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Bad or good investment for Sir Anthony? How you go from Jordan Brand to this, I’ll never know. As if re-signing with the Knicks wasn’t the worst decision of Carmelo Anthony’s career, he trumps that with a significant investment into a pair of terrible looking 3D printed LED high tops. ADAPTIV, designed by SOLS, combines a system of pressurized sensors and gyroscopes with the customization aspects of a 3D printed shell formed to truly fit your foot. SOLS is most known for creating custom 3D printed orthotic in-soles for athletes. This is their first attempt at the footwear industry. TheShoeGame.com

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are changing the world, one step at a time. That’s quite literal for one 3D printed orthotics company based in New York City called SOLS. The company, founded in July of 2013, has been on a roll lately, expanding their reach, and in the process, garnering the attention of numerous investors. In fact, last April they raised $6.4 million in Series A funding from venture capitalists like Melo7 Tech Partners, Grape Arbor VC and FundersGuild, among others. 3dprint.com

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Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the two sides have an agreement in principle, they are still some distance from a signed deal. However, Nike's new on-court rights will not begin for more than another two years. Nike and the NBA still have "a million I's to dot and T's to cross," said a senior industry source, "but it's at that stage, as opposed to getting to the right number." Sports Business Daily

The new deal will take effect in time for the '17-18 NBA season, after the rights held by 11-year incumbent uniform rights-holder adidas expire. After adidas dropped out, the NBA said it hoped to announce a new uniform deal this spring. adidas’ current agreement is valued at $400M over 11 years, and a Nike deal is certainly expected to surpass that in value. Sports Business Daily

Sources said that for the first time, the deal will include the rights to put a manufacturer's logo on NBA jerseys. Currently, adidias’ logo only appears on NBA warm-ups. One source said that both Nike's swoosh and its Jordan Brand Jumpman logo could appear on NBA jerseys. Those details will not be finalized for some time, the source added. NBA Exec VP/Communications Mike Bass would not comment on a possible agreement. Sports Business Daily

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This is the latest in a monthly series in which industry leaders describe the projects and products that give them the most joy and pride. This month, former NBA player and visual artist Desmond Mason reflects on the process of creating “The Wall” in his Oklahoma studio. Desmond Mason: "I’ve always seen art as a way of expressing my feelings, a way to escape my situation, or a way to simply be creative. I’ve learned so much about myself through my creative processes and I’ve always tried to take that knowledge and apply it to my life or the lives of others. Each piece I do has a special place in my heart because it is directly attached to my emotions and my life’s journey. Some of the pieces I’ve created have had significance or importance due to my emotional state, some due to the style, efficiency or creative flow at that time, and some simply because I thought they were my best works. Art is completely subjective and that’s valid even for the artist that actually creates the art piece. Some pieces I’ve created I loved and others I hated or highly dislike, but all in all, I enjoyed the process of creating each one." Shutterstock

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Football remains the most popular sport in this country in terms of overall TV ratings. But the average age of people who are watching football is rising, whereas the age of basketball viewers has remained remarkably stable, suggesting that even as basketball fans age, new younger viewers keep tuning in. Over the past decade, the average viewer of ESPN's professional basketball broadcasting hasn't budged at all—it's been 37 years old since at least 2004. The average football viewer, however, has climbed from 43 years old to to 47. For baseball it has been even worse—it has gone from 46 years old to 53. Washington Post

"Young basketball stars today are ingrained in culture and fashions and life in a way that the stars from other sports here are not," said Darren Rovell, who covers the business of sports for ESPN. "People talk about Russell Westbrook's glasses and Dwayne Wade's shoes. When you look at the numbers in terms of most Twitter and Instagram followers, the NBA blows other sports away." Washington Post

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