Wow! During this morning’s First Take, Skip and Stephen A. Smith debated over athlete endorsement deals after controversies and incidents. In the middle of the discussion, Bayless mentioned Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case in 2003 and claimed that it helped him sell sneakers. Hit the jump for details.
Since Lebron signed with the Cavaliers earlier this summer, many have speculated that the team would immediately dominate the conference. In a recent interview, James admitted that the Chicago Bulls were the better team. Hit the jump for details.
As much as we hate it, we can’t get rid of flops. The league’s meager fines and our disdain is not going to stop players from trying to get to the line. Lance Stephenson however is a constant repeat offender and was fined three-times last season, no other player was even fined twice. Still that hasn’t stopped him and in fact his flop has gotten even more dramatic.
Darnell Dockett is always in the media for doing or saying something crazy and yesterday was no different as he ignited some people with his actions. After the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Oakland Raiders, Dockett created a sign that said “0-6″ and the words “worst team in the NFL”. He then used the sign to taunt irate Raiders fans. The pictures went viral with many people berating Dockett for his unsportsmanlike conduct. Dockett later took to his Twitter account to explain why he made the sign and it turns out Raiders fans aren’t so innocent.
When athletes retire from the game they tend to get a bit on the chunky side since they’re no longer training, playing games, and don’t have strict diets. Former Knicks legend Patrick Ewing is one those who fell victim to life off the court.
The Atlanta Hawks have been trying to revamp their image and get more diverse fans in the seats and this should help. Grammy award-winning artist T.I. and Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin have a message for the city of Atlanta. #ATLOpeningTIP In addition to this there’s more in store for the fans who attend opening night.