Sneakers Rumors

There’s actual good news coming from Nike, though! We got some official pictures of some Kobe Protro 5’s. They look incredible. Nike has been trying to figure out how to continue to move Kobe’s since his untimely passing. People have been circling his shoes like vultures, trying to cop them up to surge prices on the secondary market. Seeing these might mean that we’ll have another shot at buying some new Kobes, which is what the people have been looking for for months now.
“A few years ago,” Strauss continues, “John Wall didn’t love that when he walked around everywhere, he saw kids wearing Kyrie Irving’s shoes. For a guy like John Wall, it was a representation that he was a tier below Kyrie, and he was reminded of it every time he walked outside. For the guys at the very top, it seems like it’s huge. There was a lot of friction between Shaq and Penny Hardaway over their different sneaker lines, with Shaq even smacking the Lil’ Penny character.” (In fairness, it’s more like a nudge.)
“A few years ago,” Strauss continues, “John Wall didn’t love that when he walked around everywhere, he saw kids wearing Kyrie Irving’s shoes. For a guy like John Wall, it was a representation that he was a tier below Kyrie, and he was reminded of it every time he walked outside. For the guys at the very top, it seems like it’s huge. There was a lot of friction between Shaq and Penny Hardaway over their different sneaker lines, with Shaq even smacking the Lil’ Penny character.” (In fairness, it’s more like a nudge.)
One of Gary Payton’s most popular Nike signature basketball models, the Air Zoom Flight The Glove, is set to return to retailers this year but with a twist. The leaked images provided by solebyjc reveal slight modifications to the shoe’s latest reissue including a new translucent mesh shroud on the upper, but the green Monkey Paw tech by the heel and Swoosh branding across the midfoot remains intact. Completing the package are Zoom Air units encapsulated in the midsole for cushioning.
Although players such as Michael Jordan and LeBron James have greater name recognition, God Shammgod is an undeniable legend in basketball. And now, the baller — who authored a devastating one-handed crossover that current players mimic — has a Puma court-ready sneaker with his name on it. Available now via Puma.com is the Puma Legacy “Shammgod.” The sneaker is available in men’s sizing and retails for $100.
The shoe for the retired NBA baller, who is now a development coach with the Dallas Mavericks, features several nods to his upbringing and his legendary move, often referred to as “Cross Ova to God.” Included on the shoe is 1997 on the heels (the year he was selected in the NBA Draft), speckled concrete midsoles as a nod to the streets of his New York City hometown, often referred to as the concrete jungle and images on the insoles that break down his crossover.
Specifically, Jordan Brand will increase its work in communities across the United States to provide access to education and opportunities for future generations, while also taking a more active role in supporting organizations that work to effect policy change in local government. “We must join forces with the community, government and civic leaders to create a lasting impact together,” Jordan Brand president Craig Williams said. “There is still more work for us to do to drive real impact for the Black Community. We embrace the responsibility.”
The Jordan Brand pledge came hours after Nike announced its own “Commitment to the Black Community,” an additional $40 million collective pledge to community organizations from the Nike, Jordan and Converse brands over the coming four years. “Systemic racism and the events that have unfolded across America over the past few weeks serve as an urgent reminder of the continued change needed in our society,” Nike president and CEO John Donahoe said in a statement.
Part of VICE TV’s VICE VERSA series of documentary specials, One Man and His Shoes essentially serves as an expanded version of what Episode 5 (and to some extent, Episode 1) of The Last Dance touched on: The cultural phenomenon of Nike’s Air Jordan shoe line. Director Yemi Bamiro doesn’t have to tell a larger narrative (though his film eventually goes there), so he can zoom in on this aspect of Jordan’s story.
The “film,” as Nike calls it, focuses on some of the greatest comebacks we’ve seen in sports, from LeBron’s Cavaliers overturning a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals, to Tiger Woods returning from a back fusion surgery to win the 2019 Masters, to Paul George’s return to a superstar level following a devastating leg injury. “Right now, we’re fighting for something much bigger than a win, a championship. But if we’ve learned anything from sports, it’s that no matter how far down we may be, we are never too far down to come back.”
Ben Simmons’ Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Motivation debuts Thursday at House of Hoops by Foot Locker and online at footlocker.com. The 76ers point guard’s new sneaker is part of a Nike series recognizing the motivational phrases and pregame rituals of standouts that include Simmons, Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Dončić, Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox, and Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner.
