Nike is off to a rough start with the new NBA jerseys

I didn’t get a chance to address this while I was on vacation but after catching up with all the news, I wanted to ad my two cents on the Nike jerseys that were revealed earlier this week.

Let’s take a look at the Warriors’ new jersey for the upcoming season. I knew that Nike wouldn’t make any major changes to the jersey but there is still a significant change to the collar. The gold has been nearly eliminated, making the collar look very plain. Additionally, the number has been moved more toward the center. Both these moves are downgrades to the overall aesthetic the Warriors used to have. The piping along the side also has changed. Instead of the shoulder loop trim going all the way, the piping interrupts it. This is a lateral move but it seems like it’s change for the sake of change.

The Warriors don’t look too different, but these changes are not necessary.

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Being an A’s fan is tough

I know how this goes. The A’s trade away players because they can’t keep them for financial reasons. It’s a cycle that continues over and over. It hurts seeing fan favorites go. But also it’s so commonplace that it is just normal.

The only way the A’s can win is if they get more money or they catch lightning in a bottle. Sean Doolittle was part of that bottled lightning from 2012-14 where the A’s were serious contenders for the championship. But that time has come and gone and now keeping any player with any trade value would be foolish.

And once again we have to see what’s next for the A’s. Will this new core catch lightning in a bottle again or will this be another lost season?

Hallelujah! The NBA can finally say goodbye to Adidas

Yesterday’s Golden State Warriors championship parade was the last time we will see Adidas produce official NBA merchandise. Next season, Nike takes over the NBA as the league’s official outfitter and I couldn’t be happier. (Although I am saddened by the manufacturer’s logo now appearing on the jersey and sleeves next season.)

Adidas took over as the NBA’s official outfitter in 2006, taking over Reebok. In that time, Adidas made some significant changes to the uniform, sideline wear and fabric designs for the league. Overall, the Adidas experiment in the NBA was a failure. Aside from lighter fabric for uniforms, the company did not really provide any great memorable, lasting impressions on the league.

The first change Adidas made was the Revolution 30. This was a template for all team jerseys in which the stitching and mesh fabrics of the jersey were all the same for every team. This meant that teams that featured a shinier material were forced to go to a dull flat color. You can tell difference between Derrick Rose’s rookie year jersey (under Reebok) and what Adidas put out.

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An extremely satisfying NBA Championship run by the Warriors

Your 2017 NBA champs! (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The narrative says that Warriors fans are spoiled. Even though a good portion of these fans have been through some ugly years for the past two decades, we are reaping the benefits of one of the greatest chapters in NBA history.

These Warriors pulled off the most impressive playoff run in history. They defeated a great team with arguably the greatest player of all time. Of course the Warriors are also stacked with talent themselves.

You can argue about how the Warriors were a shoo-in for the title after signing Kevin Durant. But that’s not the narrative. It’s not even about avenging the 3-1 collapse from last year (and the following memes).

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Don’t be foolish and blame the Warriors’ Game 4 loss on the officials

Referee John Goble and Draymond Green discuss the confusion of the technical foul calls. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

We can all agree that last night’s NBA Finals game was some of the worst officiating in recent memory.

There were the confusing technical foul assessments that nobody knew about. There was also LeBron James and Kevin Durant being allowed to jaw at each other for way longer than they should have. There was also the confusion of Zaza Pachulia and if he did take a swipe at J.R. Smith’s crotch. There was also the seemingly insane amount of foul calls that leaned toward the Cavaliers’ side early on.

It was bad.

But that is not why the Warriors lost.

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Watching sports with people who aren’t sports fans is the worst

Last night I was home with friends over watching the Chiefs and Steelers play. It was fine except for one thing. More than half of the people over weren’t sports fans. They didn’t know the rules of football. They were just over to hang out. But because I was watching the game, they all just gravitated towards the couches in front of the TV.

Watching sports around people who know nothing about sports sucks.

I remember watching the NBA Finals last year with non sports people around me. I was so focused on the game but all they did was make comments about anything they saw on TV. They asked questions about what are fouls and why the clock keeps moving. They would laugh at things that seemed funny but to a sports fan, is normal actions during a game.

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Enjoy retirement, Tim Duncan. You are the greatest

I remember when Kobe Bryant started this retirement world tour and everyone started saying how Bryant might be the greatest player of all time. The debate kept going on and on and I kept wondering why people thought that.

Bryant wasn’t even the best player of his own generation. No. That honor belongs to Tim Duncan.

Duncan quietly walked away from the game today. He didn’t have this long retirement tour. Much like his demeanor, he kept it quiet and simple. That’s why people don’t give Duncan all that attention. He doesn’t seek it. But if you look at all he has done, he deserves more.  Continue reading