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Interview // Jalen Rose Talks College Recruiting, Fab 5 Retros & NBA Season

Running the point, standing 6’8 and walking to the beat to of his own Serato, Jalen Rose was a big guard like Magic Johnson, a style icon like Big L and a leader like Rakim Allah. These days? Well he’s just a damn good broadcaster that runs a free charter school.

Still outspoken, still outstanding, the fearless leader of the Fab 5 is two decades removed from Ann Arbor but not an inch more distant from Detroit. Breaking bread in Bristol as part of ESPN’s NBA Countdown crew and one-half of Jalen & Jacoby, #5 still packs a 313 phone number and has raised nearly $ 6 Million in scholarship funds in 2017 alone for graduates of his Motown-based charter school.

Fresh fade and fresh takes, we caught up with Jalen on the cusp of the NBA season to hear his Association sleepers, insight on the roles brands play in college recruiting and what music he plays when he DJs parties for his uncles.

Nice Kicks: Let’s start with style. Fashion wise on and off the court, who did you look to growing up?

Jalen Rose: Great question. Initially it was Don Cornelius on Soul Train, he was super clean. I used to like George Jefferson’s fashion because if you think about it he was a business owner, married and about family and entrepreneurship. I appreciated that. In sports, Clyde Frazier was somebody whose fashion I looked up to. Then Ron O’Neal with the zoot suits and the long coats! That was the Detroit thing. There’s also a different style we got from New York City with the PUMA suits and the Suedes with the thick shoe strings then later Run DMC with the leather bombers and adidas with no shoe strings. Boogie Down Productions had the bubble coats, then you had Slick Rick and Dana Dane with the suits and the Ballys. I put a gold cap on my tooth in high school to be like Slick Rick and Larry Johnson!

Nice Kicks: A lot’s made of the baggy shorts, shaved heads and black Nikes while at the Michigan. You always seemed like the leader swag wise of the Fab 5. What influenced those fashion choices and what was it like seeing peers imitate?

Jalen Rose: Initially it was all about camaraderie and I think that’s a thing that gets lost with the Fab 5. It was a one-for-all mentality. If we were going to the student union for a party, we’re all going. If something was going down at Eastern Michigan, we were all going. If one us was going down to Freaknik, we were all going!

Based on that, the style choices were a way to signify that it was a time to turn it up and get serious. While the world recognized that we had five special freshman, we still appreciated our veterans and teammates who allowed us to be who we are. That was just a sign of solidarity. It wasn’t that a couple of us were gonna shave our head bald or wear black socks, we were all gonna do it.

With the shaved heads, at that time it was looked at as a sense of rebellion like sagging pants. At that time, rocking a baldie was considered rebellious. Then it was considered super handsome and fashionable if you were Michael Jordan! [Laughs] But if you were Onyx it was considered the opposite. Being influenced by EPMD and Naughty by Nature, I was the kid who would walk around campus in the middle of winter with a piece of tissue in his nose like Redman.

Nice Kicks: Michigan became THE Nike school during your tenure. How much did brands play a part in picking your school then and what do you think of all the conversation regarding their roles now?

Jalen Rose: Recruiting for me had a lot to do with familiarity because you wanted to see people that you knew who were where you were from have success around the country. Fortunately for me, I appreciate my time with the Fab 5 but it might not even be the best team I ever played on! When you go to Detroit Southwestern, it wasn’t about me being a McDonald’s All-American it was about the fact that Perry Watson had a successful program a decade before I even got there. I was able to see Anderson Hunt go to UNLV and win Final Four MVP. I never would’ve thought that when I was in the basement rockin’ my Michigan shorts to me knees as a high school senior watching UNLV lose to Duke in the Final Four that I’d be playing against them in the finals the next year. Then watching Derrick Coleman at Syracuse — he’s a Detroit native. So, those were my visits. They were Detroit players that I had love for and had success. Coincidentally at the time, just like Detroit Southwestern, they were all Nike schools.

