The NBA has pretty much turned into a giant marketing machine. They'll sell anything that isn't bolted down or on fire, and if it's on fire they'll probably just put it out and offer it on clearance. Experts estimate that by 2009 we won't actually have basketball games anymore. Players will be drafted straight out of grade school and immediately start making commercials and promoting league-sponsored jerseys, video games, and drug paraphernalia.

So it shouldn't be too surprising that the NBA is
selling t-shirts to commemorate Kobe Bryant's 81-point game:

Kobe T
I know yellow is a Laker color, but it still reminds me of pee.

I wonder if this is going to start a trend? Will the NBA offer a new t-shirt every time a player sets some kind of record? Like the number of technical fouls Danny Fortson ends up with this season, or the number of hotdogs Jerome James eats during timeouts. I don't know. But if they don't, I'm still going to pay somebody to make me a custom shirt with Greg Ostertag's season high. That would be so cool.

oster T
Now that's a t-shirt I would buy.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Only the most jealous Bulls fan will devote so much time taking shots at Kobe.

It's already in the history books, so no matter what you write on your blogs, Kobe's 81 to Jordan's 69 is still the living proof that your idol is only a product of hype and not "the greatest to ever play the game."

Kobe is your only target. Why don't you spare us your elaborate disdainful mockery of the entire NBA?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Ha ha. Kobe 81 in only 42 minutes. Jordan 69 in a game with overtime. And they think he was the greatest to ever play???!!! Why? Because there are people who have so much time to write about their opinions and convince other minds, like the author of this blog.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Basketbawful, instead of preserving the Jordan Bulls legacy, you are smearing it when you write bad things about Kobe, because that gives the readers a chance to fire back at your silliness.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Kobe this, kobe that. Maybe we should also blame Kobe for Jordan's flop with the Washington Wizards during his last miserable season in the NBA, a well-deserved punctuation to his ultra-hyped career!

Blogger Statbuster said...
We really should ban Derek Fisher from posting comments here.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Kobe forces his shots!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I'm searching ebay for the "Ostertag 9 Points Ticket Stub" to bid on. Damn, no luck do far... Did anybody see the replay on NBA TV?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
It's a damn t-shirt. If the fans didn't want it, they wouldn't make it. Period. I live in L.A. and that t-shirt sells out every time it goes on sale. Which is why people have to buy it on eBay. We live in a country where people buy sweaters and "pet bakery" pastries for their dogs. And you're complaining about a t-shirt? Find some real problems.