James Harden and adidas Wake The Game Up With Harden Vol. 1

Harden Vol. 1

adidas and James Harden reimagine the signature shoe game with the debut of Harden Vol. 1. The collection represents the first chapter of the collaborative partnership that began October 1st with the goal of co-creating footwear and apparel unlike any signature line in sport.

Driven by Harden’s performance needs and embracing his distinctive design insights, Harden Vol. 1 embodies James’ creativity and expressive style on and off the court. adidas continues to reinvent collaboration and Harden Vol. 1 is a bold challenge to the traditional creative process.

Harden Vol. 1

“This was my first time creating a shoe from the ground up. With adidas, we wanted to stand for something different, be true to who we are and that’s how we separate ourselves,” Harden said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and all the work we put in together is what makes this genuine. We’re open to each other’s opinions and we weren’t going to just put shoes on the shelves and say ‘This is James Harden.’ It’s built for how I play and you’ll see my style, different moods, the little details and stories that represent who I am.”

Harden Vol. 1 Pioneer launches December 3rd for $140 on adidas.com, with additional colorway drops throughout the season. The apparel collection is available this Fall.

Harden Vol. 1

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Under Armour and Stephen Curry Launch The Curry 3


Stephen Curry returns to the court this season with a renewed drive, hunger and focus on the future. Fueled by Stephen’s unwavering will to always take his game to the next level, Under Armour will drive the game of basketball forward with the latest addition to Stephen’s signature footwear collection, the Curry 3.

Constructed with proprietary technologies and designed to drive the league’s back-to-back MVP to new heights, the Curry 3 is the optimal combination of lightweight support, balance, speed and durability. Powered by Under Armour’s newest breakthrough in fabric technology, Threadborne™, Under Armour and Stephen have created a new shoe that breaks the mold of what to expect from basketball footwear, with innovative technology and design.


Tech Specifications:

  • Threadborne™ is a new technology created by Under Armour’s innovators after examining a parachute, specifically paracord, a strong piece of material that is at the equipment’s core. Within the weave construction of paracord, Under Armour discovered ultra-durable yarns and rebuilt them into a fabric engineered to withstand the rigors of an 82 game season and support the two-time MVP as he transcends the limits of the game. The Curry 3 Threadborne fabric is comprised of braided thread that wraps around a larger, corded panel, delivering unparalleled lightweight directional strength and infinite support.
  • Meta-Wing lines the heel of the Curry 3 to expressly support the subtalor joint—the joint that connects the ankle and heel bones, and is crucial in terrain balance, pivoting and shock absorption. The shoes create a snug fit that is unrivaled in stabilizing the foot, ensuring the most complete and efficient way to cut and move laterally on the basketball court.
  • Anafoam is constructed on the medial to deliver body-mapped fit, lightweight structure and support.
  • Charged Cushioning™ is a unique foam technology, which absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst, making each stride or change of direction explosive.
  • Herringbone Traction: The return of Herringbone traction on the sole of the Curry 3 amplifies stability, grip and support on the court.


“Being able to work directly with my team at Under Armour on the Curry 3 has been an incredible experience,” said Curry. “Our team’s knowledge and expertise on the science of building a shoe is unparalleled, and pairing with what works for my body and my game, I know that we have created something really special. Working in collaboration with my UA team from start to finish on inspiration, design and fit will without question drive us to success.”

The Curry 3 mid style retails for $140.00 and debuts globally at UA.com and the UA Shop App on October 25th with the “Dub Nation Heritage” colorway. The “SC Camo” colorway follows with a release at retailers worldwide on October 27th.

Russell Westbrook Talks About Staying With Thunder After Durant’s Exit In November Issue Of GQ

Russell Westbrook - GQ November Cover

“The thing about me you have to know is, I don’t care what other people are doing. I. Don’t. Care,” Russell Westbrook tells GQ’s Daniel Riley of being pitted against Steph Curry and LeBron James for last year’s league MVP. “I’m so busy worried about how I can improve, I just don’t have time to worry about what any other person is doing.”

Despite Kevin Durant’s departure from Oklahoma City Thunder last spring, Westbrook doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings. “The whole thing in the NBA is that people sometimes have an opportunity to go where they want,” he says. “And Kevin chose a place where he wanted to go.” Despite his seeming indifference to Durant’s leave, Westbrook says that they haven’t talked much since. But did Westbrook ever considering leaving the Thunder, himself? “It was very simple,” he says. “I wasn’t trying to figure out if I was leaving or not. I was happy where–––I am happy where––I’m at.”

