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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  111 responses

Brandon Jennings: Nike Kept Me Off Team USA

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Despite his stellar — and at times, downright spectacular — rookie season, Brandon Jennings didn’t get so much as a glance from Team USA officials. The fact that fellow rookie point guards Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry did understandably irks him.

Jennings thinks he knows why he got the snub, and according to Brandon, it’s got to do with him endorsing the wrong sneakers.

Yahoo! reports:

Brandon Jennings established himself as one of the NBA’s top young guards last season, but that wasn’t enough for him to get invited to try out for the U.S. world championship team like fellow rookies Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry. Jennings thinks he knows one of the factors why. Evans and Curry both wear Nike, Team USA’s big sponsor. Jennings wears Under Armour shoes.

“It’s not my call. That’s on them,” Jennings told Yahoo! Sports. “But if you want to get technical about it and you really want to look at it, half of the guys there are Nike guys. I’m not saying it’s a Nike thing, but Nike is kind of running a lot of things right now. To have a guy like myself on the USA team that’s flashy and really outgoing, you don’t want Under Armour to get all that [publicity]. “I’m just telling you how it is.”

There’s always been a certain uneasiness around the fact that shoe giants play such a major role in the Team USA process — remember Michael Jordan and others covering the Reebok logo with the U.S. flag at the ’92 Olympics?

Jennings’ allegations will only serve to feed that fire.

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  • The Philosopher

    Shout put to Phil Knight’s clout.

  • The Philosopher

    *out*

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    First, i get what u mean BJ, but Nike and Adidas have been around longer than Under Armour

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    lol nvm not first :(

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    nvm not first :(

  • kash

    I think this is a legitamate claim. Nike is as cutthroat a business as any in America. This wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Aaand queue character defammation of Brandon Jennings as a reason for his non-selection.

  • Groves

    im on BJ’s side

  • Overtime

    A shame that shoe companies have this much influence

  • Robb

    I think there were too many guards to chose from. This team didnt have much size, so inviting another guard didnt make a lot of sense. Regularity was probably another reason why he wasnt invited. Dont get me wrong I love brandon’s game, but this was not his time yet.

  • Robb

    I think there were too many guards to chose from. This team didnt have much size, so inviting another guard didnt make a lot of sense. Regularity was probably another reason why he wasnt invited. Dont get me wrong I love brandon’s game, but this was not his time yet.

  • cool j

    Is he retarded or something? I have got news for u Brandon,probably more than half of the players are signed by Nike.
    Yeah right …coach K and Colengelo picked players based on their sponsorship deals?! BJ quit smoking whatever you have been doin…

  • http://Slamonline.com Pippen Ain’t Easy

    in other news…..
    Yao Ming: PEAK kept me off Team China

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Maybe he didn’t get invited because he play was inconsistent towards the end of the season. Plus he does not have an accurate long ball which is what the team was looking for out of backup guards which is why they took Curry to Turkey. Just saying. Jennings will get his shot to make the roster one day, wouldn’t be surprised if he was invited to camp in 2012 to prepare for London. But Nike does have an unfair advantage in the branding game of USA Basketball. At least they keep ads off the jerseys.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Perhaps Coach K youtube’d your Lady Gaga performance.

  • Ronald

    Honestly, the only reason I can think of why he wasn’t invited (and I don’t think it’s because he doesn’t fit the team, he’s mote suited than d-rose in that tram) is because they knew exactly how he would fare against the international players fr his stint in Europe, and you might as well take a chance with Westbrook (who did very well) and Rose (who didn’t do very well as expected) and hope they do well in the international game.

  • http://www.google.com The Big Fundamental

    LOL @ Pippen Ain’t Easy

  • Ali

    Yeah the lady gaga vid was suspect foe sho! Stay away from vid cameras and twitter young fellaz…

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    I guess team USA follows the “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy too.

  • theedit

    At least get your facts right – the 1992 Dream Team uniforms were made by Champion not Reebok.

    …and yes Brandon is right IMO though I think Curry got in for being a specialist shooter and Tyreke would have made the team for being a big guard. Jennings isn’t a specialist shooter or a big guard (USA needed size), so that would have made it easy to snub him for not being a Nike guy.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    sad, but probably true.

