Well, sort of. Actually, the premature and incorrect congratulations came from Macy’s, who, unfortunately ran an ad prematurely notifying Miami Herald readers that Heat Championship T-Shirts were now available for sale at Miami Macy’s locations. Hah! That’s pretty funny considering that 1. the Heat didn’t win the 2011 NBA championship, and 2. the Heat didn’t win the 2011 NBA championship.
I have to say that I did watch the Finals with a close eye and am very happy that the Dallas Mavericks finally won an NBA championship. I’m happy for Dirk Nowitzki and I am happy for Jason Kidd, two players that I have been following for a very long time. In fact, throughout the playoffs, I was reppin’ a vintage Kidd replica jersey circa 1994. It’s about damn time that the both of the won some hardware.
By the way, if you’re interested in picking up an official Dallas Mavericks 2011 NBA Championship T-Shirt, you can grab one now at the NBA Store.
With that said, in 2012 it will be all about one red Rose and the Chicago Bulls.
It’s no secret that the New Jersey Nets will be moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2012. However, I assumed that they would take their longtime moniker with them and become the Brooklyn Nets. It looks like this may not be the case. Two lawyers representing the Nets have trademarked the name “Brooklyn New Yorkers”, along with three possible logos.
Tauntr, the popular insult blog, decided to take have a go at the New Yorkers logo. Not only did they incorporate the Brooklyn Bridge into the logo, but they also squeezed in half a hipster. They say that Brooklyn is the hipster capital of the world and so it’s only appropriate that a V-Neck wearing, PBR drinking, thick-glasses wearing, hipster with ironic facial hair would grace the New Yorkers logo.
I’ve never been a big Lebron james fan. in fact, I’ve plain out booed him on many occasions. However, I am a Dwyane Wade fan and I have been since he first came into the league. So now I am left with the problem of cheering for Lebron simply because he now plays for the Heat. Oh well, we’ll see how this season goes because anything less than a championship will be a disappointment in South Beach. Thank goodness I don’t live in Cleveland. LeBroke is available now from Skreened for $26.99. Via In My Short Sleeve.
And did you know, I frreakin’ hate Kobe Bryant! Via It Goes To 11.
Other Coty Links:
The iPad is undoubtedly the ultimate piece of â€œnowâ€ technology. So what happens when you take the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of Apple touch technology and merge it with old school Apple tech? Via SwipeTap.
Kevin Rose had some very interesting ideas (5 to be exact) for eBooks. Click the link to find out what they were. Via SwipeTap.
Say hello to the incredible farting-hiccup cat! I spent a good 10 minutes the day I found this just playing the clip over and over again. Via TumblrTrends.
This kid is insane. Watch him pull out his teeth with a rocket. Via TumblrTrends.
The 2010 NBA Finals are well underway and I thought I would reflect back on the championships of yesteryear. And what better way to do that then to showoff the respective championship T-Shirts of yesteryear.
You’ll find a selection of NBA Championship tees from 1980 up until 2009 below. I’ve even got a spot waiting for the 2010 winners. It was quite interesting to see each decades take on the championship T-Shirt. My favorite decade (in terms of NBA championship tees are concerned) has got to be the 80′s. I love the simplicity of the designs. What can I say, I’m a throwback kind of guy. I even remember my uncles sporting that 1987 Lakers caricature shirt. Did I mention that the majority of the my immediate family members are Laker fans. I, on the other hand, grew up cheering for Michael Jordan and the Bulls. And to this day, until the Bulls get back to the NBA Finals, I will always cheer for the team representing the Eastern Conference.
I’ve also included NBA Finals video clips from each year. Be sure to check out the 1984 video (about 50 seconds in) featuring the Celtics celebration. The on court celebration was crazy, with one fan deciding to climb on top of the rim. You would probably get tasered if you tried that in this day and age.
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2010: Soon To Be Announced (T-Shirt Pending)
2009: Los Angeles Lakers (4-1 vs. Orlando Magic)
2008: Boston Celtics (4-2 vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
2007: San Antonio Spurs (4-0 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)
The Boston Celtics has had their share of great players. Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Dave Cowens, Kevin McHale and Paul Pierce. Despite all of these big named players, none compares (to me at least) to Larry Legend, the Hick From French Lick. In 1979,Â Larry Joe Bird signed a five-year contract with the C’s, becoming the highest paid rookie in the history of basketball. But he took it all in stride, saying, “No matter how good I am, I’m still just a hick from French Lick.” Bird went on to win three NBA championships and three MPV awards. He was also a twelve time All Star and nine time All NBA selection.
