Happy Saturday, Boston Celtics fans!
Let’s get right to it, folks!
Well, it looks like the end is near. The end of ad-free NBA jerseys, of course. See, the Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new jersey designs Thursday
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 19, 2014
and people with a keen sense of observation noticed that the NBA logo was conspicuously absent from the front of the jerseys. Turns out the NBA will be moving the league logo to the BACK of all NBA jerseys . . . for “stylistic” reasons, right?
All NBA teams will be wearing the logo on the back for the 2014-15 season, the league confirmed to ESPN.com. A league official called it a “stylistic move” but declined to comment further.
Eighteen of the NBA’s 30 teams have a team logo in the rear-neckline spot. The league official confirmed that those logos all will be replaced by the repositioned league logo.
The move is sure to fuel speculation that the NBA is preparing to move ahead with its long-planned program of jersey advertising. Removing the league logo from the front of the jersey will clear more space for an ad patch and remove what would otherwise be a competing visual icon.
Annual revenue from jersey ads has been estimated to be in the $100 million range.
The all-mighty dollar! Keep whoring yourselves out, NBA!
Enough about the NBA – let’s focus on some Boston Celtics-related links today. Boston will be holding a four-man workout today with a former Wolverine as the highlight:
Former Michigan wing Glenn Robinson III highlights a four-man workout the Boston Celtics will host Saturday morning.
Courtesy of the Celtics, the participants follow:
Chane Behanan – Louisville
Niels Giffey – Connecticut
Glenn Robinson III – Michigan
JaKarr Sampson – St. John’s (NY)
Another NBA prospect that the Celtics have already worked out is Doug “McBuckets” McDermott. Most experts have McDermott pegged as someone who is not worth a top-ten pick . . . but former Celtic Wally Szczerbiak disagrees:
“He’s just a proven commodity; he dominated with absolutely incredibly efficiency throughout a four-year college career against whatever competition he played,” Szczerbiak said during a phone call Friday morning. “And the combine tests showed that he’s more athletic than most people understand. He’s projected around 10 but I would take him at six. The Celtics could use a face-of-the-franchise type and I think he can be that.”
Finally, it looks as if the Boston Celtics are falling further behind in the race for Kevin Love . . . and could it be that their old foes, the Los Angeles Lakers, can deliver the death-blow?
— CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) June 21, 2014
A Los Angeles Times report has the Lakers dangling the No. 7 pick in the draft this Thursday in exchange for Golden State’s Klay Thompson, with that pick then being flipped to the Timberwolves as Love would theoretically end up with the Warriors.
Bet you’re glad you’re not playing the Kevin Love drinking game now! Thanks for the read!
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