— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 6, 2015
– Andy Billman, ESPN Films, on “The Headband”
LeBron James brought back an old friend and fashion accessory for Game 2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Chicago Bulls NBA Eastern Conference semifinals series on Wednesday night – his signature headband.
He had not been seen wearing it since a March 7 game against Phoenix. But for Game 2, James brought the headband out of his locker and scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Cavs to a 106-91 victory, evening the series at 1-1.
Cavs social media, noticing all the commotion about the headband’s whereabouts, produced a short piece spoofing ESPN Films’ acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series.
The result is, as the voice-over announces, “a 30-for-30-second film, ‘The Headband.'” Watch the epic about “Terry,” which features a silent cameo from ESPN’s Cavs and NBA reporter Dave McMenamin (@mcten) [see sidebar] and singer Michael Bolton on the “soundtrack,” in the tweet embedded above.
What’s the take from ESPN Films?
ESPN Films Executive Producer and Cleveland native Andy Billman said, jokingly: “Impressive that they got the headband to do an interview, but the reenactments at the bar with the headband felt a little staged. Also, the director should have used Bonnie [Mrs. Headband] more in the film. Her courage and passion left me wondering more about her story.”
Perhaps Billman, who is working on a 30 for 30 about Cleveland sports, can include Bonnie in the forthcoming doc.
Watch James, his headband and the Cavs take on the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday (ESPN/WatchESPN, 8 p.m. ET) as part of an NBA On ESPN playoffs doubleheader.
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) May 7, 2015