Courting The King

With billboards popping up around the country to court LeBron James, ESPN asked 30 artists with ties to each NBA city to imagine every team’s pitch to LeBron in free agency. Love Denver and Portland, terrific concepts!

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THE JOKER AWAITS THE KING
The Nuggets have the league’s best passing center in Nikola Jokic. Imagine how beautiful their offense would look after adding the league’s best passing forward. If Nuggets fans want, maybe LeBron could entice his buddy Melo to make a Denver homecoming, too.

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BLAZE A DIFFERENT TRAIL
Instead of keeping Portland weird, LeBron could keep Portland winning by joining Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The Blazers haven’t been to the Finals since 1992 and haven’t won it all since 1977, so maybe adding LeBron is the key to ending those droughts.

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L.A. KING
“LeBron to the Lakers” has been a rumor since, oh, approximately 2002, before he was even in the league. It’s finally time to turn those Hollywood dreams into reality. Kobe fans might even stop criticizing LeBron’s every move. … Unless he fails to win them five more rings.

Link: http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/23726047/courting-king-how-every-team-pitch-lebron-james-free-agency-nba

 

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Kyrie Irving Unveils Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Wheaties’ With Incredible Packaging

The Shoe of Champions? Kyrie Irving has teamed up with Wheaties for a very special edition of his Nike Kyrie 4 signature sneaker.

His next food-inspired collaborative sneaker after teaming with Pepsi for a promotional Nike Kyrie 1 and Krispy Kreme donuts for a tasty take on the Kyrie 2, Irving has unveiled his Kyrie 4 “Wheaties” — and the packaging is incredible.

Along with the pair of sneakers — which are even packaged in a clear cereal box-style baggie — the box includes a Kyrie-branded cereal bowl, spoon and single-serving mini-box of Wheaties.

Nike and Kyrie pulled out all the stops for this amazing release, which in addition to teaming up with Wheaties also appears to be a bit of promotion for his upcoming “Uncle Drew” movie, releasing June 29 and starring the electrifying baller’s old-aged alter ego.

The Nike Kyrie 4 “Wheaties” is rumored to be limited to only 100 pairs, and no release information has been announced yet. It’s likely that the special packaging will be gifted only to select media members and influencers, but stay tuned for any retail release information. The Kyrie Irving Wheaties cereal box will be hitting grocery store shelves soon.

NBA 2K League (Coming 2018)

NBA 2K League says of logo: “Absent is a human silhouette, which speaks to the inclusive nature of the league and the opportunity for any type of player to try out – young or old, male or female, based domestically or abroad.”

Heatcheck & Blazer5 – Awesome names!

 

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Body Armor Vs. Gatorade

This is funny. The Body Armor bottle looks larger in scale making the Gatorade bottle seem minuscule (they’re probably the same size). It’s also shot from a low angle perspective for a more sophisticated impression. Type use is night and day. Alright alright we get it!

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“Thank You” Goes A Long Way

This blog entry is not Art-related.

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So LaVar Ball’s middle son LiAngelo and 2 other UCLA basketball players were caught shoplifting in China and were on the verge of serving a long-term sentence. UCLA Men’s Basketball were doing a tour there, played exhibition games without them, and later left them in China while they were still under house arrest. Trump sat down with China President Xi Jinpeng (a prior arrangement) and got those 3 players to come back to the states safely. They all issued statements of apology and thanked Trump, and all seemed fine. Maybe a little too fine.

Enter LaVar Ball, who goes to say that Trump hardly had anything to do with the players’ releases, some sources even claimed it was collegiate officials and the NCAA. And that’s why he didn’t say Thank You. Trump fired back on Twitter and here we are. LaVar made to CNN. As someone who’s been following the Ball family for the past couple years I had to stop what I was doing and watch “Ungrateful” LaVar Ball’s appearance on CNN Tonight with “Chained Lunatic” Chris Cuomo.

Apparently everything comes in 3’s. Within the past year LaVar has made appearances on sports networks (ESPN’s First Take & Fox Sports Undisputed), a late-night talk show (ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and now a television news channel. From saying how he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one to saying how his oldest son Lonzo (at the time undrafted) is better than 2-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, LaVar has made headline after headline. And last night was no different.

And it did not disappoint. However I’m going to have to disagree with Lavar on this one. All he had to do was say Thank You and everybody would have moved on as there are much more important things to talk about in the political arena. But LaVar, a man with nothing to lose, wins again.

I think the funniest thing here is that these are grown men bickering about something we were taught to do as babies.

Thank you.

The bigger picture is that we are watching 2 master class marketers go at each other. Its like Donald Trump has finally found a dance partner that can hang with him in terms of self-promotion.

  • Mike Shields , CNN Political Commentator

Asking For Free Stuff

A cartoon artist walks into different public businesses and asks them for free stuff, the same way all creatives get approached to do free work. Hilarious!

Designs for free? How many times have you been asked to design a free logo in return for “credit” or “exposure”. As designers we’ve been there many times! what would happen if we were to apply this tactic to the real world? how would people react?

 

Josiah Brooks is an artist from Melbourne, Australia and he has created an eye opening video that would help people understand the plight that we as designers go through.

 

3:44 – “It diminishes the value of our product if we offer things for free, when we know that we can build rapport, and have great experiences, and get people giving word of mouth experiences, and still conduct a business.” – The Travel Agent Guy

New law bans California employers from asking applicants their prior salary

This blog entry is not Art-related.

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http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/networth/article/New-law-bans-California-employers-from-asking-12274431.php

California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and — if applicants ask — must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking, under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1.

 

AB168, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, applies to all public- and private-sector California employers of any size.

 

The goal is to narrow the gender wage gap. If a woman is paid less than a man doing the same job and a new employer bases her pay on her prior salary, gender discrimination can be perpetuated, the bill’s backers say.

 

The new bill goes further by prohibiting employers, “orally or in writing, personally or through an agent,” from asking about an applicant’s previous pay. However, if the applicant “voluntarily and without prompting” provides this information, the employer may use it “in determining the salary for that applicant.”