Space Jam 2: An analysis of the best kicks for the Tune Squad

Space Jam 2: An analysis of the best kicks for the Tune Squad

After years of rumors and gossip Warner Brothers announced that Space Jam 2 will have a release date of July 16, 2021. The long-awaited sequel will feature LeBron James and the Looney Tunes, who teamed up with Michael Jordan over 20 years ago to defeat the Monstars in a basketball game to win their freedom from a group of aliens.

This movie may be the most important cultural moment in the past decade, and expectations will be incredibly high. There will be constant discussion about which other actors will sign on and which NBA players will make guest appearances (My money is on the Banana Boat Crew of D-Wade, Carmelo, and Chris Paul). However, the crucial piece of this movie, and the thing director Terrence Nance must absolutely nail, is the Looney Tunes. Their voices, facial expressions, and actions need to be perfect. One other important piece to consider what footwear is the Tunes will be rocking, because there will almost certainly be another basketball game with incredibly high stakes. After rewatching Space Jam (Bill Murray still kills it), I focused on what shoes the Looney Tunes, specifically the starters, would lace up.

In what might be the defining game of his career, MJ, who also served as coach of the Tune Squad, decided to start Bugs Bunny at point guard (PG), Lola Bunny at small forward (SF), Daffy Duck at power forward (PF), and the Tasmanian Devil at center (C). I’m assuming LeBron is going to start alongside the same four, which is going to bump Lola to SG and Daffy to SF. Hopefully some of the bench has spent time in the G-League refining and adding elements to their game. Specifically, Foghorn Leghorn and Road Runner are going to be crucial rotation players that LeBron can throw out there to give the defense a different look. Alright, let’s get into it.

Bugs Bunny (PG) – Kyrie 5

This is an easy one. Both Kyrie and Bugs are crafty individuals. Kyrie has an endless supply of tricks that he dips into around the basket, including head-fakes, ball-fakes, shoulder-fakes – all designed to make defenders look silly. Bugs is also a master of deception. Whether its tricking Elmer Fudd into shooting Daffy, getting Yosemite Sam to walk off a cliff, or planting dynamite behind Wile E. Coyote, Bugs has leveraged his quick-thinking and extraordinary deception skills to stay alive.

Both players put their bodies on the line and do an excellent job of taking care of them. Kyrie is constantly getting hit as he twists and turns in the lane, and Bugs is constantly around hazards like dynamite and falling boulders. Kyrie has transitioned to a vegan diet, which he credits to improving his health and improving his energy. And Bugs only eats carrots, so you know his vision is off the charts.

If you put Bugs in a pair of Kyrie 5s, it’s sure to help him elevate his game. The wrapped outsole should give him the traction he needs to attack the paint and either finish or kick to an open shooter. The Air Zoom Turbo cushioning will keep Bugs feeling fresh all game long.

Daffy Duck (SF) – Harden 3

While at first glance this may seem like an odd pairing, Daffy and Harden have a lot in common. Both are underrated comedians.

Harden is better than Chris Paul in those State Farm commercials, giving top-class facial expressions that make us wonder whether the disinterested/disgusted attitude is an act, or if he really doesn’t care about his insurance setup. Meanwhile, Daffy’s comedy credentials are unimpeachable. He is the gold standard of comedic partners, committing to every bit with unmatched energy.

Both have incredible self-confidence. Look at the shots Harden takes. Oh, that’s his seventh step-back three from 30 feet? Does anyone realize how ridiculous that is? I won’t even attempt a step-back three in open gym. Daffy, on the other hand, genuinely believes he is the funniest, smartest person (duck?) ever. He is a constant schemer. He constantly devises new plans to get Fudd to go after Bugs or ways to torment Porky. There is also no one who laughs harder at Daffy’s jokes and pranks than Daffy himself.

If Daffy laces up the Harden 3, he’s going to get the benefit of responsive Boost cushioning, and of the leather upper which helps support quick changes in direction.

