Ray Allen to Wear ‘J. Shuttlesworth’ Jersey This Season

Ray Allen to Wear ‘J. Shuttlesworth’ Jersey This Season

words // Brandon Richard

It’s been confirmed that the NBA will allow players to wear jerseys with their nicknames on the back during select games this season. According to ESPN, the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets will wear them when they meet March 12 and April 8.

Though the league has been tight-lipped about which nicknames will adorn the jerseys, legendary film director Spike Lee spilled the beans on one player’s earlier this week. On his Instagram page, he shared photos of Ray Allen’s ‘J. Shuttlesworth’ jersey, inspired by his character Jesus Shuttlesworth in Lee’s 1998 film He Got Game. Fifteen years have passed, but the film is one of the all-time greats in sports and the name has stuck with Allen throughout his Hall of Fame career.

Check out a few photos of Ray’s adidas basketball jersey below and let us know which other nicknames you’d like to see this season.

adidas NBA Miami Heat Geek Championship T-Shirt

adidas NBA Miami Heat Geek Championship T-Shirt

words // Brandon Richard

If there’s one thing we’ll take away from the 2012 NBA Playoffs outside of the tremendous on-court action, it’ll most likely be the pre and post-game fashion, which became a story in its own right throughout the postseason. The standout accessory amongst the game’s top stars were the trendy “geek” glasses, retro-style specs that are thick-framed and are sometimes worn without actual lenses. Celebrating the NBA’s fashion bug and the Miami Heat NBA Championship, adidas has released the Geek Championship T-Shirt. The soft-hand shirt features screenprinted graphics of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decked out in their Miami Heat gear and “geek” glasses, celebrating the championship.

This t-shirt and much more adidas Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Gear is available now at Eastbay.

Available: adidas NBA Miami Heat Geek Championship T-Shirt

adidas NBA Miami Heat Geek Championship T-Shirt

adidas Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Gear

adidas Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Gear

words // Brandon Richard

Two years after “The Big Three” took shape in South Beach, the Miami Heat can now call themselves NBA Champions. Facing perhaps the most pressure we’ve seen placed upon any American professional sports team, the Heat emerged victorious in a hard fought NBA Finals series against the Oklahoma Thunder to claim the franchise’s second Larry O’Brien Trophy. The story of course was LeBron James, who exorcised some of his personal demons and recorded a triple-double en route to his first championship ring and Finals MVP honors. Miami’s newly crowned King recorded 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, becoming just the fifth player to notch a triple-double in a Finals clincher. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade added 24 and 20 points respectively, while reserve Mike Miller unexpectedly connected on 7 of 8 three-point attempts to score 23 points of his own.

Fans looking to celebrate Miami’s triumphant victory can do so by picking up the exact adidas gear worn by Heat players in the locker room after winning the championship. Both the locker room hat and t-shirt are available, as well three other championship t-shirts. Stop by Eastbay to pick up your Heat Championship Gear today.

adidas Miami Heat NBA Locker Room Championship Snapback

adidas NBA Locker Room Championship Snapback

adidas Miami Heat NBA Locker Room Championship T-Shirt

adidas NBA Locker Room Championship T-Shirt

adidas Miami Heat NBA Caricature Championship T-Shirt

adidas NBA Caricature T-Shirt

adidas Miami Heat Victorious T-Shirt

adidas NBA Victorious T-Shirt

adidas Miami Heat NBA Champs Signature T-Shirt

adidas NBA Champs Signature T-Shirt

Sneaker Watch // Thunderous Rally Gives OKC Edge in Game 1

Sneaker Watch // Thunderous Rally Gives OKC Edge in Game 1

Sneaker Watch // Thunderous Rally Gives OKC Edge in Game 1

words // Brandon Richard

By the numbers, Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals between Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder was the most watched series opener since ABC acquired rights in 2003. The game registered an 11.8 overnight, topping the previous record established by the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons in 2004. If last night’s game was any indication of the gameplay we can expect in the series, then expect those type of numbers to trend as we progress through this anticipated showdown.

The early stage of Game 1 was dominated by the Heat, led by a focused LeBron James and surprisingly hot-handed Shane Battier. Shane dropped a postseason high 13 first half points, helping Miami lead by as much as 13 and maintaining a 7 point advantage at halftime. However, the Thunder seized control in the third quarter, led by their two All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The two outscored Miami 41-40 in the final two quarters, including another impressive late-game closeout by the 23-year-old three-time scoring champion. Stifling defense sealed the deal on a 105-94 win for the home team.

Also impressive in Game 1 was the footwear, particularly the Finals Player Exclusives worn by James and Durant. Westbrook continued to wear his old “Why Not?” Hyperfuse PE; Kendrick Perkins added gold laces to the recently released “Military Blue” Air Jordan Retro 4; Mario Chalmers broke out a new colorway of the Spalding Slash; Shane Battier shot well in his PEAK sig; Mike Miller understandably ditched his usual KDs for a new Hyperdunk 2011 Low PE; Chris Bosh laced up a Finals colorway of the Air Max Hyperdunk 2011; and D-Fish, Daequan Cook and Serge Ibaka all repped the Three-Stripes.

