Friday, September 26, 2008
BEASLEY SIGNS WITH ADIDAS
Adidas... Let's make these tees happen.
REPORTED FROM SPORTINGNEW.COM/FIRSTCUTS
Thursday, September 25, 2008 Posted By Chris Littmann
Nice work by Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Daily, who broke the news late yesterday that Michael Beasley has landed with adidas. (Subscription link)
Beasley fired his agent, Joel Bell, two weeks ago, and there were reports circulating he was frustrated with his representation for – among other things – not having a sneaker deal in place.
Steven Reed, Beasley’s business manager, told Mullen, “Mike has agreed enthusiastically to endorse adidas and wear the shoe as he has done his whole playing life.”
Darren Rovell raises a valid point: Beasley hasn’t exactly been rocking adidas “his whole playing life.” In fact, in his one season at Kansas State, he wore a plethora of Jordans and Nikes. Even in pre NBA workouts, Beasley wore Jordan footwear and Converse apparel in some instances. (In this picture, he's wearing the Jordan XX3 during summer league play.)
I don’t mean to make any sort of judgments on adidas or Beasley, but does it seem like a somewhat odd fit? You’ve got all of these good soldiers on the adidas roster. The only really flamboyant personalities are KG and Arenas. And only Arenas represents anything remotely controversial. Now, adidas brings Beasley into the fold, fresh off a $50,000 fine before he even plays a game in the league.
Also ... KATC, citing an annonymous source, is reporting Eric Gordon will land with adidas as well.