September 17

Giant LeBron James Billboard Could Return to Cleveland

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According to the Plain Dealer, the newly-proposed mural would depict LeBron and the ever-present Swoosh in front of an adoring crowd of Cavs fans:

Images submitted to the Cleveland City Planning Commission on Tuesday show James with his arms stretched, once again, across the eastern face of the Landmark Office Towers, the Sherwin-Williams headquarters complex at the back of Tower City.

 

The LeBron banner would replace a brightly toned sign depicting Cleveland landmarks and bearing the paint company’s logo.

 

The new image harkens back, of course, to the iconic Nike Inc. banner of James that greeted drivers entering downtown until mid-2010. Crews tore down that display after James announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.

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September 17

Blake Griffin Performed Standup Comedy at the Laugh Factory

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It was part of an ongoing campaign for Vizio, and Griffin read from skits that premiered as ads online this week. Per Fox Sports:

Griffin was the fourth act in a building where the late Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres and so many others have done their routines.

 

Griffin was well received, even if it was just a small crowd. He wasn’t nervous. […] “No, because I was able to look down and reference and read,” Griffin said. “It’s a little different being on stage like that by yourself.” […] “The first laugh is always key,” Griffin said. “I’ve done some improv stuff. Once you get your first laugh, you’re good. Up until that point it’s a little nerve-racking.”

 

“It’s amazing you can come here and catch an amazing comedian on any random night,” Griffin said. “That’s what’s great about a place like this, being Los Angeles, and going to comedy clubs.”

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September 17

Dwight Howard Ran 10 Red Lights and Had License Suspended

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Howard owes the state $285 for having sped through an impressively-dangerous ten red lights during a two-year period.

Per TMZ:

According to official records, the NBA superstar was captured by those red light cameras in Orange County, FL over and over again starting in 2012, when he was busted 9 times in 10 months.

 

Then, after a year-and-a-half without a violation, Howard struck again in 2014 — blowing through another red light on July 1st, his 10th overall infraction.

 

Officials from the Orange County Clerk of Courts tell us Howard’s license can be reinstated if he pays a $285 fine.

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September 17

Atlanta Hawks to Unveil a Dominique Wilkins Statue

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The Hawks will unveil the sculpture of ‘Nique in March. Wilkins, who works for the team as a vice president and homer TV analyst, ended his Hawks career with the most points in franchise history (23,292), and also ranks second in steals, fourth in rebounds, sixth in blocked shots and seventh in assists. Per the AJC:

A group has contracted Hall of Fame sculptor Brian Hanlon to do the art work many believe long over due. Hanlon worked with Wilkins when he created the bust for his 2006 enshrinement. The sculpture will be unveiled on March 6, the day the Hawks host LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

 

“The first thing that comes to mind is that it immortalizes you,” Wilkins said Tuesday. “There is no better feeling in the world to know that you will be recognized for the rest of your life and even after you are gone it’s still going to be there.

 

“One of most important things, not just for me but for the city of Atlanta, is it’s a sign of appreciation for what they’ve done for me. This city made me who I am.”

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September 17

Report: LA Clippers Sign Aussie Swingman Joe Ingles

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Ingles impressed at the 2012 London Olympics, and continued with his strong play at the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer:

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September 17

Nike Officially Unveils the LeBron 12 (KICKS)

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Release dates and details on each of the initial seven colorways, from our friends at Nike:

LEBRON 12 NSRL – James wasn’t made in a lab, but he is made better by Nike’s research, testing and analysis. The LEBRON 12 lead colorway reflects the process of turning data into design to create superior performance footwear. Launch: Oct. 1 in China; Oct. 11 globally.

 

LEBRON 12 Heart of a Lion – James has demonstrated the courageous heart of a lion while being tested both physically and mentally over his 11-year professional career. Launch: Oct. 30.

 

LEBRON 12 Dunk Force – Inspired by the power of James’s statement tomahawk dunk and equated to the speed and force of a helicopter rotor blade. Launch: Nov. 11.

 

LEBRON 12 Instinct – James’s keen 20/20 eyesight combined with his uncommon speed and agility translates to pinpoint, instinctual decisions, much like the way a hummingbird sees and navigates. Launch: Nov. 22.

