Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  81 responses

Dwight is Tired of those Kobe/LeBron Muppet Ads

by Marcel Mutoni

By now, you’ve seen the ads a million times. Evidently, so has Dwight Howard. And like some of you, he’s sick and tired of seeing Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in muppet form on his television screen every day.

After the Magic’s Game 3 win, Howard hinted at his frustration with the Orlando Magic’s lack of respect from the rest of the hoops universe, but he waited until he was in front of a keyboard to really let loose.

From Dwight’s official blog:

I told ya’ll the other day that we find it really disrespectful that everybody seems to be pulling for LeBron and Kobe to get to the Finals. Every time I look at TV, it seems like that’s all anybody is talking about. It’s like nobody is even giving us a shot at winning this series and we’ve used it as motivation.

We’re up 2-to-1 and we have a long way to go vs. the Cavs, but hopefully we can mess up those plans of getting Cleveland and L.A. in the Finals. If the lil’ ol’ Magic make it, what will they say then?

Aiiight, ya’ll I guess I gotta go watch another one of these LeBron and Kobe commercials on TV. Naw, just kiddin.

No need for muppet envy, Dwight. Win a couple of more games against Cleveland, and adidas will probably give you your very own action figure.

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  • Babygab

    What he’s talking about. I love those ads !

  • Babygab

    wouah I was first on that one ?!!!

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    He would’ve been in there too if he chose to rep Nike…

  • al

    the need to have a lil penny muppet ad.

    bringing back the soul the of magic for some redemption

  • riggs

    those commercials are hilarious, i think kenan thompson does lebrons voice.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    My girlfriend loves those commercials. It’s pretty much the only basketball related thing, outside of the dunk contest, that she likes. Sooo… I’m for more of those.

  • Sesa

    Complaining about them ads won’t get Howard more touches. BTW I believed Magic won’t win because SVG made Howard a glorified screen setter instead of the first option on offense.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Those ads are FRICKIN HILARIOUS.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    i think its funny. i have only seen the lebron one, and i thought they were making fun of him.
    so i liked it.

  • Cizzo

    Only true Nike Heads can recognize the realness, only thing left is for Lil Penny to start throwing those parties agin. Nike is classic!

  • http://slamonline.com Walt Williams

    Leave it on the court, sha-bobble!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    As a true Nikeomaniac since the late 80′s i gotta say the MVP(uppets) ad’s are cracking me up. Bigtime. “20 Dollar chinese food, whoooo. come on Kobe, whooo! whoo, chosen one, ohio baby, akron ohio, baby! Whaaaooooo!” Just brings a smile to my face. that’s how you capture the essence of the 08/09 Nba season. The never ending discussion about who’s da man. Luv it.

  • Ryan D.

    it’s the best marketing tool for basketball Since the jordan bird commericals from the 1990′s

  • JB

    Well, if D has signed to Nike he could have been their third roommate ala Three’s Company. But he isn’t, so what do you expect? Nike’s two biggest marquee players are in their respective CF’s, do you think they’ll sit back and not try to milk this?

    The thing overlooked in that ad, that Darksabe kind of touches on….Nike is showing they can co-exist together..and for the success of the L, that’s a positive.

  • david stern’s fixer

    Those ads are disrespectful to the other competitors. However, a Kobe vs. Lebron matchup is what I figured would happen for the NBA to get an attractive matchup early in the season. The NBA refs will do what is necessary to make sure those muppets have work all the way through June. (Remember the Lakers vs. Kings?)

  • Tommy Patron

    Yeah, the TMobile ad where Howard acts like a 12 year old is much more tolerable.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Howard needs to shut up and put Lebron’s muppet out of the commerical, so we can only see Kobe’s muppet eating cookies, while admiring his 3 rings in a hot sweater. Also doesn’t Howard act like a big goof ball all the time, singing Beyonce at the free throw like, quoting sciptures about pride makes a man fall-Cavs, throwing elbows to backup centers head, basically a decoy in the 4th quarter for Lewis and the T guy. Win first Howard, then talk, ask Mo Williams face.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Dwight and Billups would be epic. Adidas should take a big old sh!t on Nike

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qP6ig__PZk MooButter

    “Beef and Brocoli! Wooooh!”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qP6ig__PZk MooButter

    I’m pretty sure none of the commercials reference the finals in any way. Just the playoffs. In no way are they insinuating that it will be a Cavs, Lakers final.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    i am adjusting my finals pick from Cavs-Nuggets to Magic-Nuggets

  • nate

    Don’t worry Howard, the Cavs will be out soon enough. I personally see the ads as enjoyable – besides they make LeBron out to look like a goof. The NBA is completely biased for players that cna generate more revenue for the sports. LeBron brings in big money – which is a great reason to explain why when you have plays where Howard rejects the ball completely from LeBron it gets called as a foul. I’m sure the refs are told to do what is best for the NBA’s financial interest. That is why LeBron gets so many fouls called on him – even when you sneeze in his direction. The NBA would just generate more money if LA and Cleveland had a showdown. Just stay strong, prove em wrong – and above all else realize LeBron’s clear bias by the league and refs only cheapens his victories and reveals more and more to us that he is good, but he is a little baby

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com Hersey

    The Rings/Cookies ad is hilarious.