Tasmanian Devil (C) – Jordan WHY NOT 0.2

This was another easy one. I bet you Russell Westbrook watched Tasmanian Devil highlights on loop as a kid. There is no one who plays harder or with more energy in the league than Westbrook, and there is no one who can destroy a jungle faster or put as much effort into eating Bugs or Daffy as Taz.

Both are incredible players who rely on their physical gifts to make plays that are inconceivable to most people. Taz literally spins in a circle to move faster, and Westbrook spins to avoid defenders. While they love their jobs, but both have interests outside of work, particularly fashion. Westbrook can be regularly seen showing up to games sporting a style that makes people audibly go “oh!” Taz is a gigantic fan of other people’s fashion. For example, when Bugs Bunny dresses up as a female Tasmanian Devil no one appreciates it more than Taz.  

Taz is going to need a shoe that holds up to his style of play, and that’s why we put him in the WHY NOT 0.2. The midfoot saddle is going to make sure Taz’s feet stay secure as he spins down the court. The aggressive traction pattern will help prevent Taz from slipping at any crucial moments.

Lola Bunny (SG) – KD 11

If Lola wasn’t a bunny, I’d swear her and Durant were related. They both are incredible basketball players. Durant is a seven-foot scorer who can get his shot off over everyone and is an absolute menace on defense. Lola is a skilled, all-around player too. She can space the floor with her shooting, attack closeouts, and be the focal point of the offense when LeBron needs a breather.

Lola and KD are both talkers, too. KD is one of the more quotable athletes in press conferences and post-game interviews. He also has done multiple podcasts covering a wide range of topics and recently did a lengthy interview with ESPN centered around his business interests outside of basketball. Lola doesn’t have the same national presence as Durant, but that doesn’t stop her from talking. Whether it’s on the phone or in person she is always talking to someone, usually Bugs, and usually trying to convince him to take her on a date. I bet if Lola and KD became friends they could talk for hours nonstop.

Lola would also benefit from playing in some KD 12s. The combination of Nike React foam and Nike Zoom Air would keep her bouncing around all game long. Plus, the Flyknit material wrapping her foot would keep her light on her feet.

Hopefully in Space Jam 2 LeBron has a little bit more time to get his team prepared than MJ did. Giving him a week of practice will allow him to craft an offense style and a defensive scheme as well as get his team all the gear they need. If I could offer a recommendation to him it would be to check out Eastbay.com for everything his team needs. Also, you should slide over to Eastbay and check out our huge selection of apparel and shoes. 00

Eastbay End-Of-Season Twitter Awards

Eastbay End-Of-Season Twitter Awards

Twitter Awards Story

With the 2018 playoffs finally tipping off, we thought we’d take a look back at some of our favorite plays and players of the regular season. But instead of giving you our MVP/6th Man/Coach of the Year picks, we decided to cover the stuff you really care about: random moments from throughout the season that blew up Twitter.

*Note: As any list like this should, we’ve got a lot of ridiculous plays, crazy dance moves, and a whole lot of Boban.

 

Best “LeBron Is Not Human” Moment

Honestly, this may have been the most heavily contested category. It seems there’s at least one moment every game where The King does something so ridiculous that you can only shake your head in disbelief. We decided to roll with his behind-the-back dribble that snuck between his teammate’s legs while two Philadelphia defenders looked on in shock. But if you have others in mind, we don’t blame you — there’s a lot.

 

Best Dance Moves By An MVP Candidate

James Harden has been cooking on the court all season long and is probably on his way to a well-deserved MVP award. But you know all about his sick handles, insane shooting, and otherworldly passing — what you may not know is: he’s got some dance moves too.

 

Best Man Amongst Boys Moment

Welcome to the land of the giants. NBA players are freakish athletes and, usually, pretty tall, but Boban Marjanović may be in a league of his own. The 7’3” center is so tall and long that he dunked it … by barely moving. It looked like an average-sized adult playing with his childhood Nerf hoop. But Boban’s the real GOAT. We should do a whole awards post dedicated specifically to him. In fact …

 

Best Boban Moment

James Harden. I see your MVP dance moves and offer up a challenger – Boban. The big man has moves of his own. The only thing that matches his massive frame is his equally huge personality. It’s easy to see why the gentle giant has become a fan and teammate favorite in Los Angeles since being traded there mid-season.

