By now we’ve all watched as Under Armour courted Kevin Durant, and ultimately fell short to the mecca in sports attire, Nike. Durant had a $265 million-plus deal from Under Armour awaiting his approval, but Nike matched the deal and Durant decided to stay with the biggest sports’ brand in the world. No brainer, right?
This has led to all sorts of speculation on social media. Atlanta Hawks guard, Kent Bazemore, shouted out KD, on Twitter, for even considering UA’s deal.
Thanks for even considering @KDTrey5
— Kent Bazemore (@24Bazemore) September 1, 2014
This is where things got funny, as Golden State Warriors forward, Andre Iguodala chimed in with a comment that had me rolling.
@24Bazemore I had a better shot at Halle berry!
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) September 1, 2014
I’m not sure how Halle chooses her next life companion, but I assume you have to be a male model, or something close. Iguodala is a great ball player, but I’m not sure, in terms of looks, that he’s in Halle-s league. Sorry, Iggy, I hate to burst your bubble.
To be fair to Under Armour, they have really started to muscle-in on Nike’s turf over the past few years, as their brand continues to grow. Reports were fairly consistent that KD was strongly considering their offer, before Nike jumped in and saved one of their most prized endorsers.
Houston Rockets star guard James Harden is expecting big things from Kobe Bryant this year. Harden says that he knows Kobe has been putting in the work and expects the Los Angeles Lakers longtime star to be the same as when he was 20 years-old.
“We talk and he’s ready. He’s 20-year-old Kobe. It’s going to be a crazy environment.”
I highly doubt we’ll be seeing the 20 year-old Kobe, but would anyone be surprised if the Black Mamba didn’t put up a great comeback year? It will be interesting to see how Bryant has changed his game when the 2014-2015 NBA season kicks off. Bryant has an uphill battle ahead of him, but if he can resemble anything of his former self, the Lakers should be competitive.
Check out the video via The Post Game.
Being the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats’ basketball team gives John Calipari the opportunity to deal with tons of talented basketball prospects. Coach Calipari has the chance to mold these young, gifted players, as they enter a lifetime of basketball glory. Recently, that crop has been great. Players like DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Julius Randle and Anthony Davis come to mind.
Coach Calipari made a bold prediction for New Orleans Pelicans’ forward, and Team USA big man, Anthony Davis, while speaking to USA Today Sports.
“Right now, you look at (Davis) and say, ‘Man, in five years, he could be the best player in the NBA,’ “ Calipari said. “And this USA Basketball stuff pushes that date sooner. Again, here’s what it does for him: how to work, new things to add to his game, and confidence like, ‘These are the best in the world, so I’m all right.’ “
ESPN already dropped their positional rankings for the upcoming season, and wouldn’t you know it, they ranked Davis as the potential best power-forward in the league next season.
The gushing doesn’t stop with Calipari. Pelicans’ head coach, Monty Williams, also sees the growth in Davis’ game.
“He’s understanding that he is a lead dog among a number of alpha dogs. Mentally, he has taken it up a few notches, and I think Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) has been a big part of that, pushing him to be a leader, pushing him to be a guy on the team. You think about the names on this team, and you look at the impact on the game that he has, and you seldom say there’s a better player on the floor than Anthony. That’s got to help him from a confidence standpoint…and I think that’s just going to help us going forward.”
There certainly is an added advantage to playing with fellow star players from around the association, while on Team USA’s roster. Davis has gone from being the clear-cut best player on a team (The Pelicans), to being just another face in the crowd on Team USA. Not to diminish the valuable role Davis plays for the USA team, or anything, but it’s a big difference from playing with guys like Tyreke Evans, to playing with players like Stephen Curry, and Derrick Rose. These fellow all-star caliber players heighten your game, naturally.
So, the ultimate question is how good will Anthony Davis eventually be? It’s a tricky question, but his defense is already blossomed, and his offensive ceiling seems almost unlimited at his position.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was coaching a celebrity game at the Barclays Center when he dished out some details about his free agency this past July. Melo said that he was close to leaving New York, but ultimately decided to stay with the Knicks, agreeing to a five-year, $124 million contract. In fact, Anthony was so close to leaving the Knicks that he said he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore.
Via ESPN New York:
Anthony reiterated on Thursday that he was “close” to leaving New York.
“It was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more,” he said. “This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York.”
There were plenty of rumors and speculation about what was going down last month, but at the end of the day, only Anthony and his team know how close he was to leaving New York. And, while Anthony didn’t reveal what team(s) he was close to signing with, the general consensus is that the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls were the two teams close to landing the former Syracuse product. For the sake of Knicks fans, at least they don’t have to completely start all over and rebuild again after a crippling trade that brought Anthony to New York halfway through the 2010-2011 season.
Dwight Howard may not have done the funniest or most clever Ice Bucket Challenge, but he certainly had one of the biggest buckets. In fact, the bucket was so big, it took three people to lift it up and pour on the Houston Rockets center. In addition to taking the Challenge, Howard is donating $5 to ALS for every video that is posted within the next 24 hours that has the hashtag “Dwight Howard ALS.”
Check it out:
NBA stars Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant showed their support for the Women’s soccer team via social media today after an image of the beautiful Sydney Leroux surfaced. Bryant and Durant posted it to their Twitter and Instagram accounts while posting messages about protecting the athlete. The U-20 Women’s World Cup is currently being played on artificial turf as will next year’s Women’s World Cup. This has prompted the Women’s USA team to actively protest playing on the turf.
Here was Sydney Leroux’s response via Twitter about the situation.
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) August 14, 2014
Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant used social media to help raise the attention of the playing field conditions as well.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 13, 2014