Posts Tagged ‘Adidas’

Adidas introduces new Derrick Rose shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While Derrick Rose continues his comeback from injury and tries to help the Bulls add an impact free agent, adidas today dropped info on Rose’s next signature shoe, the D Rose 773 III.

According to adidas…

The D Rose 773 III features Rose specific detailing such as three stripes on the heel with an architectural pattern and premium finish inspired by Chicago’s landmarks. The lace jewel highlights the 773 area code that inspired the shoe’s name while the D Rose logo is featured on the side and the tongue.

The D Rose 773 III also draws on collaboration with adidas’ collegiate teams to build on previous D Rose 773 models. The latest D Rose 773 utilizes a perforated pattern to increase breathability, an improved collar shape to enhance fit and performance and adiprene+ cushioning for comfort and responsiveness during quick cuts and drives to the basket. The SPRINTWEB upper dawns a color contrasting overlay while the zoned traction pattern on the bottom of the shoe offers optimal grip to fit all styles of play.

The D Rose 773 III is available now for $115 at adidas.com where you can also customize your own colorway with miadidas for $135.

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Adidas Debuts 2014 NBA All-Star Uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA and adidas today dropped an early look at the uniforms for the 2014 All-Star Game, on February 16 in New Orleans.

According to a press release from adidas, “the uniforms are inspired by New Orleans’ rich and unique culture, featuring vibrant Mardi Gras colors and shiny brass and silver accents on a short-sleeved silhouette. The NBA All-Star logo appears on the chest of the blue ‘East’ and red ‘West’ jerseys in the shape of the fleur-de-lis, the official symbol of Louisiana, with a purple ‘W’ or green ‘E’ cut out to identify the conference of each player.”

“Each year, we look forward to developing a unique on-court look for the players that pays homage to the host city and adds to the excitement of this highly anticipated game,” said Chris Grancio, adidas head of global basketball sports marketing. “This year’s All-Star collection reflects New Orleans’ festive musical history while also providing the premium performance elements that NBA athletes have grown accustomed to.”

Also, the All-Stars will rock “varsity-style” warm-ups that are customized to “represent individual career accomplishments such as NBA All-Star Game appearances and NBA All-Star MVP awards, NBA Championships, regular season accolades and scoring titles. Players will also wear shooting shirts that feature a colorful primal print.”

NBA All-Star jerseys ($80 – $130) will be available at NBAStore.com in addition to a full range of NBA All-Star apparel from adidas including men’s and women’s T-shirts ($22 – $30), track jackets ($80 – $120) and headwear ($16 – $26).

Check the gallery below for images…


Gallery: New 2014 All-Star Game jerseys

Adidas Unveils New On-Court Collection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today adidas unveiled their all new collection of NBA on-court gear. According to adidas, “The NBA On-Court Collection will outfit all 30 NBA teams with the most innovative performance and on-trend style.” A photo gallery follows, but first some details…

    • On-Court Warm-Up Jacket And Pant — To illustrate the speed of the game, the jacket features intensity graphics on the sleeves and front panel of the body; Sleeves and trim of the jacket feature contrasting color to the body of the jacket; An homage to team pride, the back of the jacket features the geographical team name and logo in white-stencil font; Warm-up pant features ventilation panels built into high-performance areas for comfort and functionality along with adidas’ classic three stripes.
    • Varsity Warm-Up Jacket — Designed to capture the classic varsity jacket look and feel and built for optimal performance and on-court usage; Worn by all players and teams for weekend home games after Christmas Day; Classic heather grey-based jacket with contrasting team-colored sleeves; Soft-textured team patch logos on the back and left chest complete the varsity look.
    • Long-Sleeve Shooting Shirt — Team name across the chest in official team font; Front and back panels feature contrasting team colors along with accenting impact camo sleeves to illustrate speed and style.
    • Short-Sleeve Shooting Shirt — Varsity-style shooting shirt features team letter logo on the left chest; Features player’s name and number on the back and an impact camo pattern across the entire shirt to illustrate speed and style.

