Kobe Bryant spent some time in China and held basketball clinics with Nike while there. The shoe company used some of the footage for a new ad and it’s pretty good.
For years we’ve been hearing that Michael Jordan can still play. Well, now we have proof that he can still dunk. A photo was released of the 50 year old Jordan taking flight at his annual “Flight School”. Must be nice.
— Michael Jordan (@MJFlightSchool) August 8, 2013
Former Baylor Bears point guard Pierre Jackson, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, will be taking his talents to France.
Jackson took to twitter to confirm a rumor that has been floating around for a few weeks that he will be playing for ASVEL Villeurbanne. ASVEL is partially owned by San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker.
Jackson played in three summer league games for the Pelicans and averaged 3.7 points.
Welp everyone it's official in a couple days I will be going to France to play my first professional… http://t.co/r320RxEiEI
— Pierre Jackson (@PierreJackson55) August 10, 2013
It’s well known that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban went after Dwight Howard during free agency. What wasn’t known is anything that went on during the meeting. Well, Cuban gave us a look at one of the tactics the Mavs tried to use to reel Howard in. The team put together a short video cartoon to show Howard what having him in a Mavericks uniform can offer to him and the team.
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While many laughed at the video, I see it as a smart move. It didn’t work, but it was still a good idea.
The New Orleans basketball franchise are starting fresh. They have a new name, will have a remodeled arena which we saw a few weeks ago and now a new look. Today the Pelicans unveiled their new uniforms and here’s how they look in the picture below.
Team players Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith modeled the new look.
We all knew this was on the way and now it’s official. The Washington Wizards and Point Guard John Wall have agreed to a $80 million contract extension. CSNWashington.com confirmed the reports.
The contract extension that’s set to make John Wall the Wizards’ designated player has been finalized and the team will make it official Thursday at a news conference at Verizon Center, persons with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN Washington.
Wall, who has been training in Los Angeles during the off-season, already is in Washington for the announcement
Wall wasn’t the only player excited about the news and upcoming free agents Kyrie Irving and Paul George drooled over the contract that they may soon get via twitter.
— Paul George (@Paul_George24) August 1, 2013
Nobody is safe from getting hit with a crossover when getting on a basketball court and Tyreke Evans proved that in the Seattle pro-am. The New Orleans Pelicans guard/forward put the Mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn, on a highlight reel by crossing him over and scoring on him. To the Mayor’s credit, he came back down the court and got an assist on a no look pass.
Lebron James made a visit to the Philippines with Nike Basketball and decided to hit the court.
During the visit, James participated in a basketball showcase at the Mall of Asia Arena where roaring fans filled the stadium. The four-time league MVP joined in a training session with Nike athletes from high school, collegiate and professional teams, working on their basketball skills during the pick-up clinic. The first-hand experience with James helped motivate players to pursue excellence in their on-going basketball season.
The main event culminated in James coaching the youth participants of the clinic in an exhibition game against a team of Nike athletes that included professional and national team players. He later left a message of inspiration to the Filipino youth and wished them well on their basketball endeavors.