Last night twin brothers Jason Collins and Jarron Collins were guest on the Jimmy Kimmel show to discuss Jason coming out as the first openly gay athlete in major american sports as you might have guessed. Plus, Jarron got the cool “I’m the straight one” t-shirt you see above so he never has to answer the question everybody probably wants to ask him, when they see him in public assuming his Jason. Hilarious! Check out the entire interview below.
The big basketball news of the week continues to be veteran NBA center Jason Collins coming out as the first openly gay professional athlete in the four major American sports. As you would expect with news of this magnitude, Collins is now a highly sought after man for interviews and George Stephanopoulos for Good Morning America was first in line. The entire interview was pretty informative and among the many topics they discussed. Collins’ choice for wearing number 98 this past season was one of the most interesting discussion points.
“Jersey 98 for Matthew Shepherd and also for The Trevor Project. And they were formed in 1998. So for those two significant events in my mind — in history of America, period. That’s why I wore jersey 98. And also to mess with the refs, because I do have a tendency to foul a lot. But– no. But– no, but the primary reason was, every time I put on that jersey I was already making that statement to myself — and to my family.”
adidas recently launched their cool new “Quick Ain’t Fair,” campaign and commercial for the Crazyquick basketball shoe. Narrated by rapper A$AP Rocky and featuring his song “Goldie,” the spot tells the tale of a mythical family of quicks comprised of John Wall (Washington Wizards), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers) that balled wearing an advanced shoe which helped them dominate their opponents.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand”. – Jason Collins, on being the first openly gay athlete to come out in major sports while active
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 29, 2013
“I was just in the zone. I made my first couple shots and I knew I was in a great rhythm. My coach and my teammates just rode me, and they just said keep carrying them.” – John Wall on his career-high 47 point performance against the Grizzlies
Respect John Wall’s splendid shot chart against the Grizzlies via NBA.com.
Normally composed John Wall absolutely freaks and threatens to “knockout” Klay Thompson when they both go after a 50-50 ball and Thompson bumps Wall to the floor. For his troubles, Wall picks up his second technical foul of the game and gets tossed. The plight of the Wizards continue.
The Crazyquick features four quick zones in the outsole that works with the upper to provide maximum traction and flexibility for quick movements on court. The flexibility and direction of the herringbone traction and 17 unique diverging pods play a specific role in allowing players to be quicker.
“Quick is what separates me from other players in the league,” said Wall. “Quick is what gets me around defenders to get an open lane to the basket. In a league of fast guards, being quick is what makes my game unique.”
The toe zone features gradual flex and forward and backward traction orientation to ensure quicker push-off while the forefoot zone allows for independent suspension, increased flexibility and lateral traction to ensure quicker more aggressive lateral movements. The midfoot zone provides enhanced support and lateral traction for stability while still allowing the foot to flex and a heel zone features forward and backward traction for quick and multi-directional stopping and flexibility.
The Crazyquick will be available May 1 on adidas.com and retailers nationwide for $140 and $150.