As the No. 2 pick in the draft, Brandon Ingram is one of the most recognizable rookies in the league, and perhaps Los Angeles’ next superstar, but just a few short years ago he was like any other young athlete: a relatively unknown player trying to make a name for himself.
Ingram’s story starts in the basketball-crazy town of Kinston, North Carolina, the hometown of NBA players like Reggie Bullock and Jerry Stackhouse. It didn’t take long for basketball to become Ingram’s obsession and he quickly found himself spending long nights in the gym with his dad and brother.
His talent was undeniable, but it wasn’t until he began playing extensively on the AAU circuit that his career really took off. Ingram began working with his idol, Jerry Stackhouse, forming a bond that remains strong to this day. Eventually, Ingram joined Stackhouse’s AAU team, Stackhouse Elite, and his career exploded.
The Air Max Uptempo 2 is a throwback to Nike Basketball’s “can’t-miss” era in the mid 90s. Debuted during the 1994-1995 basketball season, the shoe was famously spotted on the feet of many members of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team, and ironically, on the feet of Chris Webber in the pros. Probably the colorway people remember the most is this “Duke” make-up, which is slated to hit stores sometime in December.
The shoe features a white leather and black nubuck upper with blue mesh filling in the toebox, along the side panels, up through the ankle and the tongue. Black and white team up on the midsole, while royal blue borders a taxi yellow Max Air unit. Black, white and yellow rubber finish off the look below. Stop by Eastbay to pick up this returning classic today.
After a solid weekend of college hoops, it is only fitting to feature this Eastbay catalog from 5 years ago. On Saturday the Butler Bulldogs knocked off Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans and Coach K’s Duke Blue Devils topped West Virgina to advance to the Championship game that will be played tonight.
In the game that will be played just 6 miles from Butler’s campus, 33-year old Butler Coach Brad Stevens and team leader Gordon Hayward will try to win their 26th consecutive game to cut down the nets. On the other side of the floor will be Coach K and the three headed monster consisting of Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith who are looking to help Duke win its first Men’s Basketball National Title since 2001. Coach K is looking for his fourth NCAA Championship.
This Eastbay cover from February of 2005 features a player cutting down the nets in the spirit of the tourney.
This catalog featured some cool hoops product including Vince Carter’s fourth signature shoe with Nike.
Here we have a look at some great LeBron gear including one of his best shoes of all time the Zoom LeBron II.
Page 9 gives us a look at the Jordan gear from 5 years ago including the launch colorway of the Air Jordan XX.
What are your favorite kicks from 2005? And who ya got in tonight’s title game? Duke or Butler?