The thing that gets overlooked for a young athlete is that you’re not only signing a letter of intent, you’re actually signing an endorsement deal with a shoe company — it’s just that you’re not getting paid. I don’t see it changing in the future. Do I think that NCAA, a 501c3, is going to share some money with their players? I don’t think that’s going to happen. Remember, the shoe contracts aren’t with the players, they’re with the schools. So I’m not just signing to go to the University of Michigan, I’m also signing to wear Brand Jordan. I can’t go to campus and say, ‘I’m going to wear adidas.’ The school isn’t going to pay for gear ever, especially if they’re getting millions of dollars, so that business model works great for them and they’ll fight tooth and nail to do anything they can not to change it. It’s no coincidence that the shoe companies have branched off into summer camps, the trainers that work out multiple players, the high schools that are sponsored by brands, it’s no coincidence that the player now goes to a college that represents that same brand and then wears that brand when they get to the pros.

Nice Kicks: When you were coming up, Nike had their own camp, Converse had Five Star and adidas had ABCD Camp. Were those camps influential to players picking schools at that time?

Jalen Rose: Of course. It creates a relationship but a funnel is what it becomes. I was fortunate enough to be influenced by the godfather of all this, Sonny Voccaro. As somebody that went to Nike Camp, I didn’t go to Five Star. I got the chance to play in the McDonald’s Game, but I also got to play in the Dapper Dan game in the final year because Sonny put it on.

Nice Kicks: Sonny Voccaro is someone I’ve always admired and I feel like with the current dialogue regarding brands, schools and recruiting he could be vilified with all that’s going on. To be clear, it seems like you still highly regard him and speak of him with reverence, correct?

Jalen Rose: No question! That’s why I call him the godfather. I’ve got nothing but respect for him, and his lovely wife, Pam.

Nice Kicks: As an unofficial endorser, you made the Air Force Max and the Flight Huarache famous. How does it feel to see them come back and how do you feel about new colorways?

Jalen Rose: Initially I felt bitter. I’m the founder of a tuition free charter high school and you would at least think I could get them to sponsor my school, ya know?

Here’s what happens, usually collegiate athletes aren’t fortunate enough to have the longevity that we’ve had. The documentary, Chris and I working in television, Juwan coaching for the Heat and Ray and Jimmy still coaching in high school. We’re still alive, breathing and active. Normally the system gets the chance to take advantage of that once, we’ve allowed the system to take advantage of it twice.

So, when I see Nike bringing back the Huarache and when I see the Brand Jordan Fab 5 shoe with the logo that we came up with in South Quad dorm on the back of the shoe, I’ve gotta get on my grown man and get on the phone with these people now. We’re not 19, 21 year old kids anymore. We want to be viewed as endorsers, we want to be used as partners. Send us some boxes, I don’t wanna see this stuff online!

Nice Kicks: In regards to the Fab 5 Jordans, were you sent a pair?

Jalen Rose: I’ve been in contact with them and I now have a relationship with someone there who hopes to work with us. If I would’ve had this conversation three months ago I would’ve been a lot more flagrant than I’m gonna be right now [laughs], but I will say it’s in motion. But again, think about what you said? One pair of shoes? It’s not a lot. I’m not a 19 year old college student in the dorms anymore, c’mon now! [Laughs]

Nice Kicks: So when celebs were getting the Fab 5 Jordans the actual Fab 5 was not?

Jalen Rose: Initially, correct.

Nice Kicks: That’s messed up but I’m glad it was rectified. Hopefully a free pair here and there leads to sponsorship of your school from a brand.

Jalen Rose: You know what I mean? Tuition free public charter high school. I entered that fingers crossed, but I did enter all that stuff with the Huarache remakes at the mall and the Fab 5 Jordan shoe with a level of frustration when you’re not treated like a partner or endorser. They get multiple bites of the apple and what allows them to do that is not only what we did 20 years ago, but that we’re still current right now.

