Li-Ning BD Conquer – Chinese New Year

Li-Ning BD Conquer – Chinese New Year

words // Brandon Richard
images // Nick DePaula

Since signing a multi-year deal with Li-Ning back in 2008, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis and the appreciative basketball fans in China have developed a mutual admiration for each other. The seeds for this relationship were planted when Baron first made the trip to China in 2007 for a charity basketball game put on by Yao Ming and Steve Nash. Davis recently described his trips to China as “eye-opening” and credits his relationship with Li-Ning for expanding his worldly view.

In tribute to Davis’ respect for the Chinese and their culture, his new Li-Ning Conquer shoe has been released in a “Chinese New Year” colorway. The shoe sports a deep red shrouded upper, honoring the color most commonly associated with the holiday. In China, the color red is symbolic of luck and happiness, and is frequently used for Chinese New Year decor and gifts.

In describing the tone of red selected for the Conquer, designer Eric Miller explains to Eastbay that Baron wanted a deeper shade this season. “The all red one that he’ll wear will have more a blood red tone that’s a deeper red,” says Miller. “He said, ‘I don’t want a cherry or Ferrari red. I want a real red that has more of a maroon tint to it.'”

The mostly red shoe is accented by black and white, including the Beardman logo on the medial ankle and BD branding on the heel. Like a few colorways of Davis’ previous Li-Ning shoe, the BD Doom, faux snake material appears throughout the shoe’s upper. Being fond of the snake texture first used on the Doom, Baron wanted to make use of the material once again, but switch things up a little to keep the new releases fresh.

“Baron wanted to keep the snake; he just wanted to make sure it was a different snake,” Miller reveals. “He said, ‘I want the snake, but I don’t want it to be the same one. I don’t want it to have that lacquer finish. I like it, but that was cool for the Doom.’ So, we found a snake that’s on probably half of the Defend & Conquers, and you can feel the grain a bit more, but it isn’t overpowering and ridiculously shiny like the first ones were. [laughs]”

A shoe that was also created in association with 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, the “Chinese New Year” Li-Ning BD Conquer is available to purchase at Eastbay today.

Available: Li-Ning BD Conquer – Red/Black – Chinese New Year

Li-Ning BD Conquer Chinese New Year / All-Star

Li-Ning BD Conquer Chinese New Year / All-Star

Li-Ning BD Conquer Chinese New Year / All-Star

Li-Ning BD Conquer Chinese New Year / All-Star

Li-Ning BD Conquer Chinese New Year / All-Star

Li-Ning and Baron Davis Launch The Defend

Li-Ning and Baron Davis Launch The Defend

words & images_Nick Engvall

For Clippers fans, the path to success in the NBA has been a long uphill journey, with scattered speed bumps and road blocks along the way. Often overshadowed by their rivals in purple and gold, the most loyal fans in the League are finally looking at a future brighter than they ever have. They last made the playoffs in the 2005-2006 season, and although this season they have seen their share of struggles, a closer look at the numbers gives an idea of how this team and their fans could be more excited than ever. This season, the Clippers have a better record (7-4) against all of their Pacific Division rivals than all of the other teams, with the exception of the Lakers. Beating up on their closest opponents is a sure sign of the positive movement that seems to be going on amongst the “other” Los Angeles team.

One of the things that has many of the Clippers fans excited this season is the partnership between Baron Davis and Li-Ning. As a native of Southern California and a former student athlete at UCLA, Baron has a special place amongst the loyal fans of Los Angeles. The partnership between Baron and Li-Ning is really the first chance that many Clippers fans have had to get their hands on a signature sneaker for one of their Clippers players. Li-Ning, the Los Angeles Clippers and Baron Davis teamed up Saturday night in Los Angeles to unveil the follow-up to the Li-Ning BD Doom, the new Li-Ning Defend.

Although thousands show up each and every night to support the Clippers, many sporting the “Beardman” logo on their Li-Ning shirt, one fan seems to lead the cheers louder than the rest. Clipper Darrell, draped in his usual Staples Center attire of red and blue, was one of the first of many fans to lace up a free pair of the latest Baron Davis signature sneakers from Li-Ning. After slipping off the BD Dooms he arrived in, Clippper Darrell swapped out the original laces for the more appropriate red and blue laces, blue in the left shoe and red in the right. After his new Li-Ning Defends were laced up, Clipper Darrell set off towards his place amongst the crowd to cheer on Baron Davis and lead the rest of the Clipper Nation.

Around the stadium, fans banged together thunder sticks with Defend and  Conquer logos, the lucky ones wearing a crispy new pair of the Li-Ning Defend, as they cheered Davis and the Clippers on to victory, ironically against their closest Pacific Division rivals, the Golden State Warriors.

Available now: Li-Ning Defend

Clipper Darrell gets his first look at the Li-Ning Defend.Clipper Darrell gets his first look at the Li-Ning Defend.
Clipper Darrell lacing up the Li-Ning Defend, blue in the left, red in the right, just like his BD Dooms.
Li-Ning introduces the Defend at the Staples Center.The Li-Ning Defend on the JumboTron.
LA Clippers guard Baron Davis wearing the Li-Ning Defend.Baron Davis wearing the black version of the Li-Ning Defend.
LA Clippers guard Baron Davis wearing the Li-Ning Defend.A closer look at Baron Davis’ Li-Ning Defend.

Another look at the Li-Ning Defend worn by Baron Davis.Another look at the Li-Ning Defend worn by Baron Davis.

Li-Ning and Baron Davis Launch The DefendBaron Davis wearing the Li-Ning Defend.

Some Baron Davis fans sporting their new Li-Ning gear.Some Baron Davis fans sporting their new Li-Ning gear.

Li-Ning and Baron Davis Launch The Defend

Li-Ning BD Defend – White/Blue/Red

words_Brandon Richard

This past summer, Li-Ning officially unveiled the brand’s new “Defend & Conquer” Basketball Collection. Set to drop here at Eastbay, the Defend & Conquer Collection is a concept pack where the Defend will be designed and worn for home games and the Conquer represents those tough contests on the road. One of the players that will be wearing the Defend & Conquer Collection is Li-Ning’s lead NBA Spokesman Baron Davis. Here’s a detailed look at B-Diddy’s player edition Defend.

The Davis Defend, designed for Clipper home games, features a white synthetic base, with reptile textured sections wrapped around the toe, heel and ankle. Red works Li-Ning branding on the lateral side panel, as well as the upper lace eyelets, heel pull and “BD” logo on the heel. Royal blue hits the Li-Ning logo border, Beardman logo on the tongue and patterns on the laces and inner liner. Red and blue also take care of things on the midsole, getting help from white to finish up the outsole.

The BD Defend isn’t set to officially drop until the 17th of December, but you can reserve them today.

Pre-Order: Li-Ning BD Defend – White/Blue

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