Explaining his aggressive, yet effective, playing style––his need to drive into traffic on every play––Westbrook is refreshingly humble: “I don’t know how to be cool. You know what I mean? That’s not in my nature. I only know how to play one way. I can’t, like, decide to turn the switch on and off. I’m not good enough to do that.” Despite other people jumping to conclusions about his off-court personality based on his aggressive plays, Westbrook seems pretty indifferent. “I just don’t care,” he says. “A lot of people don’t really know me. All they know is what they see on TV. So I don’t mind it. Because I play basketball different than how I am off the court. When I’m on the court, everybody thinks I’m angry and I’m mad. I’m fine with that. But that’s why I think some people are confused until they see me off the court. They’ll run into me and be like: ‘Oh, I thought you were gonna be mad.’ But why would I be mad?” Westbrook doesn’t let this generalization wear on him, though. “For me, I feel like, if they’re talking about you, then you’re doing something right. When they stop talking about you, that’s when you should worry.”

Russell Westbrook - GQ November

Reflecting on the beginning of his basketball career, Westbrook admits: “I was never the best player. Not ever in my life. Though even when I was younger, I felt that on any given day I could be. And that mentality’s what’s helped me get over the hump each and every day to where I was meant to go.” The best basketball player he knew growing up, and someone he learned a lot from, was his best friend and teammate Khelcey Barrs. During their sophomore year of high school, Barrs, collapsed and died during a game of pickup, on account of an undiagnosed enlarged heart. “Obviously, it’s something that’s always going to be a part of my life,” says Westbrook. “What I do and where I do it. Always playing for him and his spirit.” So when a teammate’s pivotal injury thrust Westbrook into the starting lineup during his sophomore year at UCLA, he didn’t let the moment pass him by. “That was a turning point for me,” he says. “I had the opportunity to showcase my talent––since we were a very well-watched team that year––to help draw the attention of the NBA.”

To read the full story, go to: http://www.gq.com/story/russell-westbrook-thunder-profile

The November issue of GQ will be available on newsstands nationally October 25th.

Photo credit: Peggy Sirota exclusively for GQ

Boston Celtics Slowly Building Title-Challenging Team


The Boston Celtics have fallen at the first hurdle of the post-season in the past two years as the club continue to rebuild under the tenure of Brad Stevens. The Celtics were a force between 2007 and 2012 under Doc Rivers as they returned to the franchise’s dominant ways that had not been seen since the late 1980s.

Rivers’ men won the NBA Championship in the 2007-08 season and reached the Finals once again in the 2011-12 campaign, only to be defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2013 the club were to lose essential parts of their success as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Brooklyn Nets, while Rivers allowed his contract to expire to join to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Since then Stevens has had a battle to keep his side above .500 due to a lack of quality on the roster, but the Draft picks gained in the Garnett, Pierce and Rivers’ departure are beginning to show signs of bearing fruit for Boston.

There has been a gradual improvement in each season of Stevens’ tenure and the Celtics will be eyeing a return to glory sooner rather than later, being backed in the latest NBA Championship betting odds at 20/1 to win the title.

Boston’s odds would have been a lot shorter than that had they managed to convince Kevin Durant to sign for the club. The Celtics pushed extremely hard over the summer to get his signature, even bringing an entourage, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, to get the deal done.

However, the 2014 MVP opted to sign for the Golden State Warriors, further strengthening the formidable outfit in the Western Conference. Fortunately that will not be a problem that the Celtics will have to face unless the sides meet in the NBA Finals.

With an abundance of cap room the Celtics did land a major free agent signing in the form of Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks. Stevens’ men were on the receiving end of the center’s ability in the playoffs last season as he drove his former team to a 4-2 victory over the Celtics.

The four-time NBA All-Star will add a quality physical presence on the court that the Celtics have sorely lacked due to Kelly Olynyk’s inconsistent form. Horford has struggled with injuries in the past, but they will be hopeful that his first 82-game season was the sign of a resolution of his issues.

Horford should ease the pressure on outstanding point guard Isaiah Thomas, who enjoyed the best campaign of his career in 2016. The 27-year-old notched 22.2 points per game, and was the driving force in his side’s two playoffs wins over the Hawks, notching 42 points in match three at the TD Garden.

