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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Articles tagged: Basketball Shoes

Michael Jordan forced Bow Wow to get rid of his Reebok shoes

michael-jordanMichael Jordan is one of the best businessmen in the basketball shoe and apparel game. That’s partly because of how passionate he is about his brand.

During a recent interview with Montreality, rapper Bow Wow elaborated on that passion.

Bow Wow was asked to share a Michael Jordan story, and he recalled the time he wore some Reebok Allen Iverson shoes to Jordan’s house.

“I’m actually real cool with his sons, Marcus and Jeffrey…I would say, we kinda grew up together,” said Bow Wow, via Ball Overall. “Being on tour, every time we came to Chicago, even at the age of like 15, they would come around and we just clicked.

“There’d be times I stayed over at the family, ya know, Mr. Jordan’s house…actually a funny story, I actually wore some Iversons to their house…and Michael Jordan woke us all up and was like ‘Whose is these?’…and I was like ‘they’re mine’…and I never saw My A.I.’s after that moment. I was in some Jordan’s going down to play some basketball.”

Classic MJ. Based on his competitive drive on the court, is there any surprise the legend is that strict about enforcing a shoe code in his home? Heck no. The only shocker is that he allows himself to go out in public looking like this.

You can watch Bow Wow tell the story in the video below:

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Oregon basketball has Nike shoes with customized Jumpman Duck logo

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Oregon doesn’t keep its incredible fashion statements limited to the football team; the basketball team is also getting in on the fun.

Oregon unveiled the shoes you see above for their game against Arizona on Thursday. They’re fresh from the Nike factory, and they’re the new version of the Jordans but with a unique Duck logo replacing the Michael Jordan Jumpman silhouette.

In addition to the customized Duck logo, the shoes also feature an Oregon “O” on the tongue.

Given that the members of the student “Pit Crew” fan group got special shoes a few years ago, it was only time before the players got something even better.

Wearing the sick shoes, Oregon beat No. 4 Arizona 70-66.

Also see: Oregon’s amazing football locker room

Photo credit: Twitter/Arik Armstead

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant wearing special Christmas shoes

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Nike is rolling out many of its new Christmas shoes for the big games on Christmas Day, and they are loud as ever. Superstars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James all have special shoes they are wearing on Christmas that will be available on Wednesday. Here are the details on the shoes, close-up photos, and their prices. As Matt Moore at CBS Sports said, get ready for an acid trip looking at these kicks:

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Raptors F Amir Johnson has his own face on his shoes (Picture)

The sneakers you see above belong to Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson. He wore them in his team’s opener against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The face you see on those sneakers also belongs to Amir Johnson.

It takes a certain type of person to want their own face looking back at them when they look down at their feet, but to each his own. LeBron James was wearing some crazy kicks with some personalized inscriptions on them when the Miami Heat kicked off their season, but I don’t think even he would have the stones to put his own face on his sneakers. Johnson proudly shared a picture of the shoes on Twitter before Wednesday’s game, so I guess you can say he has swag. Good for him.

H/T The Basketball Jones via Eye on Basketball

LeBron James wearing gold shoes for season opener against Celtics (Pictures)

With the Miami Heat set to receive their NBA championship rings before tipping off the season against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, you had to know LeBron James would have some special swag in store for the occasion. LeBron will be rocking some gold-themed Nike LeBron X sneakers — you know, the same shoes King James has found himself defending because of the insane price tag associated with them.

My guess is these ones cost a bit more.

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LeBron James defends price of expensive LeBron X shoes

LeBron James defended the price of his expensive signature shoe that was released by Nike recently.

Nike introduced the “LeBron X” shoe last week, over a month after receiving criticism for the sneaker’s high price. James says the criticism was unfair because most of the information cited was inaccurate. He noted to the South Florida Sun Sentinel that one version of his shoe is $180, and that the $270 version of the shoe includes special technology.

“We have wide ranges of shoes that range from $300 all the way down to $160, $180,” he told the Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. “We have great technology and they do a great job of putting out great shoes and things of that nature.

“But it just bothers you when things aren’t always correct. But other than that, we move on and we get the real facts out there and we live with them.”

While $270 is not as high as the $310 price tag initially cited for the shoe, most believe it’s still a ridiculous amount of money to spend on basketball sneakers. Even $180 seems like a lot, but consumers can always make a statement by refusing to pay that much.

Our own Shahe B. argued in August that despite their expensive cost, the LeBron X shoes mark an important step in basketball shoe technology.

Below is Nike’s commercial for the shoes:

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Derrick Rose cries at launch for his new adidas shoes (Video)

Derrick Rose is one of the few athletes who doesn’t mind showing his true emotions in public. The Bulls point guard gave an extremely emotional speech last year after winning NBA MVP, and he showed the same type of emotion at the launch of his new adidas shoe.

As Brett Pollakoff of Pro Basketball Talk shared with us on Thursday, Rose cried at the launch for his new D Rose 3 shoes. Adidas had played a video chronicling Rose’s rehab and return from a torn ACL suffered in April, and it got the former MVP thinking about all he had been through in life to arrive at this point.

“It’s truly a blessing,” Rose reflected, while holding back tears. “With all of the stuff that’s going on in this city, a kid from Englewood has got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good. This shoe is great; all this is great. But I can’t explain this. I can’t. I went through so much. To have, like, true fans, that means a lot to me. And I know it means a lot to my family, because we’re not supposed to be here. At all. But God made the way.”

If there’s another athlete who is as aware of his past and path to stardom, you’ll have to let me know. Maybe Rose’s connection to his long road to success is what motivates him to work as hard as he does. It certainly explains why he never takes a moment for granted.