Posts Tagged ‘Lionel Hollins’

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 1)

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NBA training camps have convened, exhibition games are underway, and we all know what that means: The return of MUSCLEWATCH.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to be “15 pounds of muscle.” So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. 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.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Also, for what it’s worth, we need numbers. If you’re going to be vague, that’s not MUSCLEWATCH. I’m talking to you, Bulls GM Gar Forman

Hey. we’re all glad Derrick Rose “looks terrific,” but if you want to play MUSCLEWATCH, we need actual digits.

Now, let’s get swole …

Do not look at this picture of Shawn Marion’s pinky finger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Look, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m even posting this photo after the jump, just so the squeamish don’t stumble upon it on the All Ball main page.

Because, you see, fingers aren’t supposed to look like this. At least, most of them aren’t. There are people with fingers that bend in non-traditional ways, mostly former athletes who suffered an injury and didn’t have the luxury of time to let the finger heal correctly. (Such as Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Yikes.)

Or, in this case, Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion, who took to Instagram this weekend and noted he probably can’t wear a pinky ring. Oh, you think?

If you want to see the picture, scroll down. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Lionel Hollins Forgets Jerryd Bayless’ Name

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I will never forget it: Pep rally, senior year, and our basketball coach is introducing the newly minted members of the hoops team to the assembled student body, who were cheering loudly from the stands in our high school gym. Coach worked his way down the list alphabetically, and I stood at the end of the row of players, waiting to run across the floor — the only person with a last name starting with a “W” — knowing I would be the last name called.

Or so I thought, because Coach called the name before mine, and then he momentarily forgot about me, and asked the crowd to give a big hand to the team. Meanwhile, I stood alone, momentarily forgotten yet never more visible than at that moment. My teammates, to their credit, pointed me out to our Coach, and he double-checked his list and hastily blurted out my name. No harm, no foul, although the memory has obviously stuck with me for a while.

So I, for one, can understand if Memphis guard Jerryd Bayless feels a little under-appreciated after yesterday’s postgame news conference, when Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins banked on Bayless’ name. Just like my high school coach, Hollins consulted the paper in front of him and made a pretty quick recovery, and I’m sure he meant no harm from it.

Still, this happened …

(via B/R)

Tony Allen Stops Lionel Hollins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been fun watching Memphis wingman Tony Allen develop into one of the NBA’s elite perimeter defenders over the last few years. With his unique skill set, he can stop anyone: he’s versatile, athletic, smart, savvy — really the total package. And speaking of, ahem, you know, over the weekend Allen accidentally discovered how to stop Memphis coach Lionel Hollins. Walk it off, coach.

h/t r/NBA