 

LEBRON 12 Six Meridians – A key component of James’s training recovery and preparation is massage therapy. The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology releases energy to different points of the body, or meridians, when massaging pressure points in the feet and hands. Launch: Nov. 29.

 

LEBRON 12 Trillion Dollar Man – Are we looking at the athlete of the future today in LeBron James? Inspired by James’s legendary work ethic and physical gifts combined with Nike’s finest performance technology. Launch: Dec. 1.

 

LEBRON 12 Data – James is arguably the most dominant player in the game today, with the statistics to support that claim. Launch: Dec. 20.

For more images and info from today’s launch event, head over to @SLAMonline on Twitter.

Images via Nike

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September 17

The Golden Boy

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Numbers are underrated, too. Last season, Cheatham averaged over 26 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists per contest. He had four triple-doubles, too. “He missed another three by one or two points,” insists Pines Charter head coach Dave Roca. “Marquette is getting someone who puts his teammates in a position to be successful every single time on the court.” Roca adds how he feels new Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski, a longtime Duke assistant, is the perfect man to lead Cheatham in college. “He’s a great guy. He’s a guy that’s been doing it at a very high level for a very long time. [Cheatham] is going to be Wojo’s Johnny Dawkins.”

But don’t just take Coach Roca’s word for it. Ask Drake about the homie—yeah, that Drake. A day after Haanif’s official Marquette announcement was made, Drizzy went to Instagram to give Cheatham a formal shout. The post has over 98,000 likes. Haanif won’t go into many details as to how he knows the rapper; he doesn’t need to. The mere fact he’s even remotely associated with the dude only adds to his mystique. What Cheatham will talk to us about, however, are the reasons he picked Marquette over Georgetown and Cal and his goals for the 2014-15 season.

SLAM: What kind of player is Marquette getting?

Haanif Cheatham: They’re going to get a versatile point guard, a combo guard. I’m a high-IQ player, a 6-5 guard. I’m willing to work hard every day. I don’t take any plays off. Even when I reach one goal, once I reach it, I’m trying to get to the next one. I’m in the gym every day. I’m going to make sure Marquette fans love me. I’m looking forward to winning a lot of games up there.

SLAM: Tell me what you loved about Coach Wojciechowski.

HC: Coach Wojciechowski is a great coach. He’s a laid-back coach but he’s the type of laid-back coach you want to play with. He gives the players a lot of freedom, but when it’s game time and it’s serious time, he makes sure that we’re grinding. When I was up there to visit [in late August]—he’s also a young coach—he was very fun to be around. Coach [Brett] Nelson, Coach [Chris] Carrawell, all the coaching staff, they’re great people. That’s the type of stuff I want to be around every day. I felt really comfortable there.

SLAM: What are some goals for your senior year?

HC: My team this year has a really good chance of getting to the state tournament, which is in Lakeland, FL. That’s our main goal. We actually had a tough practice today. Guys got after it playing games and stuff. We push each other. We argue. We yell. Once we get on a court and play as a team, we really play as a team. We love playing team ball. There’s no selfishness. Sometimes, when I have to take over, I do. But that’s only once in a while ‘cuz I love seeing the team play well together.

SLAM: I know you love team ball, but do you have any personal aspirations for the season?

HC: I’m trying to at least get my name out there for Mr. Basketball in Florida. I’m looking forward to having my 1,000-point ball this year. I got 988 right now. Also, I’m just trying to make myself a better person, a better player, in this last year of high school before my life changes when I go to college.

SLAM: Would you consider yourself a leader?

HC: I lead most of the time. When guys aren’t doing their thing, I can really get on them. But I make sure that when I get on them, it’s nothing negative. I make sure it’s positive and I make sure they pick their head up and go on to the next play. But if you’re messing up [on] back-to-back [plays], that’s you. I’m not going to stop our team ‘cuz you’re messing up; we gotta keep going. We got four main guards that have been there for three years already and we don’t wanna have that feeling of not going back to Lakeland. We just gotta make sure everybody know their role and how to play with us.

SLAM: What did that Drake shout-out on Instagram mean to you?

HC: It shows that he is showing support, like he always has. Now the Marquette fans are going crazy.

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