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January 14, 2015 Updates

The 6,600-square-foot white traditional he recently purchased with Azalea -- which used to be owned by singer-actress Selena Gomez -- is a monument to his passions. The property, tucked behind a gate in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Tarzana, comes with a detached building that Young is converting into a “shoe house.” He employs not one but two “shoe keepers,” who oversee his 500-plus pairs of sneakers, a collection that includes Vans fitted with roller-skating wheels. As Young leads a tour from shoe house to main quarters, he pretends he is on MTV Cribs. Off the kitchen is a replica of the hollywood sign over a red carpet. In the billiards room is a 10-by-10-foot mural, painted by graffiti artist Dame MSK that incorporates a cartoon basketball with arms forming the three-point goggles. In the living room is a set of eight whoopee cushions, presumably for two-year-old Nick Jr., who shows less interest in them than his dad. And behind the bar are two oversized neon letters, s and p, the orange p familiar because it was once part of a Home Depot marquee. These are the initials of Young’s self-manufactured alter ego, a loopy but lovable character named Swaggy P, who fires 35-foot jumpers, attempts 360-degree layups and sometimes even makes them. Sports Illustrated

January 13, 2015 Updates

adidas officially unveiled the first signature shoe for Damian Lillard on Tuesday, the D Lillard 1. We’ll have a full launch event recap in the days ahead, featuring comments from the designers and from Lillard himself. But for now, here’s a first look at the shoes, and some of the different colorways that will be releasing. The D Lillard 1 Rip City version in Blazers colors launches at adidas and Foot Locker on February 6 for $105. NBCSports.com

January 12, 2015 Updates

One light moment from tonight: J.R. Smith wore Kyrie Irving’s shoes for the first time. He tends to bounce around a lot with his shoes, he said, sometimes even in the same game. If he doesn’t get off to a good start, Smith said he’ll change his shoes after the first quarter. If he’s missing shots or turning the ball over, he’ll change his shoes. The most he ever changed his shoes was four times, he said: Once before the start of every quarter during a particularly miserable night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Finally, he said he scored 23 points in the fourth. Akron Beacon Journal

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Arenas was also one of the first players to co-sign customs. In 2011, he commissioned Mizzee Customs to work on a Magic-inspired Air Jordan 6. He didn’t get to wear the shoes in a playoff game as he had planned, but he did break them out for Dwight Howard’s celebrity All-Star game later in the year. Since then, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Iman Shumpert and Nick Young have all worn customs on-court. Sole Collector

Then, there was the unforgettable 2010-2011 season, during which Arenas (who was traded to the Orlando Magic mid-season) wore a different pair of sneakers for every game after parting ways with adidas. While Bryant did something similar during his sneaker free agency in 2003, it felt more organic with Gilbert. Older models, new releases, samples, customs and player exclusives from all brands were part of his rotation. He even broke out a pair of Dolce & Gabbana high-tops in Los Angeles. Now, as documented in #SoleWatch, many of the league’s top stars switch up their sneakers from night to night, but nobody does it quite like Arenas did. Sole Collector

After an extended run in the 'He Got Game' colorway, Nate Robinson switched to an often overlooked Air Jordan 13 for yesterday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Robinson hooped in the White/Neutral Grey/University Blue retro, which released 10 years ago this month. These were initially given a 'Carolina' nickname, but it hasn't really help up over the years. Sole Collector

January 5, 2015 Updates

After holding steady at number 2 in this week's NBA Sole Watch Power Rankings, Phoenix Suns forward PJ Tucker continued to gun for the top spot by bringing out a rarely seen Air Jordan retro. With the Toronto Raptors in the house, Tucker dusted off the 'Laser' Air Jordan 5, a limited release from 2007. The shoe is actually a little bootleg looking, but he scores for rarity. Sole Collector

