LeBron James vs. Nick Saban. It’s happening.
The NBA all-star and noted Ohio State fan has reportedly sent a letter to Alabama’s football program expressing a concern over possible copyright infringement regarding a series of online videos capturing typical barbershop conversations, according to ESPN. Alabama shared a tease for the first episode of it’s “Shop Talk” on Twitter recently, and it was quickly met with a letter from James’ multimedia company, Uninterrupted.
The Alabama video series preview shows a glimpse of a barbershop conversation involving Alabama head coach Nick Saban and former Crimson Tide standout Julio Jones.
James’s online video series is dubbed “The Shop” and has already released a pair of episodes on Uninterrupted.
It is worth noting that imitation is the cheapest form of flattery in many respects, and this sort of stuff happens all the time in various forms. There are few original ideas out there to use to your advantage any more, and Alabama using a barbershop series to help promote its program is just another example of that. How far this friction will go with Uninterrupted remains to be seen, although the letter sent to Alabama seeks to come to a peaceful resolution through conversation rather than have to resort to any legal proceedings if they can be avoided.
Urban Meyer may be the best coach in the state of Ohio, so why not invite him to give a pep talk to your team if you can. That is what the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers had in mind on Monday.
After seeing Cavaliers star LeBron James celebrate on the field with Ohio State football players following last week’s national championship victory, perhaps LeBron and company will benefit from hearing some words of wisdom from Meyer, who has just turned in one of the finest coaching jobs college football has seen in some time.
The Cavs are 21-20, a far cry from a team that was hyped to be an NBA championship contender following LeBron’s coming home party. Our pals over at Pro Basketball Talk have the Cavs ranked 13th in the most recent power rankings that came out today.
Perhaps Meyer will mention how his Buckeyes were ranked 16th in the initial College Football Playoff rankings before they turned it on for a championship run?
Basketball megastar LeBron James described his time with the Miami Heat as his “college experience.” Now that “The King” is “coming home” to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, The Ohio State University would like to expand on his so-called college experience this fall by making James a permanent fixture on the football team’s sidelines.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked about James’ return to Ohio during the Big Ten’s media days. Meyer made sure to point out he has an open door policy with James.
James is one of the world’s most famous athletes, and the reason to have him around is obvious. James is a living and breathing recruiting tool, and coaches love to use every tool at their disposal.
Unfortunately, NBA training camps open at the start of October, and James will likely miss the bulk of Ohio State’s conference games, unless he has an off day or two from practice and games.
If Meyer really wanted James around more, he could have done exactly what the basketball program did and bequeath a permanent locker to James somewhere in the football facilities.
After all, there appears to be more than enough room in the team’s new extravagant new locker room to grant “The King” a throne…