The Phoenix Suns had a chance. They blew it. And like so many times before, the 2010 NBA Finals will be a matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. This will be the 12th time that the two teams will have met in the Finals since first meeting in 1959. In the NBA, the idea of East vs. West is the Boston Celtics vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, and Homage Clothing knows this. Their vintage East Vs. West design feature the colors of the two most decorated and storied teams in NBA history.
I’ve featured A.J. Dimarucot aka Collision Theory on this blog many times before (read interview) and was excited when I read this post that he made over at Emptees regarding a Kevin Garnett design that he did a year ago. This story should be pretty inspiring for you would be and hopeful designer types.
I had a friend who worked in Adidas in my country and I emailed him the graphic, asking him to send it over to his US contacts. I was hoping they would pick it up and use it on t-shirts.
A year passed and nothing came of it. Until June of this year.
I got an email.
They wanted to buy the graphic.
I didnâ€™t wait long enough….I had sold the graphic to a clothing line who liked the zombie quality of the design. And they didnâ€™t really care that it was actually KG. I never expected Adidas to come back to me after so long. So I sold the damn design to someone else!
So I told the Adidas contact it was not available anymore expecting I would probably miss the only chance I could work with a client like Adidas. But good thing they wanted me to do graphics for Dwight Howard (fuck you SWH haha) and Derrick Rose. So I did! Theyâ€™re not in stores yet and probably wonâ€™t be available until 2010 (if at all they print it).
So I was stoked. Thinking I was lucky enough to have worked for them. Damn good pieces for the folio.
I thought it would end there.
Come November of this year. Nike US emails me and asks if I could do some t-shirt graphics for them. Telling me how much they like my work. They actually showed me a design of mine they really liked.
Guess what graphic it was..
..KEVIN FUCKING GARNETT!!
So I did two Nike Air Max graphics for them for their Europe accounts. They paid me a damn huge amount and they may or may not print the design.
So there. I officially love Kevin Garnett.
Moral of the story. Do things you love. One day someone will pay you for it.
LeBron James has been a beast this season and this has no doubt been his most impressive season to date. Nike has released the official LeBron James Witness MVP tee to celebrate his MVP season. I have to admit that I’ve been one of those LeBron skeptics since he first left high school and jumped straight to the league. But this season, something about his demeanor, confidence and team play impressed me. And I admit, despite not being a Cavaliers fan, that I am witnessing one of the most electrifying athletes to ever play the game of basketball. This MVP was well deserved .
The Witness tee is available now for $30 and the the Zoom LeBron VI MVP Edition will be available on May 30 for $150. Â
Are any of you keeping up with the NBA playoffs? Who are you cheering for?Â
Vintage and Jordan seem weird to me when used in the same sentence since I grew up in the Jordan era. In any case I was ecstatic the other day when I came home to find a package for me in the mail. I immediately knew what it was as I felt the softness of the packaging. Tearing open the package and exposing the Chicago red, black and white brought back some astounding memories of the man I so followed in my youth.Â
You would think that I would have a Michael Jordan jersey. I would think so to. But the thing is, I never did. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t own a variety of basketball jerseys growing up, because I did. It just means that I never received one as either a birthday present or Christmas gift. I did receive a variety of other flavors like that black and white Hardaway Magic jersey (remember lil’ penny), or that blue and red Hill Pistons jersey (wasn’t he supposed the next Jordan), and even that red and white Stackhouse Sixers jersey (no wait, he was supposed to be the next Jordan). In any case, I never had a Jordan jersey of my own.
By the time I was old enough to have my own job and potentially buy my own Jordan jersey he had already retired from the game of basketball. Just my luck. Two years later, to my chagrin, he returned to play for the Washington Wizards. Sporting a caricature of a little wizard man on my chest was not my style. So, Jordan was back playing ball. And I was still without a Jordan jersey.Â
Flash forward to 2008. Something triggered my sudden desire to get myself a vintage red, black and white Jordan jersey. I’m not sure what it was, but that trigger was pushed. Being the tech maven that I am there was only one place to look to solve all of my Jordan jersey problems. eBay. Within minutes I found myself the perfect Jordan jersey from yesteryear. A Â throwback jersey of my favorite basketball player of all time.Â
Needless to say, I was quite excited when I opened that jersey containing package today. I proudly showed off the jersey to my sister and mom. They didn’t share in my enthusiasm but who cares, I was on cloud nine, as people say. I was in a state of blissful happiness. I was complete. And then a few minutes later, I was back on eBay hunting for his home jersey (White) and alternate road jersey #2 (Black).