adidas Reveals 2016 XENO On-Court Collection

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Adidas has just unveils the 2016 XENO On-Court collection, featuring blacked out editions of the D Rose 7, Crazy Explosive and D Lillard 2.

Designed with all-black uppers and reflective accents, each model features unique XENO detailing that reveal a color-shifting finish when hit with a flash of light.

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The D Rose 7 will retail for $160 USD, while the Crazy Explosive will retail for $150 USD and D Lillard 2 for $105 USD. All pairs are set to release November 24 at adidas’ official site as well as select adidas stores.

Damian Lillard will launch his D Lillard 2 XENO with a special early release and appearance at Foot Locker 34th Street in New York City on November 19th at 5PM.

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After A Shock Defeat How Have Golden State Bounced Back?

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Following all the hype and anticipation about how the Golden State Warriors would dominate the NBA this season, basketball fans all around the world were stunned after Warriors were handed an absolute mauling at the hands of San Antonio Spurs. Golden State were already a Superteam but they were only expected to get better after the acquisition of Kevin Durant, which is what made their opening game defeat all the more surprising. With a total of 75 games to be played, it is not a complete disaster as there is still the majority of the season to play. With four games played in total so far, we take a look at how the Warriors have bounced back from the disappointment of their opening game.

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Three nights after their Texan hangover, the Warriors treated game 2 as a must-win came and they came out fighting against the New Orleans Pelicans. Kevin Durant lived up to his reputation by 30 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. To their credit, the Pelicans weren’t push-over’s by any means, Anthony Davis, in particular, was very impressive for New Orleans, scoring 45 points and 17 rebounds. The key difference between Durant and Davis was that Durant was getting plenty of support from the rest of his team, no such luck for Davis.

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A narrow six points were all that separated these two teams on this occasion, which shows that KD and the Warriors are still a work in progress, and even Steve Kerr (Warriors coach) has admitted the team aren’t clicking as well as he’d like them to. Either way, Durant was still the MVP with 37 points, while Stephen Curry added 28. The winning points came from Durant in the final seven seconds of the game, providing the Warriors with a valuable ‘get out of jail free card’.

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Many fans and critics accused KD of looking past this game, as he knew that his old club, the Thunder are up next. Even if that was the case, he still managed to score 20 points. Gritty Stephen Curry was the top performer for Warriors on this occasion and scored 28 points, 23 of which came in the third quarter. Many of the Warriors key players were then benched once the team was 35 points ahead, probably to keep them fresh for the Thunder game on the horizon.

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The Warriors have recovered well from the opening game and now have a record of 3-1. Up next the Warriors will play Oklahoma City Thunder, and thus reunite Durant with his former team, even if only briefly. 888sport favour the Warriors to win this game, and they also favour them as outright winners of the NBA this season. Warriors have built up an impressive undefeated record of 3-0 on the road, but this game will be their first at home since their opening game loss. Golden State need to turn the Oracle Arena back into a fortress, just like it was for most of last season. Warriors have all the quality to go all the way this season, but a lot of hard work lies ahead.

adidas D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit Edition

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Celebrating the Portland Trail Blazers and the entire Rip City fan base, Damian Lillard heads into the season with a Primeknit edition of D Lillard 2 that embraces the team’s home crowd.

“Playing in front of Rip City is unbelievable. It’s hard to sustain that high energy over the course of an 82 game season but when you come in our arena, it’s like we’re back to game one. It’s easy to snap right into it and be ready to play,” Dame said. “How loud our fans cheer, you know this city loves their basketball. They’re itching for 1977 all over again, and we’re ready to bring it home.”

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Rip City’s latest rendition is threaded with black and white Primeknit along the upper, features speckled laces and is contrasted by sharp red accents throughout. The silhouette’s interior mesh panels, Continental rubber outsole and TECHFIT bootie are detailed in black, while a BOUNCE midsole and leather trim are finished in white.

The D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit ($120) drops on 11/12 at adidas.com.

adidas Unveils Crazy Explosive Andrew Wiggins Away Colorway

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adidas unveils the latest Crazy Explosive colorway for NBA star Andrew Wiggins to add to his on-court rotation this season.

The Timberwolves inspired green and blue Primeknit upper is complimented by a blue outsole, gray three stripe branding and highlighted with yellow eyelets to mirror the eyes of the iconic wolves logo. Andrew’s “AW” player badge is prominently displayed on the tongue and the internal bootie features a graphic print done up in Minnesota green, blue and gray.

Designed for the game’s most explosive players, Crazy Explosive features heel-to-toe BOOST cushioning for industry-leading comfort and infinite energy return. The dynamic lacing system and TPU roll cage stabilize the foot for quick cuts and takeoff to the basket while the Primknit upper enhances fit and durability the court and in the air.

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The Crazy Explosive Andrew Wiggins Away PE drops on November 5 for $150 at adidas.com.

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

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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.

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“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.

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Join the conversation @adidashoops on Twitter and Instagram with #HardenVol1 and stay tuned to @ProjectHarden for the latest product drops, behind-the-scenes coverage and more.

Under Armour and Stephen Curry Launch The Curry 3

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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.

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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.

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“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

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“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.”

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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