 

Best ‘Wait, What!?’ Moment

Poor Tim Hardaway Jr… The 6’6” New York guard was the only player to get back on defense during a fast break. His reward? Getting literally jumped over by a 7’ Freak and being immortalized in a famous poster until the end of time.

 

Best Last Man Off The Bench

He may have never signed a contract or scored a point during a game, but he has participated in pre-game warmups with Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins. Random New Orleans fan is our 2018 hoops hero of the year.

https://twitter.com/SInow/status/958042574404534272

 

Best All-Star Game Moment

Defense at the All-Star Game!? Actually … yes. Thanks to the new format, this year’s game was much more competitive than previous years and ended with two of the game’s biggest stars, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, shutting down another of the game’s best, Stephen Curry.

 


Those were some of our favorite moments — were there any we missed? Let us know in the comments.

RELEASE REPORT:  RETRO 13 ‘CHUTNEY’ DROPS SATURDAY

RELEASE REPORT: RETRO 13 ‘CHUTNEY’ DROPS SATURDAY

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this week:

JORDAN RETRO 13 LOW ‘CHUTNEY’ – JUNE 10 AT 10 AM ET

Jordan 13 Low Chutney

The iconic Jordan Retro 13 Low ‘Chutney’ will drop for the first time since they originally debuted in 1998. Considered a grail by many collectors, this classic looks just as good as it did back in the day with the traditional black and chutney color scheme. The Retro 13 Low ‘Chutney’ is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer, as Jumpman fans have waited nearly 20 years for a chance to get their hands on this fresh kick. Men’s $174.99, Grade School Boys’ $119.99.

GIRLS’ JORDAN RETRO 4 ‘LINEN’ – JUNE 10 AT 10 AM ET

Jordan Retro 4

The Jordan Retro 4 ‘Linen’ has a lot of men wishing they could fit into a smaller shoe size. This women’s exclusive comes in a white and light sand colorway with light blue accents finishing the look. It’s the perfect kick for the summer season, so pick up your pair and make all the guys jealous they couldn’t find one in their size. Women’s $139.99.

NIKE LEBRON 14 ‘AGIMAT’ – JUNE 10 AT 10 AM ET

A special version of the Nike LeBron 14 drops this week with the ‘Agimat’ colorway, which pays homage to the Philippines. ‘Agimat’ is the Filipino word for charm. The Philippines is a basketball-crazy nation that LeBron has a connection with since visiting. The shoe comes in a blue-and-gold colorway with references to LeBron’s career accomplishments on the tongue’s pull tab. Men’s $174.99.

NIKE FOAMPOSITE PRO – JUNE 9 AT 10 AM ET

The Nike Foamposite Pro drops in full family sizing this weekend with a ‘Tech Fleece’ colorway. The Foamposite is outfitted with tech fleece wool material on the upper and an icy outsole. It’s the first time the Foamposite will feature this special material construction, so if you’re a fan of the Foams this is a must-cop. Men’s $229.99, Grade School Boys’ $179.99.

NIKE PG 1 – JUNE 9 AT 10 AM ET

Nike PG 1The PG 1 drops in the ‘Pure Platinum’ colorway that has been popular with Nike and Jordan releases in recent weeks. It’s another fresh look for summer, with a platinum grey upper and a gum rubber outsole. The textured fish scale design is a reference to George’s love of fishing. If you’re still searching for a ‘Pure Platinum’ look in the right silhouette, then this might be your shoe of the summer. Men’s $109.99.

The Kicks Of The Finals

The Kicks Of The Finals

Golden State and Cleveland have been on a collision course all season long. The Trilogy is finally underway as the league’s two best teams and biggest stars battle it out in the championship for the third straight year.

With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the signature sneakers. Who wins the title remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt about these championship-caliber kicks.