  • http://hurricane823@yahoo.com jusitn

    probly true

  • Dagger

    Um, Jennings simply wasn’t good enough to be on a team that essentially cut Rondo (a vastly superior player). Maybe when Jennings shoots over 40% he’ll have a point, until then he’s just another over-hyped young player who’s accomplished nothing and has an apparent attitude problem.

  • tony

    allen iverson, stephon marbury…….nuff said

  • MikeC.

    Dude’s J is broken right now. Sure he’s streaky and can heat up, but FIBA revolves around guards that can shoot from deep to be zone-busters. They already had Rose, Westbrook and Rondo to choose from. Those guys are all suspect from deep, and at this point, better and more reliable than Jennings. Tighten up that Js young fellas. If Team USA has a group of PGs to choose from that includes: Rose, Westbrook, Rondo, Williams, Paul, Jennings, Curry, and Evans for 2012, some very talented, and possibly All-NBA talent will be left at home.

  • JoeMaMa

    “Uh, Brandon, it’s Isiah on the phone. He says he’d like to bond with you over your snub. He also wants to know if he can maybe…run your team.”

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Well said Dagger & LDR4. Curry is a shooter. Reke got the invite because of his size and ability to play the 1 or the 2.

  • JTaylor21

    @JoeMa, if BJennings can even be half the player that Zeke was he would’ve made the team. Apart from the 55 point game, dude was average for the rest of the season, he’s too much of a streak shooter and doesn’t do a GREAT job of creating plays for teammates.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    And the Euro-guards woulda thrown him around like a rag doll on the defensive end. That’s why Stephen Curry only played in spurts.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    JtTaylor
    He was average towards the end of the season, he was great out the gate until teams stopped letting him come off high screens wide open.
    Once that stopped, his play dropped a lot.

  • rob stewart

    Bj is the lightest guard (only 169lbs) other than Curry. The international game is a very physical game which is why Westbrook and Gordon were so valuable.

  • Javy

    This is how we got in a bad economy, big guys like Nike doing waht they want to stop the little mom and pop’s shop from making a buck!!!

  • JTaylor21

    @AllenP, that’s exactly what I was saying, once teams figured his tendencies out, it became harder for him to control the game like he was doing early in the season. That’s why the comparison between him and a young AI is stupid.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    I would think he would fit in well in FIBA. He has more experience with the international game than any other member of Team USA.

  • JTaylor21

    @Javy, why do people despise companies that are smart and make GREAT business decisions. Is it nike’s fault that they are the best and most reliable shoe company while others have faltered.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    I would not say Rondo is “vastly superior” to Brandon Jennings, by any means. Rondo is very turnover prone and while many may call Jennings a “streaky” shooter, Rondo isn’t even that. Their strengths are in driblle-drive penetrations. Jennings is a MUCH better passer and has better ball-handling control. Now, if one would have said that Rondo was a vastly superior DEFENDER, then I would agree. Brandon Jennings led a broken-down Bucks team to the playoffs last year, alongside Andrew Bogut and John Salmons, and nearly knocked off the heavily-favored Atlanta Hawks sans his likely to be All-Star Center. Rondo’s had the benefit of playing with guys who over-shadow his ball-handling, passing, and, to a lesser extent, shooting deficiencies. I like Rondo, but without KG, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, he’s above-average at best.

  • JTaylor21

    @B-Blogg, I don’t think that BJ’s a better passer than Rondo. Rondo has better court vision and makes better decisions with the rock. They only thing BJ has on Rondo is his scoring and shooting touch, everything else Rondo owns him.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    @JTaylor21: I have the benefit of watching every Celtics game each season, and I’m a die-hard C’s fan so I am either watching or attending. Rondo is VERY turnover-prone and he often chooses to make the flashy pass than the smart one. Even in the playoffs, this was evident. On more than one occasion, Rondo would over-throw a lob pass or try to force a pass through traffic when another one of his teammates would be wide open. If he had “better court vision,” these instances would be few and far between.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    And I’m not trying to argue that Brandon Jennings is Chris Paul (a guy who NEVER turns the ball over and has incredible court awareness), but Rondo’s deficiencies are masked by his teammates.

  • JTaylor21

    @B-baller, you have a point but great/flashy passers like magic and JKidd also were turnover prone, it just comes with the territory of trying to make the flashy pass and trying passes that the regular point wouldn’t dare try.

