Is it true that you took significantly less money to be on Team Jordan? What led to that decision? Jimmy Butler: I’ve always been a fan of Mike and his game. What he did for the game of basketball as a whole, and what he did off the court for it too, whether it was with Hanes or his shoe brand. But I’ve always been a fan of the tennis shoe. So when I got an opportunity to switch from Adidas to Jordan, I just thought it was the right choice, because I’ve never had problems with my feet. I’m not bashing Adidas at all, but I got turf toe one year and rolled my ankles a few times. That’s never happened, whenever I was at Marquette with Jordan or before that, with Nike. So I thought maybe I should go back to that shoe. And then Jordan picked me up.
Did any of your Adidas-wearing teammates [like Derrick Rose] try to convince you to stay on Adidas? Jimmy Butler: No. No. You can’t convince me, once my mind’s made up. They already knew. I was probably telling them halfway through the season, whenever it is, “When this year’s over, y’all can count on not seeing me in Adidas. I’m gonna be straight Jordan-ed out.” Now I’m never wanting to leave Brand Jordan.
Andy Greder: Andrew Wiggins is having new Adidas shoe designed to include white maple leaf silhouttes to honor Canadian roots, @Charley_Walters wrote.
Abram Peja Awa: as an Adidas sponsored athlete, you got the hook up on some yeezys or what? Lol. Damian Lillard: Nah, but I definitely want to collaborate with @kanyewest on a #DLillard2 colorway and some music. #teamadidas
The Nike KD 8 isn’t the only Kevin Durant sneaker being unveiled today. Durant also took to his Instagram to show off this, the Nike KD 8 NSW Lifestyle. Nike Sportswear takes on signature silhouettes have been standard for a couple of years now, and this one follows in that tradition by using minimal branding and a build that’s nothing like the coinciding KD 8. There is no sneaker release date yet for the Lifestyle KD 8.
From strength in numbers to strength in dollars, our Golden State Warriors dominated the court and will now score some big-time endorsement deals. NBA MVP Stephen Curry is a fast-rising star. He already has endorsement deals with several national brands like Under Armour athletic wear. “Those sponsors are growing as we speak,” Ben Shapiro, a marketing expert from Pivot Sports Marketing, told ABC7 News.
National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dwight Howard is set to sign a personal endorsement deal with Chinese sportswear manufacturer Peak. According to a report on Chinese sports marketing website Yutang Sports, Howard will sign a deal with Peak to begin from the beginning of the next NBA season.
Isaiah Thomas: Sneaker free agent!! RT @iTylerCampbell: @Isaiah_Thomas who do you have a shoe deal with?