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Soccer Star Neymar Admits To Being Inspired By Michael Jordan (Video)

Soccer Star Neymar Admits To Being Inspired By Michael Jordan (Video)

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Several months ago, it was announced that Neymar would be part of the Nike/Jordan collaboration as the brand releases their first Jordan soccer cleats. Fast forward to today, we’re finally seeing the bad ass pair of shoes–and finding out why the soccer superstar was also the perfect choice for Nike.

Apparently, Neymar actually wanted to be like Michael Jordan even when he was a kid and had long been patronizing the Jordan line. And in the new commercial, Neymar not only shows off the new shoes but also gushes about his idol and how he inspired him to achieve greatness.

We suppose that means his collaboration with the brand was simply a way of thanking the veteran basketball star… and raking money from the endorsements, too. Win win situation!

Check out the shoes and find out what else Neymar had to say about his idol below:

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Adidas Didn’t Sign Michael Jordan Because Executives Thought He Was Too Short

Adidas Didn’t Sign Michael Jordan Because Executives Thought He Was Too Short

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Then as an NBA newbie professional in 1984, Michael Jordan wished for a sponsorship deal with Adidas. Sadly, the sportswear brand ended up rejecting him because their some of them thought the 6’6″ basketball star was too short.

Wall Street Journal writes that while Adidas distributors did want Jordan, executives in Germany decided shoppers would be more included to idolize much taller players. A former distributor of the brand adds in defense of , “We kept saying, ‘no—no one can relate to those guys. Who can associate with a seven-foot-tall guy?’”

Guess it really is one of the brand’s biggest mistakes, which inevitably allowed Nike to beat them big time as the most popular sneaker among NBA players, according to a chart by HoopsHype.com.

As for Jordan, well, he may never need to look back considering he has already formed a shoe empire with Nike and is making about $100 per year from it.

Air Jordan 3 Retro (GS)

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Michael Jordan Congratulates Kobe Bryant For Passing Him On NBA All-Time Scoring List

Michael Jordan Congratulates Kobe Bryant For Passing Him On NBA All-Time Scoring List

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If you’re a die-hard NBA fan, you may have already heard that Kobe Bryant successfully bumped Michael Jordan out of the third place on NBA’s all-time scoring list.

The LA Lakers veteran superstar hit two free throws (after Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine had fouled him during a game on Sunday) and scored a total of 32,293 points for his basketball career.

Jordan wasn’t disappointed, though. In fact, it seems he’s very impressed.

”I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone,” Jordan told the Associated Press in a statement. ”He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

Bryant is still about 4,000 points behind Karl Malone for the second place and around 6,000 points behind chart-topper Kareem Abdul Jabbar on the league’s all-time scoring list.

Congratulations, Kobe!

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Cavs Get Really Lucky and Win Draft Lottery Again

Cavs Get Really Lucky and Win Draft Lottery Again

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the luckiest team in the NBA.  The problem is, their luck hasn’t translated into success.

The Cavs won the 2014 NBA Draft lottery with just a 1.7 percent chance of grabbing the top spot.  It’s the second year in a row and third in four years Cleveland will draft number-1 overall.  That kind of fortune should equate to a playoff basketball team.  Unfortunately, the Cavs haven’t made the playoffs since Lebron James left town in 2010.

Cleveland actually hit a home run with their number one pick in the 2011 draft, in which they picked Kyrie Irving, a freshman out of Duke.  Irving is now the face of the franchise and has two All-Star appearances, but has been hampered by injuries.  He hasn’t played in more than 71 games per season.   The young superstar needs to stay healthy for Cleveland to contend.

In the 2012 draft, the Cavs selected Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick.  Waiters has helped form a formidable backcourt with Irving.

Gold was struck again in the 2013 draft, when the Cavs had a 15 percent chance of drafting number one.  Their ping pong ball was pulled and the Cavaliers pulled the trigger on Anthony Bennett, a freshman forward out of UNLV.  With just four points per game on 36 percent shooting, the power forward went onto have the worst season by a number one pick since this guy (on the left, not Michael Jordan):

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That player, by the way, is Kwame Brown, taken first overall by Washington by then-Wizards President Michael Jordan.  He made a big mistake.  And if the Cavs make another mistake with their most recent number one pick, Kyrie Irving may be playing for another team in a couple of seasons…and the Cavs will keep having ping pong balls pulled…in the NBA Draft Lottery.

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