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    Pippen ain’t easy, LMAO! (But team China also wears Nike).
    BJ, DRose is 1 of the main faces of Adidas right now (like Billups and Eric Gordon also doesn’t wear Nike). So it’s a Nike/Adidas conspiracy, right?

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    I’m not against style-over-substance by any means. Jason Williams is one of my favorite players ever, but J-Will in Memphis still made fancy passes on occasion, while also playing a lot smarter. He led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at least one of his years there and was among the leaders since then. Rondo needs to learn how to let the game come to him and not force it so much. He can be great, if he figured out a way to do that.

  • Dagger

    Yeah. Rondo has almost 10 assists/game and scores at over 50%. Those are great offensive numbers for a point guard. He also rebounds well and, like you said Boston Blogger, he’s an exceptional defensive point. He’s also an NBA champion and has taken over entire playoff series offensive and defensively. Jennings shoots 37% and doesn’t even average 6 assists/game. Much of his reputation is built on his 55-point game, but since then he crashed until late in the season. Sorry, but right now this is not a close comparison.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Child please… Step away from the Mic/Phone/tape recorder cause you is tripping. Nonsense accusation.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    My homeboy and I have this argument often; If Rondo would have been drafted to the Warriors, would he be nearly as relevant? My bets are always no.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    Thank you Spaceship Jay.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Maybe he is reaching a bit, but lets be honest, why wasn’t he brought into camp at least???

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    In other (and more important) news, today is Primary Day so if you’re registered to vote, I’d like to offer a reminder to go do so. These elections are, in some ways, more important than the national elections as they are more likely to effect you and your communities.

  • JTaylor21

    @Spaceship, you’re probably right because the Warriors and Dr. Frankenstein prefer a scoring/shooting PG than one that plays DEFENSE. That’s why a player progression depends so much on the kind of team and coach he goes to. Most coaches are idiots because they don’t know how to take advantage of players skill sets, look at a guy like Mr. Potato head with bron, chuck has been saying for years that the cavs should push the ball more and speed up the pace to take advantage of bron’s ability instead of running that half court pick and roll bullsh*t they ran but potato head never listened and it cost the cavs a chip.

  • unrel

    i can see how that could be possible.. but i really don’t think nike is worried about under armour.. BJ shouldn’t have made the team.. but he should have gotten an invite, for sure..

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Your right about that JTaylor; at one point in last years playoffs, I faxed my cover letter and resume to Cleveland, applying for the head coaching job. True Story.

  • ab40

    yeah right. that team was loaded with guards. and any of those guys is better than jennings. he’ll probably think ontherwise. That’s another reason why he wasn’t picked he’s a bad character guy. Hell half the teams is sponsored by either peak or nike. So one guy who makes steph curry minutes aka 4 per game of less is nog biggy to em. He’s just jealous no biggie. Check out your roots and fina another country to play for cuz team usa doesn’t want you on it.

  • vtrobot

    @ Spaceship: I always say that too. Having those HOFers around you is really important (re: your stats), but equally as important is being a “sophmore” in the league with KG in your ear for the entire season. That can completely change your career. The luck of where people end up can make so much of a difference regarding their legacy or lack thereof. I’m looking forward to watching more of BJ now that they’ll probably televise more Bucks games this year. I wanted to see them do well when they were rolling at the end of last year. I was worried about a MIL/BOS match-up before the aussie went down.

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    JTAYLOR -I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU AND AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THAT BOSTON_BLOGGER3R SAID. RONDO IS COOL BUT HE IS ALSO THE MOST OVER RATED PLAYER IN THE L.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    the only spot that Jennings could have taken was Curry’s, and Curry is the better shooter.
    An invite wouldn’t have hurt though, just to stroke his ego.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    True Allenp, but the whole “Nike thing”… If that were true, why half-@$$ a full Nike team takeover? Nike’s a corporation at the end of the day.

  • JTaylor21

    @Spaceship, HA I bet that potato head intercepted the resume working his second job as mail courier. Even Steven Wonder could see just how bad the cavs offense scheme was.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Spaceship
    People love the big lie.
    It’s easier to blame Nike than his sub 40 percent shooting percentage and the fact that Luke Ridnour beat him out for crunch time minutes.
    You know?

  • Red

    What a whinny loser. Adidas was present on the team but I guess that doesn’t matter huh?

