adidas Unveils Black History Month Collection

adidas Black History Month Collection

adidas and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar today unveiled a limited edition Black History Month Collection inspired by the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and one of the game’s most prominent philanthropists and ambassadors. Each basketball shoe model and specialty packaging features sepia tones, inspirational quotes and details that provide a vivid journey through the four most important eras of Kareem’s legendary and record-breaking career.

“I was very fortunate to have African-American role models and pioneers I could identify with and learn from as I forged my career in basketball and my personal journey in life,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “Every success I’ve had is due to countless hours of hard work physically and mentally, and I’m proud to tell that story and inspire the next generation of role models as we celebrate the accomplishments of African-American leaders next month.”

adidas athletes will debut the collection during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day games and wear them in select games throughout February to celebrate Black History Month and honor African-American role models like Kareem. A portion of the proceeds from the Black History Month Collection will be donated to Kareem’s Sky Hook Foundation, which improves the lives of underprivileged youth.

The collection will be available at with the Crazy 8 ($110) launching Jan 23rd, J Wall 1 ($115) and D Rose 5 Boost ($140) on Jan 30th and D Lillard ($105) on Feb 6th.

Crazy 8 – “Fundamentals are the Foundation for Excellence – ‘61 –‘65”

The Crazy 8 features a canvas upper to pay homage to basketball shoes of the 1960s, while the upper’s cracked texture and sockliner echo the blacktop courts of Harlem where Kareem first honed his game. The purple and gold sockliner colors represent Power Memorial Academy, where Kareem led his high school team to record-breaking success which included a 79-2 record and national championship.

“Fundamentals are the Foundation for Excellence” is printed on the sockliner and upper to recognize Kareem’s mantra during his high school career.

J Wall 1 (signature shoe of Washington Wizards guard John Wall) – “Rules are What Make the Game Challenging – ’65 – ‘69”

The J Wall 1 upper and sockliner features the words “Rules are What Make the Game Challenging” to represent Kareem’s career at UCLA, during which the college game banned dunking because of his dominance. Kareem still persevered and owned the era, leading the Bruins to three national championships and an 88-2 record during his time on the team.

The blue and gold sockliner features a hardwood print that pays homage to Pauley Pavilion, where Bruins’ basketball has called home since 1965.

D Rose 5 Boost (signature shoe of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose) – “The Hook Shot is Worth a Thousand Words – ’69 – ‘75”

The D Rose 5 Boost upper and sockliner feature the words “The Hook Shot is Worth a Thousand Words” to represent the signature shot that defined his career. Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, Kareem’s immediate impact and signature sky hook helped the Bucks win an NBA championship in 1971 and saw him earn the first three NBA Most Valuable Player awards of his career.

The red and green sockliner represents Milwaukee Bucks team colors, while the pattern pays homage to the famous radio tower that broadcasted Bucks games over the airwaves in that era.

D Lillard – (signature shoe of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard) “When the Music Changes, so Does the Dance – ’75 – ‘89”

This shoe features this mantra on the upper and sockliner to represent the years that cemented Kareem’s legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest players and brought five NBA Championships to the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers. Kareem’s consistent low post-scoring, rebounding and rim-protection helped LA become one of the most successful basketball dynasties of all-time. The purple and gold sockliner represents the classic Lakers colors while palm trees represent LA scenery.

During this period of his career, Kareem began to practice yoga regularly, which he said drove his longevity and consistency in the league. The move to Hollywood also opened up additional opportunities for him, including a classic cameo in the movie “Airplane.”

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Behold, The Air Jordan 11 Retro “Bred” Backpack


If you’re a huge Jordan fanatic, you’ve got to check out this backpack made in the likeness of the Air Jordan 11 “Bred”. Crazy, right?

The overall design of the bag is reflective of the classic Jordan 11 shape, and even features the outsole of that shoe as the bottom of the bag. It’s a pretty bold backpack, with an equally bold price tag – $250 from New York’s Renarts.

Personally, I couldn’t fathom paying $250 for a backpack, but I’m sure they’ll find some suckers willing to plunk down the cash for ‘em.




Reebok Announces New Partnership With Kendrick Lamar

Reebok - Kendrick Lamar

The brand committed to continuously pushing boundaries through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry, Reebok takes the fusion of music and footwear to a whole new level with Kendrick Lamar. Together, Reebok and one of the most prolific artists in music today, will inspire and empower youth to become their best selves through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets. Their shared goal provides the creative foundation for a short film released to announce the partnership.

“Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their potential is limitless. I saw what the brand was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it and make it even stronger. It’s as simple as that. Kids that listen to my music are looking for inspiration. It’s important that I continue that message in anything I represent,” said Lamar.

Reebok and Kendrick Lamar bring their joined vision of celebrating the limitless potential of youth through a short film created to pay homage to kids in Lamar’s hometown of Compton, CA. The video, “Reebok Presents Kendrick Lamar,” was directed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler and was shot at locations that hold true meaning in Lamar’s life. A nod to his roots, the short film features today’s standouts at his alma mater, Centennial High School. The youth featured in this film are showcased to inspire the new generation to find their voice, and not to be afraid to become their best selves. The short is narrated by Kendrick through a powerful verse called “Kendrick Lamar – I AM” — his own personal ode to Compton.