The collection is available now at NBAstore.com. To see Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Ricky Rubio, Iman Shumpert and John Wall model the new gear, check below…

Enter The House Of Mutombo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite people I’ve been around while covering the NBA has been Dikembe Mutombo. When he was a member of the Hawks, well over a decade ago, I used to love chatting with him in the locker room, when he’d tell funny stories about whatever he was up to at the time. But as big as he was physically, Mutombo had a heart that was just as big, as evidenced by his relentless drive to raise money to build a hospital back in Africa, a goal he finally achieved a few years back.

Adidas recently re-released Mutombo’s signature adidas Mutombo sneaker, two decades after it first dropped. And in order to make sure we all know Mutombo’s back story, they created a neat animated video, voiced by Dikembe himself. Step into the House of Mutombo…
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Dwight Howard’s New Signature Adidas Shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDwight Howard will be in a new uniform this season, and he’ll be wearing new shoes as well. On November 1, adidas will be dropping the D Howard 4, the latest in his line of signature shoes. They gave us a sneak peek of the shoes today.

According to adidas: “The spiral wave design on the shoe’s upper is inspired by Dwight’s playing style and how he circles the paint protecting the rim by blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. The bright color palette of this Yellow-Gold-Blue colorway was selected to match Dwight’s personality while the tongue and three-stripes branding both feature a chrome treatment to stand out on the court.”

The D Howard 4 will be available on adidas.com starting Nov. 1. Check the gallery below for pics…
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Talk Show: Ricky Rubio

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I first met Ricky Rubio back in 2007, when he was all of 16 years old. He was already playing in Spain’s top league, the ACB, holding his own against grown men. So I’ve followed his career closely since then, and watched with some interest as he’s started to make a name for himself in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Last week I caught up with Ricky in Los Angeles, where he was at an adidas event for his new shoe — the Crazy Light 3, which drops August 1. More than anything, I was surprised at how big Ricky’s shoulders and arms looked. The kid’s growing up (he turns 23 in October) and, for the first time in his career, has been making a concerted effort to hit the weight room to help fend off the physical guards he goes up against on a nightly basis.

The injury bug has bitten the Timberwolves hard the last two seasons, including taking a bite out of Rubio, who missed significant chunks of his first two NBA seasons after tearing his ACL.

Yet Rubio says for the T-Wolves, there are no more excuses: “It’s time for this team to show what we can do.”

ME: So how’s your summer going?

RUBIO: Been good, been good. I’ve been working out. Actually, I rested a little bit, which let my knee finally heal up. So I feel good.

ME: We’re here at this adidas photo shoot. I know last year was your first year wearing adidas, adizero Crazy Light 3 blue-electricity-white (Ricky Rubio) G66521 HEROand now you’ve got a shoe and your own colorway coming out.

RUBIO: They’re great shoes, very light. Actually, I don’t wear a lot of shoes. A lot of NBA players wear like one a game, or something like that. I wore like one pair every two months or something. When they get dirty, I change it, but I don’t want to change it. I don’t like to wear new shoes. I like when the shoe is broken in. I almost only use two or three each season, which means it’s a good type of shoe, you know?

ME: Because it holds up.

RUBIO: Right, because I play a lot of games. And it’s pretty light, which I like. I don’t like to wear a low top, because I kind of twist my ankle, and I don’t like to wear a high-high top, because it stop me from doing some things. So I think it’s the perfect size for how I feel comfortable playing.

ME: Wait, so you wear the same shoe in practice, too? You wear the same shoe every day for like three months?

RUBIO: Yeah, I do. Clayton [Wilson], the guy who is taking care of us and ordering shoes …

ME: The equipment manager?

RUBIO: Yeah, he’s always like, “You need new shoes?” And I’m like, “Not yet.” And he says, “Um…” He was wondering in the beginning, but I told him I’m not going to order new shoes until I feel like the shoes need to change. I like that way.

ME: Last time I sat and talked with you was last summer, when you had just had surgery and you were still on crutches, still icing your leg like five times a day. How long this season did it take you to feel comfortable?