    Yeah right shut up, this is why you’re not on the team you’re known to try & get attention & not stay in a humble mindset.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Yup, exactly Allen.

  • Saku 39

    Even though Nike is in bed with USA Basketball, there are a half-dozen legitimate reasons why Brandon didn’t make the team. Might as well mention this again – http://www.cnbc.com/id/25513177

  • Silent Storm

    Rondo is turnover prone? Deron Williams averages more turnovers per game than Rondo and is considered one of the top 2 points in the league. Rondo is one of the most intelligent players around and he acts accordingly on the court.

  • JCBlast

    Dude can’t shoot. The international teams would have just sat back and watched him miss from 3. Plus he can’t guard anybody, so what value would he bring. Nike doesn’t give a crap about Under Armour in basketball. Under Armour is just And One in a new package and without the mix tapes.

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    Nothn to this

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i love bjennings game and hes one of fav young players in the league but honestly everyone who made it deserved it ya know.. what guard would u rather have? billups or jennings? rose or jennings? westbrook or jennings? i dont think its so much to do with under armour bein his sponsor i think that the US jus didnt figure his game would translate well in fiba play and honestly they knew they had better options

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    Rondo couldn’t throw a rock into the ocean!

  • http://slamonline.com ordinary guy

    It is not outlandish for a major corporation to have major influences in domestic and international affairs, in a capitalistic society that is how things operate. Brandon Jennings is definitely on point with his perspective regarding Nike. Let’s not vilify him before we examine the structure of true capitalism and the power of the multi-national corporations.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Or maybe Tyreke’s better than you, and Steph Curry is arguably as well. And for argument’s sake if Curry isn’t better, he’s for sure, far and away a better shooter than you and that’s great to have in international ball.
    So there’s that, but hey Nike’s evil and etc!

  • chazz michael michaels

    when i get into the nba im going to wear sketchers! and if all goes well in 2052 i will be wearing timberland boots :) yes nike will be out of style when ima be runnin ish

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    boston blogger is wrong… Rondo has a Assist to TO ratio of 3.2 for last year. Jennings only 2.3. Rondo handles it a lot more and dishes out more passes that leads to scores. If that’s not good to you, then what is. Look at Steve Nash at 3.0 Assist/TO. Paul’s last full season was at 3.6 Assist/TO. Just because you watch every game and see every assist doesn’t mean other players don’t make the same mistakes. I think rondo’s strengths overall are still better than jennings. Jennings shot 37% for the year. that’s very very low. Plus he seems to think he is a much better player than he really is. At least Rondo sticks to what he can do and shoots 50%. Jennings is OVERRRATEDDD!!! Even by himself.

  • chrisneww

    hes so cute.

  • http://twitter.com/pdxgaybball dma

    while i don’t doubt that nike held/holds more power than we realize (remember duke is also a nike team), i think jennings has some beef with nike itself, and they probably didn’t sign him when he was looking for endorsements. secondly, i think his attitude is what really kept him off team usa invites. he spurned the college game by going overseas, he has ‘twitter beef’, and now he’s complaining about being left off?

  • luv2ball

    Maybe they just took the top two in ROY voting?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    This has turned into a bash Brandon or bash Nike thread and that’s missing the point.
    Nike has a lot of influence.
    Brandon still didn’t have a better year than Curry and Tyreke.
    It’s not about Brandon’s attitude(which is okay), or about his decision to skip college (which I loved), it’s about that fact that he hasn’t proven his ability to hit shots regularly and they already had enough cats with questionable jumpshots on the team.
    I mean, if Rondo got cut for Eric Gordon, does Brandon think he would have made the team?
    Like I said, the Team USA folks probably should have extended and invite, even if he wasn’t going to make the team. If Luke Ridnour can get invited to Team USA camp, then Brandon Jennings probably deserved and invitation after his rookie year.
    But he shouldn’t have made the team.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^il second that Allenp

  • Yesse

    Man, the sponsors are starting to ruin basketball even more.

  • Kevin

    I think the real reason is that Coach K most likely didn’t want someone who was real”Flashy”
    but someone who can actually play team ball and be humble…

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    While im not crazy about Brandon i see this for what it is; just 1 more thing he can use to motivate himself. Stay angry!

