Posts Tagged ‘Court’

PJ Tucker & LeBron James Lead 2017-18 Kicks on Court First Team

Tomorrow, the 2018-19 NBA Season effectively begins motion with the 2018 NBA Draft. While rookies will look to put their footprint on the game and the culture, they’ll have to put in major work to outshine our 2017-18 Kicks on Court First Team.

Led by our KOC champ and the NBPA’s Sneaker Champ, PJ Tucker, we see stars from all over the league fill in the spots of our footwear five.

From guard to center, see our picks for the best in kicks from the NBA season that just was.

Nick Young

Best Wears: adidas BYW PEs, adidas Yeezy 500, adidas Crazy 8, adidas Gil II Zero, adidas T-MAC 3 PEs, adidas T-MAC 5 PEs, adidas Crazy 97, adidas Pro Model PEs (see them all here)

Swaggy P made the most of his move to the title-winning Warriors by breaking out everything the adidas archive had to offer. From Benihana x adidas Gil II Zeros to Pro Model PEs, Young kept it retro while still juicing new models like the BYW and Crazy Explosive. A team player yet still swaggy.

Jimmy Butler

Best Wears: Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4, Air Jordan XXX2 PEs, Air Jordan 12 “Wool,” Air Jordan 5 “Quai 54,” Air Jordan 3 “BHM,” Air Jordan 18 “Veteran’s Day” PE, Air Jordan 10 PE

It was in the stars — or at least in his initials — for Jimmy Butler to be on JB. Since joining Jordan Brand, he’s juiced Super.Fly and signature models in team tones proving a good company man. Since moving to Minnesota, the Jumpman has made good on his humble ways in Chicago by lacing the All-Star wing in PE pairs both retro and new. Even better? He snuck into the brand vault this year on multiple occasions by shocking fans with Eminem collabs and BHM favorites.

LeBron James

Best Wears: Nike LeBron 15 #LeBronWatch PEs, Nike Zoom Soldier III, Kith x Nike LeBron 15s (see them all here)

The best player in the world should have the best kicks, too, right? For a minute, King James could claim the former but not the latter. Over the course of the 2017-18 season, LeBron and Jason Petrie quieted any critics by shaking up the LeBron 15 rollout with the #LeBronWatch PE program. Paying tribute to Deion Sanders, Vince Carter and even a younger Bron, fans drooled as they watched the best in the game add to his decorated KOC catalog.

PJ Tucker

Best Wears: Where do we start? See ALL of them here

Simply put, PJ Tucker may be the greatest KOC star we’ve ever seen. Yes, Gilbert started it all and yes, Swaggy P continued it, but PJ has truly taken the trend to new heights. Years in the making, the man who does the dirty work on the court proved to have the cleanest kicks in the league by a longshot.

Montrezl Harrell

Best Wears: Air Jordan 5 “Raging Bull,” Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher,” Air Jordan XX9 Custom, Air Jordan 1 “Gatorade” Orange, Kith x Nike LeBron 15, Nike Kobe 11 “Sunset,” Jordan Melo 1.5 PE, Nike LeBron 9 “Cannon,” Nike Kobe 8 “Extraterrestrial,” PSNY x Air Jordan XV, Nike LeBron Soldier III, Off-White x Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey,” Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher,” Nike LeBron X “Cork,” Nike KD IV “Gold Medal,” Air Jordan 8 “Doernbecher,” Nike LeBron III Low

The lone big on our list, Montrezl Harrell has the hurdle of finding heat in a huge size. Well, Trez has more than made the leap since landing in LA with a rotation that includes everything from comic customs to runway wears from Kith and PSNY. Throw in a solid dose of vault LeBrons, Kobes and KDs and you have a perennial KOC standout in the making.

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The Best Kicks On Court At The Drew League | Week 1

words // Nick DePaula:
images // Aaron Poole / Drew League

All summer long, the Drew League in Los Angeles plays host to some of the best offseason basketball in the country, with a collection of amateur hoopers holding their own against NBA stars in a weekly league of games free to attend.

As you’d expect, players are also breaking out an array of sneakers throughout the weekend, as the Nike-sponsored league is known to not only debut new silhouettes, but also feature vintage classics and surprise pairs. We’ll be checking in every week to highlight some of the best kicks on court spotted at the Drew League, starting with a range of current signature models from the Kyrie, KD and PG lines, along with past Nike Basketball favorites like the Kobe 11 and Foamposite Pro. Of course, The Game even broke out a recent hyped release.

Check out the lineup from this past weekend’s slate of games, and let us know your favorite pair by tweeting @NiceKicks and the @DrewLeague. Be sure to check out the upcoming calendar of games to view the action for yourself if you’re in LA this summer.


