adidas Celebrates Year Of The Fire Monkey With Chinese New Year Collection

adidas Chinese New Year collection

Celebrating the “Year of the Monkey”, the adidas Chinese New Year Collection features limited editions of the D Lillard 2 and D Rose 6. The collection is inspired by the symbolic nature of this year’s Chinese Zodiac – the “Fire Monkey” – and features custom fire monkey graphics, tonal prints and vivid color hits.

The D Lillard 2 features a fanged fire monkey graphic print treated with a gloss finish. Designed with an all-black upper, the silhouette is constructed with nubuck detailing and breathable mesh panels. The Year of the Monkey edition is capped off by fire red and gold accents, a clear blue outsole and Oak Print details on the heel cap and BOUNCE midsole.

The D Rose 6 features a fire red graphic printed on black to reveal the aggressive nature of the “Fire Monkey.” The upper is contrasted by blue accents along the tongue, webbing straps and clear outsole, while gold hits on the eyelets, signature D Rose details and adidas badging celebrate the start of the New Year. A custom D Rose graphic is also featured on the back of the tongue.

The D Rose 6 ($140) drops January 15 and D Lillard 2 ($105) on February 5 at adidas.com, Eastbay and Foot Locker.

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adidas and Andrew Wiggins Unveil New Crazylight Boost 2.5 PEs

adidas Crazylight 2.5 Wiggins

adidas has unveiled three new Andrew Wiggins PEs for the Crazylight Boost 2.5. Each colorway features unique design elements inspired by Wiggins’ family history and on-court play with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Marita is Wiggins’ first silhouette dedicated to his mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, and her success as an Olympic sprinter who helped Canada win two silver medals in the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays in the 1984 Summer Games. They feature a silver to red gradient upper, blending Primeknit threads with forefoot mesh to deliver added breathability on the hardwood. Silver accents along the midsole, heel cap, collar lining and laces are paired with a red and white outsole for a true Canadian tribute. Gold hits to the upper’s foil treated seam and AW logo cap off the hometown exclusive.

Calling on Minnesota’s state motto – L’Etoile du Nord or The Star of the North – Wiggins’ North Star PE is constructed with a metallic heel counter and silver detailing. Designed in team colors, the shoe features a black and blue Primeknit upper with seamless integration of mesh tooling and deep blue accents throughout.

Designed in tribute to Wiggins’ journey from Canada to the NBA, adidas unveiled the Home Away From Home edition of the Crazylight Boost 2.5. The shoe displays cascading maple leaves from the midsole to a clear outsole with green and blue accents as a nod to Wiggins’ Canadian roots and time in Minnesota. White and gray Primeknit threads are paired with dark blue mesh details, while the heel cap features a silver-blue fade treated with a chrome finish.

The Marita colorway droped on January 1st, while the North Star and Home Away From Home colorways will be available next month. Pricing on these is $125.

J.R. Smith Talks About The Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James’ Hair, and Finally Growing Up

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J.R. Smith opens up about about the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James’ hair, family, and finally growing up in the January issue of GQ.

“I was petrified,” J.R. Smith tells GQ’s Devin Friedman about his trade from the New York Knicks to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Seriously. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought: The weather is gonna be horrible. There’s going to be nowhere to go out to eat. There’s going to be nowhere to party.”

Though he’s not living out his basketball fantasy, J.R. is experiencing his coming-of-age in Cleveland: He’s committed to LeBron’s team, his team. “You would never go out and party on this team,” says J.R. “Once you’re on a team like this, you’re just so locked in. When you see someone like LeBron in the gym around the clock? Usually it’s the guys who want to get better so they can get more playing time who are always in the gym. But if you’ve got four MVPs, two championship, two Finals MVPS…” Not to mention the sense of expectation from LeBron: “If you’re here for any other reason than to get better and help us win, then you’re here for the wrong reason. And he’ll tell anybody that––he doesn’t care. You could be mad at him or whatever: If you’re not here to win? Time for you to go.” Despite LeBron’s intensity, it doesn’t keep J.R. from having fun with him and the rest of the team. When asked about the hairstyle of the Cavs, J.R. replies, “I tell him [LeBron] all the time: You can’t have it all! You have to give up one thing, and it just so happened to be your hair. If someone told me I’m gonna give you $600 million but I’m going to take your hair? Take my hair!

