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MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Summer Edition)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMUSCLEWATCH traditionally makes its debut each fall as NBA teams assemble for training camp. But sometimes the muscles just can’t be ignored, as has been the case thus far this summer.

But first! 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.

Anyway, with Summer Leagues happening around the NBA the last few weeks, I’ve been getting MUSCLEWATCH reports on Twitter, and I felt that today would be a good day to round them up for posterity.

Let’s actually begin a few weeks back, as prospects were preparing for the NBA Draft. Here we see Willie Cauley-Stein, days before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, sit down for an interview with ESPN’s Henry Abbott. Early on in this interview, Cauley-Stein mentions gaining 20 pounds of MUSCLE since his college season ended, a staggering figure by any account. Ace interviewer that he is, Abbott seizes on this tidbit and tries to get some details from Cauley-Stein about this important MUSCLEWATCH moment…

My favorite moment of the interview? Probably when Abbott asks Cauley-Stein if he knows who I am, and Cauley-Stein responds with an actual shrug…

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Celtics forward James Young has also made MUSCLEWATCH news, although he may be employing some fuzzy math. According to initial reports, Young had put on the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE…

That’s when the controversy starts. One report says Young apparently gained 20 pounds over the last year, with a 10-pound burst of weight coming more recently?

Or maybe it’s 15 pounds plus 5 more?

Either way, Young is clearly aiming to make a MUSCLEWATCH name for himself heading into the season.


An early MUSCLEWATCH championship candidate is clearly Oklahoma City’s Mitch McGary, who has reportedly shed 30 pounds…

According to McGary, the weight loss is a result of several factors…

McGary credits the weight loss to cooking classes, a healthier diet and rigorous workouts. By eating better and transforming his body, McGary believes he’ll put himself in a better position to stay healthy and play the best basketball of his life.

“I’m sick of being injured and not being able to play at full strength 100 percent,” McGary said. “So this summer was really key for me. I stayed in Oklahoma City and just been working my tail off to get into shape.”

“You were always eating at your parents’ house, and then you go and start living on the pizza and wings diet in college, man,” McGary said. “It’s not cool not knowing how to cook for yourself when you go home and you’re trying to eat out every night. I’d rather just stay home, cook myself up some chicken, some fish, and have a nice dinner at home.”

After only a few months trying his hand at cooking, McGary now proudly shares his creations with fans on social media and jokingly boasts of being a beast in the kitchen.

“Man, I’m nice,” McGary said. “They call me ‘Chef.’”

I think a Mitch McGary cooking show is something the world needs. Congratulations to Chef McGary!


Down in New Orleans, we have a few MUSCLEWATCH notes. First of all, Tyreke Evans has allegedly dropped weight, according to new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry

Also, guard Eric Gordon is just a few pounds behind Evans…

Also, as always, thanks to the Pelicans for using the proper #MUSCLEWATCH hashtag on their official Twitter account…


The Timberwolves may be a young team still building, but forward Shabazz Muhammad is trying to grab a MUSCLEWATCH crown right now. According to the T-Wolves, Muhammad is reuniting with a legendary MUSCLEWATCH figure…

We first met “Crazy Frank” last season, back when he was referred to as “Hell’s Trainer.” Muhammad says he’s planning to lose more weight, which seems like a foregone conclusion.


Some odds and ends…Bulls GM Gar Forman says Jimmy Butler has put on some weight…

Lakers forward Julius Randle is shedding bad weight while adding good weight…

Anthony Bennett has done serious MUSCLEWATCH work through the years…

Dante Exum is off to a promising start…

And finally…we don’t have any concrete figures, but Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo looks like he’s putting in time in the weight room…

Pelicans offer ticket deals with “No Problem”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New Orleans Pelicans have an exciting young team, lead by All-Star starter Anthony Davis, who is just 21 years old. And to make sure the people of New Orleans keep coming out to see them play, the Pelicans have introduced a new ticket plan: For $24, you can get tickets to any three games. Heckuva deal, for sure.

What’s really interesting is how the Pelicans are promoting this deal. We love local ads here at All Ball, and the Pelicans have chosen to recreate an old local ad for this new local ad. According to a press release from the Pelicans…

The spot included Anderson as the lead role, re-creating Frank Trapani’s persona in the original television spot for his store, Frankie & Johnny’s Furniture. Trapani, who stood just 5’ tall compared to Anderson’s 6’10 frame, passed away in July of 2012. Pelicans center Omer Asik and guard Tyreke Evans also make appearances in the series of spots.

Davis, donning a Stetson-looking hat and holding a plastic Mardi Gras cigar, reprised “The Special Man” role originally performed by Lester Love, Sr., a salesman at Frankie & Johnny’s who passed away in 2001.

“It was a lot of fun recreating the ‘Special Man’ commercial and I hope the employees and owners of the store would enjoy us reprising their roles,” said Davis. “At first when I saw it, I thought it was funny, but didn’t really get it. Some of the Pelicans staff who are from here were explaining to us how popular it was and it was fun to see their reactions as we were filming. We hope the fans enjoy it – it was fun for us to do.”

