Posts Tagged ‘Pat Riley’

The Miami Heat attempt karaoke

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShane Battier may have retired and moved into a career in broadcasting for ESPN, but he is still involved in Miami, where his charitable foundation, the Take Charge Foundation, is based. And once a year, Battier holds a charitable fund raiser in the form of an event called Battioke, where the Heat throw their pride to the wind and perform embarrassing karaoke in front of a crowd.

Last night was the most recent version of Battioke, and it provided some real gems. Let’s start with Heat president Pat Riley, who performed an ear-splitting rendition of the classic “Twist and Shout”…

VIDEO: Riley sings

Also from the Heat front office, coach Erik Spoelstra and his girlfriend Nikki Sapp opted for Michael Jackson‘s hit “Billie Jean”…

VIDEO: Spoelstra sings

New Heat members Michael Beasley and Henry Walker teamed up for Vanessa Carlton‘s “A Thousand Miles”…

Battier himself went with the karaoke classic, “I’m Too Sexy”…

VIDEO: Battier sings

The NBA meets Game of Thrones

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — “Game of Thrones” is one of the most popular shows on television, and considering it’s a show about battles and strategy, it only makes sense to make a version of the show based around the NBA. Check this out from our friends at Bleacher Report. I’m still afraid of Lord Riley…

VIDEO: NBA x Game of Thrones

The Miami Heat Perform Karaoke

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night down in Miami, Heat forward Shane Battier hosted his annual Battioke event, where the Miami Heat players take turns performing karaoke to raise money for charity. And thanks to the Heat’s Instagram account, we have a treasure trove of videos from the vent, featuring plenty of off-key singing and performances. Little pitchy, dawg? Little pitchy, dawg.

Let’s start with Battier, Greg Oden and actor Ken Jeong performing the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”…

Ken Jeong, Shane Battier & Greg Oden getting the evening started! #Battioke2014

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Norris Cole and James Jones went with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake‘s “Holy Grail”…

James Jones & @n_coleworld with Holy Grail #Battioke2014

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Newest Heat member Toney Douglas went with Montell Jordan‘s “Let’s Ride,” while LeBron James and James Jones did some background dancing…


How The Miami Heat Championship Rings Were Made

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Prior to their season opener on Tuesday night, the Miami Heat players and executives were presented with their championship rings. In the video below we go behind the scenes at Jostens, the company that made the Heat’s rings and, incidentally, the same company that tried like heck to get me to buy a commemorative ring when I graduated from high school. Some of the details on (and inside) the Heat’s rings are pretty cool. And as Pat Riley says at the end of the video, “We’d like to keep creating more.”

VIDEO: Inside scoop on the Miami Heat’s Championship rings

NBA Style: Early Sideline Style

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by Baron Davis

What’s going on ya’ll? It’s your boy, BD. The folks at NBA Style asked me to step in and write a piece for the blog, so here I am!

So much has been made of NBA player’s style over the years: What we wear pregame, as we walk through the tunnel, post-game, at the podium…pretty much everywhere. For this post, I decided to run a counter and turn the spotlight on the guys who roam the sidelines and make the adjustments: the coaches.

Just as player style has evolved season-to-season and decade-to-decade, so has that of the League’s coaches. You better believe that like us, some of them have had some style hits and style misses, so there was a lot out there to work with. Let’s take a look through the years: Sideline Style Part 1: The Early Days.

Coach Larry Brown: Mad scientist…only a basketball genius can pull this off.

Larry Brown talks with his team


NBA Style: Riley Vs. Spoelstra

NBA Style

by The Style Crew

As we’ve explored NBA style this postseason, we’ve focused mainly on the players. Which means we’ve looked past some of the NBA’s most fashionable — well, occasionally — people: NBA coaches. Some coaches make an obvious effort — we always appreciate Scott Brooks‘ tie game in Oklahoma City — yet there are also coaches who dress as though style is totally unimportant (and here we will avoid naming names in order to preserve friendships).

The Miami Heat have had six head coaches in their 25 year history, but their last two coaches are two of the most fashionable in recent NBA memory. Pat Riley, coach from 2005-2008 and currently team president, became known for his slicked-back hair and Armani suits while presiding over Showtime in Los Angeles and later with the Knicks in New York City. Meanwhile, current coach Erik Spoelstra is always well-tailored, frequently wearing dark suits and fashionable skinny ties.

Our question to you is, which coach wins style match-up, Pat Riley or Erik Spoelstra? Vote in the poll at the bottom, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle.


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LeBron, Wade & Heat ‘Sing’ The Hits

By Jeff Case


Two weeks ago, videos like the one above touting Battioke began circulating the NBA blogosphere. What exactly is Battioke? It’s a Jan. 21 event at Miami’s Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach, hosted by none other than Heat forward Shane Battier as part of his Take Charge Foundation, which helps furthering education for at-risk students.

Nothing quite like watching your favorite Miami Heat stars belt out the hits, especially after last season’s event which saw LeBron James sing (and we use that term loosely) Rick James‘ “Superfreak” as well as a truly eardrum-shattering version of The Temptations’ hit, “My Girl,” by Heat boss Pat Riley.

Welp, this year’s Battioke has come and gone and the videos are starting to pop up. James gets into the act this year by trying his hand at Michael Jackson‘s “Rock With You”. As a bonus treat, a fan gets serenaded by both he and fellow Heat star Dwyane Wade (replete with shades and fake sideburns a la Elvis) as they try their hand at Shai‘s “If I Ever Fall In Love”.

If that’s not enough for you, we’ve also got newly signed center Chris Andersen and 3-point shooter Mike Miller giving it the old Battioke try on Vanilla Ice‘s 1990s classic, “Ice, Ice Baby”:

These vids likely won’t sway your opinion of the Heat one way or the other, but one thing is certain: these guys are awful singers.

Pat Riley, Karaoke Champion?

by Micah Hart

Here is Heat President Pat Riley singing “My Girl” at Shane Battier‘s recent “South Beach Battioke” charity event. Brace yourselves:

Actually, I didn’t think he was doing too bad until the high notes at the end. But let he who is able to sing falsetto cast the first stone, so I will refrain from commenting further.

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