  • $tev3

    Y0 SAME

  • Rashaan

    Vitaminwater Nike Slam Espn throwin Kobe vs Lebron down our throats. Let them make the finals before you throw it down our throats. Magic vs Nuggets in Finals.

  • minnesota

    i smell a hater

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    I’M tired of people acting like Dwight is some sort of shimmering man god/one of the league’s best, when if he played in 1995 he’d be the 5th or 6th best player…at his position.

  • http://Slamonline.com O

    I love those ads. Them joints be having me crack up.

  • Harlem_World

    Is it Nike’s fault adidas don’t know how to market effectively?

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    The refs are the ones pulling strings.

  • Michael

    yeah nick, but its 2009, so whats your point?


    Dwight should blog about how his athletic sponsor is not making any new commercials for him. Come on now, he is signed to adidas…the same company that has the sole rights to official uniforms for the league and they cant make a decent ad for him. lol @ his whining.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson


  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    No point, really…I just can’t get that excited about Dwight, and i don’t quite agree with all the “superstar” attention he gets.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Thank you, russ.

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  • JOE

    I bet he really hates Slam’s latest cover!

  • luke

    Yeah Slam is guilty of doing exactly this also..uhm check the latest cover for evidence of that!But Mo Williams is now making guarantees too,despite really not doing S**T in this series..”I guarantee we gonna win,we the best team in basketball”

    As the scripture says ”Pride comes before the fall”

    PRetty sure the little baby will be eating his words soon.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I am so freaked out and pumped for the Cavs/Magic game, I can’t even concentrate on my work today. Brutal!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Oh shnap. There are my three CHAMPIONSHIP rings!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Hey Jukai, just wondering: Is your name pronounced JUE-kye?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    JEW-KI, the latter being a hard I (like how would you say ‘I am going to a store’, slap a k on it). I’ve had that alias over the net PRETTY MUCH for… lord, over a dozen years or so? It was a minor character from a minor cartoon.

  • SYJ

    Put the Puppets on the NEXT Slam cover!!!

  • WhyJae

    Dwight needs to stop whining it ain’t like he don’t get any calls, he’s just jealous that Lebron gets way more attention. We all know Dwight loves attention. He wants to be the face of the NBA, maybe if he developed a mid range 12 – 15 ft he would be considered

  • angelino

    If Nike starts selling Kobe and Lebron muppets i’m

  • Fat Lever

    Well, the Worldwide Lebron Jock Holder has an article on their front page talking about how Lebron would fare in the NFL. This is getting ridiculous. I mean, the sl*rping that ESPN is providing is unprecedented. It’s like they’ve become Lebron’s very own Superhe@d.

  • Fat Lever

    And instead of talking about Lebron, how about a story on another player that’s been playing well this postseason whose team is actually *GASP* leading Lebron’s team, namely Rashard Lewis. I’m no Magic fan, but I thought that they would actually write articles on guys who were playing well in the playoffs not named Lebron. Wishful thinking, I know.

  • reggie haters

    y doesnt adidas make a campaign right now revolved around dwight to rival the nike ads right now? there could be some great ones produced right now…get on ur game adidas

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 weezy f. leezy

    cmon howard dont hate…u the one that signed wit adidas bruh

  • Josh D

    I actually wouldn’t mind if a Magic Nuggets finals happened i don’t care who gets to the finals now the Spurs r out

  • Casey

    I’m sorry, but the commercials are hilarious! There’s always been campainging during the playoffs that has counted one team or the other out. Deal with it D…it comes with the territory. Let your game speak for you and don’t get so uptight about the competition’s ads. (I particularly like when LeBron asks “why do we live together anyway?” in the 3 rings/cookies commercial. freakin classic)

  • Casey

    note to all – can’t spell today.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Rashard definitely needs some more love. i feel like the only things I know about him are that he’s from Houston, he signed a HUGE cintract, and he has a cool goatee.
    Time for a ‘Shard feature SLAM!

  • jrb

    Lakers vs magic in the finals

  • jrb

    I agree DA-wite shud stop b****in

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Maybe Dwight can get a puppet if his skill set ever becomes appreciably better than Ben Wallace’s.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    If Hedo Turkoglu’s people were on their sh!t, there would be a viral video of a Turkoglu muppet eating pizza while draining threes and shouting “IM MICHAEL JORDAN IN TURKEY!”

