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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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The Word // Nice Kicks Staff Sounds Off On Lonzo Ball & Big Baller Brand Options

words // Nick DePaula:

As one of the top projected picks in this summer’s NBA Draft, UCLA’s one-and-done star point guard Lonzo Ball is generating non-stop conversation around his potential shoe deal partner.

Of course, much of that conversation can be attributed to his outspoken father LaVar, who launched the Ball Sports Group agency to represent his son, created Big Baller Media to promote highlight videos of his sons, and also founded Big Baller Brand to potentially outfit his sons in not only apparel, but potentially sneakers too. He’s appeared on countless TV and radio shows over the last two months to discuss his sons, and himself, for good measure.

No matter where you stand in your view of LaVar, his love for his family and children, and the aspirational bar he has set for his kids to attain along the way, is both undeniable and admirable.

As Lonzo is just over a month away from being a top NBA Draft pick, now the talk is being put to the test. Real marketing dollars are at stake, with real branding work to be done ahead. With all of the attention that’s come the family’s way, does Big Baller Brand have a legitimate shot at breaking through the competitive NBA footwear market, which is becoming increasingly tougher to crack into? What’s Lonzo’s potential, both on and off the court? To tackle some of the more pressing options and scenarios at hand, as LaVar navigates through their ongoing negotiations with interested brands, the Nice Kicks team sounds off below in our first edition of The Word.

What is the value and demand for a Big Baller Brand sneaker if they enter into the footwear space?

Ray P, Content Director: BBB’s value and demand for a sneaker is potentially HIGH, because the Ball brothers are exciting to watch. Truth be told, if Curry can sell Under Armour sneakers, any brand can sell with the right talent. To me, he proved your hoop shoe doesn’t need to look good at all to sell. If Lonzo Ball goes on to have a reputation as a winner in the league, he will have a flock of young athletes admiring him, from his style of play to his kicks on court. I stress the importance of winning, because without the Ws, no one will want to wear your shoe.

Ian Stonebrook, Editor: With no tech, I don’t see it selling for more than $ 90. I think there actually is demand for something new in the market, as the signature shoe space is down and it’s probably not the worst time to break in. While Lonzo has the game and the family has the social media presence, they’ve really gotta get a good designer in there. Even then, it’s tough to sell anyone on a logo that’s not a Swoosh or Stripes.

Nick DePaula, Features: The name is really, really tough. Big Baller Brand — it’s just awkward and feels like something that would’ve came out when I was in High School…in the early 2000s. Oftentimes, it’s of course the actual player that kids and young athletes want to emulate, with less regard for the brand, if it’s not Nike. In the case of AND1’s Tai Chi, the Reebok Question, and more recently, even some of the early adidas DRose models, kids would prefer to have subtle branding and logos for a breakthrough model. My fear for Big Baller Brand is that the triple Bs would be prominently featured directly on the side of the shoe. LaVar isn’t exactly known for subtle taste so far. There’s also an amazing lack of awareness between value and pricing that we’ve seen on the Big Baller Brand clothing. If they’re planning for anything priced above $ 100 — let alone $ 200, as I’ve heard some say — then there will have to be some major technical elements, performance attributes or premium materials involved. Out the gate on a first crack for a debut shoe? That’s a tough equation to nail right away, that we’ve seen some brands spend a decade to figure out.

Matt Halfhill, Nice Kicks Founder: Jim Jones was the last person to successfully sell anything with the name “Ball,” “Baller,” or in his case “Ballin.” The term has been in pop culture for years, but considering that the last successful launch using the term was in 2006, I’d hold off on launching a full line like that. Big Baller Brand is just too literal of a name and screams overt screen printed branding (which is exactly what we’ve already seen on the brand’s webstore) in a world where the vast majority of consumers want less and less names, or even logos on their gear.

A brand is supposed to be exactly that – a brand.

Branding, from the very beginning, was nothing more than a means to distinguish your product from others in the market. In the roots of branding, a ranch would brand their herd and finest pedigree of cattle to make a name for the ranch. The branding iron in the very beginning was used as a way just to distinguish who’s cattle belonged to whom, but over time the brands that were burned into the hide of these beasts made a name for the ranch that raised them.

