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Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Posted on: July 7, 2009 9:04 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2009 9:09 pm
 

AKRON, Ohio -- You want to see video of Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron James?

If so, too bad.

Because you're not going to see it.

Thanks to Nike.

Turns out, there were at least two cameras rolling Monday night when Crawford dunked on James during a pick-up game here at the LeBron James Skills Academy. It was a two-handed jam, the kind that would've circulated quickly on YouTube. But Nike officials eliminated that possibility shortly after the dunk happened by allegedly confiscating tapes from various cameramen.

Freelance photographer Ryan Miller was one of the cameramen shooting the game.

He told CBSSports.com that Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt took his tape.

"He just said, 'We have to take your tape,'" Miller said. "They took it from other guys, too."

Worth noting is that there is no policy against filming at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and Miller said he had been filming all day without incident. Nobody ever told him to stop. Nobody ever said there was a problem ... until after Crawford dunked on James.

"LeBron called Lynn over and told him something," Miller said. "That's how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, 'Hey, Lynn. Come here.'"

Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tape.

"There's nothing I can think of besides LeBron just not wanting it online," Miller said. "It's a good story to tell people, I guess. But then again, I'm kind of pissed. I lost my tape."
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 3:17 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Sounds like it was not NIKE, sounds like they were doing what Lebron said to do....Lebron called the guy over and THEN the tapes were taken



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 3:08 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Detroit stand up.....



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 3:01 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Just another reason why people call him Queen James.  He thinks he is above anyone else.  Quite a punk move if you ask me.




Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 2:57 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

He's a sophomore at Xavier, played his freshman year at IU, and he's pretty damn good.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 2:56 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

So he's not the only guy on the court that has dunked on an NBA player while in highschool. He and many other "Superstars" tend to act above scrutiny or a supposed embarassment at times and after all it is the LeBron James Skills Academy. He can pull rank once in awhile, he's earned it. Although, I must agree that I never had a choice on whether or not the pics of me getting dunked on made it out! Boo for me and I have WITNESSED!



Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 2:49 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

So what kind of journalist just hands over his tape for no reason and no questions asked?  Smells to me.  He had permission to film there and apparently had been all day.  At least he could've gotten a new pair a shoes outta the deal.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 2:48 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk


where's the proof.......don't write a story unless you have the tape! 



Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 2:45 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

He has talent, but he won't show up for half the games or any classes



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 2:45 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

"his is funny, lebron doesnt want a video of a highschool kid cleaning his clock on youtube. Personally, I would of told "lynn" to go to hell! "

You COULD do that... if you never want to get close enough to LeBron James to ever tape him AGAIN. I share your sentiment and principles, but this guy likely tapes pro athletes for a living. It's not a sound business decision to get yourself blacklisted. So, I understand why he turned over the tape. This still made it to the press room, so we all know it happened. Nike can only do so much damage control now. 

"So I guess we all now know that no video of lebron getting his butt kicked will be released.........now or in the future."

For now, yes. If this happens live on an NBA court, there's nothing that Nike will be able to do to stop it. But on Nike's terms, in LeBron's backyard? No way. Nike will probably steal the tapes again. It'll have to be real game footage. Everybody gets schooled eventually, and when that day comes for LeBron, it'll be replayed so many times that people will be sick of seeing it. But it'll probably happen sooner or later. 



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 2:30 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

 it was under 1 sec when they inbounded the ball. Point blank shot? Hardly...7 footer in his face and hanging onto rim. Before that his timing was thrown off by Kobe holding onto him. When he caught the pass he was under the backboard, easy shot for Dr J. but not for anybody else. But don't worry about Courtney, he will be dunking on a lot of people in his career. TNT / ESPN / ect. never showed the replay of Courtney's 2 dunks on LBJ, its apparent it hurts Lebrons ego too much. The fact that this article says Lebron instructed them to get the tapes, shows no class.


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