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Posts Tagged ‘Jeramie Hopson’

Zambezi Rolls Out Part II of MJ Uncensored for NBA 2K

On October 1, Zambezi released the first installment of an uncensored interview with Michael Jordan to coincide with the release of NBA 2K14. We’re pleased to cover the release of the second part as MJ, known to be private over the years, opens up a bit about his career, life, and family. When MJ talks about on-court incidents, the viewer can see brief reenactments of his most famous moments using the game’s graphics. The game has been out for awhile, but now that the NBA season is hitting its stride, 2K is looking for another marketing jolt to go with the PS4 and Xbox One releases in the next 10 days.

The best part is when MJ muses on his favorite Jordan shoe of all time, comparing it to choosing a favorite child, but then he goes ahead and rattles off his top-three in the next breath. By the transitive property, MJ could probably rank his offspring, which actually fits perfectly with his competitive and results-based history. Nothing wrong with that, just interesting insights that come from this four-minute candid interview.

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‘NBA2K14′ Makes it ‘Reign’ in Lebron James-Starring Spot

In a follow-up to the earlier NBA 2K14 spot which heralded Lebron James‘s first game cover, Zambezi returns with the official launch ad for the game featuring who most believe is the best in b-ball today. Yours truly hasn’t been much of a gamer since Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2 were in existence, but hell, we’re down to revisit the days when we were on fire in NBA Jam. Along with the spot, Zambezi curated an interview with the one and only Michael Jordan dubbed “Uncensored” in what perhaps the greatest basketball player ever actually goes against the grain and dubs Kobe Bryant the only one he probably couldn’t beat in the NBA today. Well, he did emulate his style to perfection after all, so maybe MJ’s on to something. Credits and the Jordan interview after the jump.

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King James Kicks Off Video Game Reign with ‘NBA 2K14′

LeBron James may have a South Beach mansion full of trophies, but until yesterday, he had yet to accomplish one basketball-related goal: gracing the cover of a video game. NBA 2K14 won’t hit stores until the fall, but last night, viewers of the NBA Finals on ABC got to watch the introductory ad – created by Zambezi – where James announces his plan to join past coverboys like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. For 2K Sports, having the best basketball player in the world endorsing your basketball product is not too shabby, either.

Lost in all of this is the noble presence of Steve Kerr, once the foil to MJ in the NBA, and now, the foil to Marv Albert in NBA broadcasting. Kerr plays the role of “2K Investigator” in the commercial’s somewhat-lame hook. But when a six-foot white guy who couldn’t dunk gets into a basketball video game commercial, everyone wins.

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Pac Div Teaches NBA Stars the ‘History of Bling’

For NBA players not pursuing a secondary career in furniture store stockroom management, an extension to the lockout means even more opportunity to star in commercials for various products. Take, for example, New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony, who we just saw get schooled in a Jewish Under 30 League match in Air Jordan’s latest “Love the Game” spot. Now, we’re seeing Melo get schooled in a different way. Really, is there a better teaching method for raising standardized scores nationwide than with the magic of hip-hop history lessons?

From Venice Beach-based agency Zambezi comes the above “viral” spot for Phiten, purveyor of propane and propane accessories titanium-fused accessories. Joining “Melo” are NBA players Chris Bosh, Eric Gordon and Derrick Williams, and So Cal hip-hop trio Pac Div star as the formal educators/wordsmiths. Using the power of clever rhymes, scantily-clad females and money falling from the sky, Pac Div arouses the interests of the bored, Letterman jacket-wearing ballers, educating them on the history of shiny accessories from the days of Ancient Egypt to 80s hip-hop.

The jam ends with the Phiten duo titanium bracelet showcased as the next evolution of bling, leaving the viewer to ask him or herself why Phiten decided it needed four NBA players and a rap trio t0 showcase its new bracelet. But, with players out of their million dollar-plus salaries and critically acclaimed young hip-hop groups looking to break into the mainstream, why wouldn’t Phiten use the star talent at its disposal? Credits after the jump.

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Athletic Brand Li Ning Makes Light of Customs Woes

Li-Ning, the Chinese-based equivalent of Nike that in fact also has U.S. headquarters in the Portland area, had some trouble getting its new waterproof F2 kicks through U.S. Customs and Border Patrol recently, delaying the line’s release in America for weeks. No one really knows for sure why they were stopped but there are many rumors circulating. WMD’s? C’mon now. Nothing wrong with tight security, though. We don’t need anymore surprise packages.

Well, the sneaker brand took it like champs and this week, released the funny digital film above. Created by L.A.-based Zambezi. the clip entitled Strange Customs” stars Gerry Bednob and Donnell Rawlings (whom you may recognize from The 40 Year Old Virgin and as Ashy Larry on Chappelle’s Show, respectively), who put a Li-Ning rep through some outlandish customs check.

Zambezi co-founder/CD Brian Ford says in a statement, “Everyone loves a good interrogation scene. This film isn’t of the Jack Bauer torture variety, but there is plenty of verbal abuse. And considering how tight airport security is these days, it’s a ripe topic to satirize.”

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