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.
Stay tuned to the adidas Basketball Facebook page for exclusive content and follow adidas on Twitter and Instagram at @adidasHoops with #Crazy8.
February 4th, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
adidas, Dwight Howard, John Wall, Damian Lillard and others will debut special NBA All-Star editions of the Dwight Howard 4, Crazy 8, Crazy 1 and the all-new Crazyquick 2 at the 63rd NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Inspired by New Orleans’ rich culture and the atmosphere of NBA All-Star weekend, the footwear will be rolled out February 12-15.
The Crazyquick 2 uses an all-new QUICKWEB upper to provide increased flexibility and superior fit along with signature Crazyquick outsole technology for increased traction and court feel. The bold “Vivid Berry” and “Solar Slime” NBA All-Star edition features splatter paint print that pays homage to the celebratory spirit of Mardi Gras and will be worn on-court by John Wall of the Washington Wizards (East) and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers (West).
The Crazy 8 features an aggressive design that follows the form and function of the foot. Originally launched in 1997, the all-new All-Star colorway features bright orange and blue colors and splatter paint print inspired by the architectural and art of New Orleans and celebratory spirit of Mardi Gras and NBA All-Star weekend. The Crazy 8 will be worn by players during the Rising Stars Challenge and NBA All-Star Saturday Night participants.
The Crazy 1 features a curved, aerodynamic upper inspired by luxury automobiles. Originally launched in 2000, the all-new All-Star colorway features bright orange and blue colors and splatter paint print inspired by the architectural and art of New Orleans and celebratory spirit of Mardi Gras and NBA All-Star weekend. The Crazy 1 will be worn by players during the Rising Stars Challenge and NBA All-Star Saturday Night participants.
The Dwight Howard 4 NBA All-Star edition signature shoe will roll-out in a metallic “Blast Purple” colorway for one of the most elite centers in the league – eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard. The Dwight Howard 4 features a SPRINTWEB and TECHFIT upper for enhanced support and lockdown. Crazyquick technology elements include an articulated forefoot with two-way flex zones for increased traction and court feel. A unique take on the traditional purple of Mardi Gras, the metallic “Blast Purple” stands out on the court and gives the superstar center a unique look for the big stage of the NBA All-Star Game.
Stay tuned to the adidas Basketball Facebook page, and follow on Twitter and Instagram with #Crazy8, #Crazy1, #Howard4 and #Crazyquick2
January 17th, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
Today marks the official re-release of Reebok Classic’s famed Kamikaze I OG sneakers!
Lightning struck every time Shawn Kemp stepped on the court. His larger-than-life persona set a new pace for basketball, and his groundbreaking athleticism inspired a shoe just as bold in 1994: The Kamikaze I.
Reebok Classic is bringing back the Kamikaze I at key retailers including Foot Locker, Finish Line, Champs, Jimmy Jazz and reebok.com for $115 (adult) and $90 (grade school).
January 10th, 2014
Posted in Slam Dunk Central
The Cleveland Cavaliers have secured the services of Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks. Chicago will also have the right to swap 2015 first-round picks with the Cavaliers.
Deng has spent his entire career with the Bulls, drafted seventh overall by Chicago, going onto establish himself as a key part of the team over the course of 10 season, earning a place in the All Star line-up in the past two seasons.
While Deng is expected to step straight into the Cavaliers team, the Bulls look set to release Bynum in a move that will give them financial flexibility and help them build for the future once franchise player Derrick Rose returns from his lengthy injury layoff, which has had a significant impact on the Bulls’ odds with Betfair.
“We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization. He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team first mentality and is a high character leader,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said.
Deng will join a Cleveland Cavaliers side the currently finds itself outside the Eastern Conference playoff race. The 28-year old, who has spent time on the sidelines this season with a sore Achilles, has averaged 19 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Bulls this season and his signing will huge boost to a struggling Cleveland team in need of some quality at a crucial time of the season.
The 6ft 9in forward has brings a huge amount of experience with him to a young Cavaliers squad, not to mention his obvious talents at both ends of the court. It remains to be seen whether or not Deng’s arrival will be the difference between Cleveland reaching the playoffs, although having the Great Britain star in the team will certainly make the Cavaliers a more tempting bet with Betfair still be in contention by the time the postseason begins.
December 3rd, 2013
Posted in Slam Dunk Central
We are now in Ricky Rubio’s third NBA season, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to look like a true playoff threat. With outstanding offensive pieces such as Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, the man who orchestrates everything is the point guard from Spain. However, as good as he is setting up teammates, Minnesota will be unable to turn the corner if defenses are not forced to respect Rubio’s shot.
Many people figured that with a knee injury sidelining him for months, Rubio would be able to focus on retooling his jump shot and become a better player overall. While he is currently a decent low-volume three-point shooter right now, he is still just a 36% shooter from the floor, and a 32.4% shooter from three for his career. Teams are adjusting nicely, constantly going under screens in pick-n-roll situations and simply daring him to shoot. Instead of taking them up on their offer, he dribbles around before opening up a passing lane and setting someone else up.
As good as he is as a passer, he is that bad of a shooter. The most frustrating thing for fantasy basketball fans is that his shots do not even look bad coming out of his hand. It is extremely difficult to watch him clank shots from the outside, but the good news for some is that he does not even attempt them that much at this point in his career.
Teams are getting smarter when defending him, and this lack of shooting touch could really limit his effectiveness. Rubio’s value right now comes from passing, ball handling and defense. However, if Minnesota wants to be truly competitive, they are going to need more than that out of him. He at least needs to develop a jump shot to keep the defense honest.