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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 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

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:41 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

As I posted in another thread about this, Lebron should have just let the tape get out, play out on youtube for a while and then die down. He could have rolled with it, and laughed it off until people forget about it.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:35 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

i wonder what LeBron's officail reaction to the situation is...he a ball player ans he knows that it is part of the game....and now Jordan Crawford's draft stock is on the rise

Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:34 pm

LeBron James - Most Immature player in the NBA

Typical LeBron James. Leave it to the most immature player in the NBA to do something like this.  The fact that he would care such much about his precious image just tells everyone exactly who we are dealing with.  Sure, pout after getting your ass handed to you by the Orlando Magic.  Sure blow off reporters because you didn't win and had to go home with your tail between your legs. 

Truth is, LBJ, you are nothing right now.  Kobe has you beat in every way possible, even Wade has a title on you!! So what do you do? You get SHAQ cuz having shaq means getting a title.  Riiiiiiight.  Too bad I can think of 6 teams that are far superior to your Cavs right now and 3 of them are in the same conference you are in.  The odds are stacked against you and all you've proven so far in your illustrious NBA Career is that you are a loser.  Your legacy is being written, there's no doubt about that and these are the words it says right now; LeBron James LOST in the Playoffs Every Year!!

It's only a matter of time before everyone realizes you are one of the sports greatest disappointments because you can't do the one thing that makes a player great, win.

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:25 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

haha i think it's hilarious and pathetic that lebron, nike, or both decided to confiscate the tapes. what's the big deal? dwight howard and kevin garnett have been dunked on and they are the last 2 defensive players of the year. mutombo has been dunked on. anybody that is a good shot blocker has been dunked on.

if the lebron/nike camp was worried about protecting his image i think they've done more damage by trying to conceal the dunk instead of just letting it come out. i heard someone bring it upon tv earlier today...what did devin harris do when he lost a game of one on one to some random guy off the street? he didnt try to hide it. laughed it off. they shoulda followed harris' example.

he's starting to develop an attitude that is causing people perceive him as a sore loser.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:18 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

So much for freedom of speech in America, corporations and atheletes controlling the media. WOW that is dangerous

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:18 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

I guess that Nike is free to use that tape to make any new commercial that they choose to make, huh?  Last time I checked, they had some fairly creative folks working on commercials. 

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:17 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Youve got to be kidding me, Is this what the game is about these days? Unbelievable that "King" James would let Nike take this kids video! Come on "King" man up and lets see this tape!

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:09 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

hahaha you just verbally posterized Lebron.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:05 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

I would file a court petition to get the tapes back if they had consent to film.   People get dunked on all the time, its part of the game and Queen James is acting like his usual selfish self.  now, if Lebron abused this kid on the court, ESPN and other outlets would have showed it.... it is the reason why  I have slowly stopped watching the  NBA..... it is turning into  "sports entertainment" and not a sport.  Taking  9 steps before dunking it, teams and certain players getting calls, NO Defense.... NBA is pathetic and so is the Queen!  get off the man's jock because he is not god of basketball and nowhere close.... if he was, Cleveland would of won the title.... the great ones always find a way to the show!

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:02 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

ROFLMAO!!! Too funny!

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