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February 10, 2015 Updates

Officially reintroducing the Marbury Mid is Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson, who's been playing in the original White/Navy colorway. Last October, Stephenson told us that the Marbury was one of the AND1 shoes he wanted to see retroed. “I want the Sprewells to come back out. I want the Stephon Marburys to come back out,” said Stephenson. “I try to tell them give me all of them in different colorways.” Sole Collector

February 3, 2015 Updates
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Damian Lillard is not an All-Star, somehow. The Portland Trail Blazers snub will have to wait to see if another injury comes up to allow him to get in, and even then, he'll have to fight off Mike Conley and Zach Randolph. But the Portland Trail Blazers star continues to rack up the famous points with his new Foot Locker ad that features Nick Cannon, Ian Ziering, and one of the dudes from N'Sync, among others. Check it out. CBSSports.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

The wait for the official story on the upcoming Kobe 10 will finally end this Saturday when Nike unveils this next signature shoe for Kobe Bryant. With the date rapidly approaching, Mr. Bryant has actually been seen in the shoes on the cover of the Chinese hoops mag XXL, pictured below. It's not likely that the magazine got an exclusive with Bryant for the issue, so don't be surprised if this same image pops up in the official Nike press release when the shoe is unveiled over the weekend. The colorway on-feet here is the Kobe 10 'Blue Lagoon,' which looks to be the first of pairs to arrive with its 2//7 release date. Sole Collector

January 22, 2015 Updates

San Antonio Spurs star Danny Green has been given the green light to rock a special pair of sneakers dedicated to Stuart Scott for TONIGHT'S GAME ... the NBA tells TMZ Sports. Green had approached custom shoe designer Jake Danklefs and ordered up a special pair to pay tribute to his fellow North Carolina Tar Heel ... and was only waiting tor permission from the league. TMZ.com

Well, we spoke with Tim Frank -- Senior V.P. of Communications for the NBA -- and asked if everything was a go for tonight and here's what Tim said: "He is ... Danny was asked and given permission to wear them for one game. Unlike some reports you might have read, he was never told 'No.'" TMZ.com

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Young, or Swaggy P as he is more affectionately known, was profiled in a recent Sports Illustrated piece that mentions these employees, as well as a detached building on his property that he is turning into a shoe house. It's unclear whether Swaggy is paying his shoe keepers just to keep things clean and orderly, or to vigilantly watch over this 500-pair collection should anyone "try to get Swaggy", as he put it last March. A look into Nick Young's sneaker tastes is presented below from the Sneaker Shopping with Complex series. Sole Collector

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

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