Eye of the Hurricane

May 9, 2011

Playoff Headlines

Can someone please remind me what Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers went down 0-3 Friday night against the Mavericks?

I’m sorry, Kobe. There’s a difference between saying your team has a chance to keep the series alive and just completely blowing smoke. After last night’s ugly 36 point loss to the Mavs, what are you going to say now?

So the Lakers bow out in four straight and Phil Jackson looks like he might retire. But those aren’t the only story lines coming out of this weekend…

Atlanta evened its series with Chicago last night despite MVP Derrick Rose leading the Bulls with a game high 34 points. But Rose took 32 shots from the field to get those points (making only 12 for an unimpressive 37.5 field goal percentage).

Meanwhile the Memphis Grizzlies…yes, the Grizzlies…continue their Cinderella story as they’re up 2-1 against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Will tonight’s contest be as exciting as Saturday’s overtime game where Zach Randolph and the Grizz went off and established themselves in the extra five minutes?

And before that game, we’ll see if the Celtics have the energy, heart, and healthy bodies to tie their series against the Heat. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.


April 15, 2011

Cuban wrong about LeBron’s “decision”


On July 8, 2010 LeBron James made his decision to take his talents to South Beach.

As the start to the NBA’s regular season approached, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that LeBron James “lost a billion dollars in brand equity.”

It came out recently that James outdid former top dog Kobe Bryant and ranked first in NBA jersey sales over the past season. The combination of the new number, the new colors, and the new name on the front of the jersey, in addition to his stellar play on the hardwood, were enough to overcome the negative publicity from James’ decision in the minds of NBA fans and make his jersey most popular.

It seems like his brand equity is doing quite alright.

LeBron’s No. 6 Miami Heat jersey can be seen in action Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

February 23, 2011

The Black Mamba

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For the people who haven’t seen this commercial, famous director Robert Rodriguez did a short feature film/commercial on Kobe Bryant’s alter ego. I dont think any previous sports athlete, besides maybe Michael Jordan, has had a commercial like this one.  I thought this was an awesome and very entertaining commercial.  What are your thoughts?
The Black Mamba

February 9, 2011

Kobe VI 3D

Today at 9:30 A.M. I stood online at Niketown Miami for a special edition of the Kobe VI shoe. When I arrived, there was a list to sign up on, and I was the 25th spot. That means people had to have been there from the wee hours of the morning. I overheard someone while online that the first guy online was there at 4 p.m. the day before. Whether he slept or not, that is crazy. There was a limited amount of the shoe, and therefore I wasn’t able to get them.
This is relevant because these sport shoes are getting more and more popular. The media is starting to take notice, and there has been a lot more coverage on it. There also has been more shoe commercials and more use of social media then ever.
It all started with the Jordan’s, and they still are the most popular sport shoe out there. The Kobe’s are gaining fast with all the different limited edition shoes they’ve been releasing (previously Kobe VI “The Grinch” and this friday will be Kobe VI “Sunsets,” check them out). Suprisingly, the Lebron’s are not that popular, but maybe the multiple championships he thinks the Heat can win will develop his Brand.
Check out this funny Conan O’Brien interview with Kobe. If you dont want to watch the full interview, Skip to 11:30 to see the Kobe VI 3D’s.

March 3, 2010

A team is only as good as its star

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Dwyane Wade is one of the top players in the NBA. There’s no denying that.

So why is the Miami Heat struggling to make the playoffs with 20 games left?

Look no further than Wade.

Without him the offense is lost. With him the offense is on.

But what about when he doesn’t show up to play?

During countless games Wade hasn’t given his all, probably in retaliation for management’s failure to obtain outside help. Instead, he and the Heat must withstand a season of mediocrity until the summer and free-agency period.

On the rare occasion when he decides the platform is large enough (see his All-Star game MVP performance) or the game is important enough (tonight’s win against Golden State) Wade has been unstoppable.

Against Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, Wade put on a show for the fans who actually showed up.

The question is whether an athlete making millions of dollars should be allowed to do that? Fans pay hundreds of dollars to attend games for entertainment, while the players go to “work.”

How would your boss take it if you only did your job the way you were supposed to when you wanted to?

If the Heat wants any chance at the playoffs and the opportunity to lure top free agents like Chris Bosh, it can’t afford to rely solely on the allure of South Beach Miami.

So Wade, give it your best effort game in and game out. Impending free agents don’t want a teammate showing up the organization that gave him his start and a championship.