Bethesda, Md. (July 9, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, will provide live coverage and primetime encores of three Washington Wizards games during the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas July 13-18. Coverage tips off with Bradley Beal's Wizards debut vs. Hawks on Friday, July 13th. See below for full schedule:
Comcast SportsNets Wizards Summer League TV Schedule:
DayDate Opponent Live Encore
Friday, July 13 Atlanta Hawks 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17 Memphis Grizzlies 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 Milwaukee Bucks 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Wizards forward and fashion icon Kelly Oubre Jr. is helping to bring Converse back to the basketball world. The once popular basketball brand is making a major push to get back on the scene and is signing Oubre Jr. to a multi-year footwear and apparel deal, according to ESPN.
The multi-year shoe deal comes just after Oubre Jr.'s contract with Adidas expired Oct. 1, according to ESPN which first reported the news, leaving him as an attractive choice for shoe deals that came flooding in such as Puma and New Balance. Ultimately, the 22-year-old wing decided on Converse, in a one-of-a-kind deal that has Oubre wearing the Nike-owned brand on and off the court.
Converse, most known for their Chuck-Taylor All-Stars that have made a comeback in recent years, was famously worn in the 60's by NBA and college basketball players alike.
"I think I'm a rock star. That's how I kind of go about it," he said. "My game kind of represents my fashion, just going hard, raging and screaming to the crowd and all that stuff. I was a rapper, I would be Travis Scott. Just know that."
Converse is known for its rock star reputation, sponsoring big names such as Tyler the Creator more recently, and Kurt Cobain in the early 90s. The Ramones famously wore them on stage and in cover art, and Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube and The Game have all worn them.
The brand introduced Oubre Jr. as its latest sponsorship in a YouTube video featuring the song "Attitude" by The Misfits, which Converse also famously sponsored.
The Tsunami Papi's revival of Converse will bring a certain swagger to the brand that was lost on basketball stars in the early 80's. Now, the 22-year-old Oubre will have the opportunity to bring his creativity and style to the brand.
"They have dope canvases that a lot of people can make a dope creation on," said Oubre in an interview with ESPN. "I just want to continue to create that legacy and that wave to make the brand look good."
John Wall, Bradley Beal, Dwight Howard and the Washington Wizards battle Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, D'Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Here are three things to watch...
Wizards are on a roll
Say what you will about the opponents they've beaten, but the Wizards are heating up. They have won three straight games with their last one a blowout over the Cavs. This is their longest win streak of the season.
Four in a row would be a nice number. The Wizards only had two win streaks of at least four games last season. One stopped at four and the longest ended at five.
Nets have their number
Speaking of last season, the Wizards had a heck of a time facing this same Brooklyn team. They lost two of their three meetings in 2017-18 with the lone win coming in overtime. One of their losses was by 35 points.
The Nets, though they haven't won 30 games in each of the past three seasons, are now pushovers. They are well-coached by Kenny Atkinson and are known for trying very hard despite their lack of talent. The Wizards generally have problems with those types of teams. Winning this game could help them prove this is a new year.
Nets have some players now
Brooklyn has been ridiculed in recent years as the Boston Celtics have reaped the benefits of their high draft picks stemming from the infamous Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade. But along the way, the Nets have done a decent job of finding young talent without hitting the lottery.
Caris LeVert was probably the best example of that, though he is now nursing a serious ankle injury and will miss this game. But Brooklyn also has guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who this year is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three. They also have Joe Harris, who is putting up 13.4 points on a ridiculous 52.4 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from three.
Then there's Jarrett Allen, who was acquired using a first round pick the Wizards sent Brooklyn in the Bojan Bogdanovic deal. At just 20 years old, he's turning into a nice young player. This year he's averaging 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.