Posts Tagged ‘Basketball’

Lonnie Walker IV Donates 300 adidas Crazy BYWs To Hometown Basketball League

Days before he got drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the No. 18 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Lonnie Walker IV signed with adidas. And now that Walker has officially made the NBA, he’s already giving back to his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania by donating 300 pairs of the adidas Crazy BYW to the city’s Blacktop Basketball League.

Here’s more on Walker’s donation from Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle:

Brown said the “Crazy BYW” model sneakers will be distributed to players on the eight teams that reach the league’s four championships games, to the middle and high school student interns who help organize and run the league and to youth players who are considered in need.

Sneakers also will be shared with Reading’s KTB youth program and with the high school boys and girls programs.

Just an awesome gesture by Walker and one that will surely make an impact in the lives of the youth in his hometown.

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Fear of God Basketball High-Top Goes “Chicago”

Fear of God‘s latest Basketball High-Top Sneaker draws inspiration from the classic “Chicago” Air Jordan 1, featuring the classic red and white color blocking on the upper with a black panel on the quarter to mirror the Swoosh accent.

This silhouette is handmade in Italy from a combination of premium leathers, while the midsole is blocked with an off-white hue that mirrors a retro look.

The Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker is now available at select retailers like MR. PORTER.

Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker

Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker
Fear of God Basketball High-Top Sneaker

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Check Out the Oregon Ducks’ Sneaker-Filled Basketball Facility // Video

With March Madness right around the corner, Coiski’s George Kiel traveled to the University of Oregon to get an in-depth tour of the basketball team’s impressive facility. Unsurprisingly, since Oregon is Phil Knight’s alma mater, the basketball team stays laced up with fresh Nike and Jordan kicks.

Check out the video below to see Oregon’s basketball facility, Knight’s private suite and the plethora of Oregon-themed Nike sneakers the basketball team has rocked over the last several years.

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Air Jordan 3 “Korea” Honors Rich Basketball Culture in Asia

In celebration of the Air Jordan 3s 30th anniversary, Jordan Brand is honoring the dynamic hoops culture in Asia with a “Korea” edition of the ’88s.

Reported to be a limited release only available in the region specified in its moniker, the Air Jordan 3 “Korea” is emboldened with colors of the South Korean flag – also known as the Taeguki – on the right tongue and “Seoul” in Korean embroidered on the back of the left tongue. Nike Air stamps the rear while a heel collar in blue and a liner in red continues to ode the Taeguki.

The “Korea” 3s are reported to release in very limited numbers in South Korea very soon. Stay tuned for more details.

Air Jordan 3 "Korea"
Air Jordan 3 “Korea”
Air Jordan 3 "Korea"
Air Jordan 3 “Korea”
Air Jordan 3 "Korea"
Air Jordan 3 “Korea”

Source: Sneaker News

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Beyond the Numbers // The Curry 3 & Changing Times for Basketball Sneakers

Recently in an article published by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank gave some very candid commentary on the lackluster sales of the Curry 3, which follow up the sensational seasons and upward wave created by Steph and his play in the Curry 1 and 2, respectively. The commentary from Plank came from Under Armour’s company earnings call, with the company reporting its first quarterly loss as a public company.

“Our success in basketball hasn’t been without its learning,” Plank expressed in the call. “As we launched the Curry 3 late last year, our expectations continued to run high. And while the 3 played very well on court for Stephen Curry and our athletes, a sluggish signature market and a warm consumer reception led to softer-than-expected results.”

While Plank is attempting to ease the anxieties of likely worried investors, what he’s saying is far from a fib. Though no longer the talk of the town as he shares the spotlight, Steph is still putting up incredibly strong numbers and his fair share of highlights. On top of that, anybody who’s hooped in the Curry 3 can attest that they play well — this writer and many of his peers included both IRL and online.