Nice Kicks: Transitioning to the NBA, they just switched to a Nike deal and got new jerseys. Looking back at your pro career, was their a uniform that sticks out as the one you felt freshest in or conversely the most swagless?

Jalen Rose: Oh, pinstripe Pacers! Those were cold. The crazy thing for me is that my high school colors at Detroit Southwestern — blue and gold. Michigan — maize and blue. Pacers — blue and gold. So JRLA is blue and gold also.

Nice Kicks: I remember your Pacers team with Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin and Rik Smits rocking black shoes and black socks for the playoffs.

Jalen Rose: Yup! And bald heads, this stuff travels don’t it!

Nice Kicks: It’s hard to imagine in this day and age with all the swagged out haircuts and individual marketing that a team would ever shave their heads for a playoff run.

Jalen Rose: Right, and that’s a strong statement: I’m not able to give up me for we.

Nice Kicks: Much is made of the shoes you wore in college but not always when you were in the league. For example, you were one of the select players to rock Jay Z’s Reebok S. Carter BBall shoe on court. How did that come about?

Jalen Rose: Basically you go through different periods as a player. There was a period where I was adidas, a period where I was rocking Nike and a period where I was rocking Reeboks. Usually, whatever I was rocking was what was comfortable for me and what I thought was fly. Hov came out with that kick when I was with Reebok, I was a fan, and they looked good so it was only right. If I’m out here getting buckets it’s only right I do it in the S. Dots.

What a lot of people may or may not realize is that the NBA was truly the first league to embrace hip-hop. A lot of people don’t remember when it happened, but it truly happened with MC Hammer and “U Can’t Touch This” with the Pistons.

When the Pistons were winning championships in ’89 and ’90, MC Hammer was the #1 artist in the world. He did his “They Put Me in the Mix” video at Joe Louis arena in downtown Detroit. That created a kinship that Detroit and Oakland still have to this day, though it initially started in the ’60s and the ’70s with the Civil Rights Movement and a lot of outspoken inviduals that were passionate about change in our country that happened to be from Detroit and the Bay Area. So, when you transfer and remix that relationship to the ’90s, the tagline for the Pistons became ‘U Can’t Touch This’ and if you look back at those Bad Boy Pistons shirts that’s what they say.

Even back then when Too Short was saying Detroit was just like Oakland, that’s because we were out there at KKBT Summer Jam in the ’90s! Hanging out with him, Mark Curry, Spice-1, all of those cats. The great thing is I really got lucky because that was the hottest concert and I went back to back years and all my favorite artists — EPMD, Naughty by Nature, The D.O.C. — all were there.

Nice Kicks: Getting into broadcasting, you’re working now with Chauncey, Paul and previously T-Mac, who you all would’ve checked during your pro career. How’s it been working with them as teammates now and as a trash talker turned broadcaster whose on-court demeanor is the most different from their TV tone?

Jalen Rose: First off, wow, I’m the oldest one of all them, oh man! I consider all of them brothers. I’ve been working at ESPN now ten years and each of them have made a really nice transition to television and I’m really happy with all the progress they’ve made. One thing about the league is you have a kinship with all of them and you never know how it’s going to transform. When Paul got drafted, I was staying in LA and had a spot so we were working out everyday back when he got drafted to the Celtics so we’ve been homies for that long. With Chauncey, when I got drafted to the Nuggets he was in college at Colorado so we had friends and then he played for the Pistons. With T-Mac, he got drafted by Isiah and you know how I feel about him and he does a good job trying to keep everybody together. We were always connected.

I think each of them does a good job of resembling what they do on TV. Because as players, especially T Mac and Chauncey, they weren’t much of talkers they were more about business. I’m happy for T Mac because he got signed to be a special assistant for the Magic. Paul signed with ESPN and he’ll be not doing only Countdown but also The Jump. I think each of them have done a good job of staying true to who they are and to me that’s how they could have long careers in TV if they choose to.

