Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Dellavedova’

A recent history of NBA players writing open letters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. And that’s never more clearly felt than of late, as we are currently in the midst of a time of change in the NBA. Free agency has seen a bunch of NBA players change franchises and cities, and while at this point we’re used to seeing guys move cities at the drop of a hat, it’s still often difficult for a player to leave behind the fans and people who have helped them reach their current status. So how better to reach out directly and let people know exactly how you feel than via an open letter?

The open letter is not a new form — athletes on the move have done things such as taking out ads in newspapers to publish open letters for years. But the advent of the internet has allowed for new forms and forums.

Here are some of the letters we’ve seen over the last few weeks…

KEVIN DURANT
In a letter on The Players’ Tribune announcing his departure from Oklahoma City for Golden State, Durant said he will always miss the relationships he built in Oklahoma City…

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.

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Cavs, Jazz celebrate Australia Day

By Jeff Case

The NBA is truly an international league, as 100 players from around the world were on opening-night rosters this season. Eight players in the NBA — Cameron BairstowMatthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum — hail from Austraila.

Yesterday was Australia Day, and as such, players from the Cavs and Jazz took it upon themselves to celebrate it.

The Cavs went all-in on Australia day with Dellavedova, having him teach teammates some Australian words …


VIDEO: Dellavedova teaches teammates some Australian words

… and had him address the crowd before the game.


VIDEO: Dellavedova addresses the crowd

Cleveland also had Austrailan pop singer Cody Simpson sing the Australian National Anthem last night, too.


VIDEO: Cody Simpson sings Australian National Anthem

(For comparison’s sake, here is Starters co-host Leigh Ellis belting out the Australian National Anthem, too)


VIDEO: Leigh Ellis sings the Australian National Anthem

And, lastly, the Jazz had Ingles and Exum wish their fellow Australians well on the holiday. You’ve gotta love how Ingles does his best to troll Exum throughout the whole segment …


VIDEO: Exum, Ingles wish you a Happy Australia Day

 

Bogut, Dellavedova not intimidated by the Haka

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This weekend the national teams of Australia and New Zealand played basketball against each other. Whenever New Zealand’s national teams play, they preface the games by performing the Haka. What is the Haka? According to Wikipedia, the Haka is “a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.”

While New Zealand performed the Haka, the Australian team, led by NBAers Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills, linked arms and stood along the midcourt line and did their best to look unintimidated.

(via CBS)

Matthew Dellavedova: The Movie

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the surprise stories of the NBA Finals was that of reserve Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova. As the Cavs suffered injuries and their roster options were winnowed down, the man they call Delly stepped up and played some big minutes for the Cavs. Considering Dellavedova was undrafted out of college, the Australian’s rise to prominence in the NBA Finals was almost like something out of a movie.

So why not make a movie out of it? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. As the paper writes…

The fictional story, based on Dellavedova’s rise, will follow the tale of three young Australian basketballers who are drafted to play basketball for a US college.

Role Models executive producer Jason Shuman has signed on to the project, which is being called Final Four, while The Bodhi Tree’s Robert ‘Bobby’ Galinsky will act as screenwriter and executive producer.

Galinsky said the work would either be made into a feature film or a Friday Night Lights-style series.

True Detective’s Woody Harrelson and Hotel Rwanda’s Nick Nolte have both been approached to play the boys’ coach.

The idea was conceived three years ago by young Werribee actor Josh Howlett, who was inspired by Dellavedova’s story after he was plucked from the Australian Institute of Sport to play US college basketball.

Galinsky said Howlett approached him about the project years ago when the Australian basketballer was relatively unknown. His Cleveland Cavaliers singlet is now one of the NBA’s best-sellers.

Can we get my man Rick Fox a part in this thing? Holler at us, Hollywood…

Matthew Dellavedova gets gym named after him

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers may be stricken with injuries, but into the void has stepped Matthew Dellavedova, the reserve guard from Australia who has thus far been the Robin to LeBron‘s Batman. Dellevedova’s been so good, he’s spawned a series of memes on the internet, and here in Cleveland, even has his own burger named for him…

He's everywhere.

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How do you top that? Back home Down Under, Dellavedova is getting a gym named after him. According to 3AW, Delly’s hometown of Maryborough is renaming their basketball stadium in his honor…

The quiet town of Maryborough is planning on renaming its basketball stadium the “Dellavedova Dome” in honour of local star Matthew Dellavedova.

The 24-year-old guard from Victoria is making waves in America, becoming a major factor for the Cleveland Cavaliers as the franchise pushes for its first NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors.

While the Cavaliers have far from sealed the seven-game series – they lead 2-1 – Central Goldfield Shire CEO Mark Johnson told 3AW Breakfast Dellavedova had done enough to have his home-town stadium named after him.

“That’s where Matt Dellavedova learned his craft and the Maryborough Basketball Association have suggested that the stadium, which is a two-court stadium, ought to be renamed after Matthew,” Mr Johnson told 3AW Breakfast.

“He’s certainly put Maryborough on the world map, it’s just fantastic.

“Obviously there’s a process to go through.”

Who needs a Thunder Dome, we got a Delly Dome!

(via B/R)

The internet reacts to Matthew Dellavedova’s big night

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals, Cleveland’s all-world player LeBron James got his best supporting performance yet, and it came from a perhaps unlikely source. Coming into this season, Matthew Dellavedova was expected to play a reserve role at best. Instead, he just scored 20 points in an NBA Finals game while defending the MVP, Stephen Curry, for most of the night. Delly was so good, that the internet just had to have some fun with his incredible performance…

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The All Ball 2015 NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here on the All Ball blog, we try to take a big picture look at the NBA, which means we spend as much (or more) time looking at off-court stuff as we do at the on-court. With that established, we thought we would preview the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers by looking at some of the things that makes each franchise so special…

Their 2015 Finals Hype Video


VIDEO: Cavaliers Finals Hype

ICYMI from 2014-15 — Five All Ball posts worth checking out…

Not quite 30 for 30: LeBron’s Headband

Timofey Mozgov has found a home away from home

Cavs fans share totally normal dinner with JR Smith

The Cavs celebrate Kyrie Irving’s big night

Playing hashtags with the Cavs

Three accounts to follow on Twitter

Iman Shumpert

LeBron James

Matthew Dellavedova

One player to follow on Instagram

JR Smith

#JustSaying

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Three writers/media people to follow for the Cavaliers

Dave McMenamin

Chris Haynes

Jason Lloyd

Andre Iguodala drops defender with vicious crossover

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a forward, Andre Iguodala sure does have a history of using his crossover dribble to shake free and drop defenders. I mean, we’re not even a year removed from this play, when Iguodala left Denver’s Quincy Miller in the dust.


VIDEO: Iguodala Miller

But if you thought that was nice, just wait until you see what Iguodala did last night. With the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers, Iguodala ran into Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova in transition, and Iguodala dropped another crossover dribble that literally took the feet right out from underneath Dellavedova, leaving him grasping for air…