We aren’t talking cattle here, but we are talking product. A strong brand is one that you find on a great and consistent product. Brands can also become known for their technical innovation, or a distinct and strong design language. As a new brand, BBB unfortunately will have no reputation or quality product to date, and will have a longterm uphill battle to make a name for itself – especially in a crowded and competitive market featuring billion dollar companies with decades of foothold in the business. Good luck.

How marketable do you think Lonzo Ball is in the NBA?

Ray P: Lonzo is super marketable because he’s been in the spotlight since the beginning. His fans and young athletes literally watched him grow up and know his story, whether they care or not. You do not need to make up a superhero story, because it’s already been playing out naturally via social media. I believe LaMelo, the youngest Ball brother, is exponentially more marketable, but when I saw Lonzo do the ‘So Far Gone’ Challenge, that showed me his awkward yet shy personality resonates with fans, because real people act the same way. He could literally be the Drake of the NBA. People like him because he’s just a normal guy who’s great at hooping and has his otherwise normal human traits and quirks, similar to how Drake appeals to his fans.

Ian: I think Lonzo Ball is incredibly marketable in the NBA. There hasn’t been a pass first point guard with his size or athleticism really since Jason Kidd, and he went on to have multiple signature shoes, numerous All-Star appearances and won both Gold Medals and a NBA championship. He also raps like Jason — revisit Jason Kidd’s “What the Kidd Did” on the Basketball’s Best Kept Secret album!

Nick: A lot of people have been worried that Lonzo lacks personality and flair, but I think that’s mostly because of how much he’s been in the shadow of LaVar’s oversized persona. Plus, he’s 19, so he’s just starting to figure things out and evolve when it comes to his comfort in front of media, on social media and in shaping who he is as a dude. I think he’ll break through that shell and kids will really take a liking to Lonzo over time. On the court, he’s an all-around point guard with incredible court vision that makes winning plays for his team. His shooting form is funky, but he’s still impacted winning at all times on the court in one way or another, and I can see that translating to the next level well. With an exciting style of play, a willingness to lead and take ownership of a team, and a personality that’s still developing, I think he’ll definitely have a huge marketing profile in the league.

Matt: As much as Lavar has gotten attention in sports media recently for sometimes not the best of reasons, I think that Lonzo does have some good marketable potential. On the surface, you have a very young kid with a very young face from the LA area, who went to college at UCLA and played a great season before declaring for the NBA Draft. If he lands in the LA market, or even Phoenix for that matter (lets think about teams that also have high picks), I think the great story continues for him. The biggest consumer of performance basketball shoes are middle and high school boys. A 19 year old NBA prospect with a baby face has longevity with that age bracket. See: Steph Curry.

What do you make of LaVar Ball’s insistence on a “co-branded partnership” with brands looking to sign Lonzo?

Ray P: I cannot sit here and hate on LaVar Ball for trying to shift the Basketball business culture. He’s aiming really high and if he’s looking to co-brand, I support that fully. Just because athlete deals have been working one particular way for a long time, doesn’t mean change can’t happen. One thing Papa Ball can’t do is package his other two sons in any deals until they complete at least one year of College basketball — so he can forget about that. However, for Lonzo, if they ran his social presence better, I think he would have a good case. Lonzo Ball has many many many eyes on him, more than anyone else at his level right now. What brand doesn’t want that kind of exposure and influence on the next generation? I don’t think the co-branding deal is a big issue like everyone else does. If he pulls this off, it could change Brand x Athlete deals forever, and who knows what happens after you open Pandora’s box?That’s exciting.

Ian: I think the only big brand with an American audience that would ever take that risk is adidas, and they have too much momentum to gamble on that at this juncture. It’s cool that LaVar is stirring the pot. I think our guy Darren Griffin is on the right track, when he tweeted that things will eventually move this way, but likely with someone else with more leverage and star power. I don’t see any big brand here doing it. With that said, I could definitely see AND1 doing it. They have tech, roots and relationships in LA and a background in basketball. That actually makes a ton of sense to me.

