Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

LeBron’s Shaqtin’ A Fool moment

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It happens to the best of us — even King James might forget to put the ball on the floor from time to time, like yesterday in the Heat game against the Knicks. #Shaqtin


(via @CJZero)

Heat’s King James puts on very own dunk contest versus Bucks

By Nick Margiasso IV

This season, the Milwaukee Bucks on TV isn’t prime-time viewing unless you are hosting a Draft Lottery party. But when they play the Miami Heat, the chances of some worthwhile viewing get markedly better. Furthermore, when LeBron James decides to make it his own personal slam dunk contest, well, you can just toss the remote out the window and enjoy.


VIDEO: LeBron throws it down on the break



VIDEO: James gets fancy on the reverse slam



VIDEO: LeBron makes a poster out of Udoh

LeBron gets his own flavor of Sprite

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Drinking soft drinks won’t get you an NBA title. Still, as the NBA’s reigning champ and MVP, LeBron James has always had plenty of opportunities to endorse products. Heck, he even gets to hang out in an exclusive McDonald’s. And now he has his own flavor of Sprite.

Sprite has been teasing the news for a few days…

And today they formally announced the limited edition Sprite 6 Mix, which takes Sprite’s usual lemon-lime flavors and adds orange and cherry. According to Sprite, “It was co-developed with LeBron and is inspired by his favorite way to mix Sprite. Sprite 6Mix features the lemon-lime Sprite taste you already know with a twist of cherry and orange flavors. Check it out in 19.2 oz cans and 20 oz bottles.”

Here’s a look at the limited edition can…


Cleveland Cavaliers welcome LaBron James

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Miami Heat, which meant the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, the city and franchise where he began his career. And while LeBron’s departure may have been a bit acrimonious, feelings seem to have cooled a bit since then.

Or maybe not? During last night’s game, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer‘s Cavs beat writers noticed LeBron’s name spelled incorrectly on the scoreboard…

Then again, they also noticed one of Cleveland’s players referenced incorrectly…

LeBron hangs out at world’s coolest McDonald’s

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In this new commercial from McDonald’s, we see LeBron James visiting a McDonald’s in “an undisclosed location.” I’m guessing the location is undisclosed because it looks like its pretty awesome. First of all, you need a password to get in, although “special sauce” seems a bit obvious for a location that is so secretive. Once inside, this McDonald’s appears to be a cross between a nightclub and a Virgin America Airlines plane — neon lights, brightly-colored walkways. There are flamenco dancers, ice sculptures, even sports celebrities — Johnny Manziell and Alex Morgan are just hanging around.

There’s also some crazy new sandwich available, but I can’t get over this McDonald’s. Can we get an invite, Ronald? Please?

VIDEO: New LeBron McDonald’s Ad

(via TNLP)

LeBron meets fan with enormous LeBron tattoo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Apparently it’s good to be the King. Yesterday a fan in Miami went into The Juice Spot, the juice bar co-owned by LeBron’s wife. This fan had a back tattoo featuring some vivid art of LeBron James. Next thing you know, guess who showed up to meet that fan? As LeBron wrote on Instagram: “This dude came into the @thejuicespot with his lady today. Got him some juices and showed me this while he was at it. Had to take a flick with him #WOW #WitnessHistory #StriveForGreatness”

Do Sleeved Jerseys Help Shooting?

Miami Heat  v San Antonio Spurs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, after the Miami Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James was not happy. He finished the game shooting 6-of-18 from the field, and he had one immediate suggestion for his poor shooting night.

“I’m not making excuses, but I’m not a big fan of the jerseys,” LeBron said. “Every time I shoot it feels like it’s just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don’t have much room for error on my jump shot. It’s definitely not a good thing.”

(His teammate, Dwyane Wade, had a different response: “It ain’t the reason we lost. You’re just not used to it. They [the Spurs] didn’t have a problem with it. It is what it is. Let’s not make this about a jersey, please. We got our butts kicked. That’s it.”)

Ever since the NBA introduced sleeved jerseys last season, response seems to fall on both sides. Both players and fans have been vocal about their feelings — some love them, some hate them. Although as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star Game, “From a fan standpoint, the greatest indicator is how are they selling, and I’ll say we’re having trouble keeping them in the stores. There’s enormous demand for those jerseys. Fans like them and I happen to like them, too.”

LeBron may not enjoy wearing them, but perhaps LeBron is the outlier here? While King James says he hasn’t been as successful in the sleeves, according to statistician Ed Kupfer, who works with the Houston Rockets, teams wearing sleeved jerseys have on the whole shot better than teams in tank tops.

Kupfer later clarified that this was eFG%, or “effective field goal percentage,” which basically factors in that three-pointers are worth more than two pointers. (Here’s an explanation.)

But even in raw numbers, three-point percentages seem to be up while wearing sleeves…

And sure, I understand that we’re dealing with a much smaller sample size here when it comes to the sleeved jerseys, but numbers never lie, right? Or maybe they do?

Either way, perhaps there are some players who are just beyond sleeves…

VIDEO: Bird in 1988

(via B/R)

Big Weekend For The Mutombo Finger Wag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I grew up in Atlanta during the ’90s, a time that coincided with the run of Dikembe Mutombo as an Atlanta Hawk. Mutombo never really developed a dominant offensive post game, he was terrific on defense. He got dunked on from time to time, yes, but that was because he tried to block any shot that came near the rim. And when he did get his hands on a shot attempt, Mutombo generally turned that shot around pretty quickly. And then came the crowning glory: The Finger Wag.


It was such a prevalent maneuver that my friends and I started using it in traffic to express our displeasure with other drivers. It was cheeky, but ultimately non-threatening. Also, it was awesome.

Even though Mutombo retired a few seasons ago, the finger wag remains relevant. Just yesterday, for instance we got two displays of the Mutombo finger wag. First Amar’e Stoudemire delivered one after blocking Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson


And then we saw one from the stands, as Joakim Noah‘s dad, Yannick, dropped one following a block from Joakim that caused a Miami 24-second violation…


Mutombo may be gone. The finger wag will never die.

Twitter Reacts To LeBron Scoring 61

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James‘s record-setting 61-point night against the Bobcats tonight was remarkable enough to have Twitter buzzing…


Chris Bosh Steals LeBron’s Black Mask

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So apparently LeBron James‘ mask not only inspired jokes across the internet, but after last night’s Heat game, Chris Bosh swiped the mask and posted his own version of the meme on Instagram. Bosh’s caption was, “I’m BATMAN!!!!!!!! #lebronsmask #darkknightrises #wheresalfred”