The Cleveland Cavaliers made a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire Larry Nance Jr. on February 8, 2018.
On February 18, 2018 — just ten days after his trade to Cleveland — Nance represented the Cavaliers in the All-Star Weekend’s Slam Dunk Contest. One of his most notable dunks from the contest was an homage to his father, Larry Nance Sr., who won the first ever Slam Dunk Contest in 1984 (and who also eventually played for the Cavaliers from 1988 to 1994).
My boys and I have been Cavaliers fans for a long time. We loved the dunk, and we loved the connection that Larry Nance Jr. sparked with long-time Cavaliers fans, like us, through that performance in the 2018 All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. Not long after All-Star Weekend, Elliot (my oldest son) started talking about a brilliant idea for a Cavaliers bobblehead promotion that could tie into the father-son dunking legacy — and I thought the idea was good enough that I encouraged him to submit it to the team for consideration.
On March 9, 2018, Elliot wrote an e-mail to the Cavaliers Public Relations team, through a sort of online Suggestion Box. Here’s what he wrote:
I was thinking about all of the bobble head nights that you do and had an idea. What if you did a bobble head with two people on it? Larry Nance Jr. in his cavs #22 jersey, about to dunk, with his dad next to him, striking the same pose, in an old cavs blue jersey. If you do use this idea, I would really love to get 5 of the bobble heads, plus 4 tickets to a game (preferably playoff).Elliot Asp, e-mail sent March 9, 2018 at 1:40 PM
On September 13, 2018, Elliot saw a new Cavaliers’ team schedule which included promotion plans for the upcoming season. It included mention of a Larry Nance Jr. / Sr. promotion. So Elliot wrote back to the e-mail address he had used the previous spring:
I’m so excited to see that you’re doing the Larry Nance Jr. / Senior promotion! Any chance I was a part of the inspiration? (See my e-mail below from March 2018). Any chance you could hook me up with some tickets like I asked back when I made my original suggestion? Thanks! Go Cavs!Elliot Asp, e-mail sent September 13, 2018 at 5:41 PM
The Cleveland Cavaliers have not replied to any of Elliot’s communications, so they have “plausible deniability” that they ever received his idea at all. Still, this past week, on February 14, 2019, the Cavaliers Public Relations Team posted some new details and images related to the Larry Nance Jr. / Sr. Bobblehead Promotion on their Twitter account. And the similarities between the Cavaliers’ bobblehead idea and Elliot’s bobblehead idea are quite remarkable:
We’re choosing to believe that “Great minds think alike!” It may well have been pure coincidence that these ideas came about completely independently of each other. But even if that is the case, we’d love to celebrate this stroke of brilliance together with the Cavaliers, as Elliot originally requested.
Could you help us to get out the word of this brilliant Bobblehead Idea? We want to work with the Cavs, not against the Cavs, on this promotion — but we do think it would be nice for the Cavaliers to reach out to us and offer tickets to these upcoming Cavaliers games, where the Larry Nance Jr. / Sr. Bobblehead Promotion will be happening.
Please help us out by tweeting about this, referencing the Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs), Larry Nance Jr. (@Larrydn22), Key Bank (@KeyBank), and Car Parts Warehouse (@CarPartsWhse), the team’s preferred hashtag #BeTheFight and our preferred hashtag #BobbleheadIdea.