Here’s the Pelicans ad, starring Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans

Special Man Spot 1-26-15 from NBAPelicans on Vimeo.

And for some context, here’s the ad it’s based on…

Frankie and Johnny s Furniture See the Special Man from NBAPelicans on Vimeo.

Jamal Crawford Hits Game Winner At Pro-Am

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJamal Crawford has a game that’s tailor-made for summer league ball. Between his microwave jumper and crazy dribbling skills, when JCrossover gets going, it can be tough for anyone to stick with him on the court. This weekend in Seattle, Jamal gathered a bunch of NBA players, both from the Seattle area (Isaiah Thomas, Tony Wroten) and not (Tyreke Evans), to play in a pro-am game, dubbed the #BRINGBASKETBALLBACKTOSEATTLE game.

Before we get to the final moment, though, first check out this clip of Tyreke putting a crossover on Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn, and then McGinn coming back with a nice no-look pass on the other end…

The end of the game came down to Jamal and Tyreke iso’ing as the clock ran down. With the game on the line, the ball ended up in Jamal’s hands in transition. Take a guess what happened next…

(via NBC Sports)

Horry Scale: Jennings Takes Down Cavs

by Zettler Clay IV

Looks like Tony Parker has company.

In a back-and-forth affair in Milwaukee, point guard Brandon Jennings punctuated a perplexing night (13 assists, but 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, four turnovers) by nailing a 3-pointer as the buzzer expired to lift the Bucks to 2-0. The game was extremely competitive for the last 28 minutes, with Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy Jr. filling up the scoring column for the Bucks until Jennings performed a coup de grace on the Cavs.

For those that are new around these parts, the Horry scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?), and celebration, and gives it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, who is kind of the patron saint of last-second daggers.

How does Mr. Jennings’ shot Saturday night stack up? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Once Again, Evans Unveils The Clutch Gene

by Zettler Clay

Tyreke Evans sank another buzzer-beater last night in Portland. Unfortunately for him and his team, it wasn’t at the end of the game for a tie or win. Nonetheless, his clock-defying heroics does not go unnoticed around here.

December 19, 2010 (his rookie year), vs. Bucks:

A weaving Euro-step layup in traffic on the road is the way to get your feet wet. Bonus points for the Kings’ broadcast commentary afterward. However there was still 0.9 seconds left…

January 9, 2010 (his rookie year), vs. Denver:

Though technically not a buzzer-beater in the strictest sense, I’d say 0.7 seconds — or 0.9 seconds — left qualifies as “beating the buzzer.”

December 29, 2010 (sophomore year), vs. Grizzlies:

This game hailed as our top play for much of last season, and was even blessed with five Horrys. His clutch zenith so far.

January 20, 2012, vs. Spurs:

A first quarter sendoff in two defenders’ mugs. I’ll take it.

January 23, 2012 (last night), vs. Portland:

It’s one thing to make clutch shots with the clock running down, it’s another to pull them off with the degree of difficulty as Evans does. Not putting him in the league of, say, the Black Mamba in this category, but if I’m the opposing coach with the ball in Tyreke’s hands in the waning moments, my heart rate skips a few ticks.

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A look back: Top Horry Scale moments from 2010-11

by Micah Hart

With the regular season behind us and the playoffs set to tip off this weekend, it’s the perfect time to do a little looking back at some of the fun we had during the past six months.

One of our favorite things to write about on All Ball has been the Horry Scale breakdowns of every GWBB (game-winning buzzer-beater) from the season, of which, in the end, there were 16 during 2010-11. Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable:

Best Executed Horry

One of the most unlikely endings to a game all season, as Nic Batum scores four points in the last 0.9 seconds to beat the Spurs, the last two of which came on this picture-perfect lob off the inbounds pass from Andre Miller to ring up the Horry Scale breakdown. Portland’s Rose Garden would be my choice for where all GWBBs would take place, if I had my druthers. Where does one get druthers, I wonder?
Runner-up: Andrew Bogut – really this should be a tie, I just love Portland celebrations.

More Horry highlights after the jump.


Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 4 Memphis

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We move now to the East region, with No. 1 seed Wake Forest taking on Memphis, fresh off a win over Marquette in last week’s play-in game.


Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Chris Paul, Hornets: 21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 3.3 steals
Josh Howard, Wizards: 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals
Tim Duncan, Spurs: 22.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.2 steals
Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers: 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.0 steals
James Johnson, Raptors: 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.9 blocks, 2.4 steals

Missed the cut: Darius Songaila, Sixers; Jeff Teague, Hawks; Ish Smith, Grizzlies

Team synopsis: Wake Forest may not seem like much, but they do have the best point guard in the NBA and the greatest power forward of all time, which makes them pretty dangerous no matter who else is on the court. Howard may not be the All-Star he was in Dallas, but he can still be pretty dangerous. Aminu and Johnson are youngsters with talent who don’t get a ton of minutes, but their per-48 stats suggest that could change down the road.


Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 4 Memphis

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup D-Wade’s alma mater takes on Derrick Rose and the Memphis Tigers. It’s on!


Marquette Golden Eagles

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Dwyane Wade, Heat: 33.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.9 steals
Wesley Matthews, Trail Blazers: 22.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.8 steals
Steve Novak, Spurs: 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals
Lazar Hayward, Timberwolves: 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.1 steals
Jerel McNeal*, Hornets: 19.5  points, 4,2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.4 steals

*McNeal has yet to appear in an NBA game, so his NBA D-League stats are listed here

Missed the cut: None

Team synopsis: This team is fairly similar to the squad Wade took to the Final Four in 2003, in the sense that most of the team doesn’t really have much of an NBA future. In fact, they only qualify to participate because McNeal was recently given a 10-day contract by the Hornets. Still, Wade and Matthews are a nice 1-2 combo. (more…)

Tyreke Evans, how do you rate on the Horry scale? (Do we even need to ask?)

by Micah Hart

Honestly, do I even need to break out the scale for this one? If Tyreke Evans‘ game-winner doesn’t rate a five, then what on earth ever will?

Still, for thoroughness, let’s break it down.

Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot  in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

Let’s investigate:

Difficulty: Ummm, yeah. I guess it could have been harder. He could have closed his eyes. He could have had to recite The Charge of the Light Brigade before letting it fly. He could have been, oh, 55 feet from the basket rather than 50. But I’d say any shot from beyond midcourt should satisfy any toughness quotient. For the record, he also double-clutched. Criminy.

Game Situation: The Kings got the ball with no timeouts left after O.J. Mayo hit a jumper with 1.5 seconds left to give Memphis a 98-97 lead. By the way, am I the only one who thinks Mayo traveled like a railway hobo? Thank goodness they didn’t call it, or we’d never have gotten to enjoy this one.

Importance: Sacramento is in a mess of trouble right now. Poor play, questions about team management’s future, questions about the team’s viability in Sacramento … yeah, I’d say the Kings could use a night like this, regardless of its overall impact on the standings (or lack thereof).

Celebration: O.M.G. Watch Donte Greene‘s reaction on the Sacramento bench — he gets in a couple hops before the shot even went in! It’s like he has ESPN or something. Evans immediately hops onto the scorer’s table to take a much-deserved bow to the home crowd. What an ending.


5 Horrys. NBA, consider the bar officially raised for the rest of the season. You are going to have to really step up your game if you want to top this one. I’m talking Guilford College-level amazing if you want to beat it. An unbelievable ending, and a terrific night for the Kings in the midst of what has otherwise been a maddening and frustrating season.

What do you think?

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Extend, Trade, or Cut – Young Centers Edition

by Micah Hart

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to start the week off right with a little hoops arguing. Today’s episode of extend, trade, or cut is brought to you by the Prime Minister (familiar to anyone who reads the Hang Time Blog) who had a good suggestion for today’s discussion — a trio of the NBA’s best young pivotmen in the Hawks’ Al Horford, the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum, and Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol.

Just to refresh you on the rules, picture yourself as the GM of a mythical NBA franchise, and pretend that you have to choose between three players. One player you can extend with a new contract, one player you can trade for some mythical asset(s), and one player you must cut from your roster for eternity (it’s a harsh world). You may choose each option only once.

Let’s take a look at the candidates:

Al Horford: I’m not saying which way I will vote on Big Al, but I must admit upfront a healthy bias towards him from my days covering the Hawks. Here is a comment you often hear about the Hawks: “They’d be good if they had a legit center instead of having to play Horford there rather than his natural power forward position.” This statement is a crock o’ something. Here’s a little stat I just made up — Horford is better than 90 percent of the centers in the league. I’d actually have to do some research to decide exactly where he fits in, but just because he struggles to check Dwight Howard and Yao Ming doesn’t mean he’s out of his depth in the post. You know who else has trouble checking Dwight and Yao? Everyone.

Andrew Bynum: The Lakers big man is brimming with talent, and when he’s been healthy he’s established that he is capable of being a perennial All-Star. Alas, that health just hasn’t been a constant. In fact, being injured has been the constant, as he has only played 82 games once in his five-year career. Still, Bynum is only 22 (he turns 23 next week), and if the injuries get under control, he could be the best center in the league.

Marc Gasol: Is he as good as his brother Pau? Maybe not. But for as much grief as the Grizzlies get for trading Gasol the Elder to L.A. (and believe me, I’m with you), I don’t know if they get enough credit for getting Gasol the Younger in return. Marc is pretty much exactly what you want in an NBA center – he rebounds, he protects the rim, and he has the traditional Euro-style abilities to be a good passer and solid face-up shooter. If anything, I still wonder why Memphis (with Gasol in the fold) would draft Hasheem Thabeet instead of homegrown hero Tyreke Evans.

Them’s your choices. Now it’s your turn to weigh in – what’s your poison?

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