The Jordan brand unveiled the Air Jordan XXXI in Las Vegas last night, with the red and black colorway serving as a tribute to the original Air Jordan I that debuted in 1985, and giving a nod to the buzz that initially kick-started the signature line.
The shoe’s first-of-its-kind Flyweave and leather upper incorporates a number of iconic Jordan elements, reintroducing the original Air Jordan “Wings” logo and a subtle Swoosh — not seen on a Jordan shoe since the Air Jordan I and the first time it has appeared alongside a Jumpman logo.
On the bottom of the shoe is the word “BANNED,” a reference to the legend that gave the brand a defiant beginning, where NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik reportedly sent a letter to Nike’s marketing chief Rob Strasser stating that the red and black shoes violated the league’s uniform code, and that Jordan would be fined $5000 per game if he wore them. There’s no evidence whether or not this actually happened, but it didn’t stop Nike from releasing it’s Banned commercial, featuring Jordan dressed in red and black.
The Air Jordan XXXI “Banned” will be available globally September 3rd in select retail stores and on Jordan.com. Stay tuned to @Jumpman23 on Instagram and Twitter for more information on the Air Jordan XXXI.
In celebration of Independence Day, adidas has unveiled the Crazylight 2016 Liberties, a red, white & blue James Harden edition inspired by country and his freedom to create on the court.
The shoe comes with a Primeknit upper and a full-length BOOST cushioning that is accompanied with blue and red herringbone-style traction rubber and a loaded sprint plate in the outsole. The white and gray surging camouflage and red and blue blend laces continue the theme along with a blue mesh Harden branded tongue. A blue heel hosting red three stripes rounds out the silhouette, culminating in a shoe built for the game’s fastest players.
Created with 360-degree performance from top to bottom, the Crazylight 2016 utilizes full-length BOOST cushioning crafted for elusive footwork, swerving through traffic in the lane and creating key moments on the court. Equipped with Primeknit, the upper promotes breathability and flexibility, allowing the shoe to react to the needs of the player.
The Crazylight 2016 Liberties drop on July 16th at adidas.com and Foot Locker for $140.
This summer, adidas is dropping the Crazylight 2016, the ultimate low-top Basketball shoe. Crafted specifically for quick footwork, cutting through traffic in the lane and making highlight reels the Crazylight 2016 was engineered specifically for the NBA game.
“The Crazylight 2016 definitely lives up to the hype,” said James Harden, NBA all-star forward, Houston Rockets. “It’s really comfortable, performs well and has tremendous style. Designs like this and shoes built for my game are the reason why I came to adidas Basketball.”
Added Harden, “I’ve been waiting to wear these shoes since I tested the first prototype and I can’t wait to wear them on the court this summer.”
The Crazylight 2016 is the first basketball shoe to incorporate 100 percent heel-to-toe BOOST cushioning. The lightweight woven upper delivers a surging camouflage effect inspired by the speed and deception of players disrupting the lane. adidas’ iconic three stripes on the heel represent what opponents see when they’re being blown by on the court.
“When we first began to design Crazylight 2016, the goal was to bring full-length BOOST to a basketball shoe, something that’s never been done before,” said Brian Foresta, vice president of basketball design, adidas Basketball. “We reengineered our entire approach to bring our industry leading technology as close to the foot as possible. The result is a shoe that not only meets the demands of today’s on-court play, but has a style that players can rock off the court as well.”
A herringbone-styled traction and a loaded sprint plate deliver responsive traction for jab step attacks and creating space on the hardwood for step back threes. Tuned for added control when making hard cuts against defenders, the Crazylight 2016 silhouette is built with a TPU forefoot roll cage that harnesses the energy of BOOST for the game’s fastest players
The Crazylight 2016 will be worn by James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Kyle Lowry and will be available July 2nd for $120 with additional drops throughout the year at adidas.com.
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Damian Lillard cannot and will not be stopped. He’s fearlessly led the Portland Trail Blazers in a historic fourth-year campaign and adidas recently debuted the D Lillard 2 Stay Ready edition as a tribute to the hours of hard work, focus and training Dame has put in to elevate his team since day one.
As a testament to where his journey with the Trail Blazers began, the silhouette features elements that represent the three-piece suit Dame wore on draft night with a heather gray upper, leather detailing, an iced blue outsole, red accents and gold hits for a clean, classic look. Dame’s Stay Ready edition also features Boost cushioning for enhanced on-court lockdown and comfort primed for a playoff push.
The D Lillard 2 Stay Ready retails for $115 and is available now at adidas.com.
Given how many people in the US are fans of basketball, and gambling on it, it isn’t hard to understand why the Slam Dunk casino slot game, available at www.mobilecasinocanada.ca, based around this sport has been such a hit. It is not the only such game to use basketball as a premise, but it does appear to have become the most successful and well-known one with both fans of this sport and also with those who are regular casino gamers. Thanks to the fact that it combines the things that have made slot machines the most widely-played type of casino game, with plenty of unique basketball flavored features.
When it comes to the former, Slam Dunk delivers in terms of the kind of very cheap, straightforward betting that makes slots easy for inexperienced gamblers. You can play it with minimum bets of just $0.01, ensuring that it’s a game that will not bankrupt even those on the tightest budgets, while the likes of the Slam Dunk and Double Up game bonuses will be easy for anyone to grasp. For instance the latter simply allows you to wager your current winnings on a single bet, with the potential to double them (or lose it all), which is ultra simple – but something those with a passion for betting will find hard to resist.
The Slam Dunk bonus game offers the chance to play for a jackpot of 5000 coins, but throughout, this slot game offers you every chance to secure a payout. Amongst all the basketball paraphernalia on the reels (including players, shoes, cheerleaders and hoops) you will find a 23 jersey. This is the wild reel icon, and if you get five of these on any one of the nine available pay lines, it will win you a payout nine times what you originally bet. The wild icons can also help you to a standard winning line by filling in for other missing icons on a line, while scoring two or more scatter icons will produce a payout of three times your bet. Factor in the convenience of being able to put it onto your phone via a mobile casino app, and you have a game that lives up to the promise of its name.
During NBA All-Star Weekend’s three-point contest, James Harden gave a sneak peek at the new Crazylight Boost 2.5 Cargo edition inspired by his off-court style.
“I wake up every day and decide who I want to be,” Harden said. “It’s a new direction where I can merge my game with my love for style.”
Drawing on Harden’s ability to express himself as a creator on and off the court, the Cargo edition is designed with an olive-based color palette, suede upper and silver accents. The shoe also features Boost cushioning for enhanced comfort on the court.
The Crazylight Boost 2.5 Cargo edition ($130) will available at adidas.com, Foot Locker and Eastbay beginning March 10th.