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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: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:14 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

I agree - who cares? Apparently James does, and Nike. Respectometer drops even further for James. Arrogant behavior.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:07 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

THIS JUST IN!!!!! LEBRON HAD PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST AND FINSIHED HIS BREAKFAST AFTER THE PERSON JOINING HIM!!! STOP THE PRESS!!!! who cares and why is this news?? i've seen LeBron get dunked on during nationally televised games and I'm sure Michael Jordans been taken to school on several occasions throughout his career. most of the top tier free agents have signed or about to and this is next best thing for basketball news i guess.  Lebron should have his own link on this site for as much as they talk about him.

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:58 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

That's the best comment I've seen in a while:)

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:49 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

The media fawn over this guy like no one I have ever seen. I bet if he had asked them to give up their firstborn they would have done so gladly. As long as they get a chance to be in the same room with the guy in the future. I bet, had they not given up the tapes, they would never be allowed near Queen James again. What is he gonna do when it happens in a game on TNT?

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:35 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Those reporters should not have given up their copies of the footage.  At the time the pictures/video of the dunk were taken, they were the property of the owner of the work, not Nike, because they were presumably taken with Nike's implicit consent to be present at the camp.  At the very least, the reporters should have refused to surrender the tapes, after noting the request from Nike not to release them, left the Nike camp, made plenty of copies, and then told Nike to sue for an injunction barring the release the tape, which Nike would probably not get.  Ryan Miller and the other reporters SHOULD be "pissed" -- they legally obtained some very valuable footage, and Nike basically strongarmed it out of their hands, unless the reporters somehow agreed to clear any release of their footage with Nike first.  I doubt reporters are forced to sign such a release at a basketball camp.  Even at this point after the tapes have been confiscated, I would advise the reporters to speak to a lawyer either privately or through their organization about suing Nike for their property back.

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:16 am

Nike = Gestapo?

So how do Nike officials have the right to confiscate peoples property? Especially since there is no policy against filming .... if I were the photographers and camera people I wouldn't have done it and refused....what would they have done then?

Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 8:12 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Let the kid have his glory Lebron!  You made like 90 million last year... A video like that could change the Jordan's life!  Not to mention I really want to see it.... Gary please continue to pressure Nike/Lebron for the tape!

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 8:11 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Another class act by LeBron James.  This is my reason why I do not see him winning a title anytime soon.  He is all about himself and his image and not his team.  He wants to be GLOBAL which means he is not focused on winning a CHAMPIONSHIP.  Yes, he is a great player but until he gets his head out of his butt and sees that he is not the only great player in the NBA the sooner he may start winning.  It is stil a team sport won by stars but give me a break.  LeBron needs to grow up and realize that this world does not revolve around him!

Also made props to Joe's lil Bro!

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 7:32 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Where's Bill Belichick when you need him?

LOL!  He would have been more obscure.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:02 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

I remember when Robert Pack threw a few down for the Nuggets in that '94 playoff series against Seattle.  At least one memorable one on Shawn Kemp.  Made an impression on me if I remember it 15 years later.

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