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Easily one of the most recognizable styles ever out of all adidas basketball shoes has to be the timeless adidas Crazy 8. Forever known as the shoe that started it all for Kobe Bryant, the adidas Crazy 8 made a return this year in a series of great colorways. Similar to the colorway rocked by Derrick Rose this past season, adidas is set to drop this all-new red-based pair later this year. Taking center stage for our latest wallpaper, this upcoming colorway of the adidas Crazy 8 works with a predominantly red upper and black stripes, while white contrasts along the midsole.
This upcoming colorway of the adidas Crazy 8 will release this November, along with several other colorways, including the popular ’98 All-Star Edition, worn by Kobe Bryant.
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Outside of Kevin Love’s historic double-double campaign, it has been a tough year for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Record-wise, they’re the fourth worst team in the NBA, but do have a nice core of young talent to build around. Two players that will certainly make a contribution to Minnesota’s future are forwards Michael Beasley and rookie Wesley Johnson, who both also happen to be teammates on the adidas Basketball brand.
Continuing adidas’ push of the recently re-released Crazy 8, the brand laced up their two young stars with pairs in the black and white colorway for a game in the city where the shoe first became famous and against the player that originally wore them. This was a change of pace for Beasley, who had been wearing the adiZero Infiltrate in recent games. However, Wesley has been wearing the model since the All-Star break, where he was also seen rocking them at Snoop Dogg’s party.
Despite a closer-than-expected loss to the Lakers, Beasley and Johnson came up big for the Wolves in the Crazy 8. Beasley poured in 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Johnson scored a career-high 29 points and recorded three steals.
Look for Portland Trail Blazers’ Andre Miller and Nicolas Batum to both wear the Crazy 8 against the Lakers on Sunday.
Take a look at some of the images from last night’s game. You can pick up the Crazy 8 now over at Eastbay.
Available: adidas Crazy 8
images via ESPN
The re-released Crazy 8 has been one of the hottest shoes on the market in recent weeks, being worn by everybody from Justin Bieber in the Celebrity All-Star Game to Derrick Rose in a recent Bulls game. Though the shoe is no longer officially attached to its original endorser Kobe Bryant, here’s a new colorway that was clearly inspired by the team he suits up for.
A mixture of purple suede and leather is used for the upper, with yellow branding and detailing on the tongue, ankle and heel. White interjects on the anatomically contoured midsole, which is finished off with a purple outsole. This colorway of the Crazy 8 is available in limited quantities at Eastbay today.
Available: adidas Crazy 8 – Purple/White
Grace. Finesse. Quickness. Determination. Bieber. After unjustly being shut out in last weekend’s Grammy Awards, pop singer Justin Bieber is finally bringing some hardware home – BBVA Celebrity Game MVP. Despite the fact that his team lost the game, Bieber overcame the odds in a performance that will go down in history alongside Michael Jordan’s “Flu Game,” Willis Reed’s Game 7 and Kobe Bryant’s 81 against Toronto.
The 16-year-old displayed handles, which along with his signature flowing locks, drew instant comparisons to two-time MVP Steve Nash. His low-to-the-ground dribble technique claimed the ankles of victims like Common and Nick Cannon. The crisp assists to NBA veteran A.C. Green were reminiscent of the Showtime Lakers and Bieber’s Celebrity Game Coach Magic Johnson. Justin’s three-point touch made me forget about Ray Allen’s recent achievement in an instant. Bieber is a throwback to when fundamentals ruled the hardwood, and we were all privileged to watch his brilliance.
With a stat line that boggles the mind of Fantasy Basketball aficionados, Bieber recorded eight points, four assists and two rebounds in 25 minutes. All while engaged in a verbal back-and-forth with crafty Celebrity Basketball veteran Michael Rapaport, who had no answers for Biebs.
A distant second in the MVP race was Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, who managed to score a measly 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Bieber’s Celebrity Game performance came while wearing the newly re-released adidas Crazy 8 in the Sun/Regal Purple colorway. Formerly known as Kobe Bryant’s signature shoe, the Crazy 8 will now be linked to Justin’s nationally televised hoops debut for years to come. With adidas always looking for a little star power, is Bieber the next athlete to link up with the Three Stripes? Dwight, Derrick and Bieber would be as talented as any trio we’ve seen represent a brand in the basketball category. Fast don’t lie.
Check out a few visuals from Bieber’s historic night in Los Angeles. You can pick up the adidas Crazy 8 over at Eastbay.
03/04/2011 adidas Crazy 8
G20785 Running White/Red/College Royal