John Wall is in the second year of a five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards but the point guard is a free agent in the high-stakes sneaker industry for the first time in his career. The two-time all-star’s contract with Adidas expired on Sept. 30, making him available to sign with any sneaker company.
“My main focus is just play basketball. I let my agents and marketing team and them negotiate and talk,” Wall said after shoot-around at the Palace of Auburn Hills before Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. “I’m just trying to focus on the season and not worry about what’s going on off the court and play basketball.”
Nick DePaula: Adidas Basketball has signed Rockets Ty Lawson & Corey Brewer to shoe deals. Houston is a priority market for the brand.
Details have been scarce about the next iteration of Nike Basketball’s signature sneaker for Kobe Bryant, but we may be getting a glimpse of the Kobe 11 a little bit sooner than expected. A release date of Jan. 9, 2016 was reported back in August, but a source told Sporting News that we can expect to see the Kobe 11 drop sometime in mid-December, about a week or so after the official launch of Kyrie Irving’s next signature sneaker, the Kyrie 2.
Spike Lee is set to receive an honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Governor Awards on Nov. 14. And to mark the occasion, Lee was gifted a pair of special sneakers that will match his gold statue. Lee posted an Instagram photo on Friday of his new golden Jordan 6s, and they’re pretty spectacular: Spike Lee: Special Love Shout To My Main Man Michael Jordan,Larry Miller And Reggie Saunders At The Jordan Brand For Blessing Me With These Super Dope, AIR JORDAN 6 “Oscar Edition” Sneakers. These Joints Are Gold Leafed- One Of A Kind. They Will Sit Next To The Oscar On My Home Mantelpiece. Yup,Still True- IT’S GOTTA BE DA SHOES.
Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll has been sidelined with a foot injury for the past three games and we now appear to know its source: A change of his shoes. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey joined Prime Time Sports on Thursday evening and touched on Carroll’s bout of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “When he changed shoes for some odd reason after training camp, his foot just kept getting sorer and sorer and developed the plantar fasciitis,” Casey told hosts Bob McCown and Dave Perkins on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, adding that with some rest the hope is that Carroll will return soon.