Nike LeBron Soldier 11

Nike LeBron Soldier 11

King James has plenty of signature shoes to choose from, but the Soldier line has to be considered a favorite after last year’s championship performance. This year, the Nike LeBron Soldier 11 added a fourth strap for an even greater locked-in feel. At the same time, the Soldier 11 utilizes Zoom Air cushioning to provide the explosive abilities that LeBron has become so well known for.

LeBron has said he loves the lighter, faster, sleeker, and stronger feel he gets while wearing the Soldier line. The Soldier 11 is made with that in mind, providing the ultimate locked-down fit without sacrificing explosive abilities, making it perfect for LeBron’s quest for another championship. Read more about it here.

Nike KD X

Nike KD X

Kevin Durant is hunting for his first championship, and has a brand new shoe to do it in. The KD X offers a similar look to its predecessor, but has subtle upgrades that help refine the shoe and ultimately Durant’s game. The KD X utilizes the best Flyknit construction ever to be used on a basketball shoe, engineered specifically for flexibility, breathability, and support where Durant needs it most.

A full-length Zoom Air unit offers responsiveness that’s perfect for KD’s offensive attack and defensive prowess, while the oversized laces provide more lockdown and an original look. The shoe also marks Durant’s 10th anniversary with Nike – you can read more about that here. What better way to celebrate than with a new shoe and a championship ring?

Nike Kyrie 3

Nike Kyrie 3

Kyrie Irving’s late-game heroics helped end the city of Cleveland’s title drought. Now, Irving is back for another championship and to further establish his reputation as one of the game’s most clutch players. His Kyrie 3 sneakers are built with his fancy footwork and hot handles in mind. He needs solid lockdown, plenty of strength and support, and enough flexibility to utilize his entire offensive repertoire.

The Kyrie 3 is a guard’s dream. It’s made specifically for stop-and-go moves at a moment’s notice. The outsole curvature allows for seamless transitions in any direction, allowing Irving to move quicker, cut faster, and blow by defenders with ease. Who knows, maybe it’ll even help Irving hit another game-winner in crunch time.

Under Armour Curry 3Zer0

Under Armour Curry 3Zer0

The back-to-back MVP leads his team into battle, where Golden State looks to recapture the title that was taken from them last year. Curry can run the court like no other point guard, with one of the game’s deadliest shots, most dangerous handles, and passing abilities that are second-to-none.

The Curry 3Zer0 is built to withstand the intensity of the playoffs and all of the crucial moments that will arise. The streamlined sneaker offers the same ankle support, comfort, breathability, and cushioning as the Curry 3, but in a minimalized silhouette that is equipped for the season’s most important stage. It’s championship season, and the two-time MVP is looking to re-take the throne.

A Look at the LeBron Soldier 11

A Look at the LeBron Soldier 11

Cleveland’s miraculous comeback in the 2016 NBA Finals will go down in basketball history as one of the most defining moments of LeBron James’ career. Similarly, the shoe he had on his feet during it, the LeBron Soldier 10, will go down as one of his most iconic and storied sneakers. With Cleveland down 0-2 in the series, LeBron put on a prototype version of the Soldier 10.

Cleveland won Game 3, the comeback was on, and the rest is history. Now, as LeBron aims to defend his title, the next iteration of the Soldier line is debuting. The LeBron Soldier 11 builds upon that legacy of its predecessor and will step into the spotlight as LeBron looks to capture another championship.

LeBron’s love of the Soldier line stems from the lighter, faster, sleeker, and stronger feeling he gets when he wears them. The new Soldier 11 is focused on continuing that high-performance functionality with a similar design to its predecessors, but updated to fit LeBron’s ever-changing game.

 

The LeBron Soldier 11 features Zoom Air cushioning in both the heel and forefoot to aid LeBron’s explosive style of play, while the four-strap lockdown system provides the necessary locked-in feel for the entire foot. Building upon previous models, the Soldier 11 added a fourth strap for an even greater lockdown, while also providing flexibility in the forefoot.

When titles are on the line, you need the best gear to help you get the job done. Equipped with the upgraded Soldier 11, LeBron continues his quest for yet another championship.

The next colorway of the LeBron Soldier 11 drops 6/3.