Athlete Spotlight: Derrick Rose

Derrick has the word “Hope” tattooed on his wrist because as a young man growing up, he was convinced all he needed was a chance to prove himself. He had hope, and a protective family on his side to shield him from trouble so he could concentrate on his passion: Basketball. Today Derrick Rose thinks about kids everywhere growing up with the same background as his and he truly believes they can have the same hopes he had. He believes in setting an example for them in the way he lives and how he plays.

Derrick Rose grew up playing hoops on the southwest side of Chicago, and now stars for his hometown team. Derrick was the first point guard to be chosen  number one overall since Allen Iverson in 1996, and in 2011 he became the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. He joined Michael Jordan as the only other Chicago player to win the honor.

Last season Derrick played in the adidas adiZero Rose basketball shoe, his first signature shoe. That sneaker was followed before season’s end by the adiZero Rose 1.5. This year, adidas has come up with a worthy successor – the adiZero Rose 2.0, a sleeker version that’s more tailored to Derrick’s quickness.

 

 

Athlete Spotlight: John Wall

When his father passed away when he was just nine years old, John Wall had to become the man of the house. He freely admits it was a tough road, but he set his sights on playing college ball. John had to prove himself to secure a starting position on the Universityof Kentucky squad, but he went on to be named the SEC Basketball Player of the Year and a first team All American after his stellar freshman season.

After being chosen first overall by Washingtion in the 2010 NBA Draft, John Wall was just one of three players to average more than 16 points and eight assists in his first NBA campaign despite struggling with knee and foot injuries all season. He also dished a record 22 assists and scored 12 points to win Most Valuable Player honors in the rookie game during All-Star weekend.

John Wall spent the majority of his rookie year playing in several team-themed colors of the Reebok Zig Slash basketball shoe. For his sophomore year in the pros, Wall will be wearing his first official signature shoe – the Reebok Zig Encore. This new sneaker is a lighter, sleeker version of the original Zig Slash and features John’s signature on the right collar and his brand new “JW” logo on the tongue.