Nick: On paper, it’s completely ridiculous. No incoming rookie has ever tried it before, and for good reason. Brands aren’t willing to simply absorb or license your own clothing line that has no proven track record to date, with a following of less than a fraction of their own. On top of that, no incoming rookie has the resources or wherewithal to launch a brand on their own — the design and development expertise, production timelines and costs of the entire process are no joke. The last thing we’d want for Lonzo is to see him step on the pro court Day 1 in some Big Baller Bricks. It’s a very fine line to aspire to build your own brand, own your own likeness and market yourself as a star as you see fit — against brands with millions in development resources that have proven performance capabilities on court and in the marketing world. It’s perhaps the boldest and loftiest thing I’ve ever seen in hoops marketing. If you look through the course of history, there’s less than a handful of comparable cases. Patrick had his “Ewing” brand with Pony’s founder, Stephon had “Starbury” with the Steve & Barry’s retailer, and Mike launched “Jordan Brand” with Nike during his last season in Chicago. That was after twelve of the most iconic years the combined worlds of the NBA and global marketing had ever seen. Maybe only LeBron could’ve pulled off the co-branded concept early in his career, but in 2009 and not 2003, closer to when his initial rookie Nike shoe deal was expiring and he’d already proven himself as a generational player. Entering the draft with a co-branding demand for an endorsement deal? I don’t see it.

Matt: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. The brand has next to no sales on its own — how much would a brand put behind it instead of their own label? If LaVar wants to make a big market for his kids outside of apparel and footwear, GO FOR IT, but the apparel and footwear business is not only a crowded and largely competitive one, but also one that is in decline. If I was LaVar, I would be putting on Ball Clinics for middle school and high school kids in every High School gym across America, every summer. His background is in personal training. He’s clearly taught his own kids how to work hard, and they each have a great feel for the game as well. Millennials want Instagramable moments, not another T-shirt.

What do you think happens for Lonzo’s shoe deal?

Ray P: Lonzo will get a traditional deal from one of the three major footwear brands. Adidas would be crazy not to sign him. They’ve got nothing to lose and we’re used to seeing him in the Crazy Light and Harden Vol 1 from his time at UCLA. I believe Lonzo is worth a high number simply because he is very appealing to the youth, more so than any NBA rookie we’ve seen in a long time, in my opinion. And if the kid lands in Los Angeles with the Lakers… definitely cash him out!

Ian: I hope he does no deal and brings Kicks on Court back! If not, AND1 or a heritage company like British Knights could be really cool. I’d like to see that.


LaMelo Ball, the youngest brother

Nick: I think LaVar is hopeful and prideful enough to really try this all on their own, and have Lonzo wear the first Big Baller Brand basketball shoe for his rookie year. I also think it’s important we give them a chance — it’s of course daring, but also interesting and exciting to see someone shake up the traditional endorsement model. Hopefully they have the process in place to make sure the shoes are thoroughly tested, playable and will hold up over the course of the season. The last thing Lonzo needs to be worried about his rookie year is his sneakers, when he could be matching up with Russ one night, Steph the next, and then James a few nights later.

The downside of doing it on their own is they’ll be bypassing quite a bit of guaranteed money from an established brand — somewhere around $ 5 Million — along with the added marketing costs that go with your typical regional, and potentially national, athlete activations. Is Big Baller Brand funding all of the Ball Sports Group payroll and footwear development costs off of Lonzo’s NBA rookie contract? I’m worried about the finances of the investment here, and I’m also worried that shunning the major brands now will also hurt future opportunities for LaMelo, who just might be the most exciting player in the family. Who knows, maybe the first few Big Baller Brand sneakers rely on Lonzo as a bit of a guinea pig with some early hiccups, and by the time LaMelo potentially goes pro, BBB is hitting their stride and unveiling the next generation’s Hyperdunk.

Matt: Which shoe deal? The $ 1 Billion dollar, ten-year deal is not happening ever, on any planet, so let’s just stop that right now. Many footwear brands are at best clearing 15% after all costs on wholesale sales of performance footwear, when factoring in marketing and R&D. Do some quick math and you’ll see how impossible it would be for any brand to take this chance.

Is Lonzo a marketable person for shoes? That is a big question as well. Right now the shoe walls and product development teams at many brands are slap full. Nike has signature basketball shoes with 4 active NBA players and 1 recently retired legend in Kobe, so the chances of them adding yet another face to the marketing deck is very unlikely at this point or any time in the very near future. Adidas perhaps does have some space on their roster with signatures for Harden, Dame Lillard and DRose’s ongoing franchise, and there’s also potential for more established NBA players to slide over to the brand this fall. (Follow NDPs sneaker free agency coverage!) Under Armour could use another face with the brand, which would also give less dependency on one signature athlete and one signature shoe to carry an entire brand’s category. Considering LaVar said Lonzo is better than Stephen already — right now — that ship has probably sailed.

