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Picture: Pete Rose’s Jacket at Reds Opener Was a Bit Loud

If Pete Rose is looking to gain acceptance back into the world of baseball, he should probably try to avoid looking like a headcase.  What is going on with this jacket?  If this was done in the spirit of April Fools Day, we get it.  That doesn’t make it funny.  If not, Pete should try looking in the mirror before he goes out in public.  If he looked in the mirror and liked what he saw before he left his house on Thursday, betting on baseball is the least of his problems.  Thanks to Hardball Talk via TedQuarters for the picture.

Larry Johnson on Grand Ma Ma’s Sweet Tea, UNLV, Converse, Nike, and Coaching

Former UNLV All-American and NBA All-Star Larry Johnson was the inspiration for the famous Grand Ma Ma character Converse marketed. Starring in the commercials that promoted “React Juice,” Grand Ma Ma was easily one of the most successful sneaker campaigns the NBA has seen. Years after Johnson’s NBA career came to an end, the Grand Ma Ma character is still beloved by basketball fans. Larry has used it promote a new line of Sweet Teas his beverage company is producing. Folks on the East Coast can begin to look for Grand Ma Ma’s Southern Sweet Tea on the shelves, and before long the hope is to have it in stores across the country.

Larry Brown Sports was lucky enough to talk with the former UNLV, Hornets, and Knicks star and we covered a wide range of subjects including the National Championship Game against Duke, his association with Converse and how a slight from Nike began that relationship, his feelings on coaching, and much more.

Larry Brown Sports: Recently Paul Silas said that Michael Jordan could still score 20 points a game in the NBA, what about you, how’s your game?

LJ: No, I can’t get two rebounds or score any points now. I left it all on the court when I played, my back is so bad.

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Blake Griffin Is Severely Underpaid by Nike in His Shoe Deal

When Blake Griffin was drafted number one overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, he signed a reported 2-year shoe endorsement deal with Nike for $400,000/year.

To the average person, that’s nearly 10 years worth of salary or one year’s worth of free Nike products. To us fans, that seems like an incredible deal, one that we would sign in a heartbeat. But in the world of NBA mega-endorsements and multi-million dollar deals, Blake Griffin is severely underpaid. With his hype and fame skyrocketing higher and higher with each and every dunk, Blake’s value-to-cost ratio is growing.

Looking at the last few draft classes, here are a few examples of shoe endorsement deals for top flight rookies:

Player, Company, Draft year, Position, Contract

Kevin Durant/Nike – 2007, #2 pick, 7-years, $60 million
O.J. Mayo/Nike - 2008, #3 pick, $400,000 per year
Derrick Rose/Adidas – 2008, #1 pick,  $1 million per year
Michael Beasley/Adidas – 2008, #2 pick, $650,000 per year
Blake Griffin/Nike – 2009, #1 pick, $400,000 per year
Brandon Jennings/UnderArmor – 2009, #10 pick, 2-years $2 million
John Wall/Reebok – 2009, #1 pick, 5-years, $25 million

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David Beckham Jesus Tattoo Portrays David Beckham as Jesus (Picture)

David Beckham has had his moments, but he seems like a nice enough guy. After all, anyone who helps a stranded motorist is okay in our book.  His latest tattoo, however, raises a few questions.

We’ve shown you a good amount of weird tattoos here on LBS over the years, but Beckham’s latest has to be among the strangest.  It’s one thing to have a religious tattoo, but it’s another to have one where you play Jesus.  Check out the David Beckham Jesus tattoo, courtesy of Dirty Tackle:

I don’t think I need to explain what could be perceived as wrong about that ink, but an interview about the tattoo would indicate Beckham sees no issue with it. “Obviously, the cherubs are boys, so my thought of it is, you know, at some point, my boys are going to need to look after me, and that’s what they’re doing in the picture,” the soccer star explained. “Everything has a meaning that I’ve got on me.”

Ah…good for him, I guess?

Jimmer Fredette Now Has a BYU Hoodie

Jimmer Fredette is a college basketball god and local legend in Provo and upstate New York. He’s transcended into the rare category of national college basketball superstar thanks to his prolific scoring ability and unique name. And with that type of popularity comes crazy posters, fabulous merchandise, and tremendous swag.

Falling into the latter category is something CNBC’s Darren Rovell passed along on Saturday: BYU is now selling a Jimmer Fredette hoodie at their student store. Check it out:

We’ve seen personalized shirts and jerseys, but a personalized hoodie has to be a first. You know you’re a star when you have your own hoodie. And if anyone deserves it, it’s certainly The Jimmer. He is incredible.