Golden State Warriors: Set To Dominate Once More?

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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.

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adidas and James Harden Introduce The Crazylight 2016 ASU Edition

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The latest James Harden Crazylight 2016 drops today and pays tribute to James’ alma mater Arizona State University. James’ path to the NBA took shape at ASU, where he created a style all his own as a lights out three-point shooter with Eurostep drives to the rim.

“Arizona State helped mold me into the man I am today and this is my chance to show love, respect and how much they mean to me,” James explained. “I’ve been up there practicing this summer and it’s one big family. You find certain things in life, and you get attached to them. It’s no different with ASU.”

The ASU edition kicks feature a light gray jacquard upper, maroon detailing and Harden’s No. 13 badge accented in gold on the tongue. Crazylight 2016 incorporates full-length BOOST cushioning, a TPU forefoot roll cage and reengineered fast traction to amplify control at all angles of play.

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To celebrate this latest Harden badged drop, adidas has partnered with the 942 Crew to host a tailgate experience at ASU ahead of the Sun Devils’ first home football game Saturday, September 3rd. Students have a chance to grab a pair of their own Crazylight 2016 ASU Edition and win tickets to see James when the Rockets take on the Suns this winter.

The Crazylight 2016 ASU Edition drops today and has a retail price of $130. You can get them at Foot Locker and adidas.com.

Here Are The Official Photos Of The Air Jordan XXXI

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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.

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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.

Liberty Makes Its Mark On The Crazylight 2016

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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.

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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.

Introducing The adidas Crazylight 2016, The Ultimate Low-Top Basketball Shoe

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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.

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“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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Adidas And Damian Lillard Stay Ready With Latest D Lillard 2

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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.