There’s a reason very few guys enter the NBA with a signature shoe out the gate though — only LeBron and John Wall have done it since the 2000s with a major brand — let’s wait and see how things go.

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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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Classic Kicks Launches Awesome 80s-Based Digital Magazine Debut Issue

words // Nick DePaula:

After blessing the internet with best-in-class vintage features and interviews on the footwear industry for more than a decade, Nick Santora is now bringing his top notch content to magazine form. His Classic Kicks platform, which includes a website, podcast and social media channels, just dropped a 124-page monster of a debut issue.

The first Classic Kicks Magazine Volume 1 narrows in on the 80s, highlighting some of the most beloved marketing campaigns and athletes of the time, along with cult stories and more niche-oriented profiles.

As Santora frames it, “Volume 1 focuses on the 1980s to explore key moments, athletes, and artists that elevated sportswear beyond the games and into mainstream consciousness. It was a decade defined by timeless products, captivating athletes, and genius marketing campaigns that laid the foundation for today’s sneaker culture.”

Interviews & features include:
– Nike photographers Chuck Kuhn, Bob Peterson, and Bill Sumner reveal the stories behind ‘Bo Knows,’ ‘The Jumpman,’ and ‘It’s Gotta Be The Shoes’ – three revolutionary ad campaigns.
– The roots of luxurious European sportswear are traced back to the origins of adidas and FILA.
– John Costacos, who built a poster empire conjuring up superhero athletes.
– Ricky Powell shares the stories behind his iconic Def Jam photographs
– Stanley Chow takes a break from The New Yorker to illustrate classic footballers
– Witness the skateboarding revolution of the late 1970s through the lens of Jim Goodrich
– Roger Steffens decodes the mystery of the Rasta Man Nike running sneakers.

You can download Classic Kicks Volume 1 through web browsers, Apple Store and Google Play, priced at $ 3.99 for a single issue, with discounted quarterly subscriptions also available. Be sure to also follow Classic Kicks on both Instagram and Twitter for constant history lessons on the footwear and the athletic advertising industry, and check out selected highlights from the debut issue below!

Browser / Desktop: http://bit.ly/ClassicKicksMagv1Browser
iOS: http://bit.ly/ClassicKicksMagv1IOS
Android: http://bit.ly/ClassicKicksMagv1Android

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Win a pair of the Air Jordan 1 “Royal” from Nice Kicks

This weekend, an iconic OG returns with the bring back of the Air Jordan 1 “Royal”.  To celebrate this return, Nice Kicks is giving EVERYONE a chance at a pair for free.  Two pairs are up for grabs and there are two ways to win.

Details to enter are below:

ENTER TO WIN ON TWITTER

  1. Follow @nicekicks on Twitter.
  2. RT the Tweet below.
  3. Reply to the tweet with your size and tag three friends. (ex: “sz 11 @ianstonebrook, @nickdepaula, @matthalfhill”)

ENTER TO WIN ON INSTAGRAM

  1. Follow @nicekicks on Instagram.
  2. Like the photo below.
  3. Add a comment with your size and tag three friends. (ex: “sz 11 @ianstonebrook, @nickdepaula, @matthalfhill”)

???GIVEAWAY??? Nice Kicks is giving away a pair of the Air Jordan 1 “Royal” to one lucky Instagram follower.  Here’s how to enter: 1 – Follow @nicekicks 2 – Like this photo 3 – Comment your size & tag three friends ? Turn on post notifications! ? Winner announced Sunday, April 2nd at 11:59PM PDT

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Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 11:59PM PDT. Contest open to all fans of Nice Kicks globally.  Void where prohibited.  No purchase necessary to play.

Contest is open to all fans of Nice Kicks globally.  Void where prohibited.  No purchase necessary to enter.

Good luck to everyone!


Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – ? @ReidGlaze

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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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Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze “Desert Trooper” Drops This Weekend

With cooler climate now a constant throughout the country and beyond, many of our favorite brands are beginning to unveil military-inspired inline and collaborative releases. Taking a slightly different approach towards that end is this new collab from Kicks Lab and PUMA.

