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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: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:50 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Lebron is acting like a little bitch. Every player gets shit on once in awhile, he made the story 100 times bigger by telling Nike to confiscate tape. I think after last years playoff debacle and now this, some of the shine is coming off the King star.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:33 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

hahahaha i am actually pumped about this... everyone knows i love lebron but i love xavier just as much.... and this jordan crawford kid is going to be a beast!!!!!!

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:33 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

We probably all have bigger issues in our lives to worry about than this. But, the story - and our decision to form an opinion and voice that opinion -  gives each of us a nice departure from everyday life, even if only for a few minutes. I'm more amused by the folks that want to break it down and explain why he was dunked on.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:26 am

Lynn Get the Tape and change my diaper! WITNESS!!

Ok so nike needs to stop treating the King like a spoiled baby!  And if he wants to be called the king he needs to act like a man!  Just about every player in the league has been dunked on and we have seen them.  When Lebron lost his pick up game not long ago we saw it but luckily Nike wasnt around for that otherwise we wouldnt have seen it.  Lebron acted like a fool after his loss to the Magic.  He had a lame excuse of why he didnt shake.  I am still trying to figure it out. 

Nike screwed the pooch on this one.  they hyped Kobe Vs Lebron so hard and they had lots of loot in it.  But the Karma bug got them and no king james in the finals.  Now this video gets confiscated for what reason?  Was there something we werent supposed to see?  I doubt it so what the big deal?  Just goes to show lebron is Nike's puppet and they will handle him with soft gloves.  Work on getting him tougher Nike he is a spoiled kid in my eyes.  And remember Jordan paid his due before he won so let him to the same!  Just cause he is your biggest money maker doesnt mean he is a world champ,  When he gets a free agent that isnt washed up or over the hill then maybe he might get a whiff of the title.  Until that happens let the baby get dirty form time to time!  And keep Lynn out of the gym and let the boys be boys!  Way to get up Jordan Crawford i would talk it up until we can WITNESS it! 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:18 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Fans don't personally care, but since Nike & LBJ made a big deal of it - they will suffer a backlash in the media.  Oops!!

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:14 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

lebrons a punk and i'll tell you why! First do I know him? No! But nobody has to personally know Gary Busey to know hes crazy do they?
First off not just Nike but LABRON doesnt want this out!!!! To big for his Ego! Look its just what one person earlier wrote he didnt show good sportsmenship after losing to Orlando just like he refused to play in several Expo games in various small cities one in which I attended! Lebron acted like a big baby and he refucsed to play in the second half! King James has a bad attitiude and ego and that seperates him from Jordan, Kobe and Wade! Hes another Allen IM for myself Iverson.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:05 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Ahhh just about 90% of the country!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 10:50 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

And this is a story who gives a rat's a$%. Get a life. Nike sucks!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 10:48 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

And this story is news?

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 10:37 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Crawford was at IU before the program was Sampsonized.  He sat out last year after transfering.  He is the younger brother of Joe Crawford, who player at Kentucky and in the Developmental league.

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