Staff Reporters
Nov 27, 2018

Dribble and shoot for the stars with new Nike China LeBron James ad

The new campaign aims to empower Chinese fans to the sports pitch and beyond.

Dribble and shoot for the stars with new Nike China LeBron James ad

In February this year, Fox News host Laura Ingraham used her show “The Ingraham Angle” to criticise NBA player LeBron James for talking politics, serving him with her tagline “Shut up and dribble”.

James, whose net worth is estimated at US$450 million, took the line and turned it into the title of a new documentary series that he has produced with Showtime about basketball’s historic links with political activism, which aired this month. 

Now James and Nike, who signed a lifetime deal together in 2015 that was thought to be the first contract of its kind in the brand’s history, have released their latest campaign in China also riffing on Ingraham’s comment with a series of OOH ads called ‘DRIBBLE &_____’. The ads were produced by Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai. 

The ads appear in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Chengdu, Harbin, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Suzhou, and the slogan is also being marketed on shirts, which can be personalised by filling in the blank as the wearer likes.

Nike China

Nike GC VP Marketing: Steve Tsoi

Nike GC Senior Creative Director: Simon Lee

Nike GC Brand Communications Director: Che Lin

Nike GC Brand Communications Manager: Michael Chien

Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai

Executive Creative Director:  Ian Toombs, Vivian Yong

Creative Directors: Matt Skibiak, Dong Hao

Art Director: Zhong How

Copywriter: Matt Meszaros

Head of Integrated Production: Sanne Drogtrop

Producer: Angela Liu

Senior Planner: Leon Lin

Business Director: Dino Xu

Account Manager: Shawn Kai

Account Executive: Max Ma

Business Affairs: Jessica Deng, Kathy Zhan

Head of Designers: Fish Ho

Designer: Moon Qi, He Fan


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