Kobe Bryant Smart Car Commercial (Video)

Kobe Bryant sure has come a long way since the days of Eagle, Colorado when he became an untouchable figure in the world of endorsement deals. Since then, he’s left Adidas for Nike and developed an entire Black Mamba brand, even starring in a mini-movie for the swoosh. Recently he’s done commercials for Guitar Hero and he did an ad for Turkish Airlines that caused a rift within the Armenian community. Hopefully Kobe’s latest effort, a commercial for Smart Car in China, will go over with less controversy. Here’s a video of Kobe’s Smart Car commercial as seen at The Lakers Nation:

Who knew that Kobe could be such an effective pitchman? Although he does do one thing really well — play the role of the killer.

Former Referee Rashan Michel Attacked Dominique Wilkins Over Unpaid Suits

Former Atlanta Hawks nine-time All-Star Dominique Wilkins was attacked following the Hawks-Magic game in Atlanta Wednesday night by former referee Rashan Michel.

We’re not joking.

Michel reportedly told police he went after Nique because he was owed money for suits purchased several years ago. Anyone who’s seen Dominique dress knows he can’t owe him more than 50 or 60 bucks, as BSO comically noted.

The best part of the story is that “Nique landed three solid blows on his alleged attacker, who swung at Nique but didn’t land anything solid” according to a tweet by Sekou Smith. The next step is getting video of this incident. How is it possible not to have a clip from the Human Highlight Reel? This has to beat any dunk he ever accomplished, right?

As for Michel, he reffed 54 NBA games from ’97-’98 and according to his Covers profile, he seemed to have low-scoring games. He’s also reffed 49 college games in his career according to Stat Sheet. Most notably, Michel is also now 0-1 in his unofficial boxing career.

John Wall Ejected After Punching Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Wizards point guard John Wall was ejected in the second quarter of Washington’s game with the Heat. It was very uncharacteristic of him, but after seeing the way his skirmish unfolded, it’s not surprising that he lost his cool. Check out this video of John Wall punching Big Z, courtesy of Ben Golliver at CBS:

The first elbow from Z could have passed for accidental, but after the second one it seemed intentional. I understand why Wall got upset, but he has to be more composed than that and realize that he’s only hurting his team by getting tossed from a game. Big Z for Wall? Miami will take that trade any day.

Chris Bosh Called Rupaul Look-alike by Cavs Broadcaster Austin Carr

Former long-time Cavaliers player and current TV analyst Austin Carr must have had shared pregame notes with Shaquille O’Neal, because he referenced one of the Diesel’s lines mid-telecast on Tuesday night. During the second quarter of the Cavs-Heat game, Carr called Chris Bosh a Rupaul look-alike. Check out this video via Ben Golliver:

The hate for Clevelanders towards LeBron James and the Heat was already evident by the time Carr got personal with that reference. Not only was it a two-year-old reference, but it was also pretty unprofessional. I know Carr’s broadcasting for his local audience in Cleveland, but he should have realized he was also being televised on NBA TV for a much larger audience that might have taken offense to the name-calling.

Regardless, this latest offense joins the growing list for which Chris Bosh has made headlines either intentionally or unintentionally. The list includes:

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LeBron James Skips Player Intros to Avoid Boos in Cleveland (UPDATE)

LeBron James 1, Cleveland 0. All the Cavs fans who bought tickets to Tuesday night’s game so they could boo LeBron James missed out on a golden opportunity because of a smart move by the former MVP. Rather than subject himself to a poor reception, LeBron remained in the locker room during player introductions to avoid the boos. Check out the video:

With the type of anti-LeBron posters the fans had made, why would he want to expose himself to that? What recourse do the fans have if LeBron stays in the locker room for that part? None, and that’s why it was smart. Just check out some of these anti-LeBron signs:

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LeBron James’ Entourage Turned Away by Cleveland Cavaliers Security

The hate Clevelanders (or specifically Cavs owner Dan Gilbert) still harbor towards LeBron James is beyond unhealthy and is borderline disturbing obsession. After LeBron left for Miami in free agency, the Cavs owner ripped him in an open letter to the fans. Then when the Heat and Cavs played in Cleveland for the first time in December, the hate from the fans was evident in their posters, but the worst action was putting LeBron bobbleheads in the urinals.

No surprise, the petulant Dan Gilbert broke out a petty move on Tuesday. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that “James was delayed in getting into the arena for the Miami Heat’s shootaround Tuesday morning when he arrived with a driver and a second car at the entrance of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ underground parking garage. Cavs spokesman Tad Carper said visiting NBA players are not normally given private car access to the underground garage, but exceptions are made when requests are made in advance.”

OK, so they’re standing behind the “they weren’t authorized line” which sounds fine to the public but we all know was an intended shot at LeBron. It’s petty, but it’s funny. The sad thing is this is all the Cavs have to hold over LeBron at this point, unless that is they can actually get revenge on the court. Un. Likely.

Julian Wright Apologizes for Refusing to Enter Raptors Game

Toronto’s season is already over — it probably was when Chris Bosh left in the summer — but that doesn’t mean the players should stop competing. If anything you figure they’d be playing hard to keep their jobs, impress other teams, or just to pull stats JaVale McGee style. That’s not the case for forward Julian Wright who for some reason decided not to enter the Raptors’ blowout loss to the Warriors on Friday night.

Toronto coach Jay Triano “said he asked Wright to go into the game at some point in the third quarter, only to watch Wright remain firmly seated on the visitors’ bench,” according to The Toronto Star. “I just went to the next guy,” said Triano. “I wasn’t going to ask him twice.”

A day later, Wright had come to his senses and apologized to the team. The Fan 590 in Toronto (via Pro Basketball Talk) wrote that Wright apologized and everyone understood his frustration. “The best way to put it is this was not characteristic of me,” said Wright. “That’s why I think this is (now) a thing of the past.”

Yeah, that’s about the last thing a team with 20 wins should be thinking about. If I had to make a guess as to why Wright was pissed, it’s probably because he’s seen mostly DNPs and was probably pissed that he wasn’t asked to enter a game until it was already well over. I can understand the frustration if that’s the case, but take it out in better ways.

(via C-Note)