RUBIO: It took me a long time, more than I thought. In the beginning I was playing, and I was ready. My knee was 100 percent, but I wasn’t. I wasn’t feeling in shape, because if you are 9, 10 months out of the game, you can do whatever, but the game speed is just different. So actually, I think it take me a while. I think the Charlotte game, the first time I scored more than 10 points, was actually the first game I feel like I was back, you know? After that I was playing pretty good. Actually, I think it was March, end of March, that I was feeling the best I felt in the NBA. And now that I’m working hard and trying to get stronger legs and all that stuff, I feel pretty good. I’m excited for next season. (more…)

LeBron James Can Sell Shoes


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – A report in the June 10 issue of Forbes magazine says LeBron James isn’t just the NBA’s MVP on the court — he’s also the MVP when it comes to moving shoes.

According to Forbes, who culled this information from the research firm SportsOneSource, while several NBA players have signature shoes that sold tens of millions of dollars worth in 2012, nobody’s kicks came close to LeBron, whose signature LeBron X made about six times as much in U.S. sales as his closest finisher (in this case, Kobe Bryant). On the come-up: Derrick Rose, who moved into the top five even though he missed the entire 2012-13 season.

There are a lot of variables involved, which you can read about in the Forbes story, but here is how the top five shook out for U.S. sales in 2012, according to SportsOneSource:

1. LeBron James (Nike): $300 million
2. Kobe Bryant (Nike): $50 million
3. Carmelo Anthony (Jordan): $40 million
4. Kevin Durant (Nike): $35 million
5. Derrick Rose (Adidas): $25 million

Also worth noting from the story: Even though he retired in 2003, Michael Jordan‘s Jordan Brand did $2 billion in sales in 2012.

NBA Style: Spotlight On Playoff Shoes

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By the NBA.com Style Crew

A player’s shoes always make a statement. Pregame, many choose to go with high-fashion dress shoes or sneakers. During games, a player can have career-defining moments that get memorialized by the shoes he wore. A player’s in-game sneakers often represent more than athletic performance. Notes can be seen scribbled across the sides, or logos crafted specifically for the player become globally recognizable symbols that represent the growth and influence of the game. In fact, the global aspect of basketball extends to shoes, as several NBA players now endorse Chinese shoe companies.

In this spotlight, we will highlight both the sneakers worn during the game, and the shoes that made the biggest statements during arrivals. As always, keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.

James Harden is a known risk taker, and goes all-out with multi-colored studded sneakers, which he pairs with a printed button down.

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adidas Drops Damian Lillard Rookie Of The Year Commemorative Kick

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Blazers PG Damian Lillard not only walked away with the NBA Rookie of the Year award, pretty soon he’s going to be walking (and running) in his own limited edition sneaker. On May 23, adidas is dropping 510 pairs — 510 is the area code in Damon’s home town of Oakland — of their late ’90s “Real Deal” sneaker, embellished with a bunch of Lillard-inspired details.

According to adidas:

• The shoe’s sockliners feature Damian’s Twitter handle, an Oakland satellite print and “9800s” to represent his neighborhood blocks.

• The colors of the shoe pay homage to his career; red for high school, purple for college and black for the Portland Trail Blazers.

• The animal print on the upper and sockliner represent the Wildcat mascot he had in both high school and college.

• The shoe reads “Townbiz” on the upper, as another nod to Oakland. Clasped hands to represent the “Fly Guyz,” Damian’s name for his close circle of friends.

The shoe will retail for $120 and will drop on May 23 at Compound (Portland, Ore), Shoe Palace (Oakland, Calif.) and adidas.com. Fans can pre-order a pair today at adidas.com or you can meet Lillard on May 23 at Compound between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM for the official launch.

Check the details below…
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NBA Style: Shumpert Goes Technicolor

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By the NBA.com Style Crew


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – Following last night’s Pacers/Knicks game, Knicks swingman (and adidas endorser) Iman Shumpert broke out a pair of the (currently available) “Wings” shoes from the adidas originals Jeremy Scott collection

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(h/t Rachel Nichols Twitter)