Eastbay Athletes In The All-Star Game

Eastbay Athletes In The All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is one of the greatest showcases in the sports world. The game’s best athletes put on a jaw-dropping show that includes a 3-point barrage, incredible passes, and huge dunks. Eastbay athletes strive to reach the big stage, and ten of our cover athletes were selected to participate in this year’s All-Star Game. Here’s a closer look:

LeBron James

King James is no stranger to the All-Star Game as he will be making his 13th straight appearance in the game and has been the game’s MVP twice.  James earned his place in this year’s game with nearly 26 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds per game.

Kyrie Irving

LeBron will be joined by his Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving, who is making his fourth All-Star Game appearance. Irving’s play jumped to another level during last year’s playoffs, and he’s picked up right where he left off this season with 24 points, six assists and three rebounds per game this season.

Stephen Curry

Golden State’s roster is more stacked than ever, but Stephen Curry’s play continues to amaze fans and opponents alike. As a key part in a deadly offense, Curry is averaging nearly 25 points, six assists, and four rebounds per game for the league’s top team.

Kevin Durant

Golden State’s newest Warrior has had no problem adjusting to his new team this season. Adding a whole new dimension to the Warrior’s offensive attack, KD’s averaging almost 26 points, eight rebounds, and five assists per contest.

Draymond Green

Draymond’s stats aren’t as gaudy as some other superstars, but he’s the glue that holds together one the league’s marquee teams. Green does a little bit of everything for the Warriors with 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one-and-a-half blocks per game.

James Harden

Harden has exploded this season after taking over the point guard role for one of the league’s most improved teams. Harden’s always been a scoring threat, but in his new role his assist numbers are even more impressive. The MVP candidate is averaging 29 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds per contest.

Russell Westbrook

Mr. Triple Double has had one of the best seasons in NBA history so far with 31 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds per game. Russ has been on a tear all season and after being snubbed a starting spot in the All-Star Game, it’s likely that he’ll make some noise off the bench this weekend.

Paul George

Nike’s newest signature athlete is having another strong season for Indiana with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. Getting your first signature shoe and your fourth All-Star appearance in the same season? Not bad, PG.

Anthony Davis

The Brow is having another monster year. Arguably the game’s best big man, AD is averaging nearly 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. It’s his fourth straight All-Star Game appearance, and at only 23 years old, he’ll likely be playing in this game for the next decade or so.

John Wall

John Wall will appear in his fourth straight All-Star Game this weekend. The point guard is putting up nearly 23 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds per game for one of the Eastern Conference’s best team. Wall’s flashy style of play is perfect for the All-Star Game, so expect some highlights from the former Wildcat.

Congrats to all of our cover athletes and good luck in the All-Star Game! Who do you have winning MVP honors this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

An All-Star Game Tribute to Kobe Bryant

An All-Star Game Tribute to Kobe Bryant

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Everybody remembers Michael Jordan’s last All-Star Game in 2003, Shaq’s in 2009 (in which he and Kobe were named co-MVPs), and now, everyone will celebrate Kobe’s this Sunday. Because of his age and multiple significant injuries, Kobe is no longer in his prime. But he’s deserving of his record 18th straight All-Star bid, and will forever be in the discussion of the greatest of all-time.

Kobe’s lengthy and storied All-Star Game legacy began in 1998, vs. none other than Michael Jordan. A humble yet confident Mamba took the stage with one thing on his mind: MVP. Shot after shot, dunk after dunk, he showed up to show out. By game’s end, the savvy Jordan won the matchup and took home the MVP, but Kobe wowed viewers and showed fans he was the real deal. Kobe went on to win his first All-Star MVP over Jordan in 2002 by scoring 31 points. The saga would continue into 2003 – the duo’s final All-Star Game matchup. When it was all said and done, Kobe (22 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) would outplay Jordan (20 points, 5 boards, and 2 assists) and get this famous block to top it off.

Kobe would continue to dominate All-Star Games, matching his 2002 performance with 31 points in ’07. But perhaps his most memorable All-Star Game was in 2011, in front of his own fans at the Staples Center. He started with his trademark turnaround. Fading away. Over a defender. From a terrible angle. And he made it. Most guys simply don’t have the athleticism, skill, or confidence to take that shot, and anyone who does usually needs to catch fire first. Not only did Kobe start the game ice cold with such a ridiculous shot, he somehow banked it in. In typical Kobe fashion, he finished with a double-double (37 points, 14 boards), and was deservedly named the MVP.