“Reebok has a long history of working with trail-blazing music artists, but we knew a partnership with a lyricist like Kendrick had to mean something bigger for our brand. With Kendrick, Reebok truly finds a new voice, and together we look forward to launching ground-breaking projects over the coming months,” said Todd Krinsky, Global Vice President of Reebok Classics and Entertainment.

Kendrick fans will get their first glimpse of the Ventilator OG, debuting January 15th within the short film. As part of the new partnership, Kendrick will be featured in Reebok’s global campaign celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Reebok’s iconic Ventilator shoe, which will debut in March 2015.Kendrick will also create his own limited edition capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2015, which will include signature Ventilator styles inspired by the artist’s life, style, and personality and will be available as of June 2015.

A Reebok fan since he was a kid, Kendrick grew up wearing what he called “TeeBos and Rees” (white tee, Jabo jeans and Reebok Classics). Today, his Reebok shoes of choice are the Ventilator, and the Classic Nylon. “My style is simple, but with an edge – and it’s as classic as that,” said Lamar.

Sponsored Video: Rob Dyrdek & Lunchables Uploaded Present Fully Uploaded

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Professional skateboarder, actor, and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek has teamed up with Lunchables (you know, the yummy cracker/ham/cheese packets) to create a series of ten ‘Fully Uploaded’ webisodes. Now look, if you know Rob, you know that this won’t be your standard online show. No, they’re about to take things to the next level, giving you a never before seen look into the lives of ten Rob-approved game changers who are living the Uploaded life. So are you ready?

Fully Uploaded guests include Dude Perfect (the trick shot pioneers), Wheelz (extreme wheelchair athlete from the Nitro Circus Live tour), Tanner Foust (pro racing driver / Top Gear host), Jabbawockeez (winners of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs small forward), LeSean McCoy (running back for the Philadelphia Eagles), among others.

These interviews are definitely worth watching, so make sure you go and check them out here.

In addition, this month Lunchables is running an “Own The Fantasy” competition, where you can win a VIP Weekend in Los Angeles and get to meet the man himself, Rob Dyrdek, and do up LA Dyrdek-style. What’s that mean? Imagine getting picked up from the airport not in a limo, but in a Donk! Hang on the set with Rob during the taping of one of his shows. Meet his (trained) grizzly bear. Get served lunch via drones, which you then get to fly. And zip around in high-speed go-karts to see if you’ve got the skills to take the checkered flag.

And even if you don’t win the grand price, you could still win one of 10,000 $10 Gift Cards. You can play once a day until the instant win games ends December 31, 2014, so make sure you enter each day to increase your chances of winning!

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Dave Chappelle Shares His Unpopular View of Donald Sterling in GQ

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In his GQ Men of the Year cover interview, Dave Chappelle shares his unpopular view of Donald Sterling: “Ultimately, I don’t think he should have lost his team. I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful.”

Chappelle covers GQ’s annual Men of the Year issue, honoring the biggest superstars who have undeniably left their mark in 2014. He graces the cover along with Chris Pratt, Steve Carell, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, and Michael Sam. The December issue of GQ is available on newsstands now in New York and Los Angeles and nationally November 25th.

For the full story and photo slideshow, check out

Photo credit: Ben Watts/GQ

Adidas Unveils Two New D Rose 5 Boost Colorways

adidas today unveiled the next two colorways of the D Rose 5 Boost signature basketball shoe. The D Rose 5 Boost is the first basketball shoe to offer full length Boost cushioning technology designed for heightened energy return and step-in comfort to ensure maximum performance.

adidas D Rose 5 Boost Chicago Ice

Inspired by Rose’s home city of Chicago and its importance to his upbringing, the “Chicago Ice” D Rose 5 Boost features a classic black mesh SPRINT WEB upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. The upper is highlighted by an embossed satellite print of Chicago which was originally introduced on the D Rose 2.5. Contrasting white details and an ice blue outsole reflect Chicago’s notably frigid winters.

adidas D Rose 5 Woven Blues

The early 20th century saw African-American workers move north to seek work and they brought with them the classic blues music style. As they settled in Chicago, many honed their musical craft, which evolved into Chicago style or urban blues and became one of the biggest influences on modern music. The “Woven Blues” D Rose 5 colorway is inspired by that movement and features a unique basket weave styled upper in a deep navy blue. It’s accented by a bright orange lining and white D Rose logo on the back of the shoe.

“Chicago Ice” D Rose 5 Boost launches at and Foot Locker on November 24th, while “Woven Blues” will be available November 26th.

The Worst NBA Draft Picks Of All Time

The 2014 NBA Draft saw the Cleveland Cavaliers again win the right to choose first. Last year they acquired Anthony Bennett, who has gone down in recent memory as one of the worst draft picks. This year the Cavs, who are the favorites to win the NBA Championships with Betfair, picked up Andrew Wiggins. However, you won’t be seeing him in a Cleveland jersey, as he was traded alongside Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves in return for Kevin Love.

