The Phoenix Suns are toast and the Lakers are fired up
I can tell you right now, the Phoenix Suns are going to be toast. And so are the Boston Celtics. And add the Los Angeles Lakers to the list too.
That's because the latest mind-bending, category-leaping crop of NBA-licensed goods includes a toaster that will sear the team logo of your choice into two slices of bread.
We're not exactly sure what kind of fan demand there is going to be for the Pangea Brands NBA ProToast ($39.99, available at the NBA Store online), but if you've ever wanted to boast that you were double-teamed by the Lakers -- and ended up eating them for breakfast -- this is probably as good a chance as most of you will ever have.
Apparently, the NBA's licensing department has been in overdrive -- recently approving team logos to be slapped on all kinds of quirky things from Skullcandy headphones to gardening gloves and whole bean coffee.
The strangest, though, is one that hasn't yet hit the market. In the not-too-distant future, we're told, you'll be able to chow down on a pizza that's been decorated with your choice of full-color, totally accurate-looking NBA team logos (We saw a photo -- and the end product looks kind of like the edible photos that are printed out and placed over the top of birthday cakes). Now that should give the Staples "free taco" chanting crowd something to chew on.
In the meantime, if you want a front row seat to watch the Lakers really heat things up -- and couldn't score playoff tickets -- you could always get up in their grill by buying a purple-and-gold gas barbecue grill (available in both "Game Day" and "All-Star" versions, $499 and $999 respectively, through Team Grill's online store).
Didn't you always want to get the team fired up? Now all you need is that Phil Jackson grill apron.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: The latest assortment of NBA-licensed team wares includes gas grills by Team Grill (left) and toasters by Pangea Brands. Logo-topped pizza should be coming out of the merchandising oven soon. Credit: National Basketball Association.