Utilizing the Disc Blaze silhouette, the duo adopts a fuzzy suede upper in tan brushed against black leather and nylon accents with matching Disc at the shoes centermost point. The overarching aesthetic of this militaristic yet earthy aesthetic is that of a desert trooper, and their excursions across rugged terrain with missions of the utmost importance.

Give the Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze “Desert Trooper” a closer look below and expect the release this weekend on November 5 for $ 150.

Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze Desert Trooper
Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze Desert Trooper
Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze Desert Trooper
Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze Desert Trooper
Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze Desert Trooper
Kicks Lab x PUMA Disc Blaze Desert Trooper

Source: Overkill

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The Best Kicks On Court Worn Around The NBA | 10.26.16

words // Nick DePaula:

While last night’s opening night schedule only included three games, tonight’s continued kickoff week for the NBA had a full slate of games and marquee matchups.

Around the league, we spotted Russell Westbrook donning a hybrid blend of the Air Jordan XXX and XXX1, several adidas players in the new CrazyLight Boost 2016 and team-based DLillard 2, and a ton of Nike athletes in the Kobe 11 and new Hyperdunk 2016. James Harden also debuted his Vol. 1 signature shoe with adidas.

Check out all of the Kicks On Court worn earlier tonight from around the league, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

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Eric Gordon — adidas Crazy Explosive 
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Jeremy Lin — adidas CrazyLight Boost 2016
Avery Bradley — adidas DLillard 2
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Paul George — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Low
Harrison Barnes — adidas Crazy Explosive

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Thaddeus Young — Nike Kobe 11
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Jeff Teague — Nike Soldier X
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Monta Ellis — Air Jordan XXX1
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Myles Turner — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit
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Dwight Powell — Nike Zoom Soldier 8
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Dirk Nowitzki — Nike Air Max Body U PE
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Jaylen Brown — adidas CrazyLight Boost 2016
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Danilo Gallinari — adidas DRose 7
Solomon Hill — Nike Kobe 11
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Anthony Davis — Nike Air Max Audacity 2016
Wilson Chandler — Nike KD9
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Will Barton — Under Armour ClutchFit Drive Low 3
Tim Frazier — adidas Crazy Explosive 
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Cory Joseph — Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011
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Marcus Morris — Nike Soldier X
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Norman Powell — Nike Kobe 11
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DeMar DeRozan — Nike Kobe 11
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D’Angelo Russell — Nike Kyrie 2
Luol Deng — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit
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10_26-brandon-ingram-crazy-lightBrandon Ingram — adidas CrazyLight Boost 2016
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Tarik Black — Nike Kobe 11
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Marcelo Huertas — Nike Zoom Clear Out
Larry Nance Jr. — adidas DRose 7
Julius Randle — Nike Soldier X
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James Harden — adidas Harden Vol. 1
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Jordan Clarkson — Nike Kyrie 2 
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Kyle Lowry — adidas CrazyLight Boost 2016
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Evan Fournier — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit
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Goran Dragic — adidas DLillard 2
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Aaron Gordon — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Low
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Rodney McGruder — Nike Kyrie 2
Elfrid Payton — Nike Kobe 11
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Hassan Whiteside — Nike LeBron 13 Elite
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Russell Westbrook — Air Jordan 30.5 PE Hybrid
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Steven Adams — adidas 773 IV
Jahlil Okafor — Nike Soldier X
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Joel Embiid — adidas Light Em Up 2
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Ersan Illyasova — Nike Hyperdunk 2016
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Referee — Nike KD9
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Eric Bledsoe — Nike Soldier X
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Marquese Chriss — Nike Kobe 11
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Alex Len — Nike Hyperdunk 2016
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Devin Booker — Nike Kobe IV “Fade To Black”
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Matt Barnes — adidas DLillard 2
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Anthony Tolliver — Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 3
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Aaron Afflalo — Nike Kobe 11
Rudy Gay — Nike Hyperdunk 2016
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DeMarcus Cousins — Nike Air Max Audacity 2016
TJ Warren — Nike KD9 iD
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Ty Lawson — adidas DLillard 2
Tyler Ullis — Nike Kobe 11
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Mike Conley Jr. — Air Jordan XXX1
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Sideline Guys — Air Jordan XII “OVO” & adidas JWall 2 “Christmas” (!!!!!)
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