April 24th, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
This spring, Reebok Classic will bring back one of the most popular basketball collections ever introduced – the Reebok Classic Blacktop collection. Shoes so bad they gotta be fenced in.
Originally built for the outdoor game, the Reebok Blacktop collection has become synonymous with the glory days of 90s street ball. The two most popular models – the Blacktop Boulevard and Battleground – were not only tough enough for the court, but had sky-high style to match.
On Friday, May 9th, limited pairs of the Reebok Classic Battleground ($125 ADULT/ $90 GS/ $50 TD) and Reebok Classic Boulevard ($100 ADULT/$75 GS) will return to the streets at key retailers Jimmy Jazz, Expressions, Shiekh, City Gear, Villa, DTLR, Reebok.com.
A must-have shoe both then and now, the Blacktop collection will go fast so be sure to get ‘em before they’re gone!
Blacktop Battleground – black/white/extreme purple/feather blue
Blacktop Battleground – white/black/canvas/silvery grey/night beacon/carotene
Blacktop Boulevard – white/reebok navy/punch pink
Blacktop Boulevard – black/white
April 18th, 2014
Posted in Slam Dunk Central
adidas has announced a partnership with Australian NBA Draft prospect Danté Exum. The 18-year-old, 6-foot-6-inch combo guard is projected to be one of the top picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. Exum brings a unique skill set and background to one of the most highly touted draft classes in recent years.
“I’m really excited to join the adidas family,” said Exum. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in adidas Nations in the past and I’ve always liked their shoes and gear. I look forward to what’s to come for me and adidas.”
A graduate of the prestigious Australian Institute of Sport, Exum’s career includes a gold medal finish at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship and silver medal finish in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championships. Exum also participated in the adidas Nations program in 2011 and 2012, leading Australia to a fourth place finish in 2012. Exum grew up with strong basketball roots, his father Cecil Exum was a member of the 1982 University of North Carolina NCAA National Championship team before playing professional basketball in Australia.
“Danté is a gifted player,” said Chris Grancio, adidas head of global basketball sports marketing. “His hard work ethic and play have made him successful at every level of competition, but what makes him special is his great attitude and unselfish team approach to the game.”
Exum joins a group of elite adidas basketball point-guards highlighted by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. He will be featured in a variety of upcoming adidas initiatives and will play a role in the development of basketball footwear and apparel.
April 10th, 2014
Posted in Slam Dunk Central
The 2014 NBA Playoffs are just 9 days away, and we’ve got 12 teams that have locked in playoff spots as of 4/10:
Eastern Conference: Indiana, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, Brooklyn, Charlotte and Washington.
Western Conference: San Antonio, Oklahoma City, L.A. Clippers, Houston and Portland.
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March 18th, 2014
Posted in Slam Dunk Central
The NCAA annual spring basketball tournament is due to start. In what has become one of the biggest sporting events in America, it gives the NBA scouts the perfect opportunity to draft up a wish list of potential draftees. So, which players are we expecting to stand out in the March Madness, and which teams look likely to rock the NCAA odds?
Jabari Parker, Duke
Without a doubt the best collegiate player out there at the minute is Jabari Parker. The son of former Golden State Warriors player Sonny Parker, Jabari has been tipped for a big future in the sport. With a 19.3 Points-Per-Game (PPG) and an 8.8 Rebounds-Per-Game (RPG), Parker is one of the best scorers in the NCAA. He has the required skillset to emulate one LeBron James, who looks set to guide his Miami Heat (11/5 favourites with Titan Bet) to another NBA title. A solid NCAA tournament should see Parker establish himself as the first pick of the draft. With the LA Lakers missing out on the Play-Offs for the first time since 2005, they look the likely side to acquire the Chicago native. They would be fools not to.
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas SF
Alongside Parker, Wiggins is the most exciting prospect that will be entering the draft. If his performances in the Big 12 are anything to go by he should tear up the NCAA tournament. His stats for this season thus far make for very good reading. He has a 17.4 PPG average and a 6.0 RPG average. When Wiggins plays aggressively he is one of the best players to watch. His constant dribbling attack can be too much for opposition defences, while defensively he is very confident in knocking down jumpers. It is a toss-up between him and Parker for the first draft pick, but what is for sure is that both will go on to achieve superstardom.
