Jordan ‘Road to the Gold’ Pack – Washington D.C.

Jordan ‘Road to the Gold’ Pack – Washington D.C.

words // Brandon Richard

Nike Basketball, Jordan Brand, Converse and the USA Basketball Teams all stopped by Washington D.C. this past weekend as part of the World Basketball Festival. Amongst the weekend’s events was “Hoops for Troops,” in which the USA Men’s and Women’s basketball teams entertained a packed crowd at the DC Armory with skills clinic instruction and a practice. The day began with the USA Women’s basketball players and coaches hosting a clinic for daughters of the troops. The girls learned skills for shooting, ball handling, passing and perimeter moves.

Next up was the USA Men’s basketball team, who performed in front of the approximately 4,000 military troops and family guests in attendance at the DC Armory. Led by USA Men’s Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the men’s team including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and their teammates went through a practice. The team prepared to face Brazil tonight in an exhibition game.

As part of the celebration, the Jordan Brand released two ‘Road to the Gold’ sneakers for the D.C. leg of the World Basketball Festival. The Jordan Retro 1 Hi and Jordan Super.Fly are inspired by military dress blues. Each shoe also features a unique pattern that mimics the uniform and medals of a decorated officer.

Salute the USA Basketball Teams as they march toward London by picking up these military-inspired Jordan shoes today.

Available: Jordan Retro 1 Hi – Obsidian/Metallic Gold-White

Available: Jordan Super.Fly – Obsidian/Metallic Gold-White-Black

Air Jordan Retro 1 & Super.Fly Road to the Gold - Washington DC

Air Jordan Retro 1 Road to the Gold Washington DC (1)

Air Jordan Retro 1 Road to the Gold Washington DC (2)

Air Jordan Retro 1 Road to the Gold Washington DC (3)

Jordan Super.Fly Road to the Gold Washington DC (1)

Jordan Super.Fly Road to the Gold Washington DC (2)

Nike World Basketball Festival Pack

Nike World Basketball Festival Pack

words // Brandon Richard

Yesterday, the who’s who of the NBA converged on the UNLV Gym in Las Vegas to begin training for 2012 USA Basketball. The group led by superstars such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant will soon be narrowed down to a roster of 12 that will travel to London later this month to compete in the Summer Olympic Games. Training camp in Vegas, will culminate in an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at the Thomas & Mack on Thursday, July 12, and from there the team will train and play one exhibition game in Washington, D.C., and Manchester, England, and two exhibition contests in Barcelona, Spain, before arriving in London. This series of exhibition games will be part of the 2012 World Basketball Festival, a global celebration of the game put on by Nike.

As part of the World Basketball Festival, Nike Basketball is releasing a special pack of footwear featuring the brand new Hyperdunk and signature models of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The trio of sneakers are linked together by a common color scheme of royal blue, navy and gold, as well as a special World Basketball Festival logo that appears on the tongue of the Hyperdunk and heels of the LeBron 9 Low and Kobe VII.

Game Royal and navy work the Hyperfuse-constructed upper of the LeBron 9 Low, which also features University Gold on the Swoosh border and 360-Max Air sole. White also fills in the midsole, tongue signature and Swoosh branding on the side panels.

Kobe’s WBF VII is built with a durable polyurethane shell in obsidian, backed by a golden external heel counter for extra stability. Gold also works the Swoosh and Kobe logos, while the interior is lined in royal blue. The lower portion of the Zoom-cushioned midsole is done in white and sits atop a grey rubber outsole.

The Hyperdunk features a navy synthetic and royal mesh upper, accented by University Gold on the Swoosh branding, exposed Flywire support cables and Lunarlon cushioned sole.

Join us in the celebration by picking up your new World Basketball Festival kicks today.

Nike LeBron 9 Low World Basketball Festival WBF Game Royal University Gold Midnight Navy 510811-402 (1)Nike LeBron 9 Low World Basketball Festival WBF Game Royal University Gold Midnight Navy 510811-402 (2)

Available: Nike LeBron 9 Low – Game Royal/University Gold-Midnight Navy

Nike Zoom Kobe VII System World Basketball Festival WBF Obsidian University Gold Game Royal Wolf Grey 488371-404 (1)Nike Zoom Kobe VII System World Basketball Festival WBF Obsidian University Gold Game Royal Wolf Grey 488371-404 (2)Nike Zoom Kobe VII System World Basketball Festival WBF Obsidian University Gold Game Royal Wolf Grey 488371-404 (3)

Available: Nike Kobe VII – Obsidian/University Gold-Game Royal-Wolf Grey

Nike Lunar Hyperdunk World Basketball Festival WBF Game Royal University Gold Obsidian 524934-401 (1)

Nike Lunar Hyperdunk World Basketball Festival WBF Game Royal University Gold Obsidian 524934-401 (2)

Nike Lunar Hyperdunk World Basketball Festival WBF Game Royal University Gold Obsidian 524934-401 (3)

Available: Nike Hyperdunk – Game Royal/University Gold-Obsidian

World Basketball Festival Complete Recap

World Basketball Festival Complete Recap

words_Jordan Hagedorn

A few weeks ago, I flew out to New York City for the unprecedented World Basketball Festival put on by Nike, Jordan and Converse. It was an unbelievable event that featured tons of basketball games and other unique things to keep all the like-minded hoops people entertained.

Look below for a complete recap of all the WBF happenings.

Thursday, August 12th included a scrimmage between a split Team USA squad followed by by a Jay-Z concert.

Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul all made an appearance at Rucker Park on Friday.

Later in the day on Friday, the Puerto Rico National Team faced Brazil, which pitted NBA players from Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo and JJ Bareja against Brazil’s Anderson Varejao.

Saturday Kobe showed up at Rucker Park to work with kids at the Chainlink Fundamentals Clinic.

Also during the WBF we talked to Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Coach K.

Saturday Team USA scrimmaged China at Madison Square Garden.

Sunday Team USA played an exhibition match against France at Madison Square Garden. Puerto Rico defeated China 92-76 in the late game.

Here are the final highlights from the entire weekend, including the kid that stole the ball from Chris Paul.

World Basketball Festival Complete Recap

World Basketball Festival: 100 Shoes at Rucker Park

words_Jordan Hagedorn

Back on Saturday, August 14th, I hit up Rucker Park for a bunch of games as part of the World Basketball Festival. With so many people rolling through the hallowed park, I thought it only fitting to capture the kicks that people were wearing. Take a look below at 100 shoes at Rucker Park. What are your favorites?

World Basketball Festival Complete Recap

World Basketball Festival: Puerto Rico vs. Brazil

words_Jordan Hagedorn

A couple weeks ago Friday, the Puerto Rico National Team faced Brazil, which pitted NBA players from Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo and JJ Bareja against Brazil’s Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa. The action started slow but got better in the second half with Puerto Rico pulling away, eventually winning by 30. Puerto Rico native Bobbito Garcia announced the game and the crowd got into it once the action heated up. We caught up with Bobbito the following week to talk about the WBF.

(Top Left) The legendary Rucker Park stone, the crowd out to watch some hoops, Anderson Varejao throwing it down and Carlos Arroyo after the game.