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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."
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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2009 12:09 am
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

    Jordan Crawford is the same guy who played for the infamous Kelvin Sampson led Indiana Hoosiers and now plays for Xavier. He is also the brother of Joe Crawford who played at Kentucky. These two brothers aren't exactly scrubbs. They are both very good ballers with excellent pedigree's. Joe actually played for the LA Lakers as a free agent, but was cut before the season started.



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2009 4:28 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Umm, Crawford's not a "high school kid." He's a transfer from Indiana who left in the wake of the Hoosiers' self-induced Sampson mess. He's about 20, 6-4, and not likely to dunk on the Little King again...



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2009 5:54 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Lebon's a PUNK, plain and simple.

Can't wait a career-ending injury to come his way.




Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2009 3:02 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

I don't like Queen James no more.first the Orlando thing and now this!!!who does this guy think he is?? No rings...cry baby....bizzznich..I think mo "wiggle butt" williams and sissy boy D.west are rubbing off..or on..Labron too much!! He should set the examples not look for them...oh and that dude that looks like side show bob...In the hood they call him high school musical..starts with a V..the Brazilian...CAVS SUCK!!!..SHAQ!!! WTF??



Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2009 1:37 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

The real shame here is that the cameramen just gave their tapes away. These guys need to stand up for their rights.

A semi-related story. I was at a Bob Dylan concert with my dad and security wanted to take his pen away because they were afraid it was a security threat. My dad was like, 'um, this pen was a gift and I'm not giving it to you.' So then they were like, ok but you have to promise not to stab somebody with it.'


mikesyr17
Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2009 10:36 pm
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Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2009 2:27 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk


I think Joe Dumars has flown the coop over the past few years.  They could have been perhaps a 2nd rd playoff team if they hadnt made that AI trade.  I know they were playing with fools gold, but the Iverson trade was not the Answer.  Then, he just signs Ben Gordon and Villanueva real quick without going after any other free agents.  Dont get me wrong, Ben Gordon's awesome, but still.  

As far as the coach situation goes, couldnt they have accomodated Avery Johnson.  He was the best fit, as Detroit has always taken a defensive approach.  Avery would have been great, but now they have Mr irrelevant.  Joe might as well have coached the team himself.  Its been a quick fall from grace after last years 4-2 loss to the in the Eastern Conference finals. 



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2009 3:39 am
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Did it ever come across your mind that the reason you can't remember the names of all of those "scrubs" is b/c the major stars they "posterized" didn't try and hide video footage and suppress evidence after it happened? Now, since LeBron has done that, Jordan Crawford will be the first "scrub" to be remembered for "posterizing" a major star. Nike isn't being pathetic in taking the tapes, LeBron James is being pathetic for asking them to do so. Who cares? I wouldn't, if LeBron would have just handled it like a grown man instead of an insecure child. People aren't ranting and raving over the fact LeBron got dunked on. They're ranting and raving over the fact that he tried to hide the video footage of it. There's a big difference.




Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2009 2:08 am
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

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Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 9:38 pm
 

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

I believe LeBron James is a good guy.  As far as LeBron's skill level....his numbers don't lie.  He proves himself on the professional court.  Without much intellectual manuevering, I can think of one very good reason LeBron was dunked on.  He chose not to give a hard foul to stop the basket.  Confiscating the tape and being dunked on during a pickup game during a skills camp does not change his ability to play the game.


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