Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (SUMMER WRAP-UP)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The leaves are going from green to shades of red and gold and brown, as summer drifts into fall and the weather becomes more accommodating. But that doesn’t mean MUSCLEWATCH stops. Because MUSCLEWATCH never stops.

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 offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but seemed to always 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 Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

Whenever you come across MUSCLEWATCH news, please let me know! You can either email me via the link in the header above, or you can send me a tweet, and make sure you use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

I received several MUSCLEWATCH alerts on Twitter the last few days, and with not much news happening around the rest of the NBA, I thought we would check in with another round of MUSCLEWATCH.

• We don’t have any exact information here, but someone tweeted me a picture of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade post-workout, with Bosh looking surprisingly muscular…

• Our friends at CBS Sports discovered a video of Andrew Wiggins‘ workout routine, which made me exhausted just watching it.


VIDEO: Wiggins MUSCLE

• The New Orleans Pelicans have always embraced MUSCLEWATCH, so let’s thank them for this recent article about Anthony Davis putting on a dozen pounds. It doesn’t specify whether this is muscle or something else, but considering the accompanying photos feature Davis pumping iron, let’s assume it’s MUSCLE…

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• Toronto’s Kyle Lowry apparently felt the need to take some weight off, and he’s posed for a few photos showing off a more slender physique…

Good AM run with the Fellas!!!

A photo posted by Kyle OQuinn (@kyle.oquinn) on

• Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger also pulled a reverse MUSCLEWATCH, dropping weight over the last eight weeks…

Roy Hibbert also hit the diet plan hard before debuting in Hollywood with the Lakers, as he’s apparently dropped 16 pounds since last season…

• As NetsDaily pointed out via Twitter, Chris McCullough is putting in time in the weight room…

Thru the lens #theysleep

A photo posted by Chris McCullough (@briskuno) on

• Finally, perennial MUSCLEWATCH contender Shabazz Muhammad is just getting started, but posted some promising results…

Jason Williams is still awesome to watch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJason Williams played about a dozen years in the NBA, and the man called “White Chocolate” was always known for his incredible ballhandling ability. He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, but we seen in occasional viral videos of J-Will playing pick-up ball that he’ can still make defenders look silly.

This latest video is about five minutes of fun, featuring Williams in the Orlando pro-am league (with a few cameos from other NBA players) showing off all the stuff that made him a crowd favorite throughout his career. Williams may be 39 years old, but some of the stuff on this video is just awesome…


VIDEO: Williams Orlando

Ray Allen got an awesome birthday cake

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA great Ray Allen is turning 40 this weekend, so of course he’s having a party and a cake and everything goes along with a birthday celebration. But he’s not just having any old cake, as we see in the Instagram photo below, but instead a cake that incorporates every team he’s played for and uniform he’s worn…

2015 NBA Summer League Marathon

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7:02 a.m. ET — Here we go again. It’s that time of year when the stars are aligned, when the moon is in its proper season, and when, for one glorious day, we get a full day of live NBA action. That’s right, it’s the day when the Orlando Summer League and Las Vegas Summer League overlap, when we get almost 17 consecutive hours of live NBA action. Like we’ve done a few times in the past, I’ll be here live-blogging along all day. Well, almost all day.

First up! We get the final games of the Orlando Summer League, and the day’s action will build to something of a crescendo tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET with what should be a great primetime match-up of 2015 lottery picks, as D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Just for the heck of it, after that game we get an NBA Finals rematch, as the Cavs’ and Warriors’ summer league teams will square off at 10:30 PM ET.

So settle in, get your popcorn ready (or your oatmeal or cereal or whatever appropriate breakfast foods you prefer) and let’s watch some basketball! I’ll be checking in throughout the day, up until tonight, when my shift ends at 5 p.m. and I’m replaced by some fresh fingers here on the live blog to carry you through the evening hours.