This Sunday, all eyes will be on Kobe, the all-time leader in All-Star Game points, field goals, and games started. In what will definitely be a memorable game, how do you think the NBA and fellow players will honor him? What will his stat line be? Will he win MVP? Tune in Sunday at 8:30 pm ET to find out, and drop your predictions in the comments below.

2016 NBA ALL-STAR SHOES

2016 NBA ALL-STAR SHOES

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The biggest athletes, sponsored by the best brands, will wear the brightest shoes in Toronto on Sunday. The shoes below are inspired by Canada’s history, its weather, and the beautiful Northern Lights it plays host to. All of these shoes will be available at Eastbay.com.

Under Armour Curry 2 ‘All-Star’

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Hoping to hoist another championship trophy, Stephen Curry has gold in his soul. And now he has gold in his soles; golden speckles are infused in the icy translucent outsole of his All-Star Game shoes. Draped in white with red accents, the Curry 2 ‘All Star’ is restrained when compared to the other colorful ASG shoes, it’s crispy clean. But Stephen will be rocking his very first Curry 2 low-tops when he defends his 3-point contest title. (He’s definitely this year’s favorite.) Step into both of Stephen’s All-Star shoes on Saturday.

adidas ‘Aurora Borealis’ All-Star Game Pack

adidas is using the All-Star Game to debut James Harden’s shoe, the Crazylight Boost 2.5 PE. While in light, the Boost boasts reflective Xeno tech scales and a multicolored upper. The dual-layered Primeknit material creates a dynamic, super soft feel, while the ‘Aurora Borealis’ treatment creates an out-of-this-world look.

T-Mac is back! No, not really, but his shoes are. At first look, the T-Mac 3 is white on white. However, once the lights go out, they glow in classic Tracy McGrady fashion. With glow-in-the-dark properties, one shoe glows highlighter blue, while the other glows radioactive green. The different colors are reminiscent of when he famously wore mismatched shoes for the 2004 All-Star Game. The 2016 All-Star Game shoes are finished with a faux-fur trim — a nod to Canada’s cold climate.

The tried-and-true D Lillard 2 also received the ‘Aurora Borealis’ color treatment. His second shoe has become a huge buy for basketball players due to its great price while featuring Boost and Primeknit technologies. New Northern Lights colors that glow in the dark should continue to generate a lot of excitement.

Nike ‘Royalty’ pack

Nike, as usual, is on point with their storytelling for this year’s All-Star Game. The Nike ‘Royalty’ pack pays tribute to Toronto’s royal roots. Along with the city’s origins, each shoe has a decorative badge that displays the wearer’s individual accomplishments. Go bold with the crazy-colored KD 8, or go clean and subtle with Paul George’s Nike Hyperlive. No matter your style, rule all courts with the Nike ‘Royalty’ pack.

Available tomorrow.

MLB Watch: NL Takes the All-Star Game Behind Prince

MLB Watch: NL Takes the All-Star Game Behind Prince

Prince Fielder hits a home run wearing All Star Edition Franklin batting gloves.Prince Fielder hits a home run wearing All Star Edition Franklin batting gloves.

words // Nick Engvall

The Mid-Summer Classic is unlike All-Star games in most professional sports, as it actually has some importance, at least to the competitive teams in the league. The winner of Major League Baseball’s All-Star game decides which team will have home field advantage in the Fall Classic.

This year’s game was won by the National League, thanks to a 3-run home run by Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder. Fielder blasted an opposite field dinger, off of the Rangers C.J. Wilson, that bounced off the top of the fence and over. He becomes the first player in Milwaukee Brewers history to hit a home run in the All-Star Game. The home run earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player award, which is also a first for the Brewers franchise.

As can be expected, players brought out exclusive cleats, batting gloves, and other baseball equipment, to help celebrate making the All-Star team. Check out the photos below courtesy of Yahoo.

Blog Watch: A look at what the pros wore at the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona.
Yadier Molina during batting practice wearing the Nike Trainer 1.3.
Yadier Molina during batting practice wearing the Nike Trainer 1.3.

Starlin Castro wearing the Nike Air Max 2011.Starlin Castro wearing the Nike Air Max 2011+.

Jose Reyes wearing an unreleased colorway of the Under Armour Incite.Jose Reyes wearing an unreleased colorway of the Under Armour Incite.

An up close shot of Andre Ethier's Easton batting gloves.An up close shot of Andre Ethier’s Easton batting gloves.

Jose Bautista takes some batting practice in his New Balance player exclusives.Jose Bautista takes some batting practice in his New Balance player exclusives.

Miguel Cabrera wearing All Star Exclusive Franklin batting gloves.Miguel Cabrera wearing All Star Exclusive Franklin batting gloves.

