Sneaker Watch: Roy’s Heroics Help Even Series

Sneaker Watch: Roy’s Heroics Help Even Series

Sneaker Watch: Brandon Roy's Heroics Help Blazers Even Series

words // Brandon Richard

It was just last Wednesday when Brandon Roy found himself on the end of the Portland Trail Blazers bench fighting back tears because he had benched in favor of younger, inexperienced players. Once one of the most dynamic players in the league, Brandon’s career has been derailed in recent years due to multiple knee surgeries. He’s a player will all the will in the world, but does always get the necessary cooperation from his body. However, he looked a little like his old self in Game 3. He led the Blazers bench with 16 points and helped Portland get back in the series.

What started in Game 3 carried over to Game 4 in a big way. With the Blazers down 23 points in the third quarter, they turned to the guy that was once their closer for a spark. That’s exactly what Roy gave them, scoring 18 of his game-high 24 points in the 4th quarter to lead the Blazers to an improbable comeback win and even the series at 2 games a piece.

Elsewhere, the Indiana Pacers got on the board after beating a lackadaisical Bulls team behind Danny Granger’s 24 points. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder put the Denver Nuggets’ backs against the wall by taking a commanding 3-0 lead in their series. Lastly, the upstart Grizzlies from Memphis continued to make fans in San Antonio nervous, beating the top-seeded Spurs 91-88 in Game 3.

Check out what kicks were worn on the court in another eventful day of NBA Playoff basketball.

Sneaker Watch: Brandon Roy’s Heroics Help Blazers Even Series

Brandon Roy wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

Brandon Roy scores two of his 18 4th-quarter points in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

DeShawn Stevenson wearing the adidas adiPure Low

DeShawn Stevenson shoots in his adidas adiPure Low PE.

Dirk Nowtizki wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010

Dirk Nowitzki shoots in a PE colorway of the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Peja Stojakovich wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Peja Stojakovich shoots in the “Duke” Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Nicolas Batum wearing the adidas adiPure

Nicolas Batum shoots in his adidas adiPure PE.

LaMarcus Aldridge wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010

LaMarcus Aldridge drives in a new metallic silver Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2010 PE.

Jason Kidd wearing the PEAK Kidd II

Jason Kidd dribbles in the PEAK Kidd II.

Gerald Wallace wearing Jordan Play In These F

Gerald Wallace shoots in the Jordan Play In These F.

Luol Deng wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By

Luol Deng drives in his Nike Air Max Fly By PE.

C.J. Watson wearing the Nike Air Max 360 BB Low

C.J. Watson wearing the Nike Air Max 360 BB Low.

Paul George wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI POP

Paul George receives instructions in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI POP.

Darren Collison wearing the adidas adiZero Infiltrate

Darren Collison runs the point wearing the adidas adiZero Infiltrate.

Danny Granger wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By

Danny Granger drives in his Nike Air Max Fly By PE.

Dahntay Jones wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI; Derrick Rose wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light

Derrick Rose attempts a floater in the new adidas adiZero Crazy Light; Dahntay Jones defends in an iD colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Roy Hibbert wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010

Roy Hibbert shoots in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Mike Dunleavy wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD

Mike Dunleavy attempts a layup in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD.

Kyle Korver wearing the Converse Star Player EVO

Kyle Korver gets into position to shoot wearing the his Converse Star Player EVO PE.

Manu Ginobili wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By; Shane Battier wearing the PEAK Battier V

Manu Ginobili drives in his Nike Air Max Fly By PE; Shane Battier defends in the PEAK Battier V.

Zach Randolph wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By

Zach Randolph celebrates his heroics with fans wearing a Nike Air Max Fly By PE.

Mike Conley wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light

Mike conley breaks out a new grey colorway of the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

Daequan Cook wearing the adidas Crazy 8

Daequan Cook wearing the adidas Crazy 8.

