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Allen collaborated with the NBA to design a shooting shirt that teams will wear for certain games in February, part of what he hopes brings additional spotlight to Black History Month. The shirt features the likeness of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Bill Russell and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose life is celebrated on Monday. "It's another celebration that we can improve on to try to create greater awareness, talking about where we've come as a people, as a league and as a country," Allen said. "It's an opportunity to talk about a great leader of the past, but even Martin Luther King, what he fought for was civil liberties not just for black people, but for all people. So to me, Black History Month has always been about equality of all people." ESPN.com

But here’s the thing: Unlike that mock-up, this new jersey has sleeves. That fits perfectly with the ambiguous news we recently heard about the league going with sleeved “heritage jerseys” next season. Neither the NBA nor Adidas has been willing to say what qualifies as a “heritage jersey,” but this new Nets design would appear to fit the bill. My source isn’t sure whether this new design is final, or just a prototype, or still in development. Time will tell. Uni-Watch.com

My source has also seen what appears to be the new Charlotte Hornets uni set. Again, it’s not clear what stage of development these are in — they could be prototypes. My source created a mock-up of the white uniform from memory, so this is not an exact representation, but it should give you a general idea. Uni-Watch.com

As you can see, there are no pinstripes and the number font is very blocky. My source says there’s also a teal version with purple lettering/trim and a purple version with teal lettering/trim, both with “Charlotte” on the chest, following the same general template as the white design. To reiterate: While I trust my source in terms of what he saw, it’s not clear whether these are final designs, prototypes, or something else. Uni-Watch.com

Courtesy of the NIKEiD PE Program, Kevin Durant debuted a new colorway of the KD 6 in tonight's game against the Houston Rockets. The shoe features a black and blue chroma upper, a speckled midsole and blue hero accents throughout. Sole Collector

January 16, 2014 Updates

The Cavs stayed over in Portland and will visit the Nike store today before flying to Denver for the final stop on this West Coast trip. A number of the veterans have Nike deals and have been to the store plenty, but it’s usually a big deal for the rookies. Sergey Karasev has already been there as part of the Nike Hoops Summit and has a Nike contract, but undrafted rookie Henry Sims is making his first trip. Most rookies bring lists of items family and friends want, but not Sims. “I didn’t tell them I was coming,” he said. “I’m smarter than that.” Akron Beacon Journal

January 15, 2014 Updates

Nike & Jordan Officially Unveil 2014 BHM Collection for LeBron, KD & Melo: For the fourth-straight year, Nike honors Black History Month with a collection of footwear and apparel for athletes with an unwavering dedication to achieving success at the highest level. This year's collection was designed under the theme of 'Sport Royalty,' celebrating the kings and queens of sport. These athletes have worn multiple championships, awards and led with high integrity and commitment both and off the field. Sole Collector

January 10, 2014 Updates

The film featured a number of classic Nike Basketball and Air Jordan styles, but none were more recognized than the Air Jordan XIII laced up by Denzel Washington who played Allen's father in the film. Celebrating the debut of the Miami Heat's 'Name Collection' Jerseys tonight, Ray will lace up the iconic Air Jordan XIII to match his Heat jersey bearing J. Shuttlesworth as a nod to Spike's now classic basketball film. Sole Collector

Nuggets coach Shaw, though, is old school. “When I came (into the NBA) in 1988, shortly after that, Jordan started with his Jordan One. They only made them in red, white and black, Bulls colors. I remember Nike wouldn’t let you wear his shoes. They only let him wear it. You could order them through your account, but you couldn’t wear them in games. And then, when they started making different colors and they started allowing guys to wear them in games, obviously the most important thing is that it’s a shoe that fits your foot and you’re comfortable in it, then you’ll want to wear it. But I always thought that that gave; like being on the Lakers, when guys would wear Kobe’s shoes when we were playing against them, he always would, in his mind, feel ‘I got him because he’s wearing my shoes.’ So the guys who do wear KD’s, we were talking yesterday, ‘Are you really going to wear those tomorrow when we play him?’ So it was a debate back and forth about the comfort of the shoe as opposed to what message it sends when you’re wearing a guys shoes.” Oklahoman

Now, loyal readers of this space know how I feel about other players wearing Durant’s shoes. I hate it. I think it’s a sign of someone showing a competitor too much reverence. But what does Durant think? Well, he kind of tap danced around the question and gave a bit of a PC answer. “I’ve seen a few guys wear my shoes,” Durant said. “It’s flattering to me. I don’t really look at it as an advantage at all. More so, it’s just cool seeing “KD” on other guys shoes, because I’ve grown up watching people wear Jordans and play in Jordans. And now to have my own signature shoe and have my peers wearing it, it’s pretty fun to see.” Oklahoman

January 6, 2014 Updates

adidas today announced a partnership with NBA point guard Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets. Lin joins the adidas basketball roster which includes teammate and seven-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard and a lineup of elite point-guards highlighted by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. adidas

January 3, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets G Jeremy Lin has agreed to a shoe deal with adidas, thus departing Nike, a league source informed CSNNW.com. The source spoke on condition of anonymity due to adidas having yet to have made an official announcement on the agreement. According to the source, the announcement will come on Friday. CSNNW.com

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