words // Brennan Hiro Williams

2012 is off to a great start, with Miami and Chicago pacing the league with 5-1 records. Portland is a surprising early leader in the West, while Dallas is, so far, slow out of the gates. The Wizards, in the words of Jan Vesely, are “playing and they are playing bad.”

Who will rise and fall in the first month of the new year? Let’s take a look back at the last few days in the latest edition of Sneaker Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports, ESPN.


Courtney Lee (Air Jordan Retro 3) defends the Black Mamba (Nike Kobe VII Supreme).


Derrick Rose wearing the adidas adiZero Rose 2, along with adiZero Speedwrap Ankle Braces.


DeAndre Jordan brutalizes the rim in the Under Armour Micro G Funk.


Jeff Teague gets to the hoop in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 Supreme, as an onlooking LBJ says, “not bad.”


Jason Thompson battles Marc Gasol, wearing the Nike Air Max Sweep Thru.


Jarret Jack joins the growing list of players sporting the Nike Zoom KD IV.


Al Harrington, still getting buckets, in the Nike Hyperdunk 2011.


Milwaukee’s Shaun Livingston wears the Jordan Big Ups.