The Kicks Of The Finals

The Kicks Of The Finals

Golden State and Cleveland have been on a collision course all season long. The Trilogy is finally underway as the league’s two best teams and biggest stars battle it out in the championship for the third straight year.

With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the signature sneakers. Who wins the title remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt about these championship-caliber kicks.

Nike LeBron Soldier 11

Nike LeBron Soldier 11

King James has plenty of signature shoes to choose from, but the Soldier line has to be considered a favorite after last year’s championship performance. This year, the Nike LeBron Soldier 11 added a fourth strap for an even greater locked-in feel. At the same time, the Soldier 11 utilizes Zoom Air cushioning to provide the explosive abilities that LeBron has become so well known for.

LeBron has said he loves the lighter, faster, sleeker, and stronger feel he gets while wearing the Soldier line. The Soldier 11 is made with that in mind, providing the ultimate locked-down fit without sacrificing explosive abilities, making it perfect for LeBron’s quest for another championship. Read more about it here.

Nike KD X

Nike KD X

Kevin Durant is hunting for his first championship, and has a brand new shoe to do it in. The KD X offers a similar look to its predecessor, but has subtle upgrades that help refine the shoe and ultimately Durant’s game. The KD X utilizes the best Flyknit construction ever to be used on a basketball shoe, engineered specifically for flexibility, breathability, and support where Durant needs it most.

A full-length Zoom Air unit offers responsiveness that’s perfect for KD’s offensive attack and defensive prowess, while the oversized laces provide more lockdown and an original look. The shoe also marks Durant’s 10th anniversary with Nike – you can read more about that here. What better way to celebrate than with a new shoe and a championship ring?

Nike Kyrie 3

Nike Kyrie 3

Kyrie Irving’s late-game heroics helped end the city of Cleveland’s title drought. Now, Irving is back for another championship and to further establish his reputation as one of the game’s most clutch players. His Kyrie 3 sneakers are built with his fancy footwork and hot handles in mind. He needs solid lockdown, plenty of strength and support, and enough flexibility to utilize his entire offensive repertoire.

The Kyrie 3 is a guard’s dream. It’s made specifically for stop-and-go moves at a moment’s notice. The outsole curvature allows for seamless transitions in any direction, allowing Irving to move quicker, cut faster, and blow by defenders with ease. Who knows, maybe it’ll even help Irving hit another game-winner in crunch time.

Under Armour Curry 3Zer0

Under Armour Curry 3Zer0

The back-to-back MVP leads his team into battle, where Golden State looks to recapture the title that was taken from them last year. Curry can run the court like no other point guard, with one of the game’s deadliest shots, most dangerous handles, and passing abilities that are second-to-none.

The Curry 3Zer0 is built to withstand the intensity of the playoffs and all of the crucial moments that will arise. The streamlined sneaker offers the same ankle support, comfort, breathability, and cushioning as the Curry 3, but in a minimalized silhouette that is equipped for the season’s most important stage. It’s championship season, and the two-time MVP is looking to re-take the throne.

The Story Behind Each Curry 3 Colorway

The Story Behind Each Curry 3 Colorway


Under Armour debuted the Curry 3 over a month ago and has been releasing one new colorway of the shoe each week. You may know what the first few colorways look like, but you probably don’t know the story or inspiration behind them. So let’s dive in.

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Curry 3 ‘Dub Nation Heritage’ – Released on Oct. 27

Curry 3

Fittingly, the first Curry 3 colorway represented Stephen Curry’s Bay Area squad with a team-inspired royal and gold look. The ‘Dub Nation’ colorway pays homage to the team’s history, because the honor of playing for his team and his city is not something the MVP takes for granted.

Curry 3 ‘SC Camo’ – Released on Nov. 5

Curry 3

Stephen Curry always has a plan. He’s unpredictable on the court and impossible to game plan against. His quick-trigger shooting and lightning-fast ballhandling allow him to strike at a moment’s notice. His unexpected style of play is what makes him so dangerous. You can see him, but you can’t guard him. The ‘SC Camo’ colorway, which is black with yellow accents, embodies that mentality.

Curry 3 ‘Grey Matter’ – Released on Nov. 12

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It takes more than talent to become a two-time MVP. Curry certainly has the “It” factor, the clutch gene, or whatever you want to call it. In this case, Under Armour calls it ‘Grey Matter.’ It’s a fitting nickname, as the shoe is outfitted in an all-grey color scheme.

Curry 3 ‘Dub Nation Home’ – Released on Nov. 19

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While the first ‘Dub Nation’ pays homage to the team’s heritage, the second is inspired by the dedicated fans that make the team so special. Curry feeds off the crowd’s energy and is always amped up when playing in front of the hometown fans. Like the first ‘Dub Nation,’ this one also comes in team colors, but is mostly white with royal and gold accents.

Curry 3 ‘Trifecta Black’ – Released on Nov. 25

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An all-black colorway makes plenty of sense, because Curry is unstoppable from behind the 3-point line. The sharpshooter is already one of the most prolific long-range shooters of all time, so a colorway that emphasizes his ridiculous abilities is a fitting choice.

