NBA, Video / Oct 14, 2009 / 9:49 am

We Reminisce: Latrell Sprewell AND 1 TV Commercial

We’ve been tight with AND 1 ever since the HoopsTV.com days years and years ago when our offices were located just down the street from one another. Those were good times – we’d run with those guys almost every single day during lunch and after work, so we’ll always have a soft spot for the brand.

When the AND 1 crew came through this morning, we were reminiscing about the good old days, from one of our favorite shoes ever, the Tai Chi (FYI: Making a comeback very soon), to one of the best basketball TV commercials of all-time, Latrell Sprewell‘s “American Dream” spot. Check it out …

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  • Ross

    What was that a commercial for again?

  • control

    There are only about 10000 other people who would be better to reminisce on. This guy is a piece of shit, hopefully he’s in a hole dead somewhere.

  • control

    Oh yeah, this commercial sucks balls. I’d rather watch a snuggie commercial.

  • dagwaller

    One of the best basketball commercials of all time…? Buh…?

  • dagwaller

    All I saw was a complete lack of a basketball, and Latrell Sprewell saying things that were completely true (he’s made mistakes…he’s what’s wrong with sports) then coming back with things that don’t make any sense (his mistakes definitely HAVE held him down, and he was an All-Star during a weak time in the NBA). Still can’t believe how overrated this guy is/was.

    But i DO like AND1 shoes.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    You guys are brutal. Trust us, at the time it was kind of a big deal.

    - PC

  • control

    Patrick

    Does at the time mean when you were going through beauty school and they were teaching ya how to do up some guy’s cornrows, using this video as an instructional tool?

  • Patrick Cassidy

    Ha, yes control. It was invaluable in getting me through beauty school.

  • BiG ShoT BoB

    This video is tight. Latrell was the man…don’t know what you guys are talking about. Better shut that ish up for I have him come through and choke everyone out!

  • BiG ShoT BoB

    Big ups to the Golden State!

  • Big Mike

    I still rock my hoops tv t shirt

  • Frodo T. Baggins

    How is Spree feeding his family….since he didn’t get another job oppurtunity making tens of millions, I’d assume his family starved to death by now….what a fool to turn down all those millions of dollars….now look at him, he’s so broke, he can’t even pay the mortgage on his home in Milwaukee

  • bsteezy3

    Spree was overrated? Gimme a break. This was one of the first guys who started grabbing the limelight when MJ retired the first time. Spree gets the bad rep from choking the coach (understood–i can’t argue there); don’t knock his on-the-court skills though. (Yeah, I know…a lot of y’all are gonna do it anyway). I was a HUGE

  • bsteezy3

    Spree was overrated? Gimme a break. This was one of the first guys who started grabbing the limelight when MJ retired the first time. Spree gets the bad rep from choking the coach (understood–i can’t argue there); don’t knock his on-the-court skills though. (Yeah, I know…a lot of y’all are gonna do it anyway). I was a HUGE Sprewell fan–especially when he, Tim Hardaway, and C-Webb were running things…

  • King

    I remeber the first time I saw this commercial. Definitely a classic it was a perfect way to address the critics. Also Mike did a similar thing with Kobe after the trail

  • sh!tfaced

    One of the best? Maybe, maybe not. The only thing certain about that commercial is that it definitely fed his family.

  • jvedo

    spree best commercial was for converse OWNZ IT o how we forget

  • control

    Before I head out for the night, just want to make sure that anyone who reads this doesn’t get the idea that Spree was actually a good basketball player.

    He wasn’t. Period.

    If he didn’t play in New York, he’d be nothing other than the typical crazy homeless guy I don’t even go out of my way to piss on when I need a pick-me-up. The guy is so overrated it’s crazy to think about, not to mention a headcase and a generally horrible person inside and out. There really isn’t anything redeeming about him, and this commercial sucks ball mostly because he is in it. Put the shamwow fag in this commercial and it’s top 10 greatest ever…

  • hansosword

    VERY FRESH… My favorite ball spot is the Benji Wilson though..shoot over brothers, not at them…RIP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFIt68DOl0c

  • Da_Griff

    I remember when this add came out. I loved it.

  • Da_Griff

    And back when this was made, Spree was either still with Golden State, or had just been traded to New York. All his credentials were with his GS teams, and he was a beast back then. Top 10 in scoring, top 10 in steals, a fist full of boards and assists to go with it, could hit from down down, drive on anyone, lock up on D too.

    Shame he was a bit of a nut job.

  • doc

    control is a pussy.

  • dave

    yes i remembered this too…its a great commercial n spree is NOT overrated boys

  • control

    doc

    I am what I eat. I’m a pussy I guess that’s why I would be wasting my time telling you to eat me. Go suck a dick.

  • j

    Before I head out for the night, just want to make sure that anyone who reads this knows about Control and his knowledge on basketball.

    Ok, Control is a wack c**t. And he doesn’t know sh.t about ball. Dude must be stupid, or very young.

    The Knicks and the relentless media exposure in ny, make or break ballers. Marbury, Curry, Varn Horn are a few who came after Sprewell and never lived up to the hype and pressure New Yorkers expect from their star recruits.

    Sprewell, who came to NY fresh off a 60+ game suspension, 6+ mil in fines, and a negative media attention carried the team to the finals in the ’99 season. He came from the bottom of the barrel… There has been no baller to come back from such a fall from stardom and take a team to the finals like he did.

    It’s known he regrets how he handled PJ Carlesimo, and he would probably have never said the feed line. But that aside, there is no denying the guy could flat-out play.

    I might add anyone who paid close attention to shooting guards of that era… (And this was not a weak time in the NBA.. Now is worse), knows that Sprewell was one of the best in the L and he came to the Knicks PAST HIS PRIME. A lot of people know Sprewell from NY. He was past his prime. He peaked early. His strong years was in GS from 93 to 97. NY got a different player….who took em to the finals.

    If you don’t remember his years in Golden State, then you really shouldn’t talk. He took Jordan’s spot on the all NBA First Team during Mikes first retirement. There was no one better at the two guard position, at that time in the NBA…No one quicker, no one with as much upside on both ends of the court. If anything he was underrated.

    And this add is ok too. Nice memories, great player.

    And whoever saw game 47 in the following link… is one of the best examples of what im talking about. This is against the old Ewing/Oak/Mase/Starks Knicks.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/fc/pgl.cgi?player=sprewla01&year=1994