Today in sports: Jay-Z gives the Brooklyn Nets a black and white makeover, Pat Riley is still quietly making the Miami Heat less likable, and Jeremy Lin sends his regrets to Stuyvesant High.
The Brooklyn Nets introduced their aggressively joyless new logo and black and white color scheme on Monday. If it seems like something that would be more appropriate for, say, the Gotham City Nets, log your complaints with part-owner Jay-Z: the team says the new "brand identity" is his baby and was inspired by "the signage of New York's unparalleled subway system." Let this be a lesson to aspiring graphic designers everywhere: a little bit of that film noir look goes a long way. [via Gothamist]
Miami Heat president Pat Riley hasn't big-footed a head coach or published a book of his motivational credos in recent years, but have no fear: at 67, he's still active behind-the-scenes, serving as a kind of "spiritual Buddha" for the Heat, a "lurking but elusive" figure who played a key role in Miami's emergence as the most booable NBA team in recent league history. When the team was meeting with LeBron James in the summer of 2010, for instance, Riley "brought his championship rings in a cloth bag and dropped them on the table" and went on not to say much for the rest of the meeting. [The New York Times]