We kick off our 2014 Kicks On Court Diaries series with the return of our Sole Access segment. In today’s episode, Brant Helms, the Portland Trail Blazers equipment manager, gives us an exclusive tour inside the team’s garage locker room and equipment room full of sneakers. Check out these sneaker-filled lockers of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard plus Helms’ perspective of preparing for an NBA season.
Complex’s Joe La Puma takes Ben Baller to RIF LA to shop for sneakers and talk about how reselling has changed.
In the sixth and final episode of “Sneak Peek” Season 5, also known as our Season of Firsts: Reloaded, we break ground yet again. This time, we trek to Seattle, Washington to put the spotlight on the first military person featured in the series, Jaaziel Ramos – better known as @JizzumJazzy on Instagram – a soldier stationed at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Check out his insane collection of Air Jordan 4s and other sneakers that he holds dear to his heart.
With the exception of Season 4, we have put the spotlight on at least one professional basketball player in each of our six-episode Sneak Peek seasons. Players, such as Stephen Jackson, Nick Young, DeMar DeRozan, Josh Childress and Rudy Gay, have proven to be undeniable aficionados of shoes. Today, we feature what may be one of, if not the biggest sneaker enthusiast in the NBA, Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler. Check out the Benton Harbor native’s insane collection and wide variety of sneakers.
At the 11th hour, Nike just simply couldn’t let Kevin Durant walk away.
With Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike exercised its right to match any rival shoe company’s offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. A source with knowledge of the deal later told ESPN that Durant has indeed signed with the Oregon-based company.
Nike countered Under Armour’s offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Kevin Durant for the next 10 years, sources told ESPN. Nike, whose seven-year deal that guaranteed Durant $60 million is expiring, made an initial offer of about $20 million a year that was far from what Durant was looking for. Under Armour’s huge play for Durant had many believing that Nike would even let him go at that price.
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We go in a totally different direction for Episode 4 of Sneak Peek Season 5, as we put the spotlight on the first high-end, designer sneaker collection courtesy of singer-songwriter and record producer Rico Love. The Miami-based artist has an appreciation for adidas footwear, but he is most passionate about the Rick Owens, the Balmains and the Giuseppes of the sneaker world.
JORDAN Training presents: our football family training on campus. Featuring Dez Bryant, Earl Thomas, Andre Johnson, Michael Crabtree, LaMarr Woodley, Hakeem Nicks, Dwight Freeney, Jordan Lynch & Charles Woodson.
An interesting two-on-one is shaping up in the basketball sneaker game: Jay-Z and Kevin Durant vs. Nike (NKE).
Durant, who is represented by Mr. Z’s Roc Nation, has given Nike until Wednesday to match a 10-year sponsorship offer from Under Armour (UA), according to ESPN. The deal is worth between $265 million and $285 million.
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Tennis meets basketball as Roger Federer’s latest signature shoe, the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour gets a make-over. Mashed together with the Air Jordan III, the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour “Air Jordan 3″ features a white-based tumbled leather upper with fire red and black accents. Elephant print detailing is found wrapping around the toe and on back heel. The ‘RF’ logo is found on the midsole while a red ‘Jumpman’ is stitched on the tongue and the ‘Nike Air’ branding is featured on the back heel tab. Look out for Federer to lace these up during the 2014 US Open which begins today.
The Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour Air Jordan 3 is set to release exclusively in-store at Flight 23 in NYC on Tuesday, August 26 in limited fashion.
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Fabolous joins Russ Bengtson and DJ Clark Kent to talk about sneakers from back in the day for S3/E5 of Quickstrike.
Just Blaze joined Russ Bengtson and DJ Clark Kent for S3/EP4 of Quickstrike to talk about his collab with Packer Shoes and Saucony.