Nice Kicks: In a sport like football, preseason or Week 1 doesn’t mean a thing but I feel like in basketball it can be a bit more telling. Who’s impressed you or surprised you so far?

Jalen Rose: I think a surprise to the casual fan will be Minnesota. People sleep on the fact that Karl Anthony Towns averaged 25 and 12 last year and they still have Wiggins who averaged over 20 and they brought in Jimmy Bulter. A real sleeper as a player is Nikola Jokic from Denver. He’s only 22 and a lot of people don’t realize that he was fourth in triple-doubles behind Russ, Harden and LeBron as a center!

I love seeing what OKC did this offseason, I like CP3 with James in Houston, I like Kryie and Gordon Hayward in Boston, I like the super teams in Cleveland and Golden State and the Greek Freak is gonna go off again this year.

Nice Kicks: You were about twenty years ahead of your time in regards to being a big guard/hybrid player and bringing your love of hip-hop to your style on the court. In an evolved game and a 360 marketing space, how do you think you’d fair in the game and the endorsement space today?

Jalen Rose: You look at all the major sports in America: there colors are red, white and blue. But the NFL is a flag, a shield, and the NBA is a player in Jerry West. The NBA has done a better job of marketing its players and individuals as the encouragement of building the game which has now allowed what you say has happened. The Forbes list is hoopers, the most followed on social media are, too. The new Madden commercial has James Harden and CP3 on it…no NFL players were available? We’re talking about storylines going into the NBA season and the breaking news for the NFL is the protest, Ezekiel Elliot and what happened to Cam recently.

I hope, that as I talked about for years and I talked about it on First Take, that the game has evolved to positionless basketball. Positions were truly created so that a novice could follow the game. It use to be point guard, now it’s lead guard or as I say ‘primary ball handlers.’ These guys like John Wall, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas are now giving you 25 points. Just because you’re a power forward doesn’t mean you’re a physical presence playing in the paint the entire game. That guy now is Draymond Green spreading the floor.

I would think that at my size, playing multiple positions but drafted as a point guard, I would hope to flourish. I’m happy to see big guards back in the game like Lonzo Ball.

Nice Kicks: When watching today’s game whether it’s swag or playing style, is there anybody particular you watch and say, Man, he reminds me of me?

Jalen Rose: I used to feel like that with players that played three positions. And by no means do I think I am a trendsetting player, but normally there aren’t guys that play point guard and also small forward. There are point forwards like Paul Pressey, Grant Hill or LeBron James and then there are tall point guards like Magic Johnson, Steve Smith and Penny Hardaway. But, it still in theory doesn’t exist today where a guy is running the 1 and guarding the 3. That again goes towards positionless basketball. I like that KD can play the 4 or the 5, Melo is gonna start at the 4, Kevin Love is gonna play the 5 and Porzingis might play the 5.

Nice Kicks: Sticking with the youth, you do a lot to help kids in Detroit with your school. Could you tell us about how that started  and what you and the kids have gotten out of it?

Jalen Rose: Anybody that’s followed my trek as an athlete or a public figure: I’m just like you. I wouldn’t have thought that I’d mature to the point where I’m the founder of a charter high school, I didn’t see that either. It wasn’t my goal, it wasn’t my plan, I didn’t need protesting in the NFL to happen or things to transpire for me to give back to my community. JRLA was really just a graduation of a mission to give scholarships to local kids through charitable donations. We were giving five students scholarships for about eight or nine years. I sat back from my seat and noticed that we were closing public schools but opening prisons. I wanted to do something more to motivate young people and truly give back and make change and I felt no better way was through education.

We’re open enrollment, we’re tuition free, we’re public charter and we’re a 9 through 16 model. So our goal is not only to graduate our young people from high school but also graduate them from college as well. This is our first year where we have both high school seniors and college seniors and I’m really proud of it. We’re looking to bridge the education gap and make our students successful in college and the workplace and make their dreams come true. As an adult you don’t get as far with a high school diploma as you used to so we have a board that monitors our students and makes sure they’re going to schools that are not just high school but four-year universities, trade school and the military, just putting themselves in the position to have a secondary opportunity after high school.