Nike Kobe 11

Nike PG1

Nike Kyrie 4

Nike Kyrie 4

Nike KD 10

Nike Air Foamposite One Retro

Nike PG1 EYBL

Nike KD 7

Nike PG1 iD

Nike LeBron 15 Low

Air Jordan Retro 1 Off-White (worn by The Game)

Nike PG2

Nike Hyperdunk 2017

Nike Kobe AD 360 NXT

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Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes” Scores Points Off Court

Sleek, modern and mature, the Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes” plays with tech and tooling associated with winning on the hardwood and effectively does the same off of it. Form fitting the foot in an era of streamline silos and athletic inspired outfits, the Curry 4 comfortably maneuvers the lifestyle crossover by taking to style staples of the new age instead of relying on tried and true archetypes of the past.

Check out the Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes” in styled shots below and look for them to land this Saturday, December 16 for $ 130 at UA Brand Houses and online at UA.com.


Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes”

Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes”

Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes”

Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes”

Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes”

Under Armour Curry 4 “More Dimes”

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NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit Spotted On Court at Peach Jam

Usually a debut space for citrus sneakers reserved for prep prospects, an earth-tone oddity stole the show at this year’s Peach Jam Basketball Tournament. The NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit “Cargo Khaki” hit the hardwood after receiving a release date, marking the first elevated edition of the yet to release follow-up to last year’s franchise-first foray in Flyknit.

Debuting REACT Foam for Nike Basketball, the shoe features a fully Flyknit upper with shimmering toe detailing and embroidered branding adding slight flash and identity to this technical hoop shoe.

Check out the NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit “Cargo Khaki” below and read our interview with designer Ross Klein by clicking here. See the inline colorways in detail here.


NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit “Cargo Khaki”
NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit "Cargo Khaki"
NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit “Cargo Khaki”
NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit "Cargo Khaki"
NikeLab REACT Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit “Cargo Khaki”

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Every Kicks On Court Worn By LeBron James In The 2017 NBA Playoffs

words // Nick DePaula:

Since falling to a now infamous 1-3 deficit in last year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James has been on an absolute tear during the Playoffs in leading the Cavaliers franchise to a third consecutive NBA Finals.

After debuting the Zoom Soldier 11 the opening day of the Playoffs, LeBron has opted to stick with his 14th signature model for every game of the Eastern Conference playoffs since, donning a new PE on a nightly basis. Whether it was ‘Flip The Switch’ static-Swooshed iterations, a Marty McFly-inspired pair or even more subtle navy makeups, he’s had no shortage of pairs at his disposal along the way. Since the start of the NBA Finals, James has been switching between the LeBron 14 and Zoom Soldier 14.

Check out each of LeBron’s Kicks On Court throughout the 2017 NBA Playoffs, and stay tuned for continual updates as James looks to advance to a seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance.


Nike Zoom Soldier 11 — Game 1 vs Indiana Pacers

Nike LeBron 14 — Game 2 vs Indiana Pacers


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 3 vs Indiana Pacers

Nike LeBron 14 — Game 4 vs Indiana Pacers

 


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 1 vs Toronto Raptors


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 2 vs Toronto Raptors

Nike LeBron 14 — Game 3 vs Toronto Raptors


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 4 vs Toronto Raptors


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 1 vs Boston Celtics


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 2 vs Boston Celtics

 


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 3 vs Boston Celtics

Nike LeBron 14 — Game 4 vs Boston Celtics


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 5 vs Boston Celtics


Nike LeBron 14 — Game 1 vs Golden State Warriors


Nike Soldier 11 — Game 2 vs Golden State Warriors

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Kicks On Court // Unreleased Boost PEs Shine at adidas Uprising ATL

High school heat was at a premium in Hot ‘lanta as the adidas Uprising Tournament traveled to Georgia. Just like its pitstop in Fort Worth, our girl Cassy Athena was there with plenty of on-foot shots. Just the same, there were plenty of shoes we’d never seen before along with some familiar but still funky favorites.

Check out the pairs that stood out to us in the photos below.

adidas Crazy Explosive Low "All-Star" PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “All-Star” PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Andrew Wiggins PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Andrew Wiggins PE
miadidas D Lillard 2
miadidas D Lillard 2
miadidas D Lillard 1
miadidas D Lillard 1
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Navy/Red
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Navy/Red
adidas Crazy Explosive Low "Gauntlet" PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “Gauntlet” PE
unreleased adidas D Lillard 3
unreleased adidas D Lillard 3
adidas D Rose 7 "Nations"
adidas D Rose 7 “Nations”
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Black/Orange
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Black/Orange
adidas Crazy Explosive Low "Arthur Ashe"
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “Arthur Ashe”

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Kicks On Court // The Best Shoes Worn at adidas Uprising

Pushing past patent leather Pro Models or even electric Crazylight colorways, diversity was at an all-time high as far as sponsored sneakers go at the adidas Uprising Tournament at Game On in Fort Worth, TX. Our girl Cassy Athena was out there to shoot the best Kicks On Court, and boy were there some surprises.

