Before joining Nike, I did a commercial for LA Gear with Karl Malone and Joe Montana. It was a long time ago, but I remember we shot it on a playground close to Venice Beach, and it was blistering hot. The shoot took all day, but Malone and Montana went the distance to get it done. They’re two of the most generous and genuine people you’ll ever meet.
Congratulations to the St. Joan of Arc Crusaders from Chagrin Falls, Ohio on their second place finish in the CYO basketball tournament. I dropped by practice the night before the big game to talk about the different ways players can help their team win, regardless of skill level, and what it takes to be champions on and off the court. This is a great group of kids, and I’m proud of the way they fought in the finals!
The Brooklyn Nets will host the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays on the eve of Christmas Eve.
The Nets need to snap a three-game losing streak and get some momentum going as they head into the new year. The Sixers are coming off a big win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. They will soon enter seven-game stretch on the West Coast where they will face tough competition. So Philly needs every win they can get to stay in the playoff picture.
I’m disappointed I didn’t get a reindeer tie from Ryan Ruocco for Christmas. Was hoping to wear it in today’s broadcast: Sixers vs. Nets is coming up at 3:00 PM ET on YES.