Brandon Jennings turned 22 on Friday, and according to his tweets, he parlayed the milestone into a three-day event in LA. Pictured at left is his birthday cake, an hommage pâtissier to the blood-red colorway of his signature Under Armour shoe. The shoe debuts this fall at a retail price of $110.
Drew Gooden skipped a Kansas Jayhawks alumni game to celebrate three decades of excellence on Earth. Anytime you can lie low in O-Town with Keith Bogans and Deshawn Stevenson , you gotta do it, right? Love the use of the purple Bucks logo, which predates Drew’s arrival in Milwaukee by a full four seasons.
Kobe paid a visit to Ersan Ilyasova’s home country and current place of employment: Turkey. As shown in this pic from his Facebook page, the Turkish fans came out in droves to show him some love. Alas, neither Ersan nor Sasha Vujacic, Kobe’s former teammate with the Lakers, were there to greet him. The Ersanator and Mr. Sharapova, both currently under contract with Anadolu Efes, had traveled to Slovenia for a pair of friendlies against Union Olimpija — while at the same time, Kobe met with the Anadolu Efes junior team for some Black Mamba-style tutoring.
For the record, Sasha and Ersan scored 7 points apiece in the first of the two games, an 81-75 victory. The second game will be held later today.
Jon Leuer also traveled Europe for two games of friendly action — in his case, a four-team tourney in Bonn. After losing the first game (in which Jon had a bit of foul trouble), Leuer’s Frankfurt Skyliners recovered to take third place with a 90-84 victory over hosts Telekom Baskets Bonn. Leuer finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds (albeit on a rather dismal 6/18 FG). The photo from the first game shown below is notable not for a glimpse of Leuer in action, but rather for the amazing positioning of the basketball. Contrary to reports, the game did not need to be stopped for a replacement ball.