The Cavs aren’t the only thing J.R. is committed to these days. He proposed to the mother of one of his daughters. “I couldn’t keep jumping onto another ship without knowing the direction it’s going,” says J.R. “I’ve been with some of the most quote-unquote beautiful women in the world. But they’re so ugly on the inside.”

So what does J.R. want from the end of his career? How does he hope this story ends? “Hopefully just win a championship,” he confides. “I’d like to get greedy. But just one… As long as I’m part of it…. I guess if I could write my ending, it would be: ‘Even though he was a quote-unquote knucklehead, he finally got it right.’”

To see the full story, including the photos, shot by Ture Lillegraven, go to:
http://www.gq.com/story/jr-smith-cleveland-cavs-always-open

Photo credit: Ture Lillegraven/GQ

adidas and James Harden Drop Limited Edition Crazylight Boost

adidas James Harden Crazylight Boost Triple White

On October 1st, adidas Basketball welcomed Houston Rockets superstar James Harden to the family with a special delivery that included an exclusive Crazylight Boost Triple White – the first adidas shoe Harden laced up on-court. He also rocked the same shoes in his first global television commercial for adidas, Creators Never Follow.

Set for a limited drop of 100 pairs, fans now have the chance to own this exclusive Crazylight Boost edition which comes wrapped in special packaging individually numbered from 1-100.

The shoe represents the clean slate of the adidas-James Harden partnership, built upon the foundation that creators will break free from convention, step out from the crowd and never follow. Designed with a triple white color palette, it comes equipped with a clean Primeknit upper. The silhouette features a synthetic leather collar and Boost cushioning in the heel for added comfort on the hardwood.

The Crazylight Boost Triple White edition drops December 17th exclusively at adidas.com for $140.

adidas and Damian Lillard Unveil The D Lillard 2

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An overlooked high school recruit who rose to prominence as a standout prospect at mid-major Weber State University, Damian Lillard continues to establish himself as one the most dangerous players in the league.

Coming up in Oakland and learning to play the game against the older kids who pushed him around, hooping with a milk crate nailed to a telephone pole in his grandmother’s front yard and fighting to grow past the distractions of his neighborhood, Damian is on a mission to build a legacy in this game and prove he should never be doubted.

“My experiences growing up allow me to see things differently,” Damian said. “I went to a small school and nobody knew who I was until my last season, so the critics aren’t really important. There are going to be times when you’re the only person that believes in something that you want and you got to stick to that.”

In just a few seasons, he grew from a little known point guard into the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Rookie of the Year, two-time NBA All-Star and franchise player of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Further establishing Damian’s game as he zeroes in to silence the doubters, adidas debuts the D Lillard 2. Inspired by the city that raised him, the D Lillard 2 is designed to reflect Damian’s competitive nature, relentless work ethic and toughness.

Engineered to advance Damian’s unmatched athleticism and attacking mentality, the D Lillard 2 is constructed with a TECHFIT booty, forefoot webbing and heel counter to support his cold-blooded play on the court. BOUNCE cushioning in the midsole delivers lightweight comfort, while an internal torsion bar adds midfoot flexibility.

“Signature details – I wanted it to have more hints of my background,” Damian explained. “I still wanted it to be a stylish shoe, to be worn off the court again. Being in Portland makes it easy to get my ideas across, meet with designers and create something special for fans.”

The D Lillard 2 combines details inspired by Oakland with bold textures and personal callouts as a nod to Damian’s neighborhood roots, off-court style and ability to silence doubt. The second signature features Oak Print hits – inspired by the iconic tree logo featured on the “Welcome to Oakland” sign and Damian’s hometown tattoos – at the heel counter, midsole and eyelets, while details engraved in the outsole’s traction pattern include:

  • Dame – Damian’s nickname on the base of the toe cap
  • Oakland – “Oak” is displayed on the right shoe with “Land” on the left
  • Brookfield – The neighborhood he grew up in featured at the center of the outsole
  • Suga Gee –Gina Johnson, Damian’s mother, raised him to become a man by challenging him to stay the course with a foundation built on family and hard work; her nickname is now featured on the silhouette’s heel

“Dame is pushing the game to another level each time he steps out on the court. He’s the leader in Portland now and it’s a testament to where he’s come from,” said Brian Foresta, vice president of Global Design, adidas Basketball. “He has a story to tell and with him being in Portland, we’ve had the unique opportunity to truly share that with his second signature.”