 

Curry 3 ‘TCC’ – Releases on Dec. 10

TCC stands for trust, care, and commitment. That’s what Curry’s college team lived by, and it’s something Curry has continued to believe in as a pro. It’s not about stats or individual accolades. For Curry, it’s all about the team. The shoe features a red color scheme that’s a nod to his college team’s colors.

Curry 3 ‘Aqua Camo’ – Releases on Dec. 17

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The ‘Aqua Camo’ colorway takes inspiration from Curry’s ability to adapt, react, and shape the flow of every game. The back-to-back MVP has proved his ability to adjust to the flow of a game, as well as his ability to completely take over a game. The shoe is accented with an aqua blue color.

Geared For Greatness: Draymond Green On Being An NBA Champion

Geared For Greatness: Draymond Green On Being An NBA Champion

Draymond Green Interview

Draymond Green was drafted in 2012 with the 35th overall pick by Golden State, and his presence in the basketball realm was significant and immediate. Known as a top NBA defender, he completely transformed his body in a single offseason through hard work and dedication. Draymond preaches confidence on the court, and having fun off of it, and that combo must work because last season, he was an integral part of Golden State’s championship team.

 

EASTBAY: First of all, what’s it like to be an NBA Champion?
DRAYMOND: It’s hard to put into words. It continues to feel surreal. I sometimes sit back and think, “Man, we won an NBA Championship? I’m an NBA Champion?” It never feels real. It’s just a very good feeling that’s very, very hard to describe to anyone else. It was like “Wow, I can breathe now.”

EASTBAY: You guys had incredible on-court symmetry. How were you able to accomplish that?
DRAYMOND: It was a work in progress. We got a new coaching staff. We had to iron out a lot of kinks. If you would’ve seen us day one in training camp, you would’ve never thought we would win the championship. Coach used say, “We just have to get better. We’re not very good.” I knew we had an opportunity to be really good, but if you would’ve seen us, it was like elementary school. It was tough, but you’re talking about a team that’s very close off the court. Being that close carries over onto the court. You trust each other.

EASTBAY: How did winning two state championships in high school prepare you for this?
DRAYMOND: Back then that was the biggest thing in my life. Like, “Man, we’re state champs.” It taught me how to be a winner and the necessary steps you need to take to go back-to-back. We won a lot at MSU: the Big Ten Tournament, we won three Big Ten Championships, played in two Final Fours, and played in the National Championship game. Going from all of those steps to winning an NBA championship, you continue to learn because it gets tougher and tougher. There are a lot of things that go into that. And those past experiences of winning have helped prepare me for this moment.

EASTBAY: What was the experience like at Michigan State.
DRAYMOND: I always wear Michigan State gear. I love Michigan State. It’s a huge reason behind where I am today. Playing for Izzo — for him, good isn’t good enough, and great isn’t great enough. He’s looking for perfection. And you know how often you’re going to reach perfection no matter what you’re doing? Zero. But what that does is push you to be better, and continue to push you to work and want more. I thought I was good when I got to MSU, but I wasn’t. I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know how to work. I didn’t know how to work out. Growing up, all I did was play basketball every day. Obviously, playing every day, you’re going get better, but some of the things that I needed to do, I didn’t have the slightest clue. And they taught me that.

EASTBAY: What are your goals heading into next season?
DRAYMOND: I have a few different goals that span past the season. But number one, to come into the season in-shape. Everyone talks about the championship hangover, and everyone’s gonna be gunnin’ for you from the jump. So, come back in good shape. I want to shoot. I don’t want to be streaky from the 3-point line. I don’t want to put a number on it, because if you get to that number, you’re satisfied, and if you don’t, people look at you as a failure. So, I just want to be more consistent from the 3-point line. Also, I want to push for the All-Star Game. That’s one of the next steps in my career. I’ve won a championship, and I want to win many more of those. But I want to be an All-Star. It’s something that’s really high on my priority list. Obviously, I want to go back-to-back. Not many teams have done that, and I want to be on one of those teams that do that — and I think we can do it. I want to make the USA roster. That’s one of my biggest goals. When I played in the World University Game going into my senior year of college, we fell short and didn’t win gold. I was crushed, because I was thinking that was my last opportunity to play for USA. But to be provided that opportunity for next year’s training camp, it’s a realistic goal.

EASTBAY: What are you doing right now to prepare for that?
DRAYMOND: One thing I’m really taking more seriously is lifting — strength and conditioning. I’ve been able to lose weight and change my body over the course of my career, but the one thing I need to take more seriously is the weights part. I’ve done cardio and all that stuff, but as far as lifting weights and strengthening my core, I haven’t really taken that as seriously as I need to. It’s the first time since my junior year where I’ve really focused on lifting. And that’s when I took off.

