If you’re a basketball fan, then you probably know all about Ballislife. The Ballislife crew creates some of the best basketball videos in the world. Eastbay has teamed up with Ballislife on marquee events like the Ballislife All-American Game, which is one of the fastest growing high school All-American games in the country, having featured big names like Tyler Ulis, Zach LaVine, Stanley Johnson, Isaiah Briscoe, Thon Maker, Brandon Ingram, and Skal Labissiere.
Each month, we’ll feature some of the top videos from the Ballislife team. This month includes the latest from LaMelo Ball, an all-access look at the Ballislife All-American Game, Trevon Duval’s top plays, and more! Let’s get to it.
LaMelo Ball Drops 50
The Ball family has been in the news a lot lately, but Melo is still doing his thing. The youngest of the Ball Brothers filled up the stat sheet with a 50-point outing that came fully equipped with the jaw-dropping plays we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from LaMelo. If this video is any indication, the hype is real.
All Access: Ballislife All-American Game
If you missed out on the Ballislife All-American Game, we’ve got your back. This video goes all-access with the crew to give you the full experience of a crazy weekend with the top players in the game. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the game, the scrimmages, the trip to Venice Beach, and more.
The Best of Trevon Duval
The No. 1 point guard in the nation has plenty of highlight videos you can watch, but the Ballislife crew broke down his top 20 dunks and ankle breakers. It’s easy to see how Duval became one of the most sought after players in the country. The Duke commit gives fans plenty of reasons to be excited with his handles and hops.
Bol Bol and Shareef O’Neal Dominate In Front Of Shaq
How about some love for the big fellas? Bol Bol and Shareef O’Neal put on a dominating performance with Shaq watching at the Atlanta Nike EYBL. Plenty of blocked shots and more dunks than I can count, but the big guys also showcase some finesse and nice touch around the rim.
The Professor Toying with Defenders
The Professor’s got handles. There’s no doubt about that. He can straight up embarrass defenders. Ballislife compiled 10 of his best – and his opponents’ worst – moments. Think you have moves? Check the video and see how you stack up.
Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:
The Retro 13 ‘Black Cat’ takes the iconic silhouette of the AJ 13 and combines it with Black Panther inspiration for a sleek, stylish look that Jordan fans will go crazy for. The shoe features a full black upper with 3M reflective detailing. The ‘Black Cat’ look is completed with paw prints on the outsole and the hologram, as well as a black rubber outsole and a black cat logo on the insole. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.
The Kobe A.D. lets you feel the court the way Kobe intended with low-profile, responsive cushioning and dynamic comfort. The Kobe A.D. marks the end of Kobe’s playing days, but his influence is still strong throughout the league. Kobe changed the game forever, and the Kobe A.D. is perfect for today’s players who have learned so much from the Black Mamba. Men’s $159.99.
Reebok will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shaq Attaq by re-releasing the classic sneaker. The iconic 1992 shoe was made famous by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal during his rookie season in Orlando. The shoe stays true to its original look, which remains one of Reebok’s most beloved. Men’s $159.99.
ADIDAS ARTHUR ASHE TRIBUTE COLLECTION – JANUARY 23 AT 10 AM ET
adidas pays homage to a true pioneer and tennis icon with the Arthur Ashe Tribute Collection. The Harden Vol. 1 and Dame 3 are both included in the collection, featuring nods toward Ashe’s career and philanthropy. The sneakers will be worn on-court by Harden and Lillard for select games during Black History Month. Harden Vol. 1 $139.99, Dame 3 $114.99.
UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3 – JANUARY 21 AT 10 AM ET
Stephen Curry has changed the game, and now his shoe is a gamechanger, too. His new shoe is as innovative as his game with dynamic Threadborne technology that delivers the ideal mix of support and breathability. Simply put, this shoe is made for MVPs. Men’s $139.99, Grade School $114.99.
There are a few things that are undeniably true about the 2016 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductees: they were incredible players, they changed the game, and they had awesome nicknames. The Answer. The Big Diesel. The Great Wall. Now, some of the most recognizable players in the history of basketball will take their place among the game’s best as Hall of Famers.
Allen Iverson – The Answer
Allen Iverson was pound-for-pound one of the most lethal scorers the game has ever seen. Despite his diminutive frame, he became one of the game’s most difficult players to guard with his quickness, athleticism, and patented crossover. He was one of the most effective score-first point guards at a time when pass-first point guards were much more traditional.
On the other end of the size spectrum, one of the game’s biggest players – literally and figuratively – joins Iverson as a 2016 inductee. Shaquille O’Neal comes in at 7’1” and was listed at 325 pounds by the end of his playing career. He spent 19 years in the league, winning four championships, and appearing in 15 All-Star games. He averaged 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game over the course of his career.
Shaq was big, but even he looked small compared to Yao Ming. At 7’6”, Yao Ming was the tallest active player while in the league, and he used that frame to average 19 points and 9.2 rebounds per game during his career, which was cut short due to injury issues.
As an 8-time All-Star, his success helped pave the way for foreign athletes, and he is still considered one of the best international players of all time. His popularity in China was instrumental in growing the game of basketball on a global level, which is perhaps his biggest contribution to the game. Check out Yao Ming’s top-10 highlights here.
Sheryl Swoopes – The Queen
Dubbed The Queen of the Court, Swoopes is considered to be the female equivalent to Michael Jordan. Her long list of accolades includes four championships, six All-Star Game appearances, and three MVP Awards. She is widely considered one of the most influential female athletes in the game.
Tomorrow, Reebok Classics will pay tribute to Shaquille O’Neal’s Laker career with an all-new ‘Escape From LA’ colorway of the Reebok Shaqnosis. The Shaqnosis was O’Neal’s signature for the 95-96 season, when he played for the Orlando Magic. Shaq would also wear Reebok signature product during his first two seasons with the Lakers, last lacing up the Shaq Reflection before launching the now defunct DUNK.net in 1999. This year, Shaq and Reebok came back together, re-releasing some of our favorite silhouettes from the 90s.
For today’s Eastbay Memory Lane, we take a look back at Shaq’s final Laker Reebok shoe, along with a few other forgotten gems from the brand’s late 90s basketball range. In comparison to previous Shaq sigs, the Shaq Reflection was a fairly simple design, highlighted by 3M reflective trim and suspended Hexalite cushioning. Also featured on this page is the Fuego, DMX cushioned Lightning and Shawn Kemp’s second Reignman shoe in two colorways.
The Shaq Reflection isn’t a shoe you see every day — any readers have a pair back in the day or still own one today?
Paying homage to Shaquille O’Neal’s championship years with the Lakers, Reebok Classics is set to drop off an all-new ‘Escape From LA’ colorway of his Shaqnosis signature shoe.
The shoe is black-based with a colorful graffiti print on the heel and snakeskin textured overlays — possibly representing Shaq’s former teammate and rival “The Black Mamba.” Branding elements on the tongue and heel are done in Lakers-inspired purple and gold, while red fills in Vectors on the sides. Below, a purple rubber outsole completes the look.