Tuesday, 14 September 2010
THROUGH THE WIRE: NEWS (09/13/10)
It seems that after Team USA's victory in the 2010 FIBA World Championship everybodys happy. Make that everybody but Brandon Jennings. One of the best rookies of last year wasn't even considered for the World Championship USA squad but fellow rookie Tyreke Evans and many other young players were instead. It's hard to see why this is but Brandon thinks he's 20/20 on the subject. He thinks it's gotta be the shoes. Guys like Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry sneak around court with Nike but Jennings goes to battle Under Armor. Now Jennings wonders if this is the reason he got the Simon Cowell treatment instead of being invited to try out for the worlds. Call Jennings paranoid but you never know. The sneaker game is huge especially on the wolds stage where Nike are one of the biggest sponsors and Under Armor are kept...well under wraps. Speaking of cover ups in the 1992 Olympic Games Michael Jordan along with some other USA players covered the Reebok logo with the U.S. Flag. I guess Chuck D was right on Public Enemy's 'The Politics Of The Sneaker Pimps' ,"Behind the wheels and endorsement deals/Its the politics and the tricks behind the kicks"
In the ongoing free agent news you would of thought that the Miami Heat had done enough, but oh know there at it again like Timbaland and Magoo, still under construction. Right now there looking to add another centre (they could already put all their bigs out on the floor as a team with Big Z, Joel Anthony and Magloire just to name the frontcourt) in the strong and dependable Erick Dampier. It seems that the Charlotte Bobcats would much prefer to see how Kwame Brown and Michael Jordan get along than give a contract to a player who is more consistent than distant. Well the Bobcats loss will most definitely be Miami's gain and the rest of the leagues shame as the Heat are really shaping out into one of the best all round teams in the league. This is all cooked up with the teams three main ingredients which all boils over into some real Heat. Miami look to set the league on fire while the Bobcats may just claw their way into contention.
In other Miami Heat news it seems that two of the teams former coaches are getting into it verbally. Heat owner Pat Riley and Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy are snapping at each other like two Florida gators. Perhaps this all stems back from when Pat Riley ended up coaching the Championship Heat team in 2006, taking over Van Gundys helm. Right Now however it's clear that this Orlando/Miami Florida divide is coming from current issues. It all appears to have started when Magic owner Otis Smith created sparks by mocking LeBron (here we go (back) again) for taking the so-called "easy route" towards winning a championship with Wade and Bosh. Otis may have sounded a little bit jealous that his team are no longer the heir to the Celtic throne and Pat Riley Smokey Robinson's that emotion by calling Smith's comments "absolutely stupid". Pat also put his two cents in about Smith 'overpaying' to get Rashard Lewis. Looks like things are getting personal. Right now this makes for only idle chatter but once the season gets underway it makes for a great Florida matchup. If the two teams meet in the Eastern Conference it'll make for even more drama. One things for sure this time Stan Van Gundy won't be so willing to step aside. After 12 years working under Riles you just know that Van Gundy is dying to ruffle Rileys trademark slick, Gordon Geko, Brylcreemed hair and you just know that Pat wants to tell Stan that his moustache makes him look like an out of work porn star.