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TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:17 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2009 4:29 pm

LAS VEGAS -- TMZ has posted a grainy video of Jordan Crawford's now-famous dunk on LeBron James.

Click this link to be underwhelmed.

As I wrote earlier, there was no way the actual dunk would ever match the hype of the dunk, and that seems to be the case. I mean, it looks just about like every other one-guy-dunks-on-another-guy highlight you've ever seen, only difference being you can hardly see it because of the poor quality of the video. And that's why Nike was silly to try to prevent the public from seeing this, because its actions led to freelance photographer Ryan Miller telling me how Nike Senior Director Lynn Merritt confiscated his tape of the dunk, which led to me writing about it , which led to tons of negative headlines nationally and even a skit on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."

It's been a public relations nightmare for Nike and, to a lesser degree, James.

And never had to be this way.

Had Nike let Miller keep his tape, a few thousand people woud've seen Crawford dunk on James via YouTube. It would've probably been linked on The Big Lead and Deadspin, and that's about it. But because of Nike's mishandling of the situation, a few million people will now see Crawford dunk on James via TMZ, and Nike's image has been considerably bruised in the process, all because of a power-hungry executive who overstepped his boundaries trying to protect somebody who never needed to be protected in the first place.

UPDATE: has a better version up now.
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Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2009 12:43 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2009 10:00 am

Getting Crowned? You can't be serious ...

After reading your laughable comment I'm not really sure where to begin "mamba". I think your man crush on Kobe might have blurred your vision and may be now affecting your brain. Kobe is an amazing talent and the only player in the world that I can say that is a better overall player than LeBron at this point. Mind you, there is much more room for James to grow. Scary isn't it? But for you to downgrade a player of his caliber for something so meaningless? NEWSFLASH: Anyone can get dunked on, funny thing is in this case it holds no ground. Its obvious you didn't even see the footage. If you want to see someone truely get dunked on, log on to Youtube. They have an assortment of LeBrons victims tyou can choose from. Im sure Kobe himself would have no problem admitting he couldnt match the vertical leap of James. In closing, there is no one in proffesional sports that has a brighter future than LeBron James. Unfortunetly, I can't say the same for you as a sports analyist.

Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2009 3:42 pm

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

Why take the tape? We all know LeBron is not supehuman. It was ridiculous for Nike to confiscate the tape- it was a glorified pickup game between guys who have been able to dunk a basketball since the 8th grade picnic.  Another (yawn) exciting NBA storyline- i'll stick to the college game where defense is played and travelling called.

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 4:59 pm

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

Why is this news? Its not the first time Lebron has been dunked on before, nor will it be the last. Just because its a dull time for sports doesn't make this news. The video is crap quality but from what I can tell it doesn't even look like James was trying to hard.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:34 pm

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron


1) the guy who wrote it didn't see the video
2) If he did see the video he's never played basketball
3) his caps lock is broken
4) He hasn't watched kobe play before.  Show me the guy who's never been dunked on and I'll show you a guy who's never played. 
5) there are a lot of dumb people in the world.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 9:23 am

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

I always thought getting "dunked on" was when you go essentially "through" the defender and dunk.  Sure if LeBreon tried, he could have stopped it, but that shot wouldn't get a highlight reel if it was NBA action.  Now the Kevin Johnson dunk on Hakeem was something.

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2009 3:51 am

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

I think it's hilarious how everyone blames LeBron for the videos being confiscated when I would bet anything he didn't even say anything about it. The real thing to look at here and from what I heard is that the kid was wearing Adidas and LeBron had on his Nike's and Nike freaked out and thought Adidas was going to show a commercial of an unknown kid wearing Adidas dunking on James so they pulled the videos so Adidas didn't have that opprutunity. So it wasn't James at all but instead Nike protecting their sales and athletic wear against Adidas and the rest of the competition. Wow everyone makes such a big deal out of this and calls James a crybaby when it's obvious who the real crybabies are. Not to mention LeBron didn't get dunked on and it wasn't even his man, he was late to get over and help someone who got beat as you can clearly see the kid had an open lane and LeBron came in from the right and tried to swat the ball, had it been a regular season game that kid would've been on the floor or if LeBron was giving it 100% and not just hangin around with his hands on his hips that ball would've been 15 rows deep. Try to make something out of nothing congrats kid go to college and have fun in Europe playing there and making crumbs while LeBron is one of the top 5 richest athletes and an MVP, you should try him in an NBA game and see how easy it is.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:08 am

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron


Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2009 10:31 pm

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

are you kidding me? all the fuss over that. pleeeaaasssee!

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2009 10:30 pm

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

are you kidding me? all the fuss over that. pleeeaaasssee!

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