The Freak 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s First Signature Shoe

The Freak 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s First Signature Shoe

When Milwaukee selected Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15 pick in 2013, the collective public said, “Who?” The tall, skinny 19-year-old from Greece’s second division was unknown to even some of the hardcore NBA fans. Now, entering the offseason after his best season as a pro, Giannis is one of the biggest stars in the league. He is a 7-footer who regularly dunks from the free throw line, has the handles of a guard, and will envelop you on defense throwing your shot attempts into the stands. He is on the path to go down as one of the greatest and most unique players of all time.

As his standing in the league has grown, there has been a clamor for a Giannis signature shoe. Well, that time has come. As Nike begins fazing out the Kobe, they are introducing the Freak 1 which will be released on July 12. Giannis will debut the shoe during the FIBA Championships where he will be representing Greece.


The first thing about the shoe that really grabs your attention is the backwards Swoosh that stretches along the outsole all the way to the heel. Sitting just inside the Swoosh is double-stacked Nike Zoom Air. Meant to protect your knees/feet from high-impact landings, especially after dunks and blocks, the Zoom Air bags allow you to transition quickly from landing to exploding back into the play while minimizing any stinging or pain. That amount of cushioning will also keep your feet fresh throughout the game so that during crunch time in the fourth quarter, you aren’t dealing with any soreness that could limit the amount of lift you get on your shots.


Giannis’s shoe will also feature four lacing bands at the forefoot of the shoe to keep your foot locked down. As basketball gets faster and more physically demanding, you need a shoe that can keep up with every eurostep, hopstep, stepback, and spin move you make. The bands give you the confidence to play as hard as you can, knowing the shoe can handle whatever you throw at it. The goal was to make sure your foot doesn’t ever slide around inside the shoe throwing off your balance. They are also a shout-out to his four brothers who Giannis leans on for support and strength.


The shoe’s traction pattern is a unique display and offers key storytelling aspects. Drawing upon inspiration from his late father, there are three large roses, his dad’s favorite flower, within the multi-directional traction pattern. Giannis said, “With every step I take, he’s always going to be there helping me.” The pattern was designed to give maximum traction for long strides and quick changes of direction.  

With a price of only $120.00, the Freak 1 is an excellent choice if you’re looking to change up your basketball shoe but don’t want to break the bank. You can check out the Freak 1, once it drops on July 10th, as well as new Giannis apparel by visiting         

Eastbay End-Of-Season Twitter Awards

Eastbay End-Of-Season Twitter Awards

Twitter Awards Story

With the 2018 playoffs finally tipping off, we thought we’d take a look back at some of our favorite plays and players of the regular season. But instead of giving you our MVP/6th Man/Coach of the Year picks, we decided to cover the stuff you really care about: random moments from throughout the season that blew up Twitter.

*Note: As any list like this should, we’ve got a lot of ridiculous plays, crazy dance moves, and a whole lot of Boban.


Best “LeBron Is Not Human” Moment

Honestly, this may have been the most heavily contested category. It seems there’s at least one moment every game where The King does something so ridiculous that you can only shake your head in disbelief. We decided to roll with his behind-the-back dribble that snuck between his teammate’s legs while two Philadelphia defenders looked on in shock. But if you have others in mind, we don’t blame you — there’s a lot.


Best Dance Moves By An MVP Candidate

James Harden has been cooking on the court all season long and is probably on his way to a well-deserved MVP award. But you know all about his sick handles, insane shooting, and otherworldly passing — what you may not know is: he’s got some dance moves too.


Best Man Amongst Boys Moment

Welcome to the land of the giants. NBA players are freakish athletes and, usually, pretty tall, but Boban Marjanović may be in a league of his own. The 7’3” center is so tall and long that he dunked it … by barely moving. It looked like an average-sized adult playing with his childhood Nerf hoop. But Boban’s the real GOAT. We should do a whole awards post dedicated specifically to him. In fact …


Best Boban Moment

James Harden. I see your MVP dance moves and offer up a challenger – Boban. The big man has moves of his own. The only thing that matches his massive frame is his equally huge personality. It’s easy to see why the gentle giant has become a fan and teammate favorite in Los Angeles since being traded there mid-season.


Best ‘Wait, What!?’ Moment

Poor Tim Hardaway Jr… The 6’6” New York guard was the only player to get back on defense during a fast break. His reward? Getting literally jumped over by a 7’ Freak and being immortalized in a famous poster until the end of time.


Best Last Man Off The Bench

He may have never signed a contract or scored a point during a game, but he has participated in pre-game warmups with Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins. Random New Orleans fan is our 2018 hoops hero of the year.


Best All-Star Game Moment

Defense at the All-Star Game!? Actually … yes. Thanks to the new format, this year’s game was much more competitive than previous years and ended with two of the game’s biggest stars, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, shutting down another of the game’s best, Stephen Curry.


Those were some of our favorite moments — were there any we missed? Let us know in the comments.