Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

Toronto Raptors mascot attends city council meeting

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Toronto Raptors advanced out of the first round by the skin of their teeth, and last night began their series against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. To celebrate their first second round appearance since 2001, Toronto’s City Council recognized the efforts of the Raptors, and Toronto’s mascot, The Raptor, showed up and caused all kinds of trouble…

Jeremy Lin does his best Michael Jordan shrug

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in NBA history came during the 1992 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan opened the festivities with 6 three-pointers during the first half of Game 1. After making a couple of shots, Jordan knocked down a three over Blazers’ forward Cliff Robinson and had no response remaining other than just to shrug…


Fast-forward to last night in Charlotte, where Hornets guard Jeremy Lin had to force a three-pointer against the Miami Heat with the shot clock running down. His shot went in, off the glass. How do you respond to something like that? Lin looked to the sideline, where Hornets owner Michael Jordan himself was sitting, and broke out his best MJ imitation…

The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game

VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…


Wade crashes Kobe’s postgame news conference

By Jeff Case

Just seven games remain in the Kobe Bryant farewell tour (and only two more in Los Angeles). Last night marked the final showdown between Bryant and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade, which Bryant’s crew won in overtime thanks to youngster Julius Randle‘s hook shot.

Afterward, Kobe did his traditional news conference … and got an unexpected guest as Wade crashed it.

Fast-forward to the 8:40 or so mark below to see a classic exchange between the two future Hall of Famers …

VIDEO: Wade crashes Kobe’s news conference

A decade of the NBA on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday, and over the last decade the social media platform has become an invaluable tool to use while following the NBA. Not only can fans and teams interact in real time, but NBA players and front office members have also taken to Twitter as a way to communicate with fans.

So, to celebrate Twitter’s tenth birthday, we got into the wayback machine and checked out some of our favorite NBA people’s first tweets…


Dwyane Wade and Vanilla Ice perform “Ice Ice Baby”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At the Miami Heat’s recent family festival, the Heat brought in ’80s rapper Vanilla Ice to perform his former hit “Ice Ice Baby.” We already knew that Dwyane Wade has a hard time resisting the call of nostalgia, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that once Vanilla Ice started rapping, D-Wade just couldn’t help joining in…

Miami Heat mascot attempts to set long jump record

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — First of all, we should wish a happy birthday to Miami Heat mascot Burnie, who celebrated his birthday over the weekend. And to commemorate the occasion, Burnie had several other mascots over and tried to perform a flip over them. At least Burnie had a soft landing?

Mascot jump world record jump #Burnie. You're welcome

A video posted by Steve Conklin (@stevieconklin) on

Pro golfer sinks chip from halfcourt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen the occasional fan at an NBA game take the court during a break in play and make a halfcourt shot to win some cash, but how about knocking in a golf shot from midcourt? That’s what happened earlier this week in Miami, where pro golfer Matt Kuchar took a wedge to midcourt and chipped a plastic golf ball off the glass and in.

Even more impressive? He did it not once but twice, and generated some money for charity in the process…

Dwyane Wade lectures at Harvard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDwyane Wade may have played his college ball at Marquette, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped his education. As he seeks to continue to build his Wade brand, Wade has connected with the business school at Harvard, where he recently showed up to talk to the students at the business school. Perhaps unsurprisingly, more than a few Heat fans showed up to hear him speak…

VIDEO: Wade Harvard

Miami Heat throw it back to the 1990s

By Jeff Case

Last night, the Miami Heat hosted the San Antonio Spurs in a TNT showdown on national TV. As such, the Heat decided this would be a “throwback” game and sported uniforms the team wore during the franchise’s 1990s era. But they didn’t stop there with the historical stuff.

They had a throwback “I Love This Game”-themed commercial, playing off the popular advertising campaign the NBA used in the 1990s …

VIDEO: Miami Heat “I Love This Game” commercial

… there was a throwback player introduction before the game …

VIDEO: Heat’s throwback player introductions

… and perhaps the best part, they had the players do a 1990s-style infomercial featuring Amar’e StoudemireDwyane Wade, Tyler JohnsonGoran Dragic and Chris Andersen dancing to hits from Bobby Brown (“Every Little Step”), Kris Kross (“Jump”), Tom Jones (“It’s Not Usual”/The Carlton) Los Del Rio (“The Macarena”) and M.C. Hammer (“Can’t Touch This”).

VIDEO: Miami Heat infomercial