And we get zero state funding for our facilities, how about that? Please go to http://www.jrladetroit.com/ for more information about what we’re doing. These are the type of outcomes that are really game changing in our community and I’m really proud of our parents, our students, our staff, our deans and our board. Now for us to have the progress from being an expansion team in 2011 to now a contending team in 2017, I’m really proud of that progress.

Nice Kicks: Moving to music, we know back in ’92 it was EPMD, Naughty by Nature and others blowing up your headphones. What’s in heavy rotation for you today?

Jalen Rose: One of my hobbies in my spare time is DJing. I could go with my favorite break beats…man lemme hit my Google Play. I could go old school with Mantronix, Sam Cooke, Kraftwerk… Then I could go to R&B Soul with Rod Stewart “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,” people sleep on that! I’ve got my Bill Withers, I’ve got my Kano “I’m Ready,” then we could fast forward to KRS-One, Rakim, Public Enemy, NWA, that whole era, Outkast… then you could graduate even further to of course my Detroit homies! Marshall, Nickel Nine, Sean Don, my guy Tee Grizzley, and then obviously I’m a huge fan of bars so Kendrick, J Cole, Pusha T, I could go a lot of different ways from R&B to pop. That’s one thing being from the Midwest as you know: we weren’t married to one sound. So I got exposed to everything from P-Funk to Hall & Oates to MoTown. I didn’t get a strong techno influence being from Detroit, but it was more just the songs like “Egyptian Lover” or “Tour de France.”

I’ve done DJing as a job and for fun. When you’re a DJ you play what the audience wants to hear. If I’m playing for my uncles I’m gonna play Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, if I’m playing for a more universal crowd I’ll play Michael Jackson and Prince. It all depends on the audience really. As for records at the moment, I like Cardi B.

Nice Kicks: Just the same, it was black Nikes on the feet back then. To close it out, which kicks get the most burn from you in 2017?

Jalen Rose: On my feet, man it’s hard to find some PUMAs in a size 15! For me, as I got older I wanted to buy a lot of things that I couldn’t afford growing up. I catch myself wearing Gucci Lace Ups, Cartiers, Cazals, adidas Top Tens and Forums… the motivation!

Catch Jalen on ESPN all NBA season and for more on Jalen’s charter school visit http://www.jrladetroit.com/

Fashion Girl of Today:Outfit for seventh birthday of Brana’s Divine World

Outfit for seventh birthday of Brana's Divine World
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Nike Air Force Max “Light Carbon” // Preview

Don C released his widely celebrated Jordan Brand shorts last week to a crowd of welcoming ’90s hoops purists and modern fans alike. The Michigan Wolverines design was the most sought after largely thanks to the nostalgia of the Fab Five. Chris Webber and company often times wore the classic “M” logo shorts alongside Charles Barkley’s Nike Air Force Max. Pairs of the retro basketball shoe are set to release soon.

Fans of the elder style can expect this “Light Carbon” edition to release soon. And although they’re not an OG pair even traditional fans of the shoe won’t be mad at this subtle rendering. Hopefully it’s the start of more leaks of the Air Force Max before official releases.

Nike Air Force Max "Light Carbon"
Nike Air Force Max “Light Carbon”

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Inside The adidas NYC Xeno UltraBoost Custom Design Party

photos // Jordan Keyser

Live in the concrete jungle that is New York City, adidas threw a midnight party to celebrate the first time XENO technology has ever graced the UltraBOOST. Nice Kicks was on-hand at the 5th Avenue adidas Flagship store for the private unveil event to prepare for the public release on October 20th.