  • luv2ball

    @yesse

    Well the sponsors got us our first Gold medal in 14 years. I could see Jennings point if he was THAT good, but he is not. Curry and Evans are better plus, we had to many guards.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i cant see how curry is better than jennings

  • luv2ball

    @cantrell- Curry was second ROY voting, and a better pure shooter. Jennings is an awesome talent, but that 55 he dropped set him up for higher expectations than he could manage. He is a horrendous shooter.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    curry is a better shooter and thats it.. he also played in the up tempo style of play of the warriors which inflated his stats of course.. if the two were to swap teams jennings would still be a stud an ellis would not put up near the numbers for the bucks as he did with the warriors.. jennings has also proved to be a much better leader via leading his team to playoffs as a rookie.. something no other rookie in the league accomplished last season

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I can see how BJ could feel ‘slighted’, I can also see how Nike could have played a part in it. However, it’s questionable if he was really slighted as he’s not clearly superior to any other guard on the team. Yes I think he should have at least gotten an invite and been able to compete for a spot, but not sure he would have made it. If Nike had it’s way, they would have made the team 100% Nike – at the end of the day, team USA still comes down to dollars and cents and if Nike consistently sponsors the team, then they should have some ‘influence’ on fringe/close decisions such as in the case of BJ.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Allenp
    Young Buck should ask Rondo how being in Nike commercials this summer worked out for his place on Team USA

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    …and corporations are quickly taking over basketball. How could shoe companies make any difference in the competition?? Either I don’t think his allegations hold any water, or it’s just downright sad.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    be realistic people, its obvious Nike has an influence on Team USA starting 2006 – When Gilbert Arenas did not get a fair shot at the team. I highly doubt Nike is the sole reason Jennings didn’t get an invite – more or less it should be attributed to his inability to make a significant impact in games while he was in europe and his tendency to jack contested shots up wily nily. But Nike definately plays some sort of role, they are Team USA’s big sponsor as well.

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  • http://www.centercourtbasketball.com CCB

    As a small shoe company just starting out I’ve studied this and Jennings is possibly correct. To the guy that said the unis were champion, the warm ups were Reebok and both Barkley and Jordan made an enormous stink about wearing the warm ups and went as far as putting tape over the symbols or wearing towels in photos. Both guys mae sure that they had the rights to any photos to ensure that Nike was not put in bad place by their guys wearing Reebok in a photo. Jennings has a valid point also in that Nike has a reason to worry about UA rise to prominence. Google articles on why Nike should try to buy UA right now and you will be amazed at the outcome. If people don’t understand the importance of the shoe game in international play all they have to do is look back at the 84 Olympics and there is the defining moment in Nike’s rise to greatness in the shoe world. Converse was the sponsor but all over LA were Nike athletes on gigantic billboards. The same thing with the World Championship stuff in NYC that was all about advertising the new Nike Hyperfuse, not about hoops. I could write more but it would be way too long. Dude has a point. Think about the recent Olympic team photo with Dwight Howard who was the only Adidas guy and the fact that in the team photo his hand is covering what? The Nike symbol. You young cats that don’t think that Nike manipulates things are kinda naive.
    Chris B
    http://www.arch-usa.com

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I believe him. How does Stephen Curry get the nod but Jennings doesn’t even get invited to training camp or even a sit-down with some of the coaches?
    Also, Jordan and Magic and Barkley covering up the Reebok logo with an American flag after the Dream Team won is just stupid.

  • Chuckles

    We all know Brandon Jennings wasn’t selected for Team USA because the team was overloaded with point guards. To echo what others have said: If Rondo didn’t make the cut, then BJ didn’t stand a chance. With that said…

    WAKE UP, PEOPLE! Here’s the REAL reason Brandon Jennings was passed over: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PTP50LmIi4&feature=fvst

    Mu-wahahahaha!

  • LA Huey

    He should have got an invite to camp but its not like his presence would have made a huge difference. Dwight rocks adidas but is such a presence that Nike won’t be able to influence his spot on the team.