On May 18, the Oregon federal court emphasized its prior decision that upheld the validity and enforceability of the Nike contract that Leonard previously signed. It highlighted the portion of the contract where Leonard acknowledged that Nike exclusively owns all right, title and interest in intellectual property created by Nike or Leonard in connection with the contract. Leonard] acknowledges that NIKE exclusively owns all rights, title and interest in and to the NIKE Marks and that NIKE shall exclusively own all rights, title and interest in and to any logos, trademarks, service marks, characters, personas, copyrights, shoe or other product designs, patents, trade secrets or other forms of intellectual property created by NIKE . . . or [Leonard] in connection with this Contract[
Ultimately, it appears that Leonard’s case against Nike will end up backfiring against the NBA superstar. He filed his action in the wrong jurisdiction, attempting to play offense, and now finds himself in a very weak defensive position, with Nike already prevailing in certain respects. Unless Leonard is able to provide the court with some strong evidence to the contrary, it seems that Leonard may also end up being on the hook for damages related to copyright infringement and multiple breaches of contract.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s autographed trainers from 1985 sold for a record $560,000 (£463,000) in an online auction. The Nike Air Jordan 1s, worn by Jordan during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, were expected to fetch between $100,00-$150,000 at Sotheby’s. The previous record was $437,500 for a pair of Nike’s 1972 Moon Shoes. Jordan wore mismatched trainers, with the left a size 13 and the right a size 13.5.
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Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s autographed trainers from 1985 sold for a record $560,000 (£463,000) in an online auction. The Nike Air Jordan 1s, worn by Jordan during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, were expected to fetch between $100,00-$150,000 at Sotheby’s. The previous record was $437,500 for a pair of Nike’s 1972 Moon Shoes. Jordan wore mismatched trainers, with the left a size 13 and the right a size 13.5.
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It’s not immediately known who purchased the shoes, per Action Network, but they were sold by shoe collector Jordy Geller, who decided it was a good time to offload them when he saw the renewed hysteria for Jordan memorabilia driven by the documentary. “We are thrilled with the price. It just speaks to Michael Jordan’s incredible legacy and people recognizing him as the greatest athlete to ever play,” Sotheby’s Brahm Wachter told Action Network.
Nike’s revolutionary entrance into the world of basketball came as a splash, but its popularity was greatly aided by the NBA, although unintentionally. David Falk, the longtime agent of Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, recalled how the league banned the Air Jordan 1 shoe that is now infamously known as “The Banned” edition due to its bold black and red colors: “So they make the first shoe, the black and red one. Michael wears it to practice and the league immediately bans the shoes,” said Falk as a guest on The Business of Sports podcast. “They ban it, they say it doesn’t conform with the team’s uniform colors. And (Rob) Strasser calls me up in a panic and he says, ‘Goddammit. We just paid him all this money, he can’t even freakin’ wear the shoe.’”
Zion Williamson’s lawsuit with Prime Sports Marketing’s Gina Ford, his former agent, has taken an interesting twist. According to court papers published early Sunday afternoon by Wallach Legal, LLC founder and gaming law and sports betting attorney Daniel Wallach, Ford served Williamson with requests for admission that he received impermissible benefits to attend Duke and wear or use Nike or choose an Adidas-sponsored school.
Storyline: Zion Williamson Lawsuit
Among the 11 bullet points from 5-15, the documents posted by Wallach shows a list of items alleging that he received “money, benefits, favors or others things of value” to sign with the Blue Devils for the 2018-19 college basketball season and wear or use the aforementioned brands. The served requests name Williamson and his mother and stepfather, Sharonda Sampson and Lee Anderson, and Ford is trying to make him say “yes or no” under oath regarding whether or not he accepted the impermissible benefits.
An autographed and well-worn pair of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s Nike shoes hits the auction block at Sotheby’s on Friday, in a celebrity-infused test of the market for sneakers as highly-prized collectibles. The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, are expected to fetch between $100,000 to $150,000 in the online auction that closes on May 17, Sotheby’s in New York said.
