To promote the league’s Christmas Day uniforms, the NBA’s dropped an ad with a holiday twist. The video showcases a performance of “Jingle Bells,” featuring a few NBA stars and five hoops, each adorned in sleigh bells. The lineup consists of James Harden, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, Derrick Rose, and Stephen Curry throwing up three-pointers in a flawless rendition of the Christmas classic. LeBron James makes an appearance as well but we won’t spoil things.
There’s currently a lot of excitement around the Brooklyn Nets. They now call the Barclays Center home, a $1 Billion arena we got to experience this past weekend for the team’s season opener. Not only did the Nets win, but they did it less than a week after one of the most devastating storms hit the region. As we were exiting, everyone was handed a copy of BrooklynKnight #1, a 32-page comic book written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Mike Deodato. Who is the BrooklynKnight, you ask? Well, according to both Marvel Entertainment and the Brooklyn Nets, the new mascot and NBA’s first super hero is the “protector of Brooklyn’s hometown team, defender of New York’s largest and most courageous borough, and ruler of Barclays Center.” Though we were lucky enough to get a copy of #1, fans at the November 11 home game against the Orlando Magic can expect a limited edition BrooklynKnight trading card courtesy of Marvel Custom Solutions and the Brooklyn Nets.
Seven years after first being proposed, the Brooklyn Nets are officially here and will call Barclays Center home in the heart of BK. The new logo of the team has been unveiled and seems the new team will opt for a black and white colorway rather than the gray, blue and red of the New Jersey Nets. Who came up with this, you ask? Minority owner Jay-Z had a hand in the new branding and design. The new ad campaign has launched as well to stir up ticket sales and raise awareness for the new look, with the tagline “Hello Brooklyn” being the central theme. Check out the 30-second spot below.
Wow, well we know the arrows have been pointing to Miami but to hear from LeBron James’ mouth really put the world on still. LeBron is going to the Miami Heat to play with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in the fall. I’m short on words, but I’m not sold on this yet. I personally would’ve love to see him bring a banner back to the Madison Square Garden, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see who will come to New York that will be able to do that.
Next season will be interesting to say the least.
The National Basketball Associaton is set to drop a few apps that will allow fans to watch games live on their mobile devices. NBA League Pass Mobile will be coming to the iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones starting Friday, leaving Blackberry waiting in the wings. It won’t be cheap as the app will cost $39.99 and will let users watch up to 40 live games per week. Local blackout rules will still apply. The app also gives the option to watch some games on demand for up to two days later, plus game alerts and live stats. (via Crave)
The Lakers and Rockets have just swapped free agents after both teams reached agreements with the players. The Los Angeles Lakers, fresh of an NBA Championship just signed Ron Artest to deal that’ll pay out about $18 million over three years. Trevor Ariza agreed to terms with the Houston Rockets, banking about $33 million over five years.
Artest, 29, was Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. However, he’s yet to win an NBA Championship and he’ll do anything to get it, even take a paycut of $1.4 million each year compared to his previous contract. (more…)
Reports out of Cleveland are telling us that Shaquille O’Neal has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for center Ben Wallace, guard Sasha Pavlovic and the 46th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. This looks to be very promising for the Phoenix Suns who are most-likely looking to rebuild, but what’s this mean for the Cavs, who were so close to the promised land, they could smell Jack Nicholson’s cologne? Shaq brings size and experience, both things the Cavaliers will need when next year’s playoffs come around.
Don’t be alarmed, this is still LeBron James‘ team. The staff knows it, the players know it, and we hope Shaq knows it as well. There’s been some heavy movement pre-draft day, so we’re excited to see what else happens before Blake Griffin is announced as the number one pick.
When Sunday night’s buzzer rang, game 5 of the NBA Finals was over with Phil Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers winning yet another NBA Championship. Superman Dwight Howard was not able to help his Orlando Magic come back from a 3-1 deficit against the unstoppable Kobe Bryant. He’s gotten his fourth ring, first without Shaq, putting all the naysayers (including myself) to rest. The man’s the purest shooter in present-day basketball, and even though he didn’t meet LeBron and the Cavs in this year’s Finals, this championship and Kobe’s first MVP trophy were both well-deserved. With 30 points in game 5, Bryant’s been a consistent force as he allowed the game to come to him and giving his teammates a lift when needed. (more…)
Everything was holding to form during NBA’s Draft Lottery tonight until pick number six which was projected to go to the Grizzlies but ended up with Timberwolves. Then, the shuffling began as number four went to the Kings, who had the highest chance to get the number one pick. The final three teams remaining in the lottery were the Thunder, Grizzlies and Clippers. In the end, the Los Angeles Clippers got the number one pick in the draft, beating out Oklahoma (third pick) and Memphis (second pick).
Since the Clippers won the number one pick in this year’s NBA Draft, this means they’re probably going to be taking Blake Griffin, NCAA’s Player of the Year from Oklahoma. They have some key role players like Baron Davis and Eric Gordon that can help to spread the court with Griffin on the floor. We’re excited to see how the draft unfolds on June 25th.
Maxim released an article about which 10 NBA players (past and present) are closest to his Airness. The list was filled with hall of famers like Grant Hill, McGrady, and Iverson that are past their prime. Then, it got down to the top two: Lebron and Kobe. (more…)