XENO is a light responsive technology from adidas Originals that has evolved from the wilderness of Southeast Asia. In natural light, the black material appears faint with deep shimmers of iridescent colors. But with the flash of a camera, the material explodes with bright colors, spanning the entire rainbow spectrum. The material doesn’t just reflect one color but changes as the angle of the light shifts. The shoe is completely transformed through the lens of a smart phone camera in both video and photos, appearing at first glance as an optical illusion.

This exclusive party featured a mi-adidas customization center, pretzels & popcorn stands, material breakdown stations, live musical performances and best of all, an opportunity to design our very own pair of XENO UltraBOOST. Three main color options were available for the Primeknit in black, white & navy, while XENO cages and heel counters added pop to the otherwise neutral upper. Adding to the moment, adidas also brought black BOOST to the party just in case you wanted to switch your design out of the traditional white.

We can show you better than we can tell you… Browse below for an exclusive inside look at the mi-adidas XENO UltraBoost design party. If you’re looking to earn an opportunity to design your own pair, keep it locked to @adidasNYC or stop inside the store today for more information.

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Exclusive // NBA x NIKEiD Air Force 1 Features Tumbled Leather & More Team Options Than Ever Before

words & photos: Ray P.

With the NBA season finally underway, Nice Kicks took a look into the past by celebrating the league’s previous partnership with Stance socks. Now it’s time to get excited for the present because Nike is the official sportswear sponsor of the NBA and you know the gear is going to be swaggy. After the launch of authentic and swingman jerseys, team inspired footwear was sure to follow.

In honor of the 35th birthday of the Nike Air Force 1, the NBA partnered with NIKEiD give you the power to custom design sneakers with your favorite team’s colors and logos. All 30 teams are available with home, away, and alternate colors to choose from after you select your base — AF1 High or AF1 Low. This isn’t your typical pair of Uptowns with fine grain leather, Nike went all-out with tumbled leather on the uppers, waxed laces and metal tips, as well as a customizable dubrae. Additionally, team logos are featured on the heel and you can choose a variety of sole options — white, gum, sail, black, etc. Retail price is set at $ 150 and exclusively available on NIKEiD.com right now.

Grab an exclusive detailed look at the quality and shape of the NBA x NIKEiD Air Force 1 below just in case you had any second thoughts on whether the shoes are worth the price tag.

Jadakiss Has a Wall Clock Made of Jordans

If you think you are a serious Jordan Head, well your love for Jordans probably can’t be compared with Jadakiss. Why’s that? Well the rapper has a clock made out of actual pairs of Jordans.

Jadakiss posted a picture of his Jordan clock on Instagram, which has the first 12 iterations of the Air Jordan series on it in sequential order to denote the proper time.

I’m on @jumpman23 Time #4NoReAsOn #AndTheClockReallyWorks?

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As he says on Instagram, Jadakiss is clearly running on Jordan time.

Look Back At The Best Stance x NBA On-Court Socks

words: Ray P.

Today we welcome a new NBA Season and it’s an exciting time for both the teams and spectators alike. Not only do we get to see the best athletes from around the world compete, but we also get to rep our squad with amazing gear made by different sportswear brands the NBA has partnered with. In the past two years, professional basketball saw a lot of flavor added to the court as Stance landed an unprecedented deal to be the brand that makes on-court socks for the players and off-court socks for the fans. Stance is known for changing the sock game with their colorful motifs and incredible sports storytelling.

About a half decade ago, Stance unveiled its first collection of NBA socks. These socks, which were limited to select boutiques only and hard to get, featured sublimated images of NBA legends. Safe to say, the Stance x NBA collabo popped off. Over the course of the next few years, while popularizing legends and team socks, Stance was working behind the scenes with the NBA to secure the rights to the NBA on-court socks. 

That, eventually, came to fruition. And Stance performance basketball socks became a thing, as NBA players took the court in them during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. 

Now, with Nike on court, Stance is doubling down on their efforts to propel NBA casual, fan and lifestyle socks to the next frontier. There are new NBA player collections, team logo and legend packages in the works. 

