Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Durant’

This guy really likes Kevin Durant’s Nikes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A rumor built over the last week or so that Kevin Durant was considering leaving Nike to wear Under Armour sneakers. UA had made a huge offer, and it was up to Nike to match that offer. After a few days of considering the options, Nike matched KD’s deal, which made KD happy…

By now, Kevin Durant has had seven different signature shoes, and almost every shoe has come in not only a colorway that matches the Thunder’s uniforms, but then also several other colorways. Last year’s shoe, the KD VI, came in a bunch of colorways. And one man in Oklahoma City, Chris McCord, bought them all. Twenty-five designs released, twenty-five pairs purchased. Check the video below to see how it all came about, and read the full story here.

Can he kick it? Yes, he can…

Buy a pack of NBA cards, get a piece of a game-worn shoe?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Basketball cards have long been more than just photos and text. Years ago companies started inserting cards with little authentic game-worn keepsakes built-in to the card — swatches of jerseys, a piece of a court, etc. But this season cards are going where they’ve never gone before.

In Panini America’s 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball collection, releasing on Friday, they’ve managed to incorporate cards that have pieces of game-worn shoes from everyone from Kobe Bryant to Kevin Durant to Larry Johnson inside the cards. Panini wrote about the genesis of the idea on their official blog

“The idea to create the Sneak Peek memorabilia cards came while we were looking at a pair of Kobe Bryant game-worn sneakers in the Panini Authentic memorabilia room,” said Jim Stefano, Panini America’s Senior Director of Product Development. “NBA players, more so than any other athletes, wear sneakers that reflect their personalities. Their sneakers are an extension of who they are. It’s all about the swag.”

That swag, of course, takes various forms. Shaquille O’Neal’s Reebok Pumps. Blake Griffin’s Jordans. Kobe’s Kobes. Larry Johnson’s Converse Reacts. LeBron’s Nike Lebron Xs. It was one thing to create a wishlist of game-worn sneakers to target for Sneak Peek; it was another thing altogether more complex to actually acquire them and then figure out how best to incorporate them into a trading card.

But Panini America acquisitions officials worked their relationships with exclusive and non-exclusives athletes alike to turn a wishlist into a checklist; from there, the game-worn sneakers made their way through Panini America HQ, with each department — Product Development, Production, Design — helping shape the masterful finished product.

“This was truly a great experience to develop and execute with the various departments within Panini America,” Stefano said. “It was a true team effort that resulted in one of the most singularly spectacular sets of trading cards ever created. The sheer amount of different swatch colors, materials and patterns is a unique and exciting development for the entire trading card category. We believe these cards will not only be sought after by basketball collectors but by sneaker heads as well.”

To see some examples of the cards, check below…

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Nike reveals new USA Basketball uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The FIBA Basketball World Cup is still a few weeks away, far enough away that Team USA doesn’t even have a roster set, but today Nike dropped images of the new uniforms Team USA is going to wear. According to a press release…

The angle of USA graphic on the new uniform was inspired by the chevron of the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that was born in 1978.

Both the USA home and away uniforms feature red, white and blue hues meshed together in the 26-degree speed graphic – crossing the front of the game jersey, fading into a representation of the USA flag, and extending across the side of the game short from the front to the back. The speed graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or “cuts” that a player might make in the course of a game.

NIKE HYPER ELITE JERSEY

A flocked lining at the inside of the neck allows the athlete to comfortably wipe excess moisture from the face. Ultra-lightweight stretch mesh in the back of the jersey serves to regulate the temperature of the player along the spine, where athletes tend to heat up the most. Redeveloped, lightweight sphere fabric in the front of the jersey helps to maintain a comfortable body temperature by wicking moisture, while eliminating cling from excess sweat.

NIKE HYPER ELITE SHORTS

A perforated, vented waistband in the Nike Hyper Elite shorts provides a level of cooling, while maintaining the comfort and security that athletes require. A new, performance flex vent placed by the knee allows the game short to flex when the player moves. The addition of a flocked “wipe zone” at either hip allows a comfortable spot to dry hands as sweat builds up.

The new uniform will be available beginning Aug. 7 on nike.com, in Nike stores and selected shops, and will debut on-court when the USA Basketball Men’s National Team takes on the Brasil Men’s National team on August 16, in an exhibition game at Chicago’s United Center.

To check them out, click through the gallery below…

 

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Blake Griffin’s NBA Summer League debut in 2009

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. The event has rapidly grown over the past few years and now includes a championship tournament during the action in Las Vegas (which begins tomorrow on NBA TV).

This Throwback Thursday we look back at some of the best players to ever play in the Summer League.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!

Kevin Durant answers fan questions on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s the summer, it’s late at night, you’ve got nothing better to do, so if you’re the reigning MVP, Kevin Durant, why not go on Twitter and answer some questions from your fans?

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Kevin Durant shows off innovative jump shot


VIDEO: Durant Interview

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the video above, I asked Kevin Durant how he could improve his game after the historic season he just completed, in which he won the MVP. He answered the question, but he didn’t mention that it might include debuting a 360 jumper.

Well, I don’t actually think we’ll see KD use this in a game, but he did post an Instagram video of an innovative drill to help his balance. As KD wrote in the caption: “My brother @aharri21 has me doing some sick stuff for my balance. Challenging to say the least. This is the last video I will be posting of me gettin it in. That’s not what I do it for but I thought u guys might like it.”

All Ball Talk Show: Kevin Durant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder may have lost in the Western Conference Finals, but it shouldn’t detract from KD’s historic season — he was first-team All NBA and, of course, was named the NBA’s MVP. Last week at the debut of the Nike KD 7 in Washington DC, I caught up with Durant to talk about his season, his MVP speech, and what the future holds.


VIDEO: All Ball KD

Who’s the baddest? Might just be KD

By Jeff Case

Kevin Durant‘s season ended without him leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals, but 2013-14 was by no means a disappointment individually for the wiry forward. He claimed his first NBA MVP and showed time and again he could lead OKC as his All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook dealt with a myriad of injuries all season.

The last time we saw KD in a commercial was his ubiquitous (some might say bothersome) Sprint ad where he turns into a giant and then blasts off. Pretty cool … but not as cool as his latest commercial, which comes courtesy of Nike Basketball. The premise?

Who’s the baddest player in the NBA today?

Great cameos throughout by NBA legends like George Gervin, Chris Mullin and Charles Oakley, to name a few …

Kevin Durant gives his shoes to Bubba Watson

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There were several celebrities in attendance last night in Los Angeles for Game 6 between the Clippers and the Thunder. But when the game ended, to whom did Kevin Durant trot over and hand off his game worn shoes? Bubba Watson, the two-time (and defending) Masters champ.

For a little added intrigue, it’s probably worth noting that Watson is an avowed fan and friend of Chris Paul, and he’s even thrown some alley-oops to Blake Griffin. Looks like KD might be working his way into Watson’s framily plan…


VIDEO: KD gives shoes to Bubba

(via PGA.com)

Marvel at Kevin Durant’s career shot chart

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s something to be said for looking at volume, and this shot chart Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry put together of Kevin Durant‘s career shots taken is pretty amazing. It’s almost like one of those pictures at the mall where you stare at the dots for hours and wait for an image to emerge. (“Look, a sail boat!”)

One thing that did jump out at me is how good KD is at not taking shots just inside the three-point line. My high school coach used to drill into us that a shot with your foot on the three-point line was “the worst shot in basketball.” I think what he really meant was that it was the most inefficient shot in basketball — by moving your foot back just a few inches, you can gain an extra point. Either way, it seems KD understands the theory…

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(via Grantland)