  • The Promise

    It was cool until they showed them 232327463876483587354875385385837548375487354873584538745385487354873 times.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    How many times is that…?
    I saw the cartoons for the first time on youtube, then again here in Australia we’ve just had the internet connected.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I want the Magics to win the championship.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Then I’d like to see the look on Shaq’s face.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Then I’d like to see the look on David Stern’s face. Oh boy.

  • bill breedley

    Adidas should make its own puppet commercial for Dwight.

  • BostonBaller

    Those ads are toooo funny, even if you don’t like either player (I like both) you have to love the ads. Classic Nike. SLAM is did the right thing with the latest cover, they are in this business to make money AND to hook us hoop heads up. Howard is on the back cover of the same ish so he should chill. I’m wondering if Nike will throw Melo in an ad just to keep it Fresh? Who on the Magic wears Nike (that’s any good) Rashard?

  • http://multiplehustle.com Allen Walker

    Who told Dwight yo sign with WACK ASS ADIDAS? Go get a new sponsorship, it ain’t TRL COMMERCIALS. It ain’t no hoops universe it’s who pays for the airtime.

  • bill breedley

    Bron has no Pippen? He’s got it better with side kicks Joey Crawford, Steve Javie, Bob Delaney.

    Lebron can’t win even if he gets all the blatant bailout calls. Nobody else will get a call with 0.5 secs to go. the fool fell on his feet.

    Dwight is King. Bron will always be the King without a ring. This series was one fluke shot away from being a sweep. Doug Collins is an idiot to think that last second heave even had a chance. Flukes happen only once in a lifetime. Bron can only nail those in practice without the pressure.

    Today is a good day.

  • ENDS

    The Jaws theme Gets Louderand louder

  • JoeMaMa

    As an objective and dispassionate fan to this series, I only have this to say:
    Bill Breedley is a haterrrrrrr!!!!!

  • bill breedley

    yes i am a hater of manufactured “legends”. a nickname like superman is borderline funny, but king and chosen one? over the top ego. i don’ exactly hate Bron. He is a good basketball player. maybe will eventually be a top 20 player ever,but the unwarranted hype is way too much.

    the way the L was scripting an LA Cavs finals is downright disgusting. Seeing Dwight and the Magic make it is a big time hit on David Stern and his script writers.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    the one with the Kobe video always has be busting up.

  • jdm4la

    tiger woods and usher raymond wasn’t at the magics and cavs game to see dwight. billups has the best adidas commercial with the floor coming alive. tha was hot. he has a ring. if if was miracle kg would have played and we’ll have a cavs and celtics rematch. so be grateful dwight rof the position you ever so blesssed to be in. there’s no way you would beat the nuggets or lakers.

  • J1S

    I hope does Dwight throws a wrench in their CAV/LAKRs Plans. The Hole point of the Finals is that anything can happen. And to market Kobe vs. Bron before the playoffs even kicked off and even more now is crap. I hope neither one of them win their Conf. final. Nike doesnt run the NBA, and seems they dont understand it either. Teams win Championships not individual players. The Spurs, Pistons, and Celtics to name a few as of late Had the best teams not the best player in the NBA when they won and thats something NIKE cant Buy no matter how much they try to shove them down our throats.

  • http://myspace.com/edilvia_da_best edilvia

    I’m glad I was never going for the Cavaliers anyway. Magic, 100%

  • http://myspace.com/edilvia_da_best edilvia


  • pdub923

    I think the commecials are really funny, but it would be the funniest sh*t ever if the Magic and Nuggets made it to the Finals and adidas made a similar Howard/Billups commercial and SLAM made a similar Howard/Billups cover for next month’s mag. D. Stern would sh*t a brick.

  • Khalid Salaam

    Like i said last w,. those commerciasl are unrelenting in their corniness. They are legitimately terrible but i have no beef with nike running them. Did any expect nike not to?

  • Jay G

    If the MAgic and Nuggets make the Finals, Addidas needs to make a commercial with Dwight as Superman II and Chauncey as Lex Luthor. They could have Chauncey destroy JJ’s better basketball tapes.

  • dashon

    Guys lets chill the nba didn’t make the commercial nike did they have there two biggest sponsers both in the playoffs…nike does this ever year so y now do we make a big deal there funny and there not saying there going to the finals there just having fun its alll about the money lighting up kobe and lebron didn’t make em either if anything blast off at nike not the nba….geez

  • dashon

    another thing they have the best 2 regular season records in the nba, plus they both are the nbas mvp dis yr n last yr they deserve this they worked hard for it ok cut them sum slack when u bust ya ass 82 games a season and u win mvp + da best record ppl can put u in da finals if they want I mean seriously besides da magic busting da cavs ass who didn’t put la v.s cavs 4 da finals