Posts Tagged ‘Zach LaVine’

Zach LaVine is breaking ankles

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERZach LaVine is already established as the best dunker in the NBA today and arguably one of the all-time greats. But thanks to some footage from this weekend’s Seattle Pro-Am, it looks like Zach has added a killer crossover to his game. Better watch those ankles, defenders!

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…


Wiggins, Timberwolves wish Happy Birthday to Flip Saunders

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves entered this season hoping to exceed expectations and turn their youth and potential into a postseason appearance. Unfortunately, Wolves coach and president Flip Saunders passed away just before the start of the season, and the Wolves have had to deal with the emotional ramifications.

A few weeks ago, after Zach LaVine won the Dunk Contest, he paid tribute to Saunders in an Instagram post. Today is not only Andrew Wiggins‘ 21st birthday, it also would have been Saunders’ 61st birthday. And Wiggins and the Timberwolves made sure to celebrate Saunders’ day…

There's no one I would rather share a birthday with. Happy birthday coach! Hope I'm making you proud.

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Zach LaVine dedicates dunk contest win to Flip Saunders

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been an emotional season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who unexpectedly lost coach Flip Saunders to Hodgkin’s lymphoma just before the start of the season. And to pay tribute to his late coach, after winning last night’s dunk contest, T-Wolves guard Zach LaVine took to Instagram to remember the man who meant so much to him and Timberwolves fans everywhere…

Minnesota Timberwolves read mean tweets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Twitter can be a fun, immersive experience, but as almost anyone who uses social media has probably experienced, it can also hurt, sometimes. The Minnesota Timberwolves have embraced the pain by borrowing a bit from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and having several of their players read aloud some of the not-so-nice things that were tweeted about them.

VIDEO: T-Wolves Tweets

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 2)


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s that time of year when we have to ask, are you strong enough to be our man?

MUSCLEWATCH season is upon is, and we are nearing the time when we declare a champion. Kyle Lowry and Andrew Bogut seem to be frontrunners, with no true winner decided as of yet.

But first, before we get to the muscles, 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 off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to 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 Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Let’s go!

• As we learned this week, MUSCLEWATCH can be divisive. Our friend(?) Tas Melas from NBATV’s “The Starters” announced in the clip above that he was done with MUSCLEWATCH, sadly, before eventually relenting and halfheartedly announcing he was back in. SMH.

I guess our favorite member of “The Starters” needs to be Trey Kerby, who reported his own MUSCLEWATCH update a few weeks ago. MUSCLEWATCH salutes you, Taco Trey!

• For many NBA players, keeping weight on is just as hard as adding weight, considering how much running they do throughout the course of a season. In this article about Hawks big man Mike Muscala, he details his daily eating schedule during the season. Don’t forget to eat your breakfast!

• We may need to consider some sort of lifetime MUSCLEWATCH achievement award for Mike Conley, who didn’t actually gain any muscle, but did get a weight room named after him at his alma mater, Ohio State. That’s got to be worth something, right?

• We’re still looking on an exact number of weight lost from Kyle Lowry, who clearly dropped a lot but has thus far refused to give an exact amount. Lowry has looked amazing in the preseason, averaging 30 points a game, so obviously it’s working.

Can we do some detective work? Last season Lowry was listed at 205 pounds, and this year he’s being listed at 196. He certainly looks as though he lost more than 9 pounds, but maybe that’s just because he’s not seven feet tall. I was considering Lowry a front-runner for a MUSCLEWATCH title, but perhaps that was just all the MUSCLEWATCH in my eyes.

• As we mentioned before, Andrew Bogut lost 22 pounds by cutting out processed sugar. Now he’s leading fast breaks and pulling dribbling tricks…

• Orlando’s Aaron Gordon is back from a broken jaw, but he lost 10 pounds while on a liquid diet.

• Nets big man Cory Jefferson has added the magic “15 pounds of muscle”!! Congrats, CJ…

• Does Kawhi Leonard belong in MUSCLEWATCH? Perhaps we will never know.

• Also a few vague updates on a couple of Knicks players. We need details!!

Zach LaVine has added 10 pounds. Couldn’t find five more, huh?

Zach LaVine continues dunking dominance

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When Minnesota guard Zach LaVine shows up at your summer league basketball game, the odds are pretty good that he’ll dunk, and do so in memorable fashion, as we saw a few days back. Over the weekend, in another appearance at the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am in Seattle, LaVine went off the wall, off the floor, and through. With authority.

Victor Oladipo dunks on Marcellus Wiley

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMarcellus Wiley played defensive tackle in the NFL for 10 seasons, so the man obviously knows a few things about how to stop someone coming at him with the ball. But for whatever reason, Wiley seems to struggle when it comes to stopping basketball players. Zach LaVine threw down on him a few weeks ago, and then yesterday, Victor Oladipo put Wiley on a poster with a windmill jam…

Zach LaVine pulls off free throw dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pick-up basketball games are a great place to try something new. These are things that may or may not even be legal to try in an actual NBA game, but instead this can be a workshop environment where you can practice something that could be useful for your game down the road. We’ve already seen Jamal Crawford doing awesome stuff in the Seattle Pro-Am, but here’s another Seattle native, NBA Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine, this weekend in the Seattle Pro-Am.

LaVine got sent to the free throw line, and he tried something that I don’t think I’ve seen before: The free throw dunk. It’s clearly illegal — the ball has to hit the rim — but it’s also definitely entertaining…

Bryce Cotton can jump through the roof

VIDEO: Cotton alley-oop

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Late in the regular season, the Utah Jazz picked up point guard Bryce Cotton, who ended up playing 15 games and was rewarded with a long-term extension. His most memorable moment, however, may have been the play above, where Cotton skied to catch an alley-oop over the Dallas Mavericks.

Even though the Jazz season is done, Cotton has continued putting in work. And as we see in the clip below, while working out at P3 Sports Science, Cotton showed off a 45-inch vertical leap, besting Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine‘s 44-inch leaps.