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The LeBron Dunk

So I just watched the LeBron dunk and man it was lame.  It was a good dunk and LeBron got there late.  I am not impressed, Nike geeked out and it did not live up to the hype.  Shame on you LeBron….


LeDunked On

What is up hoops nation?  If you are not aware of this by now, we all know that LeBron is good.  King James truly is the King of the NBA.  Yet, like a King he has become spoiled, unsportsmanlike, and can not take a negative story in the press.  Just the other day at one of LeBrons high intensity basketball camps, the King got dethroned on the rim.  Sophomore guard Jordan Crawford from Xavier threw down a filthy two handed slam on the king.  People who were WITTINESS said this dunk was just filthy giving LeBron a role in a poster he is not used to.

After this nasty dunk occured, LeBron called his people over from Nike who were also at the pickup game.  Some things were said then Nike went into the stands where there were several camera men.  Nike confiscated the tapes giving the camera men a lame excuse.  According to Nike there is to be no film in the gym after hours.  Apparently this rule did not go into effect until the King got beheaded.

This story along with the Eastern Conference Finals hand shaking incident has left me with bitter feelings towards LeBron.  The dude is going to go down as one of the best ever, yet when something happens that he does not like, he acts like a little bitch.  I don’t care how pissed you are for losing a series, have some class and shake the other dudes hands.

If you get dunked on, pump the kid up give him props.  Everyone gets dunked on.  If Shaq got dunked on he would go down on the other end and pull the hoop down next possession.  If you did not want to get dunked on you probably should have fouled him instead of going for a block.  LeBron, stop acting like a spoiled baby.  What is next?  If you get dunked on during a game are you going to go to ESPN and have Nike confiscate those tapes.  Are you going to call in The Men in Black and have them use the Nerolizer to erase every ones memories?  Grow up man, no one will think any less of you if you get dunked on.

I think it would be dope for Nike to take these tapes and spin a commercial off of them. It is OK to be embarrassed every once in awhile.  Stop trying to pretend you live in England and have your tyrannical ways LeBron.  Are you going to behead Trevor Ariza for going to Houston now?  LeBron, stop acting like a bitch….


The Nike Air Jordan, more than just a shoe

Summer of 1985, a young teen from Queens, New York just laced up his first pair of Nike Air Jordans.  The same kicks that made Jordan fly his rookie year, the only difference from the shoes on his feet and MJ’s, the color.  As a white kid growing up in Queens, Mike T’s first pair of Jordans had to be all white, with a metallic blue Nike and Air Jordan logo along with the interior lining of the shoe.  According to Mike,  “If a white kid showed up to school with the iconic Black and Red Jordans, he would get his ass kicked, and his MJ’s would get stolen, white kids were not allowed to wear the red and black Jordans.”

Flash forward seven years later.  A young boy living in Penryn California, just had his eight birthday party.  The last present he opened was from his aunt.  The only thing he wanted for his birthday that year were the same shoes Micahel Jordan wore to torch the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA Finals.  As the paper was ripped open, there it was, the jump man logo.

I had never laced up a pair of shoes and had them on my feet faster.  I started running around my house and jumping as high as I could.  For sure I was faster, my vert got inches if not feet higher, and my jumper was all the more wicked.  I had just got my first pair of Jordans. The Nike Air Jordan VII never left my feet but only to go to bed.  As a kid who grew up in suburbia, I could not have had a better present.  Ohh yeah and they were black, I felt like a bad ass.

Look at what a difference of seven years had done.  From Queens New York, where the color of your shoe was determined by your race, to Penryn California, a small predominately white town, North of Sacramento, where a young boy gets the same shoes as one of his favorite players, icons, and role models.

If you were alive during the Jordan era, and people asked you to say the first thing that came to mind when you heard the word Nike, I would be willing to say nine, if not ten out of ten people would say Mike.  Michael Jordan was the face of one of the biggest franchises in the United States and that was only a start.  From there Micahel then became the face of  Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade, McDonald’s, Ball Park Franks, Wheaties, and Hanes.

According to Spike Lee “Until 1985, Americas only African Americans that represent big brands were Uncle Ben’s Rice and Aunt Jemima syrup”  then along came Micahel.  He gave the African American a positive image in the media and was the face of the biggest company in the US.  Behind all of this Phil Knight.

As we all know Phil Knight was the owner of Nike at the time Jordan came onto the scene.  He was willing to take Americas most popular sporting brand and let Americas best basketball player, MJ be the face of it.  At the time no other company was willing to do this.  Yet once Nike started selling shoes faster than they could produce, corporate America jumped on this bandwagon in a frenzy.  On came endorsement deals left and right, not only for Jordan but many other African Americans.  The media was finally starting to become integrated in a positive way along with the rest of America.

After Jordans sophmore year, the color of your skin in Queens no longer determined the color of your shoe.  Michael took over the airwaves and we the consumer could not get enough of it.  Due to a shoe, company, and the greatest basketball player ever, racial barriers were broken down in ways we could have never imagined.  It is safe to say that the Nike Air Jordan, is more than just a shoe.

I want to be like Mike-


LeBron on Coke

Last night watching the Lakers Rocekts game, I was amazed when the newest Nike commercial came on featuring LeBron and Kobe as puppets.  Seen Below

I don’t know if it is just me, but has Nike gone off of its rocker.  Are they trying to make LeBron look like a coke head?  Yes I know he does the chalk throw and makes it rain before every game, but come on.  Look at how hyper LeBron is, look how addicted he seems in the commercial.  I know nike is just using two superstars and making a fun play at them.  Yet I cant help but think the greatest player in the NBA is being wrongfully characterized with coke?  Are you with me?

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