With the 2018 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers started tonight, I wanted to take a trip back to memory lane. In 1994 & 1995, Hakeem Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to back to back NBA Championships. The one thing NBA fans never got to see was Olajuwon’s Rockets take on Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. Regardless, Olajuwon put on a show during these Finals. Check it out here:
The new Nike Nigeria Super Eagles jerseys will release to the public on Tuesday May 29, 2018. According to reports, Nike has received over three million order of the new Nigeria jerseys. The jerseys will cost $85 USD at retail and can be ordered online or in store. You can read the full story here.
I think that amount of pre order jersey sales is a great thing because it shows brands that the African community will support great product. The African market gets overlooked compared to the Asia & Latin America markets in terms of emerging markets for brands and companies to do business. Hopefully, these numbers will persuade brands to do more collaborations, partnerships, and/or sponsorships with athletes & teams from the continent of Africa.
I was not aware of this presale, so I hopefully I can get my jersey next week.
On Thursday, the NBA announced the All-NBA teams. Giannis Antekounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) made the All-NBA Second Team & Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) made the All-NBA Third Team. Also, Oladipo made the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Great season by both guys as they lead their respective teams to the NBA playoffs. Expect to see their names on the All NBA Teams for years to come. Finally, we expect Oladipo will get one more award before the season ends (perhaps Most Improved Player).
After resigning with the sportswear giant Nike in November 2017, there was a lot of speculation on whether Giannis Antetokounmpo would get a signature shoe. Nike already has signature lines with top NBA players: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Paul George. The versatility of Giannis’ game and the international presence he already has makes him the ideal guy to have a signature shoe. Well we may finally have an update to all of the speculation:
Earlier this week, EA Sports set football fans crazy with the release of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Reveal Trailer. Many wondered if the Nigeria Super Eagles would be featured in the game. Well we have our answer here…
On Tuesday May 1st, ESPN announced that they have signed current WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike as a full time multi-platform ESPN commentator. Chiney becomes one of the youngest regular national sports studio analyst at only 26 years old. She will work on SportsCenter Africa and contribute to ESPN’s NBA, WNBA, & Women’s College Basketball coverage. Finally, Chiney will continue to play in the WNBA this upcoming season for the Connecticut Sun. Congrats again to Chiney and much success in your new role.
Minutes after getting eliminated in the 1st round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Victor Oladipo is already thinking about next season. Oladipo had a break out season in his first year with the Indiana Pacers and he showed what the greatness that he is capable of in going up against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavalier. Check out the photo below from Oladipo’s trainer if you don’t think Oladipo is serious about getting better next year.