Leading off the morning, we have the Clippers against the Thunder at 8 a.m. ET on NBA TV, in is the battle for fifth place in Orlando. You have questions? Comments? Thoughts? Drop them in the comments below and let’s talk. Either way, we’ve got a marathon ahead of us. Let’s watch some NBA Summer League action. See ya again here in about an hour or so …

7:28 a.m. ET — So what should you be watching for when Summer League play gets rolling in Las Vegas tonight? We’re glad you asked …
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Throwback Thursday: Big Three forms in Miami


VIDEO: Heat Introduce Big Three

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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: LeBron, Wade, Bosh Come Together

On July 9, 2010, the Miami Heat signed free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to contracts. From there, nothing would be the same for them, the Heat franchise or the NBA at large.

The Heat reached four straight NBA Finals during their four seasons together in Miami, winning two NBA championships over the span, and established the legacies for all three players. But, by the summer of 2014, James eventually left to return to Cleveland and things changed for Miami.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the Big Three’s four years in Miami … 

PHOTO GALLERY — Miami Heat’s Big Three

What was your favorite memory of the Big Three? Leave your comments below!

LeBron, CP3, D-Wade and Melo on vacation together

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week I went on vacation to Florida, and I spent the week enjoying my time off, playing in the surf and sand by day, and then relaxing at night. My companions? My wife, my two-year-old son, and my parents.

So in other words, basically nothing at all like the vacation Dwyane Wade is apparently on right now. Here’s a picture Wade posted to Instagram last night of him enjoying the evening alongside a few NBA superstars: LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony

#BrotherHood

A photo posted by dwyanewade (@dwyanewade) on

And how do they spend their days? Riding around on a giant banana boat (along with D-Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union), of course…

Dwyane Wade hosts Twitter Q&A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the more interesting stories in free agency this summer was that of Dwyane Wade. The lifelong member of the Miami Heat opted out of his contract, and after rumors connected him to a few other teams, Wade ultimately agreed to return to the Heat on a one-year deal. With his next year figured out, Wade took to Twitter last night to answer some questions from fans…

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Jason Williams’ son can play ball like Dad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a few days ago, we caught up with Jason Williams, a.k.a. White Chocolate, the former NBA point guard who was a ballhandling wizard, and who can still make defenders look silly. If you thought J-Will was nice, check out this video of his 13-year-old son Jaxon breaking ankles in a couple of summer games…


VIDEO: Jaxon Williams

(via SBNation)

Dwyane Wade goes Ivy League

By Jeff Case

For the first time in four postseasons, Dwyane Wade isn’t playing in The Finals. Although his Miami Heat are home for the summer (and missed the playoffs entirely), Wade is staying in The Finals limelight. He served as a pregame and halftime analyst during ABC’s broadcast of Games 2 and 3 of the series and will do the same for Games 6 and 7 (should the series go to a Game 7).

Aside from those duties, he found time to surprise a loyal Heat/Wade fan by attending her high school graduation and also, has made his way up to Harvard University in Massachusetts to take some classes.

In the past week, Wade took a program at Harvard called “The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports” and posted photos of his completion of the course to his Instagram account. Wade attended Marquette University back in his college days, but proved you’re never too old to branch out and learn something new.

Big Business minus the Business suit..2015 Harvard Business School Grad. #higherlearning #AllergictoNo

A photo posted by dwyanewade (@dwyanewade) on

About last night….1AM. #higherlearning #Harvard

A photo posted by Lisa Joseph Metelus (@lisjoseph) on

(h/t CBSSports & The Score)

NBA players making pizza

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Who loves pizza? Everyone loves pizza! Here are two videos featuring NBA players not eating pizza, but making it. In Milwaukee, John Henson is really into making this sausage and pepperoni pizza. Meanwhile, in Miami, Michael Beasley is making pizza and delivering it to a Heat season ticketholder’s home. (Where she just so happens to be wearing a Heat jersey when Beasley shows up.)

NBA players and pizza…what else do you want?


VIDEO: Henson making pizza


VIDEO: Beasley delivering pizza