  • str8 from samoa

    yuuup! i agree with jennings! underarmour bout to blow up watch out!haha

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Yeah this is very believable, Nike is very dominant.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    LETS KEEP IT REAL, Brandon Jennings did play inconsistent, but so did Derek Rose, Stephen Curry, Chanuey Billups and Westbrook. All of these cats play inconsistent throughout the year. Billups play awful during FIBA. I TOLD YALL SO. ALso Rondo is not needed for this type of international play. Brandon Jennings would have been a better player than Rose, Curry and Billups on this team. A pairing of Westbrook and Jennings would have been sick. Brandon can shoot better than Rose, can get in the lane better than Curry and will shoot better from 3 point line than Billups. Jenning should have been on this team and its sad because as a rookie he help lead a team to the playoffs. BOOK IT!!!

  • Toni Kukoc

    who would want a guy wearing shoes with “underwear” name on them…think how the world views it, the population that does not know any brand names.

  • Wes-O

    I don’t think it’s like that Nike is grimmy and ther was probly a deal made to keep it Nike fam and coach k is Nike (duke) but the guard spot was full alot of guys showed up and he had to choose I would def like to see bj play for USA one day tho maybe this will give him alil bigger chip too show them what he got lol he did light up curry for 55 lmao even tho that’s my boy too

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh yeah, and Jennings is definitely not worse than Stephen Curry at all… He dropped 34 in his playoff debut, 2 away from Derrick Rose’s all time record. Jennings was inconsistent at times during the regular season but his guts and grit, and mix of athleticism and skill make him an inimitable talent.

  • johnpebenito

    this is legit! Nike even asked lebron to be respectful or else he will be cut before the olympics in china , Nike has a big say in Team USA basketball. his claim is very true, but also the team usa that went to turkey has a good chemistry brandon jennings comments is somewhat true, ask the sports writers. they know that NIKE has a say,

  • Izzy

    I don’t buy it…if team USA wanted him badly enough i think his shoe preference and/or sponsorhip deals with non-Nike brands are irrelevant. Sorry.
    37% FG shooter mebe?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Izzy, of course if he was as big a star as LeBron James he would have made the team regardless (had he wanted it). But we’re talking players–rookies, nontheless–of close caliber. The gap between Jennings and some of the other players like Curry especially is not that big–and many would consider Jennings better. When it’s that close and it comes down to the two of them, and Nike has a huge sponsorship role, you don’t think that would influence it… At all? So Curry MAKES the team and Jennings doesn’t even get a sit-down to TALK to the coaches? There is definitely more power in the hands of the sponsors than many of us give them credit for.

  • Red

    He sucks plain & simple.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    BJ’s got a fair point. He did spend a year in the Euro league so he understands International Ball already.

  • RIGGS

    people seriously can’t read, HES TALKING ABOUT BEING INVITED TO THE DAMN THING, not being put on the team just. being. invited. cot damn.

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  • http://TWITTER.COM/K1NGTUT TOMMY V

    Some of you guys and your measurements of talent is suspect. For one, Jennings is a streaky shooter but is more explosive than all the guards you all named, minus westbrook and rose. His knock was his shooting. Other than that, he was the “LEADER” of that bucks team. When Bogut was injured a month and a half before the playoffs, they kept winning. Salmons and others stepped it up, but every time the bucks took the floor, Teams focused on stopping jennings, who is a flashy passer, but he is NOT turnover prone. Much credit to the dude who shouted out White Chocolate’s memphis years. He led the league in assist to turnover ratio his second year there. his first year he was like 3rd and was ridiculed for being a turnover prone pg. smh.

    Brandon Jennings did fit the rest of his teams attitude and thats why I believe he wasnt invited. Think about every player on team usa, they are all rather quiet players off the court. Brandon is flashy and would have took away from the team aura with his flashiness. Tyreke evans can handle the ball but he is not a pg and doesnt play it very well.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I stand corrected that Jennings only wanted an invite. He’s perfectly right to complain.

  • Dre

    Boston_Blogg3r, I hate to re-hash old stuff but you were so wrong about Rondo and B. Jennings it is not even funny. He is so much better than Jennings right now it is not even funny his court vision, defense, decision making is vastly better. BJ just shoots better that is it. I am not sure what Celtic games you have been watching my friend. Yes, I know it was before the season but even last year as well.

  • http://yahoo.com lp

    …how stupid does this sound, now that they’ve won the gold AND Jennings had an unforgettable season shooting 39% from the field…coulda got Marbury for that….

  • sanman

    Maybe it’s more than that. Maybe because Jennings didn’t go through the college system to get to the NBA and instead opting out to play in Europe??

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