The Rip City (home) colorway is designed with a textile cream upper and off-white suede detailing for a luxury finish, while interior mesh panels deliver added breathability. Red and black accents are featured throughout, paired with Oak Print hits and a gum outsole for a true court to street silhouette.

The Road colorway features an all-black upper with leather trim and red hits on the laces, outsole, three stripes and Dame branding.

The D Lillard 2 ($105) launches January 22nd in “Rip City” and February 5th in “Road” with a limited release of “Rip City” on December 26th at adidas.com, Eastbay and Foot Locker stores.

adidas Goes Low-Key With New “Iridescent” Colorways

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Inspired by animals of prey that hunt in the dead of night, adidas has released the “Iridescent” pack, featuring blacked out editions of the D Rose 6 and D Lillard 1.

Designed with an all-black mesh upper composed of bottom gem materials, each model reveals a color-shifting finish when hit with a camera flash. With synthetic core black hues and XENO accents throughout, each shoe mimics the reflective and iridescent nature of a predator’s eyes in attack mode.

The D Rose 6 features six reflective lines on the straps of the FITFRAME heel cage, a rainbow reflective D Rose logo and XENO accents throughout. Mirroring Derrick’s toughness and ability to take flight over defenders, the Nocturnal edition also features a falcon graphic in the sockliner.

The D Lillard 1 features a tinted grey outsole and responsive stripes at the base of the lace system and heel tab that contrast the myriad of colors revealed under light. Resembling the swift handles and explosive quickness of the two-time NBA All-Star in attack mode, the Nocturnal edition displays a cheetah graphic in the sockliner.

The D Rose 6 ($140) and D Lillard 1 ($105) are available now at adidas.com, Foot Locker and Eastbay. Get yours now before it’s too late!

It Was the Warriors With a Big Salvo During Ring Ceremony

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For those who get free bet offers and turn them into winning free bets, the opportunity to bask in the glory of victory is often short but important. In Oakland, California, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors finally got its opportunity to bask in the glory of the team’s NBA Championship as they held a glorious ring ceremony complete with salvo in front of a capacity crowd of love-crazy fans at the Oracle Arena.

All the usual suspects were there from last year’s squad, including Head Coach Steve Kerr who was there despite the fact he is still recovering from two off-season back surgeries that included complications, which have delayed his recovery and ability to take his place along the sidelines. When asked after the ceremony about returning to the bench, Kerr replied “I am feeling better,” adding “That’s the good news. The bad news is I’m not feeling well enough to coach yet. It’s hard because I don’t know when that’ll be. There’s no timetable. It’s not a sprained ankle, two-to-four weeks type of thing. It’s just when I feel better, I’ll feel better. It’s very frustrating, but I am improving.”

As screaming fans cheered on each player as they were presented their ring, the noise grew like a crescendo, signalling that the fans fully expect to be in a similar situation come the beginning of the 2016-2017 basketball season. For now, a banner has been raised inside the Oracle Arena and the most amazing pieces of championship jewelry have been placed on the fingers of America’s best basketball team.

The rings were described as having more than six carats of diamonds and sapphires surrounding a gold etching of the Bay Bridge. As a tribute to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, exactly 240 stones were strategically placed on the rings, representing the total number of wins the Warriors have garnered since the Gubers bought the team in 2010.

After the ceremony was concluded, it was on with the business of pursuing another NBA Championship for the 2015-2016 season. As though it was a blast from the recent past, league MVP Stephen Curry scored 24 of his game-high 40 points in the first quarter as the Warriors kicked off defense of its title with a 111-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

One can’t help but wonder about the team’s prospects for a dynasty. The reality is this team has already won one championship with plenty of room to improve. It all starts with an All-Star backcourt that is as young as it is good. Curry is only 27 and his backcourt mate, shooting guard Klay Thompson, is only 25-years old. There might not be much room left for them to improve on offense, but both players agree they can get better on defense. The fact players of this caliber are able to attest to weaknesses should scare the rest of the league because it shows their commitment to getting better.

Of course, this isn’t just a two-man team. Other players who figure to improve and make major contributions in the future are power forward Draymond Green (25 and a first-team defensive player), Harrison Barnes, 23 and veteran players like center Andrew Bogut and guard Andre Iguodala who are both 31. Considering both the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to be much better this season, the Warriors will need all hands on deck for a repeat.

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