Hopefully Wiggins will be able to make a better account of himself in his maiden NBA season than his countryman, who we all hope finds his feet in Minnesota.

Although Bennett was bad, he was not the worst draft pick in NBA history. So who are?

Michael Olowokandi
Michael Olowokandi

Pick/Year: No.1/1998
College: Pacific
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Chosen over: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter
NBA career stats: 8.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 BPG (1998-2007)

Thankfully Michael Olowokandi finished college with a degree in economics, as his basketball career is, in the most part, an unsuccessful one.

The 7-foot Nigerian literally walked into the team at the University of the Pacific and dominated the Big West. In 1997 – his junior year – Olowokandi led his university to the 1997 NCAA Tournament, where they were beaten in the first round by Saint Joseph’s. During his senior year he averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Heading into the draft it was widely accepted that Olowokandi was a talented prospect that had the potential to get even better. He didn’t.

Unfortunately for Olowokandi, his career at the Clippers was stop-start, due to injuries and inconsistent play. This concoction of irrational play and injury also ruined his spells at the Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics.

Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams

Pick/Year: No. 2/2005
College: North Carolina
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Chosen over: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Monta Ellis
NBA career stats: 10.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.3 APG

It’s a mystery to this day why the Hawks opted for Marvin Williams over Chris Paul back in 2005. The Hawks had just come off a 13-69 season and drastically needed a new point guard, due to Tyronn Lue’s poor form. Logic would suggest that Paul would be the ideal pick in the draft, having been named a First Team Consensus All-America. Logic lost that day.

Instead of Paul they went for Marvin Williams, a player who didn’t even start in college, though he did come from the defending champions North Carolina Tar Heels. Why on earth would you use the second pick of the draft to get a collegiate sixth man?

The two men went very different ways. As to be expected, Paul has established himself as one of the better players in the NBA – he has a very good chance of winning his first championship ring with the Clippers this season – while Williams was underwhelming at the Hawks before being underwhelming with the Utah Jazz. Whether he will be able to buck the trend with the Charlotte Hornets remains to be seen.

LaRue Martin
LaRue Martin

Pick/Year: No. 1/1972
College: Loyola University-Chicago
Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Chosen over: Bob McAdoo, Julius Erving, Paul Westphal
NBA career stats: 5.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.5 BPG (1972-76)

The butt of many basketball jokes, LaRue Martin was absolutely atrocious in the NBA. He had originally gained prominence after some strong play against the prodigal Bill Walton. Walton – who was the first pick in 1974 – has two championship rings to his name and was named the league’s MVP in 1978 – during Martin’s Loyola-Chicago’s game against Walton’s UCLA. When Martin declared himself eligible for the draft there was much fanfare, nearly all of it was generated from his performance against Walton.

This fanfare was enough to entice Portland into going for Martin with their first pick, but what a catastrophic error that proved to be. Martin couldn’t hack it in the NBA and two years later his old friend Bill Walton was signed by the Timbers, giving LaRue no chance of making the side.

Four years after being the number one draft Martin had retired. Reports in 2005 stated that he now works for UPS.

Darko Milicic
Darko Milicic

Pick/Year: No.2/2003
College: Hemofarm (Serbia)
Team: Detroit Pistons
Chosen over: Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh
NBA career stats: 6.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.3 BPG (2003-12)

The 2003 draft was a golden opportunity for the Detroit Pistons. The season just gone saw them lose to the New Jersey Nets in the finals of the Eastern Conference, but they had the No.2 pick thanks to a deal made with the Memphis Grizzlies back in 1997. Here was a case of good team being made better, which it would of had they gone for the three players listed above.

You can defend Joe Dumars by saying that Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade were not needed due to Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince being on the roster, but the argument that Chris Bosh was not tough enough for the NBA has long been discredited. All three of these players individually were equal to Milicic squared.

What’s worse, they signed Milicic and then never gave him consistent game time. During his three seasons with the Pistons his average MPG was 5.73. He may have been a star in the making had he been given the game time, but when you look at who the Pistons passed up he has to be looked at as a massive draft failure.

Kwame Brown
Kwame Brown

Pick/Year: No.1/2001
College: Glynn Academy – High School
Team: Washington Wizards
Chosen Over: Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Zach Randolph
NBA career stats: 6.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.6 BPG (2001-13)

It doesn’t really matter which way you look at it, Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player ever. He may be tremendous on the court but when he’s trying to manage a side from an off-the-court perspective, he has proven to be the polar opposite. His signing of Kwame Brown proves just that.

Brown was a mercurial talent in high school and was named in the 2001 McDonald’s All-American Team. This was all MJ needed to see before making Brown the first ever high school player to be picked with the first draft pick.

His first season with the Wizards was terrible, but you can allow some leeway for that considering it was his debut campaign. The next wasn’t much better despite his game time being increased, neither were the two that followed. And then to add insult to injury he turned down the Wizards new contract offer, instead preferring to go on the free agent market.

Since the Wizards, Brown has been passed from team to team, which he has been without since 2013.

Not only was he a waste of a pick, he thought of himself as above the club and jumped ship the second the opportunity presented itself.

These players made fans despair, Knock on wood, Wiggins won’t.