The NBA and Adidas’ desire to produce more sleeved abominations

Yes, NBA and Adidas. Please tell me how these are great designs for a basketball uniform! It is so great to see something so innovative in a sport that demands something like this.

Oh Adidas, you are one of a kind.


My goodness these are horrible.

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With Jeremy Lin’s new movie ‘LINSANITY’ coming out today, a look back at the first time I met him

Trailer for Jeremy Lin’s new movie now playing in theaters.


When Jeremy Lin made his NBA debut, I was in the house for that. It was 2010 and it was the Golden State Warriors’ second game of the season. It was also Asian Heritage Night. I was very lucky to have gotten a media credential to that game.

There wasn’t a lot of expectations for Lin. He was way low on the depth chart and the only way he would get some action on the court was if the game was a blowout.

Sure enough, late in the game, the Warriors took a commanding lead and it was then that then head coach Keith Smart decided to put Lin in the game. The reaction to Lin was off the charts for every opportunity he touched the ball even though he didn’t attempt a single shot in his short time on the court.

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Knicks’ Iman Shumpert raps his own song after finding inspiration from Kendrick Lamar’s powerful verse (NSFW)

Here’s a quick briefing as to what is going on. The music is NSFW.

West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped a very big bomb of a verse in a recently released single with Big Sean. His second verse was brutal in all sense of the word as he called out numerous rappers and essentially called himself the best in the business.

(Don’t understand the lyrics? Here is some help.)

That verse caused Joell Ortiz to respond with his own diss track even though he wasn’t mentioned in Lamar’s second verse.

(Lupe Fiasco, B.O.B. and Cassidy have also issued responses despite not being mentioned in the verse.)

(Didn’t catch all of that. Here are the lyrics broken down.)

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Knicks supposed orange alternates actually work out well

Iman Shumpert wears what appears to be the new Knicks alternate.

On the day we found out about one team emphasizing orange, another team has decided to do the same.

Iman Shumpert’s photo on Instagram shows what appears to be the Knicks’ new orange alternate. It’s essentially the same design as their other set just with the switch of color. I was hoping that the numbers and lettering would be white, but blue actually works out well. Especially in a league where orange isn’t seen as often, this alternate is welcomed.

A part of me feels like this had to have some influence from Carmelo Anthony. Him wearing orange just looks so right.

And who knows? There might be another alternate coming for the Knicks? Christmas Day disaster again? Or maybe a sleeve jersey?

LeBron James didn’t win the MVP with unanimous vote and I agree with the reasoning

LeBron James deserves the MVP award, but I am glad he didn’t win it by unanimous vote.

LeBron James was awarded his fourth MVP title this weekend and he almost made history with a unanimous vote. However, all but one vote went his way. That one vote, made by the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, went to Carmelo Anthony.

Throughout the entire year, I expected James to win the MVP. He did everything that made him the best candidate for the award. But the reasoning by Washburn for Anthony made some sense to me.

“I just honestly felt that Carmelo Anthony lifted the Knicks to new heights this season – a No. 2 seed and their first division title in 19 years – with an aging roster, the team’s second-best player [Amar’e Stoudemire] out most of the season and a myriad of other injuries,” Washburn told Yahoo! Sports. “LeBron James is unquestionably the best player in the league, but I felt this season Anthony had more value to his team.”

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No, Iman Shumpert, you can’t have the Adidas logo shaved into your head

The before and after of the Adidas mess.

The before and after of the Adidas mess.

New York Knicks swingman Iman Shumpert is sponsored by Adidas. Shumpert decided to shave the company’s logo into his head. The NBA did not approve and told him to remove it.

Per league rules, you can’t have any kind of corporate logo during games with the exception of sneakers. Because of that, Shumpert had no choice to get rid of it.

First of all, that’s some kind of brand loyalty to do such a thing. Secondly, why would you do that? Making yourself a walking billboard isn’t all that great. And of course, Adidas isn’t really all that anyway. (And I hope Adidas didn’t pay him to do this.)

A strange situation here but I am glad the NBA made Shumpert get rid of it. It’s just stupid all around.

NBA 2K13 demo leaks what appears to be new New York Knicks uniforms

This new Knicks design looks OK. But it could be better.

According to this video, the rumored new Knicks uniforms are true and they are boring. Boring might not be the right word, but it surely isn’t exciting.

The team is eliminating their old black trim to go along with their revamped logo. That means that gray/silver is the new third color to their logo.

As you can tell by these two screenshots from the NBA 2K13 screen shot, there’s a little too much white and the gray doesn’t feel like it belongs. The half piping along the arm feels out of place. Plus, I am not digging the new squished font at all.

The shade of blue and the usage of white reminds me of this.

I guess anything for merchandise sales…

The New York Post officially buries Linsanity… literally

Reblogged from Awful Announcing

We media love to giveth and taketh away.  Yesterday, we discussed the startling crash of Linsanity as his Google numbers and statistics all over the internet show a waning interest in Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks.  Well, leave it to the never overdramatic New York Post to put the final nail in the coffin of Linsanity, bury it in the ground, and give it a nice tombstone as well.

While that’s all well and good, I’d also look to the excellent Howard Beck of the New York Times who chronicles why Mike D’Antoni’s departure and Mike Woodson’s installation as Knicks coach will ultimately put Linsanity dead in the ground for the time being…

I was excited for Jeremy Lin’s success early on but I knew it wasn’t going to last. In fact, it was inevitable that the Knicks would flounder.

Jeremy Lin, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and the non-existent racist fortune cookie

Is this really racist?

This commentary is in response to the supposed racist ice cream that Ben & Jerry’s produced. To read about it, click this link.

As I have mentioned before, I am over the Jeremy Lin is Asian-American thing. I just want to view him as a basketball player. I don’t want his skin color or Harvard degree to be how I judge him as a player.

So when I read about the new ice cream flavor, I thought it was a cool idea and was not offended at all when I saw that it would include fortune cookies. But apparently, it was offensive in some way.

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ESPN’s racist headline to Knicks loss using image of Jeremy Lin

Already dumb headline has racist touch to it.

On ESPN’s mobile page, they had this headline for the Knicks’ loss to the Hornets from Friday — ending New York’s seven-game winning streak.

And as you can see, with the hype around Jeremy Lin and his image in the photo, ESPN decides to go with “Chink in the Armor” as their headline.

No need for me to explain why that is viewed as racist. The use of the word “chink” in this situation is just a bad idea. I am not overly offended by this. Maybe it’s because I think it could have been an honest mistake.

The term “chink in the armor” has been used by ESPN numerous times in the past to describe a team’s struggles and it’s totally fine. But in all honesty, this was not a good headline to use for this situation at all.

Even if they used this headline to describe another game that had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin, it’s still a very stupid headline. It just doesn’t work with the story.

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