Shervin Pishevar: I met with Kobe Bryant in late December 2019. Kobe wasn’t happy with Nike and was going to leave it in 2020. Kobe was going to start Mamba, a shoe company owned by players. He passed away weeks later. What he was about to do in business was going to eclipse his sports career. 2/ These were the designs my team did to show him that day for an independent Mamba shoe company. Here’s calendar details. There were witnesses to the meeting and Kobe’s plans like Gina Ford, who manages Usain Bolt.
Darren Rovell: Can we chill with this? Kobe, like all athletes, was willing to explore at the end of a deal. He took a damn pitch meeting. The shoe wasn’t his shoe idea. That’s all it was. Let’s not make this like it was a far down the road project. It wasn’t.
The Spurs fan base is one of only six in the NBA with the opportunity to design a custom Chuck 70 Converse sneaker to match the new City Edition uniforms. The highly requested Fiesta-themed jersey alternates had the entire city, including the mayor, talking once the Spurs finally gave in to years of requests and unveiled the vibrant throwback look honoring San Antonio’s culture. Since then, Spurs fans have been matching merch to build their collection. Converse, a subsidiary of Nike, is throwing another option into the mix: customizable Chucks starting at $115.
Eric Woodyard: Percy “Master P” Miller confirms to ESPN that he’s in negotiations to acquire Reebok with ex-NBA guard Baron Davis. “These companies have been benefiting off us, this could be history for this company going Black-owned,” Miller tells ESPN.
Just when you were feeling a little disappointed about Paul George being the only Nike Basketball athlete with a Christmas-themed sneaker this year, LeBron James drops a surprise ahead of the Lakers’ game against the Dallas Mavericks. James laced up the ‘X-Mas in LA’ colorway of the Nike LeBron 18, taking on a traditional red-based look with subtle green and metallic gold accents.