The All-Star weekend is coming up this week. And what better to usher it in than showcasing colorful shoes that will only be worn at the All-star game. Above are the Nike Zoom Kobe VI in fiery red. Kobe’s and Lebron’s (below) Nike LeBron 8 V/2 have reflective material on the tongue, the logo morphs from each player’s logo to conference logo. The rest are Kevin Durant’s reddified Nike Zoom KD3, Derrick Rose’s all-yellow adidas adiZero Rose, and Kevin Garnett’s silvered-up Anta KG1. Rose’s shoe would look great with a Laker jersey.
Basketball nerds and comic book nerds shake their heads in unison. These designs look like bootlegs you can find at your local Chinatown. Very lazy designs all around. We all knew it was a quick cash grab scheme but damn. It’s as if they spent less than 30 minutes in photoshop for each design. They seem to be targeting the young crowd rather than young adults with disposable income. Bad move. Marvel NBA gear is set to debut All-Star weekend.
No one anticipated this. Especially since Jerry Sloan signed his extension recently. Utah Jazz have struggled the entire season, especially these last two months. Understandable with half of their roster revamped and losing a core player in Carlos Boozer. They’ve always played through their slumps. Sloan-led teams are known for their resilience and hard work ethic. It’s still hard to believe the longest-tenured coach in any sport is retiring. His longtime assistant Phil Johnson is retiring as well. Word on the (twitter) street is Deron Williams got into it with Sloan for the millionth time. “(Sloan) decided right there in halftime that he was done,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.”
Jerry Sloan may be a Hall of fame coach but he will never enjoy the fruits of his hard work as coach of the year. Unlike this guy.
It’s being widely reported that Brandon Roy is back to practice this week and could suit up as soon as Friday. Roy is only three weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees. Many, myself included, believed it to be a career ending injury. He had no cartilage on his knees and it was just bone on bone. Roy has returned from injury too soon before and it was to his detriment. Blazers front office are horrible human beings. I’d venture a guess that it’s them that give out these orders. They didn’t want to pay Darius Miles and had their medical staff label him as unable to play. Only to be exposed a few months later when Memphis Grizzlies signed him.
Knowing his competitive nature, Roy wants to return as quickly as possible. But it’s irresponsible for the medical staff to humor him. It’s a damn shame. Roy was headed for super star status. Instead, he’ll join Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill as great players plagued by injuries in their prime. Maybe Phoenix will sign Roy and rejuvenate him like they did with Hill. Let’s hope I’m wrong about this and Roy is actually healthy enough to play.
NBA players love to compare themselves to superheroes. Kobe thinks he’s Batman. Shaq thinks he’s Superman, even has a tattoo of the Superman logo. And we all remember Dwight donning the red cape for the slam dunk contest. It’s only appropriate that NBA and Marvel join forces to create apparel. via Associated Press
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a global character-based entertainment licensing company, and the National Basketball Association today announced a collaboration to launch an exclusive collection of co-branded merchandise featuring NBA team logos alongside some of the most renowned Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe. The Super Hero-inspired line will include co-branded apparel and accessories, with artwork featuring a variety of Marvel Super Heroes – including premier character brands Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America, among many others – dressed in NBA team colors and logos.
On Sunday’s game against Oklahoma Thunders, Eddie House of Miami Heat hit the winning three pointer then did the big balls dance. The following morning NBA Executive Vice President Stu Jackson fined him $25,000 for “obscene gesture.” I hate the NBA when it comes to these stupid, petty fines. Their micromanaging practices are out of control. No more overt expressions of any kind. Just play basketball and quietly shut up. Nice basketball playing robots.
Are they unaware of the rich tradition of big balls dancing as the ultimate display of celebration in the NBA? Nothing comes close to capturing the sheer triumphant feeling of hitting a big three than big balls dancing. Eddie House continues the legacy pass down by Sam Cassell
and Kobe Bryant.
For history buffs, here’s what most people believe to be the origin of the big balls dance.
Clippers are the well known as a dysfunctional organization. They have a potential all-star on their hands and Clippers general manager claim they’ll do everything they can to keep Griffin. via ESPN
“I can guarantee you he will only ever be a Clipper,” general manager Neil Olshey said of his prized rookie. “If [Oklahoma City Thunder general manager] Sam Presti arrived on Kevin Durant’s doorstep at midnight on July 1st with an extension, understand that Blake Griffin lives two blocks away from me in Manhattan Beach so it’s going to be a much shorter commute for me.”
Good PR move but the chances of Griffin staying with the Clippers is extremely low. Clippers have been here before. They’ve always had good young players but for various reasons were unable to re-sign them: Lamar Odom, Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, list goes on. Clippers have won 10 of their last 14 games and beat the Lakers and the Heat. It takes a lot more than that to shake off the franchise’s stigma of constantly losing. Unless owner Donald Sterling changes his ways and actually care about winning, he has to pay up and surround Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin with good role players. Their future looks bright but knowing the Clippers, it will change to a cloudy forecast in an instant.
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The participants have been announced: the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, the Washington Wizards’ JaVale McGee, and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings. Three bigs in the slam dunk contest. A six foot point guard who’s recovering from a broken foot. Griffin is a no brainer. Just because you can jump high, it doesn’t mean you’re a great and creative dunker. If the slam dunk contest didn’t already suck, I might actually be surprised.
Maybe now McGee will stop trying to kill people in games
Word on the internet streets is trick or treat Tony Allen smacked O.J Mayo upside the head a few times. Mayo better get his act together. He was supposed to be one of the cornerstone players in Memphis. This season, he’s been benched and there’s legitimate trade rumors about him. via yahoo!
Mayo owed Allen money from a card game, “Boo-Ray” and sources said Mayo became increasingly belligerent and antagonistic toward Allen when asked to settle the debt. Sources said Allen walked away from Mayo to go the restroom and returned to find Mayo continuing to berate him. Eventually, Mayo inched close to Allen, and sources said Allen hit Mayo.
“Tony warned [Mayo] to watch his mouth, and [Mayo] wouldn’t do it and just kept going off on him,” a source with knowledge of the incident told Yahoo! Sports…
Allen told one associate that the money owed to him was “short money,” and another source said Mayo owed him “a few grand.”
“Boo-Ray” is the same card game Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were playing on the Washington Wizards’ charter flight last season that ultimately led to the confrontation in which Arenas brought guns into the team’s locker room. After the incident, several teams moved to curtail gambling on team flights.
The Grizzlies coach, Lionel Hollins, banned all gambling and benched Mayo. This incident proves yet again every single NBA fight is either because of cards or women.
Pau Gasol, Luke Walton, and an unidentified Laker blame their iphones for oversleeping. Via ESPN
Pau Gasol appeared to be sleep-walking through much of the Lakers’ embarrassing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center on Sunday. It turns out that might not have been too far from the truth.
“My alarm didn’t go off so I woke up past the time,” Gasol said. “I still went to shootaround, just a little later than I should have been.”
Luke Walton and the third Laker was late to practice while Gasol missed the morning shootaround altogether. Next they’ll be blaming their ipad for poor shooting.