True, the Curry 3 hasn’t made waves at retail, but in reality it’s overall sales volume has been near that of the Curry 2 — they just made way more pairs. Around the way, many of the other signature basketball shoes on the market have been far quieter than years priors. How so? This season, Nike dropped the starting retail prices drastically on LeBron, KD and Kobe models, forecasting a shift that had already affected them and the rest of the market. Though critically accepted, the KD 9 would still see discounts, while the LeBron 14 would receive the least amount of marketing or push seen on a King James signature ever. Just the same, the typically tech savvy Kobe line would trim performance features and price, also getting discounted not long after launch.

What’s this mean? Not much really, as performance basketball shoes have always been made for the masses and even the most coveted colorways in retro life were once discounted in OG life form.


photo via Eastbay Blog/The Shoe Game

While MVP candidate-backed shoes like the adidas Harden Vol 1 and Air Jordan XXX1 seem to be doing reasonably well at retail, it still seems price is as big of a catalyst for success as play. Perhaps the biggest takeaway on today’s basketball market in regards to sales is that the Kyrie 2 was the only modern hoop shoe that cracked 2016’s Top 10 Best Sellers List. That was likely much in part because it retailed for less than that of Curry, Kobe, Kyrie or LeBron — though crossover appeal (no pun intended) and strong storytelling and ‘newness’ certainly helped. Kyrie was also top of mind from a moment standpoint, nailing the most memorable shot from this past spring’s NBA Finals.

While the energy Nike created with launches like the “South Beach” LeBron 8, “Grinch” Kobe 6 and countless other colorways after shifted the market to making modern basketball shoes into more lifestyle shoes, this was never quite sustainable. As we’ve seen in recent years, the colorways really have become endless.

What did shift over that same time however was consumer response to a shoe going on sale. A price drop — which was once awesome — suddenly made some shoes undesirable. That’s somewhat fair, everyone wants want they can’t have, and don’t want what they easily can have. More on the mark though when speaking to a mass market product like a basketball shoe, it’s hard to be limited cool and commercially viable at the same time. Somehow though, Nike mastered it for the better part of this for almost over decade, and Under Armour struck gold adopting this same format during sensational seasons for Steph.

As performance basketball shoes continue to become less desirable in the lifestyle market and running takes the cake, it’s clear Nike and Jordan have already started shifting their pricing policy. Plank notes that Under Amour will do the same, as the Curry 3ZER0 retails at $ 120, compared to the $ 140 mark of the Curry 3. Stephen’s latest shoe is already well outpacing the 3 in sell-thru percentages.

In addition, Plank also stated that Under Armour will be sharper regarding future shoe launches, “with respect to number of color offerings, scarcity, exclusivity and cadence of launches to drive more consistent engagement and results,” as reported by ESPN. The article also notes that “nearly 80 percent of the people who wear basketball shoes do so for fashion” and addresses the trend that lower-profile shoes are more popular, which we would translate both on court and off. You can attribute this to Kobe, you can attribute this to running models reigning in sneaker culture, or you can attribute it to joggers shifting fashion. Either way, times change and so do trends.

Like any trend though, the upcoming result could be good for a core consumer that isn’t swayed by sales — the actual hoopers. While signature shoes built for basketball have somewhat suffered due to chasing denim and gaining weight, it may be time for a new wave of performance product that’s all about play. If there’s one thing Under Armour is good at, it’s focusing on competition and caring less about crossover. If there’s one thing Nike reigns at, it’s innovation. As adidas and Jordan Brand duke it out for MVP honors this summer, here’s to hoping the Curry 4, Harden Vol 2, LeBron 15 and AJ XXX2 are all hoop and no hype.

Lead image by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images via Zimbio

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Alexander Wang’s Avant Garde adidas Basketball Sneaker Features Boost

New York-based designer Alexander Wang continues his new partnership with adidas extending his widely varied collection to different genres of sport. Today, we get a closer inspection at his upcoming adidas Originals AW BBall sneaker.

