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Kevin Love names best crossovers: Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook


Who has the best crossover in the NBA?

Kevin Love was asked that as part of the American Express Home Court Advantage videos the NBA has done and he came up with a pretty good list:

“Kyrie (Irving) is right there. So shifty and can do so many things with the ball. Derrick Rose, his change of speed and change of direction is unlike any other. Russell Westbrook is right up there because he’s so powerful. You know, those guys are amongst the elite when it comes to handling the ball.”

We all should have seen Kyrie Irving (Love’s current point guard) and Russell Westbrook (Love’s good friend and college teammate) coming, he leans on those guys a lot whenever he talks point guards. Even if Westbrook isn’t exactly known for his crossover. Rose (who shares an agent with Love) is certainly a good call if he returns to vintage form next season (we’ve seen that only in stretches since his return from injury, but hopefully next season those stretches are much longer).

Personally, I’m not sure how you leave Jamal Crawford and Stephen Curry off this list, unless you’re just naming people with ties to you. But the fact is the NBA is loaded with ball handlers who have killer crossovers and Love’s list is respectable if not perfect.

Hat tip Eye on Basketball.

Report: Nike will not match $200 million offer, James Harden to sign with Adidas

James Harden

This was the only hint you needed: James Harden was playing in the Drew League playoffs last weekend in Los Angeles and his girlfriend (apparently) Khloe Kardashian showed up to watch him ball — fully decked out in Adidas gear.

Harden had gotten a reported 13-year, $200 million offer from Adidas to become the face of that brand and, after much deliberation, Nike has decided not to match it. TMZ was first with this story.

Our Nike sources tell us the company has decided it won’t try to top the $200 million deal Adidas offered Harden last week. As we’ve reported … Nike had concerns about sinking that much dough into just ONE player, when it has several other superstars to sign.

Harden has yet to officially accept Adidas’ 13-year deal, but the writing is on the wall … or on Khloe’s back. She was sporting Adidas gear at his Drew League game this weekend.

Nike still has LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, plus a number of stars under the Air Jordan brand — Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, and Russell Westbrook, to name a few.

But they had missed out on Stephen Curry (he signed with Under Armour) and there was reported concern the company didn’t want to lose another big name and would match. Turns out, they are not that worried.

Harden becomes the biggest star in the Adidas NBA universe, replacing Derrick Rose (his struggles to stay on the court hurt sales). Adidas can’t get his signature shoe to market fast enough. They also have John Wall, Damian Lillard and others under contract. However, Harden’s teammate in Houston Dwight Howard is rumored to be leaving the brand soon

The question is will the Harden signing move the needle on shoe sales? Nike has incredible customer loyalty and a product people love and trust, which is why they still have 90 percent of the basketball shoe market. It’s not just the Jordan name.

But Adidas needs some star power to start chipping away at Nike’s dominance (especially after Nike outbid them for the NBA apparel contract), and Harden with his beard is a good start.

Spike Lee narrates Stephen Curry story in fantastic NBA 2K16 promo (VIDEO)

NBA 2K16 Curry

That is quality. Basketball stories just sound better when Spike Lee narrates them.

The folks at 2K sports are starting to ramp up the promos for the new season, with heavy Stephen Curry promotion. Add this to the list.

But his is a great, relatable story — we all like to think we’re the overlooked person who has the talent to make it — and they are smart to pimp it hard as we start to move closer to the game’s release date.

Under Armour to be presenting sponsor of NBA Draft Combine, expand role within league

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Under Armour got its foot in the door with the NBA.

The company has wanted to expand its role with the league — most notably it has a shoe deal with Stephen Curry — but weren’t a lot of opportunities, especially after Nike outbid everyone to take over making the official NBA jerseys and apparel starting in 2017 (Adidas does it now). Samsung is the naming sponsor for Summer League. What was left?

The NBA Draft Combine.

Which will be the Under Armour NBA Draft Combine starting in 2018, the league and Under Armour announced Monday. The company will be allowed to develop and market apparel based on the combine as part of this deal. Also, the shoe company will help market and grow the Jr. NBA, the league’s youth basketball program.

The NBA combine is not a huge marketing event (unlike the NFL version). However, now before guys get to put on an NBA jersey, they are going to put on Under Armour gear.

For the NBA, this is an opportunity to grow their youth program and introduce a new NBA Fit app, which will be tied in with Under Armour’s Connected Fitness devices and products.

“We’re proud to expand our partnership with the NBA and continue our shared commitment to help basketball players everywhere realize their potential, on and off the court,” Adam Peake, Executive Vice President of Under Armour said in a statement.  “The new elements of our partnership will allow Under Armour to leverage our leadership in athletic performance innovation and Connected Fitness to foster the worldwide growth of basketball.”

“Under Armour and the NBA share a commitment to basketball, fitness, and healthy living,” Emilio Collins, NBA Executive Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships, said in a statement.  “Together we have a unique opportunity to teach the values of the game to millions of kids through the Jr. NBA program, and to give our fans the latest information on exercise and wellness through the NBA FIT app.”

It’s a good effort by Under Armour — there simply were not many options to get an expanded role with the NBA, and certainly not where they could make apparel. But they found one.

They got their foot farther in the door.

Michael Jordan says in his prime he could have beaten LeBron James at one-on-one “no question”

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If you know even the slightest thing about Michael Jordan, you knew the answer before he said it.

Jordan was doing a Q&A at the Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, CA, and was asked (and he repeated the question), “If I was in my prime, could I beat LeBron in a one-on-one game?” He called it an “ESPN question” and then, after a short pause, gave the answer everyone knew was coming:

“No question.”

He’s said this before. He said the same thing about Kobe Bryant. It wouldn’t matter if he were asked about Stephen Curry or Larry Bird or one of the Monstars from Space Jam, there is always only going to be one answer from Jordan — he is ultra competitive and he believes he is the best that ever was.source: AP

LeBron’s comment last time it came up: “I’ve thought about the matchup but no one will ever see it.”

Fans have thought about it, too — a ridiculous number think Jordan would win if they play right now. This is something people get in fights over. Obviously, we will never know the answer, but get on your bar stool and go ahead and debate it in the comments.

Jordan answers questions for about six minutes on this video about the biggest trash talkers he played against (Larry Bird), could the all-time Bulls beat the all-time Lakers (of course he thinks Bulls), and he said he’d take Dean Smith over Phil Jackson. But nothing he says is surprising or out of character. It’s just Jordan being Jordan.