Nene wearing the adidas adiPure

Nene dunks in his adidas adiPure PE.

Chris Anderson wearing the Converse Star Player EVO

Birdman hypes up the crowd in a PE colorway of the Converse Star Player EVO.

JR Smith wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010

Earl Smith shoots in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Serge Ibaka wearing the adidas adiPure

Serge Ibaka shows the effects of a physical series in a PE colorway of the adidas adiPure.

Russell Westbrook & Ty Lawson wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

Ty Lawson and Russell Westbrook scramble for the ball in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Kevin Durant wearing the Nike Zoom KD III

Kevin Durant drives in a new colorway of the Nike Zoom KD III.

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adidas Signs NFL Prospects Von Miller and Randall Cobb

adidas Signs NFL Prospects Von Miller and Randall Cobb

words // Brandon Richard

After beefing up their football lineup in March, adidas announced the acquisition of two additional NFL prospects earlier today. Joining the 3-Stripes team next season will be Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb. Miller and Cobb join Nebraska DB Prince Amukamara, Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, Boise State WR Titus Young, Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph and Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan as the new crop of adidas Football players.

Another dominating season landed Von Miller the 2010 Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. He was also named a first-team All-American for the second consecutive season and finished his college career with 33 sacks. After winning the Defensive MVP at the 2011 Senior Bowl and being one of the standout performers at the NFL Combine, Miller is projected to be a Top 5 in next week’s NFL Draft.

“My game is all about speed,” said Texas A&M All-American Miller. “I need a cleat that keeps me fast when I’m rushing the quarterback or dropping back in coverage. I wore adidas in college and like that adidas cleats give me the speed I need combined with support and versatility.  Beyond the football field, I look forward to partnering with adidas to give back to my local communities and support charities and programs that have been instrumental in my development on and off the field.”

Randall Cobb lined up primarily as a receiver at Kentucky, but proved to be a versatile talent in his time there. He also made contributions at quarterback, punt returner, kickoff returner and kick holder. Last season, Cobb broke the SEC all-purpose yardage record and set a school record for career touchdowns. He was named first-team All-American and All-SEC. Expect Cobb to come off the board within the first two rounds of the draft.

“I signed with adidas for the adiZero 5-Star,” said Kentucky’s record setting wide receiver Cobb.  “Versatility is the key to my game and the 5-Star gives me the speed and support I need to excel on the field.”

As mentioned by Cobb, the new signings come on the heels of adidas’ introduction of the brand new adiZero 5-Star cleat. Weighing in at just 6.9 ounces, the 5-Star is said to be 3 ounces lighter than the nearest competitor.

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Von Miller, Linebacker, Texas A&M

adidas Signs Von Miller

Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver, Kentucky

adidas Signs Randall Cobb

adidas Originals Hard Court Hi – Lead/Black/Sun

adidas Originals Hard Court Hi – Lead/Black/Sun

words // Brandon Richard

The Hard Court Hi from adidas Originals is a throwback to the brand’s heritage basketball models of the 80s. Characteristics like clean lines, exaggerated trefoil branding on the tongue and 3-Stripes displayed on the side panels are recognizable to anybody who has paid attention to sneakers over the last 30 years. With updated presentation, the Hard Court Hi has garnered quite a following over the last couple of years, and this new colorway will surely get some attention as well.

This pair is dressed in lead grey suede with black mesh filling in the side panels and toebox. Sun yellow compliments the look on the inner liner, lace eyelets and detailing on the heel and ankle. Giving the shoe a modern look is a white vulcanized sole stationed below. Available to purchase at Eastbay today.

