It’s not everyday that sneakerheads can buy PEs straight out of the locker room. If you are a collector of player exclusive sneakers, the Sacramento Kings have an auction that you need to check out right now. A number of game-worn and deadstock sneakers are available, from recent DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay PEs to older items from Chris Webber, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas and the artist formerly known as Ron Artest.
Mavericks President and CEO Terdema Ussery is leaving for a position with sports apparel company Under Armour. Ussery has been with Dallas for 18 years – three years before owner Mark Cuban bought the team. In his first year, Ussery was part of a successful campaign for $240 million in public funding to help build the American Airlines Center. It’s been home of the Mavericks since 2001.
Call it a promotional stunt gone awry. Footwear giant Nike has been fined €67,500, the equivalent of roughly $75,000, for putting an oversized Tony Parker France national team jersey on a statue of Winston Churchill to commemorate Les Bleus’ qualifications for the 2011 European Championships. Sculptor Jean Cardot sued Nike and a promotional company for defiling his work, and failing to ask for permission. A French court ruled last month that Nike had used the statue for commercial purposes in violation of Cardot’s rights. Unveiled in 1998, the statue is located on Winston Churchill Avenue near the Champs-Elysée in Paris. It is one of the few statues in France that doesn’t depict a French national.
The video may have only been 54 seconds long, but a lot happened in it. First, there’s Wall, saying that he’s going to give us “the very first exclusive look” of his JWall 2’s, the second edition of his signature shoe. Next, the All-Star pans to his left hand, where he’s holding a pristine white sneaker, and gives a couple of prolonged “Oooh’s” as he presents the shoe to the world’s eye for the first time. Wall then says the JWall 2’s don’t officially drop until the fall, but this is where the surprise comes in. “I’m gonna sign and hide this pair somewhere,” he says. “I’ll let you know on Twitter where I drop ’em at. Peace out, now ya’ll go find it.”