LeBron James "Dunked-On" Video Breakdown

Patrick MauroAnalyst IJuly 24, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 16:  NBA basketball player, Lebron James visits the hand and foot spa at Carol's Daughter on June 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

So the LeBron James “getting posterized” cell-phone video finally hit the web.

Still trying to piece together exactly who confiscated video of the event. Nike? LeBron himself? Who green-lighted the impounding of this footage?

I can put to rest my theory that Phil Knight, making he sure he could control any video of the event, had the special Nike cell phone de-scrambler employed at LeBron Skills Academy in lovely Akron, Ohio when Jordon Crawford threw one down over the King.

Still trying to figure out the big fuss. Isn’t this a part of basketball when played by men who can so easily soar above the rim?

It’s not like he hasn’t been dunked on before.

And besides, LeBron wasn’t even guarding Crawford, who had a clear path to the hoop. It wasn’t his guy. Crawford didn’t cross him over, or shake and bake, or do anything remotely And1 Mix Tape Tour-like to make LeBron look bad.

Most defenders wouldn’t have even tried getting in the way to defend the dunk. So LeBron attempts to play a little weak-side “D” and now there’s an international incident?

It would be like Tim Lincecum giving up a batting practice home run (if he pitched batting practice) to a minor leaguer and wanting any record of it expunged, or Tom Brady (when he’s not having his way with a super model) throwing a pick in practice the first day of training camp and sending his people out on a search and destroy mission for the video.

Preposterous. WWF-like. Except in wrestling it would have been in the script. This really happened.

I’m surprised Nike didn’t try to erase the memories of all spectators in Akron that night with some newfangled technology we don’t even know about.

The big shoe guys must have been upset LeBron didn’t make it to the Finals (so they could have shown us even more of those lame Kobe/LeBron puppets), but this is no way to handle it.

Bad for Nike, bad for LeBron, but good for YouTube.

It’s often the cover-up, not the crime, many people wind up getting in trouble for. Whichever Nike rep or whoever was behind the confiscation of the video should be promptly canned.

If LeBron ordered the action, he should be publicly scorned. Of course we’ll never know for sure as the powerful Nike PR machine has taken over this operation.

Think about it, if the video isn’t confiscated, we might have seen it on SportsCenter that night, but then that would have been that. Instead, we have this story of a dude named Jordan dunking over King James, with espionage involved, that couldn’t be better scripted.

Someone’s going to lose their swoosh over this, and I doubt it’s LeBron.

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