Available: adidas Originals Hard Court Hi – Medium Lead/Black/Sun

adidas Originals Hard Court Hi Medium Lead Black Sun G247498

adidas Unveils The adiZero Crazy Light

adidas Unveils The adiZero Crazy Light

words // Brandon Richard

via Press Release

After much anticipation, adidas has officially unveiled their newest basketball shoe, the adiZero Crazy Light. Weighing in at an unbelievable 9.8 ounces, the Crazy Light is being touted as the lightest basketball shoe on the market by more than 15% over the next lightest shoe. With the introduction of the Crazy Light, adidas now has the lightest footwear in three sports, including football (adiZero 5-Star cleat) and soccer (F50 adiZero cleat).

To construct the Crazy Light, the adidas Basketball Design Team started building from scratch, as opposed to stripping down an existing concept. Only the lightest and most durable materials were used in the shoe’s development, which started over 2 years ago. Adidas also received input from the fastest player in the NBA, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who will be wearing the Crazy Light during the NBA Playoffs.

“Lighter footwear makes you faster and speed dominates on the basketball court,” said Rose, “The adiZero Crazy Light is the lightest basketball shoe I’ve ever worn and it will no doubt make me faster on the court for our playoff run.”

Technology incorporated into the Crazy Light starts with the revolutionary new SPRINTWEB exoskeleton upper. SPRINTWEB is less than 1mm thick and is seamlessly bonded to a nylon base for weight reduction and added support. The web layout provides players with vertical and horizontal strength, which comes in handy when making cuts.

The SPRINTFRAME heel counter and TORSION SYSTEM are fused together to reduce weight, increase energy return and improve motion control. The eyelets are load bearing and have corresponding web spars to enhance support. Translucent nylon is used for the upper’s build, once again decreasing weight and giving players 360-degree ventilation.

For traction, a varied engineered thickness was employed to ensure maximum grip in high wear perimeter zones, and less thickness and weight in low perimeter zones like the midfoot. It also features longitudinal grooves in the heel and forefoot to provide support during extreme cuts.

“No other basketball shoe compares to the new adiZero Crazy Light and it’s a shoe that will revolutionize the game,” said Lawrence Norman, adidas Vice President of Global Basketball. “The ultra lightweight design is built for players who want to be faster, jump higher and perform better on the court. From the NBA’s best to pick-up games across the world, players are asking for light footwear to help them become one step quicker – and the adiZero Crazy Light delivers this in a way like no shoe in history.”

Officially set to launch on June 3rd, you will have an exclusive opportunity to pre-order your pair tomorrow morning at Eastbay. Four different colorways will be available, including Sharp Blue/White, Derrick Rose’s Black/Red/White, Lead/White/Electricity and Red/White. Retail is $130.00.

Take a detailed look at the Crazy Light in all four colorways below.

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Sharp Blue White G22392

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Lead White Electricity G22393

adidas Crazy Light Red White G21733

adidas Crazy Light Red White G21733

adidas Crazy Light Red White G21733

adidas Crazy Light Red White G21733

adidas Crazy Light Red White G21733

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas Crazy Light Black White Red Derrick Rose G22389

adidas adiPure – New Spring Colorways

adidas adiPure – New Spring Colorways

words // Brandon Richard

Adidas Basketball has gained a ton of momentum in recent months, and a lot of that falls on the shoulders of their two signature athletes, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard. However, what has really put the brand’s standing in basketball over the top is their strong team offerings, the latest being the adiPure. Worn by the majority of the adidas Basketball roster, the SprintSkin-supported hooper has been an on-court favorite since the NBA’s All-Star break. Available now at Eastbay are three new colorways of the adiPure that arrive just in time for spring.

Two of the shoes are black-based and feature vibrant color pops. Electricity Yellow takes care of the tongue branding, 3-Stripes and outsole of one shoe, while Infrared takes on a similar role for the other pair. The third look pairs Aluminum Grey with Columbia Blue accents and sports a look similar to one of the adiZero Rose releases. All three styles can be purchased today.

Available: adidas adiPure

adidas adiPure Black Electricity G22293

adidas adiPure Black Infrared G22294

adidas adiPure Aluminum Columbia Blue G22291