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April 2, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and adidas are on the cusp of finalizing a multiyear, lucrative shoe endorsement deal barring any hiccups, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Once official, an announcement is expected in the coming days. “We’re close,” Lillard told CSNNW.com on Tuesday. “Nothing final yet. I'm excited.” CSNNW.com

March 25, 2014 Updates
March 22, 2014 Updates

Three instances of sole-ripping sneakers in three NBA games in a span of about three weeks would seem to be a clear indication that bad things come in threes. Oregonian

But to Yale Schalk, executive editor of the sneaker blog CounterKicks, it's just the latest examples of the wear and tear professional basketball players inflict on their footwear. "Shoe blowouts happen occasionally," he said. Most NBA players, he said, follow the lead of retired Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan by wearing a new pair of sneakers every game. Oregonian

Ginobili, however, had worn his disintegrated shoe in previous games, which likely had stress the shoe. And Wroten, who is a shoe collector, was wearing a retro shoe that was initially released in 2005 and re-released a year ago. "The average person hooping at the YMCA is not going to be putting this much pressure on a shoe," said John Brilliant, CounterKicks founder. Oregonian

The agent for 76ers guard Tony Wroten and a spokesman for Michael Jordan denied to ESPN on Friday that Wroten had received an apology from Jordan after one of his Nike brand Air Jordan sneakers fell apart during a loss to the Pacers on March 14 in Philadelphia, contrary to what Wroten told reporters Wednesday. In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Wroten admitted to speaking about Michael Jordan but insisted he was joking: "MJ NEVER called and apologized. I was joking around with a local reporter saying "yea he should call me agent" not knowing I would be quoted," he tweeted. Delaware News Journal

March 21, 2014 Updates

Tony Wroten said he received an apology from Michael Jordan after one of the 76ers guard's Nike basketball shoes fell apart during a loss against the Indiana Pacers on Friday in Philadelphia. "It was more embarrassing than anything," Wroten said Wednesday. "But things happen. I got an apology from Jordan. Yeah. … He called my agent." Wroten, who is known around the NBA for his vast shoe collection, made highlight reels for the wrong reason when the sole tore off the Air Jordan 10 "varsity red" sneaker on his right foot during a fourth-quarter drive to the basket. The shoes were first released in 2005. Delaware News Journal

March 19, 2014 Updates
March 14, 2014 Updates

Dwyane Wade's latest Li-Ning shoes dropped in China on March 5 and they're pretty ... well...nationalistic. The release date coincided with Lei Feng Day, which honors a famous solider in the People's Liberation Army. Lei Feng is kind of like a poster boy for China's Communist party. He was celebrated for his selflessness and stuff, so his nickname translates in English to "screw." You know, because he did the little, important things that held everything together. Kind of like a "glue guy" in basketball. Anyway, the name of Wade's new shoe in China is "Screw," after Lei Feng, the national hero. Miami Herald

March 11, 2014 Updates

New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, who has a shoe deal with Jordan brand sneakers and apparel, unveiled a new colorway to his latest signature shoe. The new colorway brought on a lot of Twitter speculation among fans as to where Anthony, who is expected to opt out of his current contract with New York, may land in the offseason. SheridanHoops

March 10, 2014 Updates
March 9, 2014 Updates

In today's nationally televised game against the Chicago Bulls, LeBron James debuted the Nike LeBron 11 Elite. After struggling to find comfort in the LeBron 11 all season, LeBron transitioned into his signature shoe designated for the home stretch. The LeBron 11 Elite appears to be a sleeker version of its predecessor, reducing the use of Hyperposite and adding a glossy heel counter. LeBron wore a Black/Silver colorway that may be exclusive to him. Sole Collector

Soon, you'll see Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris take the court in his own colorway of the adidas D Rose 4.5. Styled using the miadidas customization platform, the shoe features a striped grey and black upper, with blue working the tongue, laces, SprintFrame and speckled midsole. White finishes off the look on the lining, tongue logo and outsole. Sole Collector

March 8, 2014 Updates

Under Nike Basketball, you have both Kevin Durant and LeBron. Is there any competition between you three? Kobe Bryant: No. I don’t think so. I think Nike does an incredible job of just listening to the voice of the athlete. The athlete really determines the direction of their brand and how their line goes. Because of that, we are all different in personality and philosophies. The direction is going to be completely different. I think because of that, you really don’t see any direct competition as it pertains to our lines. I support LeBron’s stuff. I support KD’s stuff. We are around, we always talk and share ideas and concepts around each collection. complex.com

In an interview with Russ (Bengtson) you mentioned a Kobe 9 Low. Is there anything you can tell us? Kobe Bryant: Yeah. The low is obviously something I decided to do in 2009, which, turned a lot of heads. It was met with a lot of uncertainty. but since, it was really latched on to the culture. So that is an area of the business that we are not going to go away from. I’ll put it to you that way. complex.com

Penny Hardaway Shoes: It has been confirmed that the former third round overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft and Nike are cooking something for sneaker heads as the Penny 6 is hopefully on its way out on the market. During an interview with Penny Hardaway in Complex, the former Orlando Magic point guard reveals his still great relationship with the shoe brand Nike. "I have a great relationship. We're still doing contracts and we're working on the Air Penny 6. I'm in a great place, man. Being retired and having not played the game in five or six years and still have shoes coming out in my likeness is a true blessing." K-Pop News

March 5, 2014 Updates

Today, Foot Locker drops off a brand new commercial starring Kobe Bryant. In 'Kobe Piano,' Kobe is hard at work creating his grandest masterpiece — but it may not be what you think. Check out the new spot below and shop the Kobe Collection at footlocker.com. Sole Collector

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