So stay tuned, cause Stance x NBA is just beginning.
— Tzvi “T” Twersky / Director of Licensed Sports, Stance

Before the new season kicks off with all Nike gear on-court, Nice Kicks wanted to look back at the past two years and recognize some of the best Stance x NBA socks seen throughout the league. 

KOBE DAY

Giving one of the GOATs flowers while he can still smell them. No final season shook up the world more than Kobe Bryant’s since Michael Jordan and Stance was sure to honor the Black Mamba correct.

This limited-edition collection launched three styles only to sell out immediately, was replenished later and sold out again. Both numbers 24 & 8 were honored as Bryant was great in both eras.

The socks were originally only intended to be worn once in the NBA, on the March 6 game against the Warriors. The reaction was so stellar, though, that the Los Angeles Lakers decided to wear them again for the season finale/Kobe’s finale. This is the first piece of on-court apparel worn that honored a current player (and not a retired one).

For Stance, this was a really exciting project to work on for a number of reasons. Namely, the idea was brought to them very late in their process, so they had to make this happen on a very protracted calendar. It pushed Stance to and even past their limits—all in the name of a great design, exceptional sock and unforgettable moment.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

Worn on-court in the NBA in 2016 for Martin Luther King Day, Stance created a banger for BHM not only stylistically, but also for what it represents. The socks were worn with all different types of sneakers and it looked amazing on everyone.

You know a design is awesome and holds cultural significance when LeBron James, one of the world’s biggest athletes who gives back to his community as well as speaks up for social injustice including Black Lives Matters, wears it. This is one of the few rare occasions you can spot King James in special event socks because he usually sports a unique custom made fit engineered by Stance and himself.


TIM DUNCAN DAY

21 21 21! Tim Duncan low-key had one of the greatest careers of all time and that’s exactly how he wanted it to be. With authenticity being very important to Stance, they kept things simple with a patch of Duncan’s number on a pair of black and white socks– it looked clean, too.

The limited-edition socks were only available to players and fans at the arena that night on December 18th, 2016. Coach Popovich personally OK’d this project and design.

“As we all know, the Spurs do everything with a purpose. They talk, they practice, they play…with a purpose. They don’t waste any movement or do anything extraneous. That extends to their wardrobe and, so, we kept that in mind with these socks. Instead of trying to be extra, we kept it simple and just added a “21” patch to an existing striped style. A simple—and perfect—way to honor The Big Fundamental.” — Stance Hoops


NEW YORK KNICKS CORE

New York merchandise is always hot, but during the 2016-17 season the Knicks saw their core socks rise to become one of the most popular styles Stance Hoops offered. While simple in design, yet stylishly effective, these socks were worn on-court often and early by the Knicks and their unicorn Rookie Kristaps Porzingis who brought new energy to the team. Unlike other Stance socks, the NY Knicks Core sock was uniquely designed to have the NY stand alone unlike other team socks which have Stance and NBA logos embroidered on the back.


JUST DON x NBA ALL-STAR 2016

Is his name King Midas or Don C? Because everything he touches is gold. This collaboration was a limited-edition halo piece that complimented the inline All-Star Game socks. These pushed the limit of what you can do on a sock, and also—with hearts on it—pushed NBA design past anywhere it had ever been before given their usual strict limitations.

When Stance left these in the locker room for the players, they were put in a box specially designed for the occasion, along with a matching Just Don Valentine Day hat. For months, you could see guys—Dwade, James Harden, Andre Drummond, etc.—rocking those hats.

Working along side Stance in the design process, Don C is recognized as a great designer, an innovator, and, best of all, a great person. He was responsible for the concept of marrying Valentine’s Day and All-Star Weekend, since they coincided. The added touch, another first, was each pair of socks had an individual number on the bottom out of 500.


