As a newspaper man, there’s nothing I like better than a good deal of hype. Over-the-top hype is a personal favorite, though regular hype is fine, too. USC freshman O.J. Mayo has been the subject of completely ridiculous over-the-top hype, which only comes around every few … well, months.
Get a load of the kid’s get-up, though. Other than the standard uniform-and-socks deal, he’s bringing a Nike baselayer, some arm-warmers from a company whose logo I’ve never seen (right arm), some shin/calf thingers, and compression shorts. Geez … last time I played organized basketball (that’d be 8th grade), you were a hot dog if you wore a wristband. He’s wearing everything BUT a wristband. Note, however, the low Swoosh count. It’s entirely a product of this particular moment in time, but it’s a happy little bonus in an over-the-top-hype world. — Bryan