Dan Gilbert’s letter, the boos of the Cleveland fans, and the burned jerseys are all in the past: after four seasons in Miami–including four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and two championships–LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland. Eschewing “The Decision 2.0,” James revealed his impending return to Ohio in an exclusive sit-down with Sports Illustrated‘s Lee Jenkins because he wanted an opportunity to explain himself uninterrupted. [Read More]
As we have learned last month, the Toronto Raptors have named the city's favorite son Drake their "Global Ambassador." Albeit the vague nature of this title, Drake will play an important role in the team's rebranding as the city prepares to host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. On that note, the Raptors unveiled a rather dramatic video that displays Drake speaking about his hometown in high notes as well as the team's role in it. Have a look at the promotional clip above and leave your thoughts about it below. Enjoy.
For his latest commercial, LeBron James wanted to feature some of his favorite things about Miami. A new spot featuring the Miami Heat star and four-time NBA MVP was released by Nike Basketball on Sunday night. Dubbed Training Day, it shows hundreds of people joining James as he rides his bike through Miami's streets, swims in the ocean, jogs through the city and plays pickup basketball on an outdoor court. Many of his workout partners in the video are children. "So much fun, man," James told The Blueprint on Sunday. "The message is obvious. I want people to feel like they're at one with me and I had a lot of fun, shooting it all over Miami and to have all those kids, it was great." The release of the spot coincides with the LeBron 11, his latest signature shoe. Enjoy.
In late August, we got a very brief glimpse at the Los Angeles Lakers' new Hollywood Nights jersey for the 2013-14 season. Now, we don't know about you, but the teaser video made us anticipate the day we would see the entire jersey. And luckily, that day is today. With none other than Black Mamba rocking the newest jersey, which "acknowledges the celebrities like Jack Nicholson that have long supported the team," the uni looks mean. Checkout the video above where our good friend Executive VP of Business Operations Jeanie Buss talks about the jersey, the design and what it signifies. What do you think?
During a recent ESPN interview with LeBron James, Chris Broussard tried to get LeBron to reveal where he will play after the 2013-14 NBA season when he's eligible to opt out of his current contract. But predictably, James shrugged off the question about his future and gave the best non-answer answer that he could think of to Broussard. "I have absolutely no idea," he said. "I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami with this great team and great organization as we continue to compete for championships. [Watch & Read More]
Greg Oden will be taking his talents to South Beach.The oft-injured center has decided that the Miami Heat are the best fit for his comeback bid and, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the former top-overall pick will sign a two-year deal with the team. The Heat apparently hedged their bets as the deal is worth the veteran’s minimum, but gives Oden the option to opt out next summer if he’s healthy enough to garner a bigger deal. It was seemingly wise for the Heat to take on such a low risk considering Oden hasn’t played in the NBA since 2009 and has undergone multiple surgeries on both of his knees. [Watch & Read More]
What has Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving done lately? Well besides being 2011 NBA first draft pick, 2011-2012 NBA Rookie of the Year and the unanimous choice to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team not to mention being recognized as an NBA All-Star and reigning Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout champion. Now Irving's glorious mug will grace the cover of EA Sports' NBA LIVE 14. Besides offering Irving's face on the cover to frame-up next to grandma's, there are some other subtle changes coming to NBA LIVE 14 including new ball mechanics, dubbed bounceTek, and many other under-the-hood tweaks covering advanced A.I. and improved player motion to make it more realistic than ever. NBA LIVE 14 is set to drop in October of 2013.
NBA star James Harden stops by the Drew League to drop threes, get steals and catch an alley oop from The Game. The C All-Star made his 2013 Drew League debut on Sunday with Money Gang. He finished with 35 points (on 11/23 shooting), 7 boards and 5 dimes. Here are some of his highlight dunks and moves from the first game. Enjoy.
The Genesis Project has made a name for itself recently with collections of luxe headwear rooted in retro snapbacks from past decades. From logos of past and current pro sports teams to Pendleton materials and wildly-printed brims, the label’s mix-and-match method has resulted in some of the more innovative and eye-catching options on the market. For Summer 2013, The Genesis Project has worked up some new models using your favorite sports team past and present. In addition the expected basketball teams, The Genesis Project has even thrown in a few Los Angeles Kings hats for good measure. With patterns ranging from Navajo to leopard print, and even one that looks like your grandma’s old couch (in a good way), there is plenty to choose from in this latest drop. As with all The Genesis Project hats, these offer an adjustable fit with a shiny gold strap closure. A selection from The Genesis Project’s offerings for Summer 2012 are available now at our online store. [See More]
After 20 months of twists and turns in the Dwight Howard saga, a person with knowledge of his decision told USA TODAY Sports he will join the Houston Rockets. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because his decision had not yet been announced. Howard's deal with Houston is four years, $88 million. If he had stayed with the Lakers he could've made another $30 million and one more season. For all the allure of the Lakers that he was so excited about after the trade that brought him to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, Howard ultimately went with the team that gave him the best chance to win a championship now rather than later.