On a wall in San Diego State’s JAM Center basketball practice facility, bigger than the banner listing championships and tournament appearances, larger than the scoreboard, is a giant hand logo.If you squint and look closely, the fingers are arrayed to spell out KL2.The KL is for Kawhi Leonard, SDSU’s most famous basketball alum. The 2 is his NBA jersey number.SDSU added the logo to the JAM Center last August, a few months after the Nike-sponsored school announced it was the only West Coast basketball program to wear Jordan Brand, the Nike division that produces Air Jordan sneakers and apparel with Michael Jordan’s jumpman logo. And a few months before Leonard’s contract with Jordan Brand expired and he opted to sign with New Balance.Now Leonard and Nike are fighting over control of the “Klaw” hand logo. On Monday, Leonard filed a civil lawsuit in a San Diego federal court demanding the shoe giant rescind its copyright to the logo that it filed … [Read more...] about Kawhi sues Nike over rights to hand logo he claims he created
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Sez Me …During my salad days (whatever that means), when we watched fuzzy rabbit-eared TV and test patterns, I couldn’t get enough NBA and Major League Baseball.Now that I can get too much of it, I sometimes find it difficult to watch.At times I almost feel as though it’s forced upon me — especially the NBA, which is a joke and in no way resembles basketball the way it was meant to be played. I’m concerned about the futures of these professional games. I am for big-time horse racing, too, but that wound has been festerting for many years now — even though the great thoroughbreads remain our most majestic athletes.The NFL, despite myriad problems with injuries and unsavory characters and amazing ability by the game’s enforcers to not enforce, isn’t in trouble or going away. Gambling keeps it flush, and gambling is eternal.Officiating and rules changes or just plain refusal to do the right thing, certainly have something to do with it. In … [Read more...] about NBA, MLB have evolved into horrible, unwatchable sports
By Katie Dowd, SFGATE Published 9:53 am PDT, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Stephen Curry (30) talks to Draymond Green (23) after Green was called for a questionable foul and argued with the official in the first half as the Golden State Warriors played the Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. less Stephen Curry (30) talks to Draymond Green (23) after Green was called for a questionable foul and argued with the official in the first half as the Golden State Warriors played the Boston Celtics at Oracle ... more Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 33 Caption Close Image 1 of 33 Stephen Curry (30) talks to Draymond Green (23) after Green was called for a questionable … [Read more...] about Steph Curry rips players who voted Draymond the NBA’s ‘most overrated’
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 2:37 PM EST Dec 2, 2018 Detroit — Life has its certainties and the story rarely changes: Luke Skywalker always destroys the Death Star. The Roadrunner always escapes Wile E. Coyote. Rocky always is going to make a furious comeback in the fight. The plot can take twists and turns, but the end result always is the same. Detroit sports fans have seen this movie before: The Pistons get off to a hot start and look like a playoff team for the first part of the season, only to wither and miss the postseason. It’s been the narrative for the past few years — most recently last season, when they opened with a 14-6 record and became a national storyline, only to fizzle and miss the playoffs for the second straight year. With a five-game win streak, including Saturday’s 111-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors, the Pistons have an opportunity to change the story. There’s plenty of room for growth, as seen by the … [Read more...] about Beard: Detroit Pistons are hot, but are they for real?