The expressive model reflects a layered, mixed material high-top upper. Stylized paneling is stacked on top of itself from the eyelets, to the tongue, then down to partially exposed Boost cushioning. An elastic collar continues the avant-garde aesthetic as is appears like cuffs on your favorite joggers or nylon jacket sleeve. Perforations at the toe resemble that of the iconic Top Ten, which allows Wang to pool inspiration from the 80’s while maneuvering contemporary styling in addition.

Take a closer look at the adidas Originals AW BBall Sneaker below and calendar the April 1 release date.

adidas Originals AW BBall

Release Date: April 1, 2017
Price: $ 260

adidas Originals AW BBall
adidas Orignals AW BBall

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Converse Launches the Pro Leather ’76 – A Lifestyle Sneaker with Basketball Roots

Drawing from the sneaker’s past while pushing the shoe into the future, the Converse Pro Leather returns in two monochromatic colorways. The “Triple Black” and “Triple White” iterations of the newly upgraded Converse Pro Leather ‘76 merge the classic style with a Nike Lunarlon sockliner for added comfort and cushion. The result is a lifestyle sneaker that is at home on the streets of the city, while still maintaining its vintage basketball roots.

Shot in black and white to fuse an old-school vibe with contemporary urban fashion, the Pro Leather ’76 lookbook sees the sneaker photographed against the backdrop of iconic New York City basketball courts. The photos start at the storied Rucker Park, Sarah D. Roosevelt Park and Rutgers Park locations, where you might have expected to see the sneakers when they first dropped 40 years ago, before moving out into the sprawl of the city where you’d expect to see them today.

Take a look at the complete photo story from HYPEBEAST below to see the sneaker transition from its roots on the court to its future in the streets and shop the style for $ 70-$ 75 USD at Foot Locker or on the official Converse webstore.

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Converse Launches the Pro Leather ’76 – A Lifestyle Sneaker with Basketball Roots

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The Buscemi B-Court Basketball Shoe is Available Now

Back in February, sneaker free agent John Wall made headlines by warming up in a pair Buscemi basketball shoes at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Well, that shoe has arrived at retail. Dropping in red, white and black colorways, the very baller shoe in every interpretation of that word is officially titled the Buscemi B-Court. Running for over a grand and decked out in calfskin leather with gold detailing, this Made in Italy model is available now at Buscemi.

Buscemi B-Court

Buscemi B-Court

Buscemi B-Court

Buscemi B-Court

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Nike Basketball Celebrates #MambaDay on Twitter

This week we have dedicated to Kobe Bryant as we celebrate #KobeWeek.  The hashtag game is even stronger today on Twitter as Nike Basketball has promoted a special hashtag for Kobe Bryant’s final game.

Use the hashtag #MambaDay today on Twitter to share your favorite Kobe moments and bid one of the greatest of all time a final farewell.

Thank you, Kobe.

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Nike Basketball Eulogizes Kobe Bryant’s Career with Upcoming Nike Kobe 11

Tonight Kobe Bryant takes on Tim Duncan for the last time in his legendary career. Two players whose NBA tenure features similar accolades and achievements, square off one final time – a matchup two decades in the making.

There are endless stories like this one that makeup Kobe Bryant’s iconic career. Nike Basketball, by way of the Nike Kobe 11 “Eulogy,” gives the Los Angeles great a proper sendoff for a legacy unparalleled. His tenancy, prowess and determination are all encapsulated in this Lakers purple Kobe 11, which also features “8” and “24” at the heel – chronicling both chapters of his triumphant run.

Putting to bed Bryant’s career on February 27, give the Nike Kobe 11 “Eulogy” an official look below.

Nike Kobe 11 “Eulogy”

Colorway: Hyper Grape/White-Black-University Gold
Style #: 822675-510
Release Date: February 27, 2016
Price: $ 200

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

Nike Kobe 11 Eulogy

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