January 4, 2015 Updates

Kyrie Irving, who's on a pretty good roll as far as sneakers are concerned, showed off his own pair on Instagram earlier today. The kicks feature a liquid finish, 3-Star tongue branding and clear sole. Along with the photo, Irving tagged Usher, letting him know that he has some company. However, it's time for Jordan Brand to make these 3s available to the public. Sole Collector

January 3, 2015 Updates

Continuing to bolster their NBA roster, Jordan Brand has signed Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe to an endorsement deal. Starting 5 Online's Nick Metallinos got the scoop following tonight's game at Madison Square Garden. Sole Collector

December 29, 2014 Updates

Damian Lillard's Adidas signature basketball shoe – the adidas D Lillard 1 -- will be officially unveiled Jan. 13 with a Feb. 6 retail debut, Adidas said Monday. "We will have a lot more to share about the official unveil, that will take place in Portland, for you next week," Adidas spokeswoman Lauren Lamkin said Monday. Oregonian

December 24, 2014 Updates

So enamored with plaid and corduroy is the Spurs’ resident sharp-shooting goofball that a special pair of custom Christmas shoes created for him by local artist Jake Danklefs almost designed themselves. It still took Danklefs’ nationally-recognized skills to actually execute what could very well be the most unique shoes worn during the NBA’s five-game Christmas slate on Thursday. “Nick Young is going to want a pair when he sees the swag I’m rocking,” Bonner joked after receiving the shoes from Nice Kicks, referring to the Lakers’ resident style monster. San Antonio Express-News

December 23, 2014 Updates

When Nike debuted Irving’s first signature shoe, the Kyrie 1, this month, it revealed small glimpses into his personal world — the acronym for his motto “Just Be You,” a pattern inspired by his native country of Australia and, most telling, his late mother’s name with her dates of birth and death scrolled on the sole. Irving is known for his job of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers on the court. The point guard has another team he also plays for in those sneakers. Kyrie’s mother, Elizabeth, passed away from organ failure when he was four years old. His father, Drederick, was suddenly a single parent of two. Kyrie’s sister, Asia, is 14 months his senior. “It’s something that my dad had to move past quicker than me and my sister because he had to raise [us], which is why I love him so much because of the sacrifices that he made for us,” Irving told Basketball Insiders in a sit-down interview. Basketball Insiders

Eighteen years after her passing, Kyrie prays to his mother every day. He has spent time talking to children who have lost parents, sharing his story and how his family coped. He delivers the message to move on as a unit, stick together and appreciate the parent that is still there. “Family means the world because they put everything into perspective for me, that there’s life outside of these four lines,” Kyrie said, pointing to the parquet in front of him. “I’m truly appreciative of [that] because when I step on the court, it’s living in the moment, being here. But outside I have such a happy life that I thank God for every day because I have the most awesome family and they support me in everything I do. They understand that I have a long way to go in terms of my person because I still have to live life and figure things out. I have this and all this so-called pressure. It’s just a basketball and a hoop. That’s all it is.” Basketball Insiders

December 21, 2014 Updates

Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas is a sneaker free agent, but says he's close to signing a deal with Jordan Brand. Nick Metallinos of Starting 5 Online gets the scoop in the interview above, during which Thomas also speaks on his favorite Jordans to wear in-game, Phoenix's sneaker scene and the post-retirement Air Jordan sigs. Sole Collector

December 20, 2014 Updates

Hanging on the windows at Quicken Loans Arena were posters of Kyrie Irving's new logo, which is on the tongue of his signature Nike shoe. It was similar inside the arena. Posters were handed out and there were stations all around for Cavs fans to pre-order Irving's colorful sneakers before they can be purchased on Dec. 23. It was a special promotion, a celebration for Irving, the Cavs two-time All-Star, who has been through a lot in his four seasons. That's why even after misfiring on 12 of his 18 shots, continuing his slump, Irving had a good night. "It's truly a dream come true," Irving said after the game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 16, 2014 Updates

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