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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: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:58 pm

Here comes the tape ...

You and all the others scream "Who cares (insert 67 exclamation points here)" and yet you still respond to the blog. I'd say you guys care. And it's really thoughtful.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:30 pm

Here comes the tape ...

So what?  Michael Jordan is arguably the best to have ever played the game and he probably got dunked on sometime in his career.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:20 pm

Here comes the tape ...

dont call lebron lebitch he had nothing to do with the tape gettin confescated it was nike do you think lebron cared he didnt care when courtney lee dunked on him twice you know lebron had nothing to do with it yall are just tryin to hate on the best player in the nba

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:04 pm

Here comes the tape ...

Don't believe a word of it.... This is a Fake tape of the Lebron dunk ... to quote the chapelle show "That piss was digital"

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:00 pm

Nice Tan..ya nerd

Hey Parrish, maybe stay out of the tanning bed and come up with a real story. No one really cares about lebron getting dunked on in a summer camp where he is going half speed and others are playing their hearts out.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:59 pm

Here comes the tape ...

At this point, the ball had better have caught on fire like in "NBA JAM", with Crawford doing a front flip dunk. I want to see confetti rain down from the rafters while T.I. is rapping at mid-court. Supermodels in bikini's jumping up and down with signs that read "I Heart Jordan Crawford". Howard Cosell's corpse had better be reporting on this monumental event in the tape. The backboard had better have exploded while Crawford was screaming and LeBron was running for cover. Lastly, I want to see Israel and Palestine inspired sign a treaty right there on the court.  

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:58 pm

Here comes the tape ...

This is great..................I dont understand why this was considered such a classified issue for LeBron but Im glad its coming out. The only thing tht would make it that much more awesome, would be if it were KOBE yamming on him. haha

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:50 pm

Here comes the tape ...

he got dunked on.  big deal.  its a camp.  obviously he isn't even going 3/4 speed.  one false move in camp and his career is over. 

........and yet not one "expert" in the media has even thought of that. Good call man!

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:46 pm

Here comes the tape ...

Really who cares? You think Lebron ordered NIKE to do anything?

This is a prime example of the media making a mountain out of a mole hole!

Lebron got dunked on at a summer camp, half assing it after playing in the Olympics and the long NBA season, big deal!

Id rather get dunked on during the summer in a meaningless game than this:

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:44 pm

Here comes the tape ...

Let me get this straight.  A company owned by Perez Hilton is calling somebody a bitch?

I don't know what is funnier, that comment or  Parishs' gay haircut.

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