Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

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: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:23 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

What do you expect from a classless individual who calls himself the king. He needs to grow up.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:20 pm
 

OOPS lol

Ok..so his name is Gary...lol...never heard of ya...lol



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:19 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Click on Larry Parrish's name at the top of this article and you'll see a poster he made of the dunk...good job Larry



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:12 pm
 

LBJ=classless

So in the past couple of months he refuses to shake the Magic's hands....he tries to get Ariza to go back on his word....and then takes a kid's best basketball moment of his life away from him by hiding the proof....ah, the Queen is indeed a diva!



Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:11 pm
 

Share this story about Nike on your facebook page

The good thing is Nike can't keep the story from being spread to millions.  Everyone should post a link to this story on their facebook account(I just did and about 5 other followed within minutes)

Agreed I would have just walked out with the tape.  But maybe the photographer hesitated.  It happens and I am sure he would do it differently next time. 



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:10 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

The article make it seems like LeBron The Don called his cronies over and dispatched them to wack the tapes but in LeBron's defense I'm willing to bet Nike, LeBron and everyone else who is making disgusting amounts of money of the LeBron brand all have discolosures in their various contracts stating that anything detrimental to brand image (read bank accounts) is to avoided. Most if not all of these types of players are heavily entrenched in very image conscious legal contracts.

Sooo even the though this is frickin hilarious and worth a little blurb - I don't think LeBron is the hand moving the pawns.

Let's go Pacers!!!!



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:10 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

I guess i understand why Nike would not want that video shown. They dont want people to see their man, the man who can posterize any player in the NBA getting posterized. But its not like it would down grade how great Lebron is. It would just show us that he is human and some kid got the best of him on one play. Every other time im sure Lebron had the upper hand. If i was the Xavier play however i would be kind of upset that the tape will never be shown. His one moment in history, his one play when he dunk over the King will never be seen by the public. So i think its kind of selfish of Nike but it makes sense.



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:10 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

what a joke........so he got dunked on.....im sure Kareem, Wilt and Russell have been dunked on. What is LeBaby afraid of.......whats Nike afraid of?



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:09 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

The NBA Playoffs, Where "That never happened" Happens!



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:09 pm
 

Dumbest story ever

I understand that Nike pays LeBron a gazillion dollars, but would him getting dunked on in a pick-up game all of a sudden LeBron's ability as a player?  I had a newspaper cutout in college of Jordan dunking on Shaq when he was on the Magic.  It was a nice display of Jordan's athleticism, but I didn't all of a sudden think Shaq was a bad player and it certainly didn't hurt Shaq's marketability.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com