Posts Tagged ‘Zach LaVine’

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.

Zach LaVine dunking a football

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The offseason is only a few weeks old, but Zach LaVine is already winning the summer. Just the other day we saw a picture of LaVine working on his vertical leap and getting a few feet above the rim.

Today we can see LaVine’s hops in action. Here’s a video of LaVine after a recent workout, using a football and showing off his ability to dunk pretty much anything…

VIDEO: LaVine Football Dunks

Zach LaVine wants to jump even higher

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everyone knows Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, the reigning NBA Dunk Champ, can jump out of the gym. But what if he could jump even higher? Apparently that’s in the works, as LaVine is spending some time this summer at the Peak Performance Project training facility. In this video, he almost jumps so high that he runs out of room on the scale. For what it’s worth, this is him hitting 12 feet, 1 inch, two feet above the rim…

(via FTW)

Jabari Parker, Usain Bolt, Cam Newton want to be like Mike

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Gatorade has been celebrating the 23rd anniversary of their iconic “Be Like Mike” ads with remixed versions of the original ad. But now they’ve dropped a new version of the ad featuring a ton of current athletes, including NBA players Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine, along with Mia Hamm, Bryce Harper, Usain Bolt, Cam Newton, Abby Wambach…and Michael Jordan himself…

VIDEO: Be Like Mike

Comparing Zach LaVine and Vince Carter

VIDEO: Dunk recap

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the greatest dunk contest performances of all-time was in Oakland in 2000, when Vince Carter unleashed epic dunk after epic dunk. And while dunk contests since then have been up-and-down, this year Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine turned in another dunk contest for the ages. In fact, LaVine has drawn comparisons to Carter, and as this Vine from the NBA shows, there certainly are some similarities…

(Vine via TNLP)