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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: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 9:35 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

This just shows what a little baby Queen James can be.  Show some humility.  He WOULD have Nike officials confiscate a tape of him getting owned.  Oh well, it's a funny story that I hope Nike can't kill either.

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 8:57 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Nike and Lebron taking away the tape is stupid. Crawford admitted he was wearing Lebron James shoes. That would be a great commercial for those shoes. What kid playing basketball would not want those shoes when the commercial says when you wear them you can dunk on the 2nd best player in basketball.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 6:06 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Heck, I haven't bought anything from Nike in years anyway, so who cares...

If they and Lebron want to be b*tches about it, no sweat off my ar*e, and definitely no money out of my wallet.

Mike would have never done that.

I must say in all fairness, BTW, there's no video tape available of me schooling Tiger Woods on the links, but that doesn't mean it never happened:)


Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 4:36 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

It's kind of funny that no one stepped in the half-million times or so that they showed LeBron Dunking over Kevin Garnett.  LeBron may be a great basketball player, but he continues to show that he is a kid.  Remember, cry-baby labels never get completely washed away and he's shown his true colors recently with poor sportsmanship and now petty trivialites.  That dunk my well be the highlight of that kids life to this point, but leave it to James to rain on that parade.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 3:05 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

pretty sure in the first part of this story it says "Xavier SOPHMORE Jordan Crawford"

Don't they teach gayhawks to read??

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 2:27 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Lebrons whineier than than a sixteen year old having her first period. What a baby Devin harris got schooled by some british white guy last summer and he had nothing but love for the guy does that make devin harris a bad player no i dont think so the kid can flat out ball LEBRON IS A B*TCH

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 1:57 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Up until a couple of months ago, James was a public relations dream. In TV adds and interviews, he came across as the nicest guy in the world. Apparently the real LeBron is now starting to show through his orchestrated public image. First, his refusal to congratulate or even shake the hands of the players and refusing media interviews after the game put a significant tarnish on the shiny image. Now, his attempt to supress a video where some athletic young player dunks on him - something he's done to countless others and gladly endorses the showing of those videos and photos. It was a pickup game for gods sake - all he had to say was nobody plays hard defense in a friendly pickup game, congratulate the player for making a good move, and laugh it off. Any more incidents like these and his fan base is going to shrink significantly. I still admire his athletic talent, but I can't say I'm big fan anymore. If this incident is  strictly Nike's fault, then James needs to take better control of his life and use some common sense. This never should have been this big of a deal.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 1:30 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:53 pm

Does the crap ever stop?

So, some guy told some guy some stuff and it makes it to the web.  No verification, nothing more than speculation.  Such a bad effort at "reporting" you have to question the author's motives.  Is he merely lazy, or following some other agenda. 

This is garbage.  At least do your homework once in awhile.

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:49 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Exactly!  When this kid goes pro, he should sign his shoe deal with Kangaroos.

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