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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

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Always down to show love to his teammate and the player he looked up to growing up, Nick Young broke out a pair of throwback Kobes for Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings. Young went with the 'MPLS' Nike Zoom Kobe 4, a 2009 release inspired by the Lakers' Minneapolis origin. He had to swag out his kicks with a yellow lace swap, though. Sole Collector

December 8, 2014 Updates

About a week before Thanksgiving, 13-year-old Anthony Cupp had his KD 7 shoes stolen. Money is tight in Cupp's family. His mother - Janiesa Cupp - is still undergoing therapy after surgery to remove a tumor, which sucks up most of the finances. So Cupp mowed some lawns in his neighborhood to save up enough money to buy the signature sneakers of his favorite professional athlete. And they came just in time for basketball season. The undersized Cupp had recently made his eighth grade team. But as he was walking home from school on a snowy late November day in Warren, Michigan - a suberb just north of downtown Detroit - Cupp was jumped by an older kid and his shoes were taken. Oklahoman

December 6, 2014 Updates
December 4, 2014 Updates

Under Armour's top brass just let the word out on something that a lot of sneakerheads were expecting. At last night's Footwear News Achievement Awards in NYC, the brand's CEO Kevin Plank revealed that UA's top gun in the NBA is finally getting a signature sneaker, as well as when it'll be unveiled. "The Steph Curry 1 will be out for the NBA All-Star Game," Plank told Sole Collector exclusively. Sole Collector

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