Julius Randle, Kentucky
At 6-foot-9, Randle is a beast on the court. While he hasn’t managed to keep up with the blistering pace of Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, he is still a player to keep an eye on. The 19-year-old is a constant presence on the court and even though his scoring this season has not been overwhelming, he is more than capable of facing up opposition and punishing them. If the Wildcats can have a decent run in Big Dance and Randle improves his 15.0 PPG average then he will be highly sought after.
Gary Harris, Michigan State
The youngster has made the Spartans one of the hottest teams in the NCAA. They enter the Big Dance as fourth seeds. With a 17.1 PPG average his isn’t the most lethal scorer in the draft but his all-round game is very impressive. His off the ball movement is second to none, which makes his point guards job a lot easier, while this season his defensive play and ball handling has improved tenfold. Expect to see Harris move in the first round of draft picks.
March 8th, 2014
Posted in Videos
CNBC is about to air a new series called Money Talks that pulls back the curtains on the world of sports betting. Now as someone who’s been known to bet on their fair share of basketball games over the years, I’m really curious to check out this show and see how the whole Vegas sports handicapping world works. The show follows Steve Stevens, the self-proclaimed ‘Michael Jordan’ of sports handicapping, who claims his picks are right over 60% of the time!
Each one-hour episode follows Stevens and his agents who sell their picks to gamblers looking for any kind of edge. From small-time bettors to big-time whales who can wager as much as six figures on a single game. This is a world built on high risk, high emotions and high rewards. But in a city like Vegas, with distractions and every imaginable vice, Stevens needs to keep his agents focused on building new business while he entertains big time bettors who come with big bankrolls and even bigger expectations.
Watch the extended sneak peek for Money Talks:
I’ll be tuning in this Wednesday to watch the premiere of Money Talks, will you?
This post is sponsored by CNBC
March 7th, 2014
Posted in Apparel
adidas unveiled the Made in March Uniform System for the 2014 NCAA basketball postseason. The collection was created to provide teams with adidas’ most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.
Baylor, UCLA, Cincinnati and Louisville will wear short-sleeve Made in March uniforms and Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Wisconsin will wear sleeveless versions.
Made in March uniforms feature a functional perforated print pattern along the leg of the stretch woven short to enhance breathability and ventilation, keeping players cool as the clock winds down. adidas’ quick-drying jersey technology found in current NBA uniforms along with ClimaCool zones on the chest, back and side, move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry as players sweat.
To rally fans and spark team unity and pride, several uniforms feature team name logos across the chest, while all jerseys have school mantras selected by the team printed on the inside collar. Several schools will wear new colors exclusively designed for March. Baylor will wear army green as homage to the school’s strong military history, while UCLA dons navy blue and gold inspired by the Los Angeles night skyline. Indiana will suit-up in cream as a nod to the program’s traditional school colors and basketball team’s “crimson and cream” nickname.
The Made in March Uniform System debuts on-court beginning with conference tournament play and fans can grab their Made in March gear at adidas.com and campus bookstores.
February 13th, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
adidas today unveils “The Blueprint” Crazy 8, a limited edition version of the classic Crazy 8 shoe that pays homage to one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
adidas interviewed several NBA athletes including Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and John Wall about what Kareem meant to them and the game of basketball. One response stood out above all the rest; Kareem represents “the blueprint” to greatness as a person, an athlete and as a philanthropist. The names and responses of the NBA athletes interviewed are featured on the sockliner of the shoes.
The blue-based upper is inspired by Kareem’s career at UCLA where he finished his college career with an 88-2 winning record, three NCAA championships and numerous accolades including:
- Two-time Consensus Player of the Year
- Three-time first-team All-American
- Three-time Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tournament The first-ever Naismith Player of the Year
The upper is constructed of a single piece of synthetic suede with stitching and molded details that highlight the simplicity of the original model. Additional details include a custom Tyvek tongue patch that displays Kareem’s iconic hook-shot and signature. Kareem’s number, 33, is stitched on the heel and toe of the shoe.
You can catch “The Blueprint” Crazy 8 on-court when Kareem’s alma-mater, UCLA, wears them in their game on Thursday, February 13 on ESPN against the University of Colorado. “The Blueprint” Crazy 8 will be available in limited quantities for $133 on February 14 at adidas.com and at adidas in The Quarter in New Orleans for NBA All-Star weekend.
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