Sneaker Watch: World Basketball Festival

Sneaker Watch: World Basketball Festival

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words_Nick Engvall

Over the weekend we covered many of the events from the World Basketball Festival in New York City. Team USA seemed to have no problems in any of their games over the weekend. Although we saw some adidas Basketball Player Exclusives and a number of Nike colorways in the USA vs. France recap, we were able to find some other footwear gems from the event as well.

Check out some of the footwear from Rudy Gay, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and even Michael Jordan himself below.

Sun Yue of China dribbles wearing the adidas TS Ace Commander ball against Renaldo Balkman in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Kevin Durant defending in the Nike Hyperfuse.

Boris Diaw lays it in wearing the Nike Hyperfuse.

Derrick Rose wearing the adidas TS adiZero Creators.

Kevin Durant wearing the Nike Hyperfuse.

Rudy Gay with the reverse dunk in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Carmelo Anthony in the University Blue Jordan 2.

Michael himself decided on the Jordan Retro 1 Alpha Outdoor.

images via yahoo

Sneaker Watch: World Basketball Festival

WBF: Thursday Night at Radio City Music Hall

words_Jordan Hagedorn

We covered the USA Basketball Showcase Game from Radio City Music Hall in NYC last week. If you were there you witnessed Nike’s first-ever World Basketball Festival, and they did it right. The game (which was held Thursday, August 12th) ended when Tyson Chandler threw down the sudden-death game-winning alley oop giving the Blue team a 49-47 win over the White squad. Philadelphia 76er Andre Iguodala won game MVP with a bunch of crowd pleasing dunks.

Following the game, there was a special musical guest who turned out to be Jay-Z. He performed for 20 minutes and had the packed crowd going crazy.

Sneaker Watch: World Basketball Festival

World Basketball Festival: USA vs. France

words_Nick DePaula
images_Zac Dubasik

WBF: USA vs. FranceNike’s World Basketball Festival came to a close yesterday with an exhibition match between the US and France Men’s National teams. The scene at Madison Square Garden turned into quite a blowout, with the US team winning 86-55.

There were a few lasting images that stood out from the match-up. Boris Diaw is tremendously, tremendously fat and out of shape. Rudy Gay led all scorers with 19 points and had quite a few awesome dunks. Andre Iguodala is one of the best athletes in the league.

Chauncey Billups is the perfect point guard to run this team during international play. He also scored 17, all within the flow of the offense and by physically punishing opposing points to the basket. There was also all kinds of sneaker variety on the French squad, with everything from the more recent Hyperfuse to the three-year-old TS Pro Model seen on-court. It was more of the same for the US, as the Hyperfuse, Hyperdunk 2010 and splashes of adidas TS saw the court. The biggest highlight was probably the Team USA Hyperdunk Lows worn by assistant coach Chris Collins, son of Doug. France largely struggled thanks to their weak guard play, and the combination of the Americans’ speed and aggressiveness proved to be too much.

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Sneaker Watch: World Basketball Festival

adidas Basketball FIBA Player Exclusives

words_Nick DePaula
images_Zac Dubasik

Yesterday afternoon, the US Men’s National team and Chinese National team squared off in a closed-door scrimmage as both teams prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

Adidas Basketball players represented for both rosters, with Sun Yue and Wang Zhizhi spotted in Stripes for China, and Eric Gordon, Chauncey Billups and Derrick Rose all wearing Team Signature models.

China’s Sun Yue was seen wearing the Adidas TS Ace Commander, which happens to be Candace Parker’s signature shoe.adidas Basketball FIBA Player Exclusives
Chauncey Billups has been sticking with the TS Lightning Creator for the past two seasons, and once again showed up wearing a Team USA version of the Formotion guard shoe.

Chauncey Billups has been sticking with the TS Lightning Creator for the past two seasons, and once again showed up wearing a Team USA version of the Formotion guard shoe.Derrick Rose was once again wearing his new Adidas TS adiZero Creators, which will be available at the start of the upcoming season.
Derrick Rose was once again wearing his new Adidas TS adiZero Creators, which will be available at the start of the upcoming season.
And lastly, Eric Gordon was wearing the adiZero Infiltrate, a more traditional mid-cut Puremotion model. Also, Wang Zhizhi can be seen in the background in his very own TS Heat Check player exclusives.
 And lastly, Eric Gordon was wearing the adiZero Infiltrate, a more traditional mid-cut Puremotion model. Also, Wang Zhizhi can be seen in the background in his very own TS Heat Check player exclusives. And lastly, Eric Gordon was wearing the adiZero Infiltrate, a more traditional mid-cut Puremotion model.

Sneaker Watch: World Basketball Festival

WBF: USA vs. China Scrimmage

words_Nick DePaula
images_Zac Dubasik

World Basketball Festival - USA vs. ChinaEarlier today, the US Men’s National Basketball team squared off against the Chinese National team at Madison Square Garden. The relatively unpublicized matchup resulted in a pretty modest crowd for a game serving as a basic tune-up for both teams.

As part of the World Basketball Festival, the highlighted players were of course Kevin Durant and Yi Jianlian, who expectedly were wearing the Nike Hyperfuse and Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

The game was filled with far more intensity than Thursday’s US intersquad scrimmage, and it was also filled with quite a few missed dunks and botched fast breaks, as is expected in any kind of exhibition game. Even more impressive was the fact that USA Basketball continually changes the actual rules of the sport whenever they feel like it. Thursday’s game at Radio City Music Hall included a sudden death overtime period, clearly decided on the spot, and today’s games were the usual four quarters long, but the score was re-set to 0-0 at the start of each quarter. Perhaps to spare the Chinese team from a 40-point loss.

Either way, it was a great display of shooting and defensive intensity for the US and a complete turnaround from Thursday’s game. Tyson Chandler dominated the paint, talking excessively on defense and orchestrating great rotations when the team was in zone. Eric Gordon impressed with a smooth and consistent outside shot. And Javale McGhee pulled off some ridiculous dunks with amazing extension in warm-ups, but didn’t play at all. Enjoy some shots below from Zac.

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