Curry rocked the beard throughout the Warriors’ run to the 2017 NBA title. But in a bobblehead featuring the two-time NBA champ being given away to fans at Oracle Arena on Monday night, the beard is nowhere to be seen and Curry isn’t happy. “It’s a pretty good representation of me in the bobblehead, obviously commemorating the two championships. The thing is, I spent 29 great years trying to grow this beard out and they forgot to attach it to the side. What’s all this hard work for? Everything else looks good, though,” Curry said in a video posted by the Warriors on Monday morning.
Nike publicly addressed its “lighter” NBA jerseys that have come under scrutiny after at least five players’ jerseys have ripped during the 2017-18 season. The company provided a statement to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning, noting plans to alter the jerseys in order to avoid more tears during games. It did not disclose how many jerseys, if not all, would be discarded or replaced for better quality.
“We are very concerned to see any game-day tear and are working to implement a solution that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game-day jerseys,” Nike said in the statement. “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance, and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”
The 76ers have sold a record 14,000-plus season tickets, more than quadruple their 2013 total. While seats will be set aside for individuals and groups, the team anticipates sellouts at all 41 homes games. Demand, Heck said, has been so strong that for the first time ever, there’s a waiting list, one already several thousand fans deep.
“The hardcore fans have always been with us,” said Chris Heck, the team’s chief sales and marketing officer. “But now we’re picking up fans of all sports, even casual fans. Sports, and in particular the NBA, have skyrocketed. This was always a sports town, but it’s now as robust a sports town as it ever was.”
According to Heck, sponsorships, which had increased sharply in each of the last three years in anticipation of an upswing, grew by another “30 to 40 percent” this offseason. And those sponsors haven’t been limited to America. With foreign-born players like Dario Saric (Croatia), Embiid (Cameroon) and Simmons (Australia), the 76ers appeal is expanding internationally.