Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Mark Cuban lauds Stephon Marbury

Calling New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury's new $15 sneakers (Starburys) "Pure genius," billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban further gushed, "Honestly the #1 business story of the year should've been the Starbury line of shoes."

It's easy to see why.

Remember the days, not long ago, when teens were routinely getting killed over $150 sneakers?

Remember Spike Lee's character Mars Blackman who immortalizing the inanity of that status culture in the film She's Gotta Have It, with the line, "$100 sneakers and I've got no job, tell me how to make it when the times get hard,"?

Cuban added, "The concept of $15 sneakers that are cool and hip for kids to wear could have more impact on family finances and the culture of consumption in many households than anything that's happened in years."

Mr. Cuban plans to go on Stephon Marbury's TV show wearing the Starbury sneakers.

While I'm not nearly as optimistic as Mark Cuban over the prospects of these sneakers reducing crime (violent crime has been down in most major cities a long time now), besides, thugs don't need status symbols to motivate them to violence, because violence is what thugs do, I still like the idea a LOT.


jeremayakovka said...

Revolutionary idea! Forget Air Jordans.

JMK said...

They sure are that!

$15 sneakers endorsed by a pro, no less.

Still remember the shotings over Air Jordans?

Before that it was Eight Ball jackets and before that those lambskin coats, hell last week a Paterson, NJ cop was shot by a thug who saw him putting his change (about $2) away.

Thugs don't need a reason....any excuse'll do.

Still, $15 sneakers that kids will want to wear IS a great idea and business brilliance.

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