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Along with the Crazy 1, the adidas Crazy 8 has been given a festive New Orleans-inspired makeover for NBA All-Star Weekend.
Kobe’s old sig arrives in a bright orange colorway with blue splatter and green accents throughout. Blue also lines the interior and a multicolor outsole caps off the look below.
These adidas basketball shoes will be available for $110 this Friday, February 14 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.
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For All-Star Weekend, adidas is bringing back Kobe Bryant’s old Crazy 1 signature shoe in a new, celebratory colorway.
Partially inspired by New Orleans’ festive culture, the shoe features a black splattered purple synthetic upper, colorful accents and grey hits on the laces and midsole. The shoe sits atop a black rubber outsole with green adidas branding.
These adidas basketball shoes launch here for $125 this Friday, February 14 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.
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NBA on-court apparel provider adidas has unveiled the uniforms and apparel for the 62nd NBA All-Star Game, which will be held on Sunday, February 17 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Designed by adidas, the uniforms draw inspiration from Houston’s rich aeronautical history and the speed of jet planes. The uniforms’ eye-catching impact camo pattern evokes the world’s fastest fleet of aircraft with the classic silhouette of a basketball net.
“The NBA All-Star Game is an exciting time to unite adidas’ line of performance and style products to celebrate the court-to-street style that runs through basketball culture around the world,” said Lawrence Norman, adidas Vice President, Global Basketball. “2013 marks adidas’ sixth season designing NBA All-Star uniforms and every year we look forward to introducing performance innovations that help the best basketball players in the world lift off and take their games to the next level in front of a global audience.”
Uniforms feature specially-engineered mesh to provide maximum mobility and breathability. The brand’s iconic 3-Stripes flank the side of both the jersey and shores. Letter and number design is inspired by the stenciled style on jets.
Players will also take the court in black and white aviator-style warm-ups featuring metal zippers made with a similar anodized finish used on airplanes. Each player’s jacket will be customized to represent individual career accomplishments such as NBA All-Star Game appearances and All-Star MVP awards, NBA titles, in addition to regular season awards and Scoring Championships.
Enjoy an early look at these new NBA jerseys below.
It was built to be an inevitable showdown between Celtics teammates Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, but in the end, Miami Heat sharpshooter James Jones emerged from the pack as the 2011 Three-Point Contest Champion. Jones scored 20 points in the final round to pull off the shocker against Allen and Pierce. With the win, Jones became the fourth member of the Miami Heat to win the three-point contest.
Kevin Durant and Boobie Gibson were almost historically bad, threatening Michael Jordan’s record low of five points by scoring six and seven points respectively. Golden State’s Dorell Wright finished fourth with 11 points.
Let’s take a look at what these long-range threats wore for the 2011 Three-Point Contest.
James Jones found his rhythm in teammate LeBron James’ Nike Air Max LeBron 8.
James receives his trophy wearing the Nike Air Max LeBron 8.
All-time three-point king Ray Allen shoots in a Player Exclusive colorway of the Jordan Evolution ’85.
Paul Pierce failed to defend his Three-Point Crown in the Nike Air Legacy 2.
Another look at Paul’s Air Legacy 2 Player Exclusive.
Kevin Durant couldn’t get it going in a new colorway of the Nike Zoom KD III.
Reflective of the Cavs season, Boobie Gibson drew a lot of iron in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.
Golden State’s Dorell Wright couldn’t get it going in PEAK’s Team Dynamic.
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It wasn’t as great as we thought it would be, but Blake Griffin put on a show Saturday night to become the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Champion. It really speaks to how highly we think of somebody when they dunk over a car and we’re still left a little disappointed, but the reality was that Blake’s early misses were more appealing than the dunks he completed. Plus, you can’t roll a car on the court and just jump over the hood, right?
Though falling short in the contest, JaVale McGee may have been the most creative dunker of the night. Building on concepts originated by the great Larry Nance, McGee dunked two balls on two different hoops and then dunked three balls on one hoop. His creativity did come up short in the end, though, when he had to make a last-minute change to a dunk because Oklahoma’s Serge Ibaka completed something similar.
Speaking of Ibaka, not a bad showing from OKC’s big man. He certainly had the theatrics going for him, as he was led out of the tunnel by a parade of “NBA Africa” flags to complete a legit behind-the-line free-throw dunk. For a follow-up, Ibaka helped a youngster retrieve his stuffed animal by biting it off a prop on the rim during a dunk. Both dunks, however, were underscored at 45 and Ibaka was eliminated early.
Flying under the radar was Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, who may have actually completed the best dunk of the night. Coached by Darryl Dawkin’s suit, DeRozan completed a remix to J.R. Rider’s “East Bay Funk Dunk” and an extremely impressive one-handed reverse that scored a 50.
Overall, the Dunk Contest started off hot, but progressively got worse as the focus was put more on the gimmicks than the dunks. A lot of these NBA players will tell you that it’s hard to be creative because everything has been done, but that’s simply not true. YouTube is concrete proof that there are still incredible non-prop dunks that haven’t been seen in the NBA’s contest. That’s why DeRozan’s lob one-handed reverse sticks out – it was all about the dunk.
Below is a look at the sneakers worn in the Dunk Contest. Blake Griffin was said to be debuting the Nike Hyperdunk 2011, but settled for a similar colorway of the Air Max Fly By. “Air Congo” Serge Ibaka did his dunking in adidas’ “Sun” adiPure. DerMar DeRozan continued to wear iD colorways of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI. Lastly, JaVale McGee did an excellent job getting Chinese brand PEAK some recognition by wearing five different colorways of their Relentless kicks in the contest.
Blake Griffin with what Kenny Smith called the “Plan B” dunk in the Nike Air Max Fly By.
Blake Griffin pulls a Vince Carter in the Nike Air Max Fly By.
Blake hops the car wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By.
JaVale McGee dunks on two hoops in the “Wolverine”-inspired colorway of the PEAK Relentless.
McGee dunks three balls in the camouflage PEAK Relentless.
JaVale McGee salutes the friendship between the United States and China with national colorways of the PEAK Relentless.
A closer look at JaVale’s USA & China PEAK Relentless colorways.
McGee finished the contest wearing the “Truly Blessed” PEAK Relentless.
Serge Ibaka takes a bit out of Rumble, the Oklahoma City Thunder Mascot, in the “Sun” adidas adiPure.
It wasn’t as picturesque as MJ’s, but Ibaka completed a legit behind-the-line free-throw dunk in the adiPure.
DeMar DeRozan had perhaps the most impressive dunk of the night with this reverse in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD.
DeRozan rocks the Darryl Dawkins-named “Eastbay Funk Remix” in his Zoom Kobe VI iD.
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