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February 14, 2014 Updates
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This week, Nike will release the LeBron 11 GS in 'Laser Crimson,' a new kids colorway inspired by LeBron James' favorite breakfast cereal. The Fruity Pebbles-like colorway features a Laser Crimson upper paired with an over-the-top, multi-colored outsole. Total Orange laces and a Pink Flash liner complete the look. Sole Collector

February 6, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant has partnered up with Nike to create a touching collection in honor of his late aunt Pearl, who died of lung cancer in 2000. The mini line includes a sneaker covered in a pink rosebud print and bright blue details inspired by a floral robe Pearl used to wear as well as a matching hat and T-shirt. This is Durant's first design for a woman's shoe and we're hoping it's not the last. "I made a promise to myself to always honor my Aunt Pearl for the example she set, and the encouragement she gave me to follow my dreams," he said in a statement. BET

February 4, 2014 Updates

Today, adidas officially unveiled their 2014 All-Star footwear collection, that you'll be seeing on the feet of players like Dwight Howard, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. The collection includes new colorways of the Dwight Howard 4, Crazy 8, Crazy 1 and Crazyquick 2. According to adidas, these shoes have been "inspired by New Orleans’ rich culture and the atmosphere of NBA All-Star weekend." The Crazy 8 and Crazy 1 will be worn by adidas athletes during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday night participants. The Crazyquick 2 will be worn on court by John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. And, of course, Dwight will lace up his own signature shoe. Sole Collector

January 30, 2014 Updates

Tucker has a lot of company. The love affair between N.B.A. players and their basketball shoes has never been more passionate. The players’ unquenchable thirst for footwear is evident on the court, where they cycle through styles hourly, it seems, and at home, where shoe boxes teeter in players’ closets like pieces in a Jenga game. “It’s really become a phenomenon where you see guys getting competitive with each other: Who’s got the hottest sneakers?” said Matt Halfhill, the publisher of Nice Kicks, an influential blog for self-described sneaker-heads. “It’s a big thing.” New York Times

January 27, 2014 Updates

In any case, LaRocca said plans for next year's Christmas Day uniforms and the 2015 All-Star Game already are being discussed. If the All-Stars make it clear they don't like the look or feel of this year's uniforms, the league will respond accordingly. "If the feedback is that the players don't want to wear them, we won't," LaRocca said. "We are 50-50 partners with the players in everything we do." Bleacher Report

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Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets will first wear the blue and grey sleeved jerseys for the game against the Boston Celtics on March 21 and will wear them for four other games, to be called "Brooklyn Blue Nights," before the season is over. The Nets' dance team, the Brooklynettes, will also have costumes that pay tribute to Brooklyn's past on those nights. The Nets will sell the blue and grey jersey at retail, with prices ranging from $50 to $110. Player T-shirts will cost $32. The Brooklyn Dodgers played their final season in Brooklyn in 1957. ESPN.com

January 22, 2014 Updates

In a monster sports marketing move few in the industry saw coming, adidas Basketball announced earlier today that they have signed San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner to an endorsement deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though we can expect to see Bonner wearing adidas throughout the remainder of the 2013-2014 NBA season. Bonner, an unpaid wearer of New Balance product for years after securing an endorsement with the Massachusetts-based company early on in his career, was said to be down to just a few remaining pairs of his favorite model. In need of a new sneaker deal, Bonner has turned to adidas, and joins teammates Tim Duncan and Nando De Colo as brand endorsers. You can look for Matt Bonner to be wearing this Grey / White / Black adidas Crazy 8 on ESPN tonight as the Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sole Collector

Dan McCarney: BREAKING: Matt Bonner has new shoes. Exclusive on @nicekicks tmw. Twitter @danmccarneysaen

January 21, 2014 Updates

The NBA extending its use of form-fitting sleeved uniform tops to its most cherished corporate showcase event—next month’s All-Star Game—raises an obvious question: Could we see the day when the league makes sleeved uniforms every team's primary one? While such a plan apparently has not been discussed yet in NBA headquarters, a quick poll of 21 players revealed only two who would support wearing sleeved jerseys on a full-time basis. The poll included three league MVPs, five All-Stars, seven guards, nine swingmen and five forward/centers. Bleacher Report

Or as one Southeast veteran guard texted, when asked why he thought the uniforms were being introduced: "$$$$$$$. I don't think they look good. Or feel good. But I've come to accept that the NBA doesn't care what we think." Bleacher Report

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