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Wednesday And-1 Links: LeBron has his own flavor of Sprite now

Mar 19, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

source:  Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

LeBron James has his own flavor of Sprite — Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James. This is the first time Sprite has worked with a celebrity to form their own flavor, but Sprite (owned by Coca-Cola) has a long history with LeBron and with the NBA.

“Growing up drinking Sprite, I never imagined I would have my own flavor someday,” James said in a released statement. “I had a great time working with the Sprite team to turn my favorite flavors into a pretty cool variation of one of my favorite brands.”

The drink has a little cherry and orange flavors added to a regular Sprite taste. Don’t worry, if you want to try it you will see it everywhere you shop soon enough.

• While we are talking Heat, here’s a great look by Ethan Skolnick at Bleacher Report on everything that has been behind the successful Dwyane Wade knee maintainance program.

• Speaking of great reads, check out this one on what Andre Iguodala has brought to Golden State.

• How the NBA is tapping into South Korean pop culture to grow its popularity.

• Speaking of pop culture, Lorde was at a recent Bulls game and was tweeting.

• No Kobe Bryant, no wins and not surprisingly Lakers television ratings in Los Angeles are down by almost 50 percent. A year or two of that happens, but if they stay low for an extended period Time Warner is going to want to renegotiate that monster deal they signed with the Lakers.

• Deadspin‘s Drew Magary took over the Atlanta Hawks’ official twitter feed for a while on Tuesday.

Chris Paul responds to the criticism of the NBA players’ union’s search for a new executive director. That’s a very polite response, likely not what CP3 was saying under his breath.

How the Bulls bring over Nikola Mirotic.

• I love this: In Toronto some fans are trying to get the team to do away with the “if your team scores 100 points you get free pizza” promotion because they want fans cheering for the team at the end of the game not booing the guy who missed the shot to get them pizza.  We’ve all heard the “we want tacos” or whatever chant from fans at the ends of game. There needs to be a better promotion for food than this, some of which Kelly Dwyer lists in the above link.

• A look at the complexity of fixing the NBA’s lottery system.

Scoop Jackson does a Q&A with Tom Thibodeau. That is a must click.

Lakers’ co-owner Jeanie Buss tears up talking about how Kobe Bryant deserves the two-year, $48 million contract extension he got and how he deserves the farewell tour basically coming up for the next couple of years.

Rajon Rondo needs a lot of patience to help grow these Boston Celtics.

The case for Kevin Johnson to be in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

• If you want to know what the life of an NBA beat writer is like, this sums it up pretty well I think.

Fun interview with Hall of Fame basketball writer Peter Vecsey.

  1. antistratfordian - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    The crown makes it look like it might have some Olde English flavor in it.

  2. savvybynature - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I heard it’s pretty good, but if you drink it in Dallas you’re liable to choke (too soon Heat fans?)

  3. R. Edmond - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Athletes selling soda and other sugary drinks always makes me laugh. They never actually drink the stuff. It’s bad for you.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Now when you say we’re all slurping LeBron’s can, you might actually be right.

  5. azarkhan - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Sorry LeBron, I only drink IBC Root Beer or Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      he’ll still charge for a case a week whether you drink them or not…

  6. noahbird - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    6 mix vs 7up

  7. kb2408 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    It tastes delicious…until you get to the last fourth of the can, then it goes flat.

  8. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    kb2408

    All these LeBron jokes have run their course, but that made me laugh.

    • kb2408 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      Thank you, sir, I do my best.

    • ranfan12 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Lebron traveled

      Good times

  9. vprkilr - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    I hope my flopping skills improve after drinking it!

  10. campcouch - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    mmmm,can of sugar!

  11. cantonbound13 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:07 AM

    Warning label reads: may cause you to flop uncontrollably, choke in pressure situations, side effects include hair loss & whining. Only drink if you’re on PEDs.

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