Other secondary markets have reported similar Jordan spikes. On Sunday, when the fifth episode of the 10-part series tackled the origin of the Air Jordan shoe and its history – Jordan’s agent, David Falk, apparently came up with the iconic name – StockX saw an immediate transaction increase, Einhorn said. “Jordan 1 sales in part took off that day,” he said. “Jordan 1 pages spiked to their highest point in history.”
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Storyline: Sneaker Deals
Meanwhile, O.J. Simpson, who was a spokesman for Spot-Bilt, a casual shoe brand, vouched for Jordan and insisted the brand match Nike’s offer to lure him into signing with the company. “The Last Dance” executive director Jason Hehir told the story to “Jalen & Jacoby,” explaining how Michael Jordan nearly signed with an otherwise long-forgotten company: “Spot-Bilt, you remember them?” asked Hehir in a recent interview. “They matched [Nike’s] offer. Michael Jordan came this close to being with Spot-Bilt because the spokesman at the time was another athlete who had broken, transcended some racial bounds, it’s a guy by the name of O.J. Simpson. “He said to the guys at Spot-Bilt: ‘The kid out of Carolina is the next me. Go get him.’ So they matched Nike’s offer, but they couldn’t match the marketing. They couldn’t promise [agent] David Falk that they could market Michael the way that Nike would. And that ultimately is what put that deal over the top, financially, for them.”
Lee, who created and starred as the shoe-obsessed character in his film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” gave credit to Nike’s founder for giving his stamp of approval for the campaign. “Nike’s agency saw the film, called me up outta nowhere and said, ‘we want you to be in a national campaign with Michael Jordan, you play Mars Blackmon, but there’s one catch Michael Jordan has not seen the film and does not know who you are,'” Lee recalled, laughing about his early days in the industry. “We gotta give credit to Phil Knight. It’s his decision — to have a black guy be the face of your company — so give him credit and the rest is history,” he added.
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
After Converse told Jordan that it had too many big-name players — including Magic Johnson and Larry Bird — to make Jordan a front man for the company, the choice came down to Adidas or Nike. Adidas wasn’t willing to give Jordan his own shoe, but Nike was. There was just one problem: Jordan didn’t want to meet with the shoe company to discuss it. “I couldn’t even get him to get on the damn plane and go visit the campus,” Jordan’s agent, David Falk, said.
Jordan became a pitchman unlike any other before him, and to some degree, it turns out that was the plan all along. Agent David Falk explains in Episode 5 how he wanted to treat Jordan like a boxer or tennis player – an individual star – instead of how stars in team sports were typically marketed. But Nike, the company that landed Jordan, never would’ve gotten a meeting if it weren’t for MJ’s mom, who convinced him to take the meeting. “I go into that meeting not wanting to be there,” Jordan says in Episode 5. “Nike made this big pitch. And Falk was like, ‘You gotta be a fool if you’re not taking this deal. This is the best deal.’”
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Michael Sykes, who writes about sneakers for USA TODAY’s For the Win (including his newsletter “Kicks You Wear”). They discuss how sneaker sales have plummeted recently, what impact “The Last Dance” is having on Jordan Brand, the sneaker-brand landscape, how shoe companies influence NBA moves and more. Time-stamps are below! :35: Footwear, as a whole, is projected to plunge in revenue by 79 percent due to the pandemic. And adidas is projecting a 93 percent decrease in first-quarter profits. Michael discusses the state of the sneaker industry.
After officially signing with Jordan Brand back in December of last year, Mavs franchise star Luka Doncic is finally getting his first shoe release with the company. And it is coming this Thursday. The shoe, which is called the Doncic’s Air Jordan 1 Mid: Mindfulness, is an Air Jordan 1 Mid-top, and is set to be released this Thursday at 9 am CT on Nike.com, Footlocker.com, and at House of Hoops Footlocker, per a release from Nike.com news.
LaMelo, Lonzo and LiAngelo Ball are planning to sign with Roc Nation Sports, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. “This was a family decision,” Jermaine Jackson, LaMelo Ball’s agent, told ESPN. “This is now an extended family. They put together a beautiful game plan with Jay-Z. The basketball game is about to change. They are going to create something totally new.” Roc Nation Sports is a branch of Jay-Z’s music management company, which he started in 2013. The company represents multiple sports and top NBA players like Kyrie Irving and Markelle Fultz.