MILWAUKEE BUCKS LOGO QTR

New logo who dis? The Bucks have the most slept-on sock in the NBA and uniforms. With Giannis leading the way, those boys will be a nightmare on the court for opponents and they’ll do so in style.

“As the Bucks embraced a new uniform and identity, we did our part and tried tying the whole kit together at the foot. This design, from a technical perspective, is difficult and is a testament to our impressive design and product teams.” — Stance Hoops


PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS “RIP CITY”

Stance honoring the nickname of the Blazers on a sock is pretty amazing. If you’re a fan of Portland, this is a must cop pair. It holds historical value dating back to 1971 as play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely shouted out, “RIP CITY! All right!” during an ill-advised long distance made field goal (in the pre-three point line era).

This is a dope sock, but very slept-on because the Blazers were one of the few teams that preferred black and white socks for the most part, so fans didn’t really get a chance to see these enough. The RIP CITY design is printed, not knit like most STANCE NBA socks, via a dope process the production team innovated.


RAPTORS THROWBACK “TORONTO HUSKIES”

The Toronto Raptors threw it back to 1947, way before your time and my time with this uniform. Yet another sock from Stance and the NBA that holds historical value. We could argue the socks made the jerseys look way better every time they were worn together. This was one of the most inspired and well-worn designs. Just peep how it looks on DeMar’s feet.

“This sock, as you can see, took the most creative liberty and, in turn, turned out as one of the standouts. Thanks to the Raptors, for giving us such dope material to work with, and thank our design and print team for turning up!” — Stance Hoops

Fun Fact: The Toronto Huskies only were together for one season in 1946-47 for the BAA, a league that became before the NBA, before disbanding.


Image via Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

SOLID QTR – “Black” & “White”

The traditional sock with NBA logo will forever be a staple in sportswear fashion thanks to Michael Jordan. Before Stance came around, NBA socks were hard to come by. Now, you can actually buy the NBA socks the athletes wear. However, quarter length NBA Logo socks were still exclusive to athletes and not available the public in the 2015-16 season. They were so fire on-court, though.

After much demand, Stance listened to the kids and in 2016-17 launched the quarter length sock, which became one of the best selling socks at all channels of retail. That was a great decision.


NUGGETS CORE

Another fan favorite sock as the design is really cool, but credit also goes to Denver having really loyal fans. They are so loyal, people posted some amazing pictures on IG of this sock—which illustrate the mountains of Colorado—while hiking the mountains! You have to respect a sock designed for Basketball that transcends outside of the court.


NBA RISING STARS

Give it up to The Boy. With the 2016 NBA All-Star game being held in Toronto, Drake’s OVO Raptors jerseys served as the inspiration for this stellar pair of socks that sold out on Stance.com instantly! Although this sock had no OVO branding, many Drake fans count it as merch that needed to be owned for their collection.

NBA players such as Karl Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, and more were spotted wearing this sock during the Rising Stars Challenge along with an array of dope kicks on court.


 


(Image via Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

CHINESE NEW YEAR COLLECTION

Limited-edition and only available in select local markets. This was a hit with players and fans as they looked fire both on and off-court. The CYN collection was one of the few special event socks the Warriors embraced and wore. The Warriors, Raptors, Wizards, and Rockets sported their socks on-court as well.

“This is the first time Steph Curry wore the calf length crew sock from Stance. Traditionally, Curry chose to wear the quarter length socks throughout the season which would be hidden under his ankle braces. Stance selected CYN teams who have previously honored Chinese culture and have massive dedicated fan bases in the easter hemisphere.” — Stance Hoops


CAVS LOGO

Love ’em, or hate ’em, the Cavs have some pretty sick uniform colors– Wine, Gold, Navy. Whichever color combination you choose it’s going to look good. One can argue Stance made the some of the best kits for LeBron and company. The primarily navy pair sports yellow accents and wine colored stripes while the Cavs Logo is featured on the back side. This is a case of a simple sock done well.


You can shop the full range of Stance x NBA On-Court socks for only $ 10 online.

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