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LeBron James’ decision to be involved in union activities is a clear shot at Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Both Jordan and James are key endorsers for Nike which can’t make its CEO, Phil Knight, very happy. Many players, including James, were livid at Jordan for encouraging his fellow owners to take a hard line in the last labor contract which led to a lockout of the players.

WNBA stars as Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, and Christ the King High School alum Sue Bird took part in the All-Star Game skills competition at the Barclays Center on Saturday night.

The WNBA made news last week when one of its best players, Diana Taurasi, announced that she would only be playing in Europe because (a) players are compensated far better there, and (b) she can no longer play nearly 12 months a year without taking a break.

Sue Bird wasn’t sure that others would be following Taurasi’s lead but understood her rationale. Swin Cash was more adamant as she told me that this should be a wake-up call to the WNBA, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NBA, about improving the economic lives of its players.  Cash also agreed that the WNBA and its players have been hurt by the perennial also-ran status of the New York Liberty.

A decade ago then-NBA Commissioner David Stern instituted a dress code for NBA players because he got tired of seeing too many of them wearing baggy sweat pants and oversized t-shirts and jerseys. Stern was worried that corporate America would turns its collective back on his sport because of his players’ sloppy appearance.

Fast forward ten years and most NBA players dress in stylish suits that now make Stern’s attire seem rather dowdy. The All-Star Game festivities coincided with New York Fashion Week and these days a number of athletes have side businesses in the garment industry. Houston Rockets’ guard James Harden has created a collection of suits that are sold exclusively in Bloomingdale’s and has a sporting apparel partnership with Foot Locker.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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