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.
Opening Ceremony has debuted its annual, limited-edition magazine — OC Annual. With the content to revolve around a certain theme each year, the inaugural issue focuses on Sports for the Olympic year. “With imagery and text by both iconic and up-and-coming photographers, artists, and writers, the magazine features a range of incredible, athletic content.” Look for OC Annual to also come in a unique iPad application, featuring exclusive content captured by Bruce Weber, Poppy de Villeneuve, and a host of artists. The print magazine is available now in limited numbers through Opening Ceremony.
Boxing legend Joe Frazier, former champion and first to ever beat Muhammad Ali, has passed away at the age of 67 from liver cancer. “You can’t mention Ali without mentioning Joe Frazier,” said former AP boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. “He beat Ali, don’t forget that.” They fought three times, Ali and Frazier, and each time, both fighters gave it their all, even in the “Thrilla in Manila” where both fighters really left it all in the ring. I think that’s what we’ll remember Joe for — his resilience. That and the fact that he was one of the most standup guys to put on a pair of gloves. He was lighthearted and will forever be engraved in boxing history.
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Word is out that Tiger Woods will become a Rolex Ambassador come January 2012. Rolex has complete confidence in Tiger and feel he still has a long career ahead of him and that he has all the qualities required to continue to mark the history of golf. This comes just a few months after Tag Heuer dropped their endorsement.
This association pays tribute to the exceptional stature of Tiger Woods and the leading role he plays in forging the sport’s global appeal. It also constitutes a joint commitment to the future.
Rolex’s fruitful relationship with golf stretches back to the 1960s when the brand supported the “Big Three” — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Tiger will join the fraternity of ambassadors for Rolex on January 1, 2012.
From the Mountain Dew Green Label Art vault comes this video featuring skateboard king Paul Rodriguez. P-Rod’s known to dominate the parks but we seldom get an opportunity to see beyond the “goofy foot” stance. In the video, P-Rod talks about his passion for skateboarding in the rawest form — uncut. Peep the new commercial after the jump.
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.
Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for beating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44 tonight. The game was close early but after an interception by Peyton Manning, the game was all but in the bag for Who Dat Nation. This is their first appearance in the Super Bowl so they’re 1-0 and with this squad, don’t be surprised if they show up for the big show again in the next few years.
Side note: The commercials were decent, too. Doritos had some good ones as did ETrade. You can head to YouTube now to see them all and vote for your favorites.
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.