Stevens will also be looking for the younger players in his side to take steps forward, none more so than Marcus Smart. The 22-year-old displayed signs that he was ready to kick on in the playoffs, but will need to improve his form in the regular season to help the Celtics back to the top of the Eastern Conference and beyond.

New D Lillard 2 Colorway Arrives For Start of Season

adidas D Lillard 2 Dame Time

adidas unveils a new colorway of the D Lillard 2 signature shoe for NBA All-Star Damian Lillard to wear during the start of the 2016-2017 season. Damian has earned a reputation for taking over in the clutch and the D Lillard 2 Dame Time edition is an homage to those moments.

“I’ve always practiced game-winning shots since I was a kid. My brother and I used to count down the finals seconds, and we wouldn’t leave the hoop until we made it,” Dame explained. “It’s a routine that’s helped shape my mentality in those final moments of a game. I’ll just point to the watch, and you know what time it is.”

Dame Time displays a tonal shot clock mosaic on a sharp red upper and embraces design cues from disappearing minutes in crunch time to reveal the iconic .9 seconds. Matching the ice in his veins, the latest D Lillard 2 also features iced out accents along the outsole and heel branding while gold hits on the lace tips and eyelets cap off the buzzer beating tribute.

adidas D Lillard 2 Dame Time

The D Lillard 2 Dame Time retails for $105 and drops October 8th at adidas.com.

adidas and Damian Lillard Strike With Shark Black Edition

adidas D Lillard 2 Shark Black edition

An offensive force at the top of the NBA food chain, Damian Lillard continues to grind during offseason workouts as he prepares for his fifth year in the league. Representing Dame’s primal on-court instinct and ability to attack defenses at will, adidas strikes with the D Lillard 2 Shark Black edition.

His latest D Lillard 2 features tonal black treatment, hits of red, Oak Print detailing on the lack lock, heel counter, outsole and BOUNCE midsole with unique chain stitch embroidery along the silhouette’s upper.

adidas D Lillard 2 Shark Black edition

The Shark Black retails for $105 and drops September 17th at select retailers and adidas.com.

Golden State Warriors: Set To Dominate Once More?

GS Warriors

The Golden State Warriors hit new heights last season as they surpassed the Chicago Bulls’ long-standing record of 72 victories in a single 82 game campaign. Stephen Curry and co were simply sublime throughout the regular season, losing just nine fixtures on their way to breaking the record – an incredible achievement when you consider how difficult that is over the course of an entire year.

However, Golden State fell short when it mattered most of all; losing in Game 7 of the Finals series to hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a maiden NBA title. While one could claim that such a crushing defeat could have an adverse effect on the entire franchise, that devastating loss may spur the Warriors on to bigger and better things in the upcoming campaign. Steve Kerr’s men will be eager to get started ahead of the 2017 season – and who could blame them? They could be on the verge of something very special in the coming months…

Let’s be honest, the Warriors probably won’t go on to eclipse their 73-9 record next year but the NBA title is certainly on the cards. Golden State failed to inspire confidence during their seven-match series with Cleveland but that won’t be playing on their minds for too long – especially now that Kevin Durant has joined the franchise.

The former Oklahoma City Thunder star moved to Golden State in controversial fashion at the end of last season and he could be the deciding factor as they look to regain the NBA title. With Curry, Durant and the likes of Klay Thompson in the ranks, the Warriors have an abundance of talent on their roster and they will simply overpower their rivals in the majority of matches.

Being completely honest, it is hard to imagine the Warriors falling short for the second year in a row in 2017 but stranger things have happened. At the time of writing, Golden State are priced at 17/20 to win the NBA Championship at sports.betway.be/nl and supporters will be quietly confident of silverware ahead of the campaign. After all, the Warriors are by far and away the strongest team in the league right now – and that gives them a distinct advantage over their closest rivals for the crown.

Titles and championships aren’t won on paper but Golden State are streets ahead of the defending NBA champions – and that shows just how much of a shock their finals defeat to Cleveland was. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are all brilliant basketball players but Golden State’s strength in depth at every position is what stands them tall above the rest of the National Basketball Association. If the Warriors perform at their very best, they will win the NBA crown – it is as simple as that.

Golden State won’t have it all their own way next season but the Warriors may be able to rest Stephen Curry in the fourth quarter again – just as they did for a large chunk of the 2016 campaign. And if Kerr’s side live up to the hype, NBA fans should sit back, relax and watch one of the greatest teams in basketball history in action. It could be a memorable campaign for everybody involved.