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June 11, 2014 Updates
June 10, 2014 Updates

Currently on tour for Nike Basketball in Hong Kong, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving broke out an all-new Player Exclusive while conducting a skills session earlier today. While breaking down hoops for the locals, Kyrie was laced up in the upcoming Nike Hyperdunk 2014. His PE colorway is decked out in bright crimson with black accents and volt color pops. No word yet on a possible release. Sole Collector

June 5, 2014 Updates
June 4, 2014 Updates

Bummed that you lost to Michael Jordan in the Finals? Might as well make a little money off of it. Former NBA player Eric Snow was a member of the 1995-96 Seattle SuperSonics, a team led by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton that managed to take Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to six games in the 1996 Finals before losing. Nearly 20 years later, Snow is auctioning off an autographed pair of the black-and-red Air Jordan XI signature sneakers that were worn by Jordan himself during Game 3 of the 1996 Finals. Grey Flannel Auctions listed the sneakers this week with an opening price of $5,000. By early Wednesday morning, bidding was up to $6,655 and expected to climb much higher before the auction ends on June 18. SI.com

June 3, 2014 Updates

The NBA is set to release a limited-edition series of red, white and blue sneakers to celebrate the league’s history. Launching with a June 6 release date, the NBA will sell 1,946 sneakers to commemorate the NBA’s first season in 1946 and recognize the league’s 68th anniversary. The shoes — which will include a unique, four-digit number from “0001″ to “1946″ as part of the limited-edition release — will be packaged in a black and gold box that features the league’s 30 team logos and other milestones. SI.com

May 31, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: It looks like Nike has signed NBA prospect Julius Randle. Check out the "You Can't Handle Randle" shirts they made: pic.twitter.com/NdfEF1LqpR Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

May 11, 2014 Updates

When it comes to the business of basketball and one man's brand, no one has won in these playoffs quite like the Blazers' second-year point guard whose Adidas deal is believed to be the third largest in the entire NBA. The contract – which his agent, Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, told USA TODAY Sports could be "well over $100 million" with very-reachable incentives and is expected to eventually include a signature shoe and apparel – was seen by some as a head-spinner when it was first revealed on April 14. USA Today Sports

The shoe contract can sometimes be a bigger part of a player's business portfolio than his contract with the team he plays for, making the motives and mechanisms involved in these sorts of decisions as relevant to them as the selection of a new coach or a general manager. That is certainly the case for now with Lillard, who will be paid a combined $13.9 million over four seasons on his rookie contract by the time it expires in the summer of 2016. His Adidas deal has an eight-year base, but can be extended from there depending on incentives. USA Today Sports

May 8, 2014 Updates

Following his first season as a member of ANTA's Team Priceless, Rajon Rondo sees his RR1 signature shoe scaled down for an all-new low-top release. Now available in three colorways, the RR1 Low is equipped with a fused upper, Auto-Arch midsole and ANTA's A-Jelly cushioning. Nine holes on the lateral forefoot represent Rondo's jersey number, while his favorite game Connect Four is depicted on the tongue. Lastly, heel detailing is inspired by the famous Boston duck boat. Sole Collector

May 3, 2014 Updates

Sneaker company Skechers said Friday it’s considering buying a stake in the LA Clippers basketball team — but then privately downplayed the idea when contacted by investors, sources told The Post. “They’re telling people it’s just a publicity move and not to worry about it,” according to a Wall Street source. New York Post

Skechers shares plunged 4.9 percent to $39.93 after it announced it was putting together a group in hopes of buying a stake in the Clippers, whose owner Donald Sterling is expected to be pressured by other NBA owners to sell the franchise after being caught in a firestorm over racist remarks. “We believe acquiring an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers is a natural fit for Skechers,” Robert Greenberg, CEO of Skechers, said in a splashy statement Friday. “There is no truth to the claim that this a publicity stunt,” Skechers spokeswoman Jenn Clay told The Post Friday. New York Post

April 29, 2014 Updates

Darren Rovell: Adidas says its suspending Clippers marketing plans. What does that mean? No adi logo on warmups tonight? No matter how it happens, it’s hard to imagine Donald Sterling ever walking into an NBA arena again as a managing partner. Twitter

April 24, 2014 Updates

NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet ... TMZ Sports has learned. Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million. TMZ.com

Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain -- and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were "not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis." Noah says his medical condition likely linked to the crappy shoes "caused him to miss several games during the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls NBA season, including key games in the NBA playoffs." TMZ.com

April 17, 2014 Updates

Steve Kyler: adidas today announced a partnership with Australian NBA Draft prospect Danté Exum. “I’m really excited to join the adidas family,” said Exum. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in adidas Nations in the past. I’ve always liked their shoes and gear. I look forward to what’s to come for me and adidas,” Exum said. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

April 16, 2014 Updates

There is a lot of talk about signature shoe deals and it does seem that Lillard and adidas will roll out a Lillard shoe line as part of this new deal. These tend to be very risky for shoe companies, mainly because of the costs involved in crafting all of the products for a dedicated line. The hope is always to hit a home run, but shoe brands are increasingly more interested in outfitting players in existing products or slightly customized versions of products than spinning up player specific products, the miss rate is pretty high. Basketball Insiders

Adidas went all in on Derrick Rose, giving him one of the more lucrative deals in the shoe business, but due to two seasons of injuries, they have failed to really capitalize on their investment. The D. Rose line has done OK in terms of sales, but given that Rose hasn’t played, adidas hasn’t exactly dominated the market as they hoped they would with Rose. Fortunately for adidas the Rose line has sold well both domestically and internationally, but it hasn’t been the runaway hits that the LeBron or Kevin Durant shoes have been. Basketball Insiders

April 14, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard signed a contract extension with adidas on Monday that will make make him one of the highest-earning endorsers in the NBA. The deal, which can extend to 10 years, could be worth up to $100 million including incentives and options, sources told ESPN.com. It's believed to be the largest shoe deal since Derrick Rose signed a 13-year deal in 2012 that could be worth more than $185 million. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, both of whom are with Nike, are the highest-earning active players when it comes to shoe endorsements. ESPN.com

Adidas has the official apparel deal of the NBA, but only had a 5.5 percent stake of the U.S. basketball market shoe sales market in 2013, according to SportsOneSource, a market retail tracking firm. Nike and the Jordan Brand, which it owns, combined for 92 percent. ESPN.com

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