A full look at the sneakers worn in the game (and Lil’ Wayne!) in this installment of Sneaker Watch.

Sneaker Watch // Thunderous Rally Gives OKC Edge in Game 1

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite Red Finals PELeBron James backs down Russell Westbrook in his red Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite.

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite Red Finals PE (2)Another look at LeBron’s Finals Elite 9 PE.

Lil' Wayne wearing Nike Dunk High Black OrangeAfter all the hoopla, Lil’ Wayne doesn’t seem too excited to finally be at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kevin Durant wearing Nike Zoom KD IV White Gold Finals PEKevin Durant dials up a shot from long distance in a White/Gold PE colorway of the Nike Zoom KD IV.

Kevin Durant wearing Nike Zoom KD IV White Gold Finals PE (2)A closer look at Durant’s Finals KD IV PE.

Kendrick Perkins wearing Air Jordan IV 4 Military BlueKendrick Perkins works the post in a golden-laced pair of the “Military Blue” Air Jordan Retro 4.

Mario Chalmers wearing Spalding SlashMario Chalmers runs the point in a red-based colorway of the Slash by Spalding.

Serge Ibaka wearing adidas adiZero Shadow PESerge Ibaka operates in the post wearing his ‘Home’ adidas adiZero Shadow PE.

Chris Bosh wearing Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2011 Finals PEChris Bosh drives in a Finals PE colorway of the Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2011.

Russell Westbrook wearing Nike Zoom HyperfuseRussell Westbrook had an explosive game in his PE colorway of the original Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Dwyane Wade wearing Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV FinalsDwyane Wade sizes up James Harden in a Finals PE colorway of the Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV.

Nick Collison wearing Nike Zoom KD IIINick Collison dunks in his Nike Zoom KD III PE.

Mike Miller wearing Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Finals PEMike Miller attempts to block Harden’s shot in a Finals PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low.

James Harden wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Low Elite PEJames Harden shoots in his Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Elite PE.

Shane Battier wearing PEAK Battier VIShane Battier had a surprising offensive “explosion” in the PEAK Battier VI.

Thabo Sefolosha wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Thabo Sefolosha attacks in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Udonis Haslem wearing Converse SicksUdonis Haslem dunks in Converse Sicks.

Derek Fisher wearing adidas adizero Crazy Light LowDerek Fisher dishes in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light Low.

Daequan Cook wearing adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2Daequan Cook looks to score in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2.

Joel Anthony wearing Nike Air Max DestinyJoel Anthony joins KD’s poster in the Nike Air Max Destiny Finals.

Sneaker Watch: Dallas Wins First NBA Title

Sneaker Watch: Dallas Wins First NBA Title

Dirk, Kidd, Jet, Marion after winning their first NBA Championship.Dirk, Kidd, Jet, Marion after winning their first NBA Championship.

words // Nick Engvall

The Dallas Mavericks added NBA Championship to their franchise history, while the Miami Heat added more questions to their choice of bringing the “Big 3” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh together.

The Mavs, behind Jason Terry’s 27 points, defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 105-95. Dirk Nowitzki struggled early but came back in the fourth quarter, like he has nearly every game, and finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Nowitzki was awarded the Finals MVP award but it was his supporting cast that gave the Mavericks the victory, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, Ian Mahinmi, J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson all had steals in a defensive effort that essentially stifled the Miami Heat.

For the Heat, the critics will have more fire power in their questioning of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for making such a big deal of their choice to play in Miami. LeBron finished with 21 points, Bosh had 19 and Wade finished with 17 in the loss.

Check out some of the Sneaker Watch action courtesy of ESPN below.

Sneaker Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

Dwyane Wade in the Jordan Fly Wade, LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS, and Chris Bosh in the Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2010.Dwyane Wade in the Jordan Fly Wade, LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS, and Chris Bosh in the Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2010.

Shawn Marion in the NIke Air Max Fly By.Shawn Marion in the Nike Air Max Fly By.

Jason Terry drives in the Reebok Zig Slash, defended by Mario Chalmers in the adidas Crazy Light.Jason Terry drives in the Reebok Zig Slash, defended by Mario Chalmers in the adidas Crazy Light.

Jason Kidd in his signature sneaker from Peak.Jason Kidd in his signature sneaker from Peak.

LeBron James int eh Nike LeBron 8 PS.LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS.

DeShawn Stevenson in the adidas adiPURE.DeShawn Stevenson in the adidas adiPURE.

J.J. Barea shoots a floater in the Converse Star Player EVO.J.J. Barea shoots a floater in the Converse Star Player EVO.

Dirk Nowitzki in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Dirk Nowitzki in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Dirk grabbed the Finals MVP award as well.Dirk grabbed the Finals MVP award as well.