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Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) is continuing its promotional tie-in with National Basketball Association (NBA) for a fourth year, renewing its sponsorship of the Boston Celtics for a fourth season and becoming a sponsor of the Houston Rockets. “The NBA agreement enables Yokohama to execute promotions designed to drive traffic to dealers,” said Shawn Denlein, Yokohama director of sales, consumer products. “One of the most popular and successful promotions is the ‘Home Team Pride’ program. During the March 12 through April 30 promotion period, consumers can receive an official Boston Celtic team shooting shirt or a Houston Rockets Clyde Drexler throwback jersey with the purchase of four Yokohama tires from participating dealers.” Tire Business
Team USA, by virtue of winning the world championship in Turkey last autumn, is the lone team to have already booked its spot. So who would win – Dream Team I or the likely 2012 crop? “I may be a little biased but I believe that was the best team ever assembled,” Drexler laughs. MVP 24/7
The owners plead poverty. The players cry foul. We won’t cave in, they insist. It has been back and forth for months between the NBA’s negotiators and the Players Association. Neither is keen to blink first. “The player salaries have gotten big but the owners are making a lot of money,” Drexler observes. “The revenue sharing is working. What they will have to do is find a way to come to a middle ground where both parties are happy and they can move on without any recourse.” MVP 24/7
NBA great Clyde Drexler can foresee a league franchise being based in London, maybe even in the next decade. "Clyde the Glide," in the British capital to help promote the first regular-season NBA games to be played in London in March, said Wednesday that basketball has proven itself in Europe and expansion to the continent may just be a matter of time. "Eventually, if the demand continues, that could actually happen," Drexler told The Associated Press. "We're probably 10 years or so away, but that is not too farsighted to happen." USA Today
The good people from NBAE had been trying for a while to get the thing started, but the gab session went on. As they entered the room, some of them started yakking immediately about how they wanted to "get it rolling," but then they wouldn't stop talking. Perhaps they realized that, as time goes on, the occasions when they will get together will become fewer and fewer. Finally, another Dream Teamer, Karl Malone sauntered over from the other side of the huge room. "If you guys don't mind," began Malone ... "Anything you say, Karl," interrupted Drexler. "It's your weekend, man." Malone stopped and embraced Drexler, who had just arrived for the weekend ceremonies at the Hall of Fame, where Malone and Scottie Pippen were to be inducted singly along with the Dream Team collectively. Malone smiled. "I'm just getting old and grumpy, but I'd like to get this started," he said. This was not an easy group to order around but Malone's words immediately lifted the Dream Team chowhounds off their chairs. SI.com
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