From unreleased Nick Young PEs to Hurricane heat from Dame Lillard, see the best prep exclusives and team takes in the photos below.

adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Kyle Lowry PE
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Arthur Ashe”
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Grayvy”
mismatched adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 PEs
mismatched adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 PEs
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Pink/White
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Red Glare”
adidas D Rose 7
adidas D Rose 7
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Red/White
adidas Dame 3 "Miami" PE
adidas Dame 3 “Miami” PE
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Fear the Fork”
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Dark Ops XENO”
adidas Dame 3 "Wasatch Front"
adidas Dame 3 “Wasatch Front”
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low White/Blue
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “Gauntlet” PE
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Pioneer”
adidas Crazy Explosive Low
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Black/White
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Imma Be a Star”
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Black/Red
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Nick Young “Easter” PE
adidas Dame 3 "All-Star"
adidas Dame 3 “All-Star”
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Navy/White
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Gauntlet” PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Grey/White
adidas Dame 3
unreleased adidas Dame 3

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LeBron James Debuts Nike Zoom Soldier 11 // Kicks On Court

words // Nick DePaula:

In a bit of a surprise, LeBron James decided to debut his newest sneaker earlier than expected, taking the floor this afternoon for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs in a new wine and yellow Nike Zoom Soldier 11.

The sixth straight Soldier model designed by Jason Petrie, the 11 is a slight progression of last year’s Soldier 10, once again featuring ergonomic support straps, a sleeved upper and going laceless. Apparently four straps is better than three, going by simple math.

Initially, James was expected to wear the LeBron 14 for at least the opening round of the playoffs, before switching to the Soldier later in the postseason, as we saw him do last year during his road to the first NBA title in Cavaliers franchise history. The shoe isn’t slated to release until later this summer in June, but we can expect to see LeBron wearing a variety of player exclusive editions from here on out throughout the Cavs’ playoff run.

What do you think of the latest LeBron model on court?

 

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Every All-Star Weekend Sneaker Worn By LeBron James | Kicks On Court Classic

words // Nick DePaula:

With twelve NBA All-Star Game appearances behind him, LeBron James is already the all-time All-Star leader in points scored, dropping a combined 291 points that he’ll most certainly be adding to again this weekend.

When he takes the floor for the 66th annual game tomorrow night in New Orleans, he’ll once again be debuting a special edition pair of sneakers, which has become a customary occasion throughout his career. Ever since taking part in his first All-Star weekend in the wheat Air Zoom Generation during the 2004 Rookie Challenge held in Los Angeles, James has worn a collection of coveted kicks for each February’s festivities.

Check out every single sneaker worn by LeBron at All-Star Weekend over the course of his career in our latest edition of Kicks On Court Classic, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

Nike Air Zoom Generation
(2004 / Los Angeles) 

Nike Zoom LeBron 2 
(2005 / Denver)

Nike Zoom LeBron III
(2006 / Houston)

Nike Zoom LeBron 4
(2007 / Las Vegas)

Nike Zoom LeBron 5
(2008 / New Orleans) 

Nike LeBron 6 
(2009 / Phoenix)

Nike Air Max LeBron 7
(Dallas / 2010)

Nike Air Max LeBron 8
(Los Angeles / 2011)

Nike LeBron 9 
(2012 / Orlando)

Nike LeBron X 
(2013 / Houston) 

Nike LeBron 11
(2014 / New Orleans)

Nike LeBron 12 
(2015 / New York)

Nike LeBron 13 
(2016 / Toronto)

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StockX Launches Nike LeBron “Cavs Champion Court” Pack

As mentioned in the Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game” release date post, the Nike LeBron “Cavs Champion Court” Pack is now live.

Put on by StockX, backed by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, this a pretty incredible collectible and early buy opp for any King James fan, hosting the following items you have to see to believe:

Sneaker: Either the Air Zoom Generation ‘First Game’ or the LeBron 14 ‘Out of Nowhere’ colorway. 23 pairs of each sneaker will be sold, making a total of 46 pairs available through the ‘Cavs Court SPO.’

Sneaker Box: A commemorative sneaker box crafted from the hardwood of the Cleveland Cavaliers court from their 2015-2016 championship season. A certificate of authenticity will include a court map showing the exact location of the wood for each box.

Cavs Championship Ring: A team issued Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship ring (not otherwise available to the general public).

Charity: The Cavs Court SPO celebrates the relationship between the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland’s youth. StockX is a proud supporter of Cleveland charitable and non-profit organizations and will contribute a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the ‘Cavs Court SPO’ to the Cavaliers Youth Foundation.

Can’t be mad at that. To bid, click here.

Nike LeBron "Cavs Champion Court" Pack
Nike LeBron “Cavs Champion Court” Pack
Nike LeBron "Cavs Champion Court" Pack
Nike LeBron “Cavs Champion Court” Pack
Nike LeBron "Cavs Champion Court" Pack
Nike LeBron “Cavs Champion Court” Pack

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