Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
PHILLY — Jordan Crawford’s dunk on LeBron James earlier this week in Akron, Ohio was so loud, folks are still talking about it here at the Reebok All-American Camp.
‘It was fresh, it was kind of crazy,” said Villanova-bound big man Markus Kennedy, who attended the LeBron James Nike Skills Camp and says he may attend the Winchendon (Mass.) School next year before college.
How did it look?
“[Crawford went] down the lane, right up on him,” Kennedy said.
Another person here who saw it said Crawford flushed with both hands, driving LeBron backward.
“There was nothing [LeBron] could do, everybody seen it,” Kennedy said. “Everybody was talking about it.”
The tapes, of course, were famously seized by Nike officials, and the story hit SportsCenter.
“Nike has been operating basketball camps for the benefit of young athletes for decades and has long-standing policies as to what events are open and closed to media coverage. Unfortunately, for the first time in four years, two journalists did not respect our no videotaping policy at an after-hours pickup game following the LeBron James Skills Academy,” Nike spokesman David Kent said in a statement that appeared on Gary Parrish’s blog.
As one of my colleagues here pointed out, it might be best for Crawford if the tapes never get released.
That way it will always remain an urban legend and folks who weren’t there will forever wonder what the dunk actually looked like.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.