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There’s nothing like an NBA ban to send sneakers flying off of shelves. That’s what Adam and Ryan Goldston learned after they received a fateful email from the league announcing the basketball shoe they had engineered in their free time during college was barred from use on the court for providing an “undue competitive advantage.” In the surreal hours and days after that, hundreds of news outlets picked up the story. Their company name, Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL), shot up to become one of the top search terms on Google. Their website crashed for eight hours. The twins, then 23, were thrilled. Fastcompany.com
Though they had once hoped the NBA might endorse the shoe--which uses forefoot compression springs to give players a vertical boost--they now realized a ban carried even more marketing value. “We sold nine months’ worth of inventory in three days,” Adam says. “There are few people who can point to an exact moment when the trajectory of their life changes, but that literally happened for us that day.” Fastcompany.com
It looks like Damian Lillard, he of the $10 million-a-year Adidas sneaker contract, has that signature shoe he's always wanted. On Friday morning, the Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard took to Instagram to post a video clip announcing what appears to be – based on his rhyme, his shoutout to people who helped him along the way and the sneaker he hoists at the end of the video – a Lillard signature shoe. "When I was younger, I would dream about having my own shoe. Maniac with my work, so it came when I was due," Lillard says in the video, concluding, "My dreams came true." Oregonian
Eliot Shorr-Parks: Nerlens said he isn't with Reebok anymore. Has been wearing Nikes throughout camp. #Sixers @kicksonfire Twitter
Product quality is a priority for Nike. Due to a small cosmetic issue with some of the LEBRON 12 shoes we have delayed the initial retail launch that was scheduled for China on October 1, and the global launch that was scheduled for October 11. We will communicate an update on the retail date as soon as possible. Nike
Li-Ning Basketball has come to terms on endorsement deals with NBA rookies Cleanthony Early and Glenn Robinson III. After starring at Wichita State, Early was selected 34th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. The 6-8 forward, who is also from New York, is known for his tenacity and all-around game. He is expected to play behind All-Star Carmelo Anthony. SLAM
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