Matt Kemp wearing Easton batting gloves.Matt Kemp wearing Easton batting gloves.

Roy Halladay wearing his PE Nike cleats.Roy Halladay wearing his PE Nike cleats.

Adrian Gonzalez in the Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh.Adrian Gonzalez in the Nike All-Star PEs.

Brian McCann makes the tag wearing Mizuno catcher's equipment.Brian McCann makes the tag wearing Mizuno catcher’s equipment.

Brian Wilson wearing a pair of custom Nike cleats.Brian Wilson wearing a pair of custom Nike cleats by Jacob Patterson.

Justin Upton in a nice colorway of the adidas Diamond King.Justin Upton in a nice colorway of the adidas adiZero Diamond King.

Tyler Clippard in the Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh.Tyler Clippard in the Nike All-Star PEs.

Carloas Beltran wearing player exclusive Nike baseball cleats.Carloas Beltran wearing player exclusive Nike baseball cleats.

Jair Jurrjens wearing the UA Yard III All Star cleats.Jair Jurrjens wearing the UA Yard III All Star cleats.

Clayton Kershaw wearing the Under Armour Heater IV All Star edition.Clayton Kershaw wearing the Under Armour Heater IV All Star edition.

Pablo Sandoval wearing UA baseball cleats.Pablo Sandoval wearing UA baseball cleats.

Kevin Youkilis wearing his PEs from New Balance.Kevin Youkilis wearing his PEs from New Balance.

MLB Watch: 2011 Home Run Derby

MLB Watch: 2011 Home Run Derby

Robinson Cano stuck with his Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly cleats and it paid off.Robinson Cano stuck with his Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly cleats and it paid off.

words // Nick Engvall

Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby is one of the most fan friendly and fun events in all of professional sports. More so than other sports because you often get to see the players, as well as their families, but without the stress of being “at work.” Last night Robinson Cano became the third New York Yankees player to win the Home Run Derby. What made the night even more special, is the fact that Cano’s father Jose, who was formerly a pitcher in the Big Leagues, was the one who pitched to Robinson during the Home Run Derby.

Of course, there was plenty of cool footwear to see, as well as some special edition batting gloves. Although Cano opted to stick with his standard Nike cleats, some of the other competitors got a little creative with their new Player Exclusives.

Check out the photos below courtesy of Yahoo.

MLB Watch: A look at what the players are wearing during the 2011 MLB All-Star Game festivities.A look at Robinson Cano's special edition Nike batting gloves.A look at Robinson Cano’s special edition Nike batting gloves.

Adrian Gonzalez started in his PE Nike Shox Fuse cleats.Adrian Gonzalez started in his PE Nike Shox Fuse cleats.

Gonzalez then switched to the All-Star Edition Huarache 2KFresh.Gonzalez then switched to the All-Star Edition Huarache 2KFresh.

David Ortiz wearing Reebok Zigs.David Ortiz wearing Reebok Zigs.

Prince Fielder opted for his regular Nike baseball cleats.Prince Fielder opted for his regular Nike baseball cleats.

Jose Bautista was fitted with some new All-Star PEs from New Balance.Jose Bautista was fitted with some new All-Star PEs from New Balance.

Matt Kemp in the Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh All-Star PE.Matt Kemp in the Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh All-Star PE and Easton batting gloves.

Brian Wilson wearing Oakley sunglasses, yes, indoors.Brian Wilson wearing Oakley sunglasses, yes, indoors.

Matt Holliday opted for the blue colorway of the huarache 2KFresh.Matt Holliday opted for the blue colorway of the Huarache 2KFresh.

Looks like Jose Cano scored a pair of Nike Air Trainer 1.3 PEs from his son.Looks like Jose Cano scored a pair of Nike Air Trainer 1.3 PEs from his son.

C.J. Wilson played camera man wearing his New Balance iDs.C.J. Wilson played camera man wearing his New Balance iDs.

Joey Votto relaxing in the Nike Air Max 2011.Joey Votto relaxing in the Nike Air Max 2011.

Justin Upton doing the same in the adidas Climacool Ride.Justin Upton doing the same in the adidas Climacool Ride.

Rickie Weeks opted to wear both colorways of the 2KFresh at the same time.Rickie Weeks opted to wear both colorways of the 2KFresh at the same time.

This guy gets the Play of the Night award for making a catch on his way into the pool.This guy gets the Play of the Night award for making a catch on his way into the pool.

And this guy's friends get honorable mention for saving their friend from catastrophe.And this guy’s friends get honorable mention for saving their friend from catastrophe.