him on “Wicked Tuna”. #WeWasHyped #WhatColorWasIt #JamesVacation”

How to keep LeBron? A LeBron-A-Thon!

2014 NBA Finals - Game Five

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With NBA free agency underway as of midnight last night, the big prize in this year’s class is LeBron James, who recently opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat. With his teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reportedly joining James in free agency to help create cap room for the Heat, Miami may have the inside track as far as keeping the King. But just in case, a Miami radio station is going all-in, at least for a day.

According to the Miami Herald, Miami radio station WQAM is, at least for today, hosting a LeBron-A-Thon. What’s a LeBron-A-Thon? That’s a little unclear, at least from the press release…

Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM will celebrate “LEBRON-A-THON” all day, tomorrow July 1st, 2014. South Florida has enjoyed championship basketball the last four years, and we want more. We all want LeBron James to stay in Miami and WQAM is encouraging listeners put their money where their mouth is, by supporting a great cause. Listeners are being encouraged to visit where they can click on the “LEBRON-A-THON” banner to make a donation. 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.

So basically the goal of the LeBron-A-Thon, other than keeping LeBron in Miami, is to raise money for the local Boys and Girls Clubs. No matter where LeBron ends up, seems like a worthy cause.

How would LeBron look if he was on my team?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — News broke earlier this morning that LeBron James — two-time champ, four-time MVP, not even thirty years old — has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat and will become a free agent. And while this certainly could be a purely procedural move — a way to help the Heat create financial flexibility and add more players — it also creates hope for fans of other teams.

Of course, this doesn’t mean LeBron will definitely sign with a different team, but fans of plenty of other teams would love to see King James in their colors. While that may not ever happen, one Twitter user put together a quick graphic showing what LeBron would look like in uniform for any team in the NBA. (Um, except for the Charlotte Bobcats, who no longer exist and are now the Hornets.)

Miami Heat fans struggle to name former Miami Heat players

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Miami Heat fans get a bad rap. Opposing fans love to characterize them as bandwagon fans, the kind of fans who support their team only because the Heat are a championship level team. And not that there’s anything wrong with that — like, who wouldn’t support a championship level team? — but it isn’t exactly true. The fans in Miami are genuinely crazy for the Heat. I was there in person in each round of the playoffs, and those fans were as loud and as rowdy as any fans in the NBA.

In order to test some Heat fans’ knowledge of Heat history, ESPN’s Cari Champion found some fans on South Beach and asked them to identify some former Heat players by their photos. And let’s just say, at least from the video evidence, the fans she stopped could afford to spend some time studying their history…

VIDEO: Heat fan challenge

(via B/R)