Nick Young announced on Twitter that he would boycott Michael Jordan’s shoes, based on Jordan’s hard-line stance as an owner in the NBA lockout. But since Josh Howard is a Jordan Brand athlete, Young had no choice but to wear the Jumpman logo on his uniform while participating in Howard’s charity game on Saturday in Dallas.
Young didn’t bother pulling a Jordan by covering up the logo the way Jordan did during the 1992 Olympics when Nike’s greatest pitch man draped an American flag over the Reebok patch on his Team USA victory sweat suit. The Wizards free agent guard still scored a team-high 32 points and provided several highlight dunks to lead his Blue team to a 139-128 victory over Howard’s White team, which featured an unlikely facilitator in Kevin Durant (22 assists, 24 points) and an even more unlikely high scorer in former NBA player Damon Jones (54 points).
John Wall was in attendance at P.C. Cobb Complex in Fair Park, but decided to give himself a DNP-CD and watched from the bench. Andray Blatche also had 22 points for the Blue team, which was coached by Trevor Booker. Jones just camped out at the three-point line and received passes from Durant and Howard all night. Jones connected on 18 of 25 three-pointers and, according to one person in attendance, got upset with White team coach Jason Terry whenever he was substituted.