Last night, I posted in the MJ interview that the Drew League Finals had just concluded. James Harden led his team to a 5-point W over DeMar DeRozan & Nick Young’s squad. As promised, here are some highlights…
DeRozan first posterized Harden on a fast-break alley-oop. Just look at the atmosphere. Not good looks in front of former teammate Kevin Durant and current beau Khloe Kardashian, huh?
No big for Harden because he found redemption in the game-winning 3 over Swaggy P in the game’s closing minute. The second video here should look more familiar…
Second, Michael Jordan says in the video that he knows ESPN was going to run with it, but he still answered the question in classic MJ fashion. (And yes, they’re running with it.)
Who would win a game of 1-on-1: MJ in his prime or LeBron James?
That answer, plus a lot more, is in 6 minutes of must-see video below as MJ answered a variety of good questions from his campers last week — I believe the same camp where he and Jimmy Butler competed in a shooting contest.
Candid MJ is great. He says the all-time Bulls “would’ve killed” the All-Time Lakers and that Shaq is just talking. He also respects Kobe, “I still love him like a brother,” and has another humorous line on top of that (that I won’t spoil.)
The only downside to the interview: MJ is asked who his favorite band or artist is and comes up with… Robin Thicke?! I wish someone asked him about the Drake line on top of WHAT ARE THOOOSEEE?!
Anyway, enough talk. I’ll let MJ take it from here…
BONUS: In my Twitter feed, I caught another candid MJ interview… from 1992. With Playboy. (SFW) If you’re here watching this above, do yourself a favor and click this. Just as engaging and entertaining.
UNRELATED: The Drew League Finals took place tonight with James Harden leading LAUNFD over DeMar DeRozan & Nick Young’s M.H.P. squad. The play-by-play sounds pretty awesome. Look for the video here tomorrow or possibly later tonight.
4 titles in 6 years!
LAUNFD defeats M.H.P. 98-93 to win the 2015 Championship!#thedrew
Harden vs. Klay is a 2-guard rivalry I’m excited for in the years to come. It began last season as Warriors vs. Rockets escalated and so did the their individual star power.
The two clashed, competitively, at L.A.’s famed Drew League recently with Klay Thompson playing for 7-seed C.A.B.C. and Drew mainstay James Harden for 2-seed LAUNFD.
Harden’s team won 78-71 and tallied 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Quick video above featuring a smooth Harden stepback over Klay, some pure triples from Thompson, and culminating on what I hope was a fully finished posterization from Klay (not on Harden.) Man, I miss the NBA.
Had to show love to the new Jumpman commercial, especially after seeing some cool behind the scenes on Snapchat just a few weeks ago when they shot it in L.A.. The final product, highlighting the new and very sleek Jordan Super.Fly 4, is a hilarious 2 minute spot that pits Blake Griffin vs. Marvin the Martian in an intergalactic dunk contest. Blake’s sidekick Dr. Drain comes back and between both of them the trash they talk or Blake’s deadpan humor are perfect. Bugs Bunny even makes a cameo in the Jon Favreau-directed commercial (yeah!)
From the entire concept to the little things, this one’s well worth your time because the 2 full minutes won’t make your televisions. Plus, head on over to SI who has an in-depth behind the scenes recap, including how Blake’s brother Taylor was his stunt double and Blake’s lifetime obsession with Space Jam.
BONUS: Taiwanese animators are at it again with a spot on James Harden’s $200m offer from adidas yesterday. These are always great.
The subscript to OVO Fest was a cool tidbit of NBA news as the Raptors let their ambassador reveal their new away alternate threads. Drake went with the free agent signee/Toronto-bred Cory Joseph, who undoubtedly chose the number 6 for his hometown. The OVO colorway has always been a hit and translates well to the jerseys, which will likely translate well to the court too. Probably Philly’s the best, ha! What another checkmate move that’ll be for Drizzy.
Below you’ll see him rockin the threads and above, all of the options the Raptors will have this year. The colors are tight but I’m not totally feelin’ the arched ‘Raptors’ and close spacing with the numbers. It makes me want last year’s unis back, in fact. But that said, the OVO one is gonna do some numbers.