Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

Shabazz Napier puts the Nets in a blender

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have yet to break out the Crossover Contest this season, but Miami Heat rookie point guard Shabazz Napier made a case for himself last night. While waiting for Chris Bosh to flash to the basket in the halfcourt offense, and momentarily faced with a Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams double-team, Napier did something remarkable.

There are actually two things to watch on this play…

First, just watch Napier, as he does what is essentially a triple crossover — right to left behind his legs, left to right behind his legs, and then right to left in front of his body, all in the course of about two seconds. Terrific dribbling by Napier.

Second, watch KG and D-Will perform a strange ballet as they negotiate with each other to stay with their defensive assignments. D-Will actually does a full 360, on purpose, because it’s probably the fastest way to get situated back in front of Napier.

And then the Heat turn the ball over. But whatever, it was a great moment. You can see the full video here, or be mesmerized by the Vine below…

Josh McRoberts is Hollywood Hogan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJosh McRoberts is your new favorite wrestling heel. The case for:

• Last postseason, as a then-member of the Bobcats, he delivered a forearm shiver to LeBron James.

• He’s got the flowing locks any good villain should have.

• His beard makes him seem mysterious and inscrutable.

• As we saw last night, you don’t want to be around McRoberts when he gets angry…

(via B/R)

Throwback Thursday: Classic ring ceremonies


VIDEO: Relive the San Antonio Spurs’ 2014 championship ring ceremony

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: Classic Ring Ceremonies

Opening night in the NBA is reason to celebrate in and of itself, but for the team that won the title the season before, it takes on special meaning. Last season’s NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, got their championship rings on Tuesday night before their home (and season) opening game against the Dallas Mavericks.

With that in mind, we take a look back today at some great ring ceremony moments from throughout NBA history.

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Classic Ring Ceremonies

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The New James In Miami


VIDEO: James Ennis delivers the boom

Well, that didn’t take long. On just the second day of the 2014-15 season, we already have a dunk worthy of a couple of extra looks.

Enter Miami’s new James, James Ennis.

The Heat rookie officially put his name on the NBA map Wednesday night after finishing off a play that in recent years has become a staple in Miami: the fastbreak. During these recent years, it was usually LeBron James doing the finishing. As we know, his days in South Beach are over.

The days of the Miami posterizer apparently are not.

Oh, Rasual Butler, you didn’t think you were getting off the hook, did you? It’s been said time and time again: taking a charge when in position to potentially get dunked on rarely works. D up or get out of the way! #NoCharges

Dwyane Wade goes 1-on-1 with 90-year-old fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When Miami Heat fan and South Florida resident Illuminada Magtoto, also known as Grandma Nelly, was approaching her 90th birthday, she made a video challenging Dwyane Wade to a game of one-on-one. For her birthday, she paid a visit to the Heat’s practice court, where Wade greeted her and took her out on the court. It wasn’t exactly a one-on-one game, but Wade did manage to work in a funny burn on Mario Chalmers. Great job Wade and the Heat, and happy birthday, Grandma Nelly!


VIDEO: Wade 1-On-1

Buy Dwyane Wade’s clothes

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What do you do when you’re finished with a pair of shoes or a jacket? Do you give them away to a friend? Hand them down to a sibling? If you’re Dwyane Wade, why not raise some money for charity?

On the luxury consignment site The Real Real, Wade is holding an auction of many of his old clothes. There are shoes, jackets, suits — all sorts of stuff. And some pretty good bargains, too, like a XXL Tom Ford blazer worth $5,000 but listed at $995. That’s 80 percent off! OK, so that’s off of 5 G’s, but still, that’s quite a markdown.

All proceeds will go to the Wade’s World foundation, so it’s all for a good cause.

(via GQ)

Cleveland Cavaliers Lift Ban On Fan Who Ran After LeBron

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Four years ago, when LeBron James announced that he was leaving Cleveland to become a member of the Miami Heat, Cavs fans were understandably upset. Two seasons ago, when the Cavs were playing a game in Cleveland, a fan named James Blair ran on the court and showed LeBron his shirt that read “WE MISS YOU” and “2014 COME BACK.” As security hauled Blair away, LeBron gave him a high five. And as a result of his stunt, Blair was banned from attending Cavs game.

Until now. With LeBron back home and a member of the Cavs, according to multiple reports, the ban on Blair has been lifted.

Blair himself confirmed the cancellation on Facebook…

Chris Bosh Shows He Can Score On Himself

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James departed Miami for Cleveland, the Heat quickly signed Chris Bosh to a max contract extension, signalling that they expect a big season out of Bosh. He’s played the alpha dog role before, in Toronto, but since arriving in Miami, Bosh was mostly a complementary player, even developing into a stretch center.

But this week on the Ellen show, Bosh made an appearance and showed he can still put the ball in the basket. Especially if it’s a small basket on his own head…


VIDEO: Bosh on Ellen

Cavs fans recite LeBron’s coming home essay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Miami Heat and returning to his native Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers, he did so via a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated. Now, the NBA has posted a video of Ohio residents and Cavaliers fans reciting LeBron’s essay, and it’s a pretty cool watch. Powder tosses for everyone


VIDEO: LeBron Homecoming (via Cavs.com)

Chris Bosh takes photobombing to Hollywood

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oh sure, the Miami Heat may have been one of the NBA’s best teams on the floor the last few years, but their teamwork was really on display in their postgame photobombs. We saw everything from cartwheels to wheelbarrows from the Heat, but the unifying factor was really Chris Bosh‘s work in the enterprise. As often as we saw LeBron James or Dwyane Wade involved, it was always Bosh who seemed to really love popping into photos and videos.

With LeBron gone to Cleveland, Bosh may be forced to play a different role for the Heat this season. Some things, however, seem to never change, as we can see from this moment at last night’s Emmy Awards. Check out Emmy nominee Matthew McConaughey being interviewed on E!, as guess who pops up in the background? Alright, alright, alright…

(via TNLP)