EASTBAY: What kind of advice would you give a high school kid in order to stay on top of their game?
DRAYMOND: Number one, you have to work. When you think you’re at the top, you have to work even harder than you did to get where you are. Always want to get better. You’re never good enough, because there’s always somebody else working. Believe it or not, but there’s always somebody out there that’s better. As far as repeating, you’ve got to come into the mindset that everyone’s gunning for you if you’re a champion and trying to repeat. There are no nights off. Even if it’s the worst team in the league, they’re gunning for you. You’ve gotta sacrifice for each other if you want to win a championship. Everybody’s gonna be in your ear, everybody thinks they have an answer now, but they don’t know what you really went through to win that championship together. Ya’ll got to stick together, with that mindset of “it’s us against the world.”

EASTBAY: You’re wearing the Soldier now, what do you think about it?
DRAYMOND: I used to wear the Soldier in college when it was super heavy, but I was super heavy in college. As the years have gone on, it’s continued to get lighter and lighter and just become a much better shoe. I think it’s just one of the most comfortable shoes, and I feel I get the ankle support I need. I’ve worn it in the last two NBA seasons, and it’s been phenomenal. Grab all the Nike basketball gear Draymond trusts.

EASTBAY: What do you think about the straps on the Soldier 9?
DRAYMOND: I think the straps are great — the placement is phenomenal. The top strap gives me all the ankle support in the world.

EASTBAY: Do you have any pre-game rituals with your gear?
DRAYMOND: When I warm up, I wear a certain thing every game, no matter what it is. If I have a bad game, you know, sometimes I’ll switch shirts or something, but I usually try to keep everything the same. And I don’t get dressed until coach starts talking. No matter if I’m bored with nothing to do, I will not get dressed and put my shorts and jersey on until he starts talking. It’s just something I started doing, and I like to keep everything the same. I’m one of those guys who thinks “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and it’s never been broke, so why fix it?

EASTBAY: What does it mean to be an athlete on Eastbay’s catalog?
DRAYMOND: For someone to tell me that I’m gonna be on the cover of Eastbay, I kept laughing at them. You have these dreams, but they seem so farfetched. You want to believe it, but you really know it will never happen. And just to be on the cover of Eastbay, that’s one one of those dreams like, “aww man that would be dope, but it will never happen.” For it to be happening — it’s amazing to me.

 

Stephen Curry’s Under Armour Anatomix Spawn ‘The Bay’ PE

Stephen Curry’s Under Armour Anatomix Spawn ‘The Bay’ PE

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is enjoying his best season as a pro, posting career highs in scoring and assists. This also happens to be his first season as part of the Under Armour family.

Throughout the season, Curry has laced up PE colorways of the Under Armour Anatomix Spawn, a performance model featuring an interwoven synthetic upper and equipped with Micro G cushioning. Typically PEs aren’t made available to the public, but Under Armour is making an exception tomorrow.

Fans will be able to purchase Curry’s “The Bay” Anatomix Spawn, decked out in a Warriors-inspired scheme of royal blue, white and taxi yellow. The shoes are personalized with Curry’s logos on the tongues.

You’ll be able to grab these Under Armour basketball shoes here for $120 tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Available 3/11: Stephen Curry’s Under Armour Anatomix Spawn ‘The Bay’ PE

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Stephen Curry Joins Under Armour Basketball

Stephen Curry Joins Under Armour Basketball

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Today, Under Armour officially announced the addition of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry to the basketball roster. As part of the multi-year partnership, Curry will be wearing the new Anatomix Spawn basketball shoes and featured in upcoming marketing campaigns via digital, social, print, in-store and out-of-home.

One of the league’s brightest young stars, Curry is coming off a career season in which he set the NBA record for made three pointers in a season with 272. He caught the attention of all hoop fans with a 54-point performance against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2013. In the 2012-13 season, he ranked second in free throw percentage (90.0%), third in three-point percentage (45.3%), seventh in points per game (22.9) and recorded a career high in assists per game (6.9). Additionally, he led the Golden State Warriors to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, where he notched 44 points and 11 assists in Game 1 against the eventual conference champion San Antonio Spurs.

“After the exciting playoff run we had last year, I carried that momentum to my training and pushed myself at every level this offseason,” said Curry. “I joined the Under Armour family because they share my passion for working hard and taking no short cuts. From what I’ve seen, they are extremely committed to supporting their athletes on and off the court as well as building the game’s most innovative basketball footwear that will help make my job on the court a little bit easier.”

Curry has earned praise as one of the league’s top point guards and is arguably the game’s purest shooter. Since his impressive NCAA Tournament runs at Davidson College, where he led his team to within one win from the 2008 Final Four, Curry has elevated his game in each of his four seasons in the NBA.

“This partnership represents our continued commitment to grow Under Armour Basketball globally,” said Matt Mirchin, Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Sports Marketing, Under Armour. “Stephen and Under Armour share the same competitive underdog spirit and family-first attributes that make this new relationship so natural. Stephen and Under Armour will strategically work together to positively impact the next generation of young basketball players everywhere.”

Curry joins an Under Armour athlete roster that includes Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Bryce Harper, Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn and NBA players Brandon Jennings, Raymond Felton, Greivis Vasquez and Kemba Walker.

Stephen Curry Joins Under Armour Basketball