Where were you when these came out... The Air Max CB2 one of my favorite Barkley sneakers of all time. I was looking through my hard drive trying to find the pic of the merchant booklet (more on that later) and found this wallpaper I used to have on my desktop. These were retro'ed i believe in 2003 and are still being used. (they even released a low top version of these.) sorry Nike, sometimes you can mess up some of your classic sneakers. They really should've released these but the replaced the purple accent with royal blue. (pretty close to the OG version.) I actually saw the ad for these in a sports illustrated magazine i never got these ( i have them now) because i had already got my kicks (AJ VIII) for the year, mom was not trying to hear me ask for another pair. And plus, I was 11 so the kids sizes never had the full air like today.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Once again Nike sends Kobe Bryant overseas on a south Asia tour. Making stops in Manila, (Philippines) Taipei, (Taiwan) and Hong Kong just to name a few. Over at the Nike b-ball site there are extensive pictures showing him run some of his workout plans, and drills he uses to get ready for the up and coming season. he always seems to put on a show with regards to his dunks in the pics there. (and there are a lot of pics like these with him wearing local Taiwanese garments). It goes to show you how he was able to revamp his image, back to where he was, before. I don't know if Vick can do it but, it can be done. It just takes big name companies to stand behind you. Nike no longer supports Vick but i wonder if they will retro any of his shoes?Probably not.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I'm not a big fan of the WNBA. I don't really watch the games until the finals. Sometimes women's basketball can appear sloppy even though they are pros just like other athletes. ( i won't say women athletes bec. athlete has no gender Nike's right.) but since they adopted the five game format the games have become more interesting. Like college basketball, certain teams need a couple of games to establish a rhythm. (college chould have a couple game playoff, but it might be long bec. of the many teams). The Detroit shock were defeated by the Phoenix Mercury in five games. (Phoenix has a championship but they of course wanted the suns to win sorry Amare.) The shoes above are the shox elite's for the Finals MVP Cappie Pondexter (hence CP23). They were made to show her Mercury colors . suprisingly i like them, they are a hot kicks (They probably won't be released to the public). Kobe's been busy Overseas again nx time.
Friday, September 21, 2007
I, as a basketball fan was a little disappointed when it was told last week that Rookie Greg Oden will undergo knee surgery which will render him on crutches for at least 6 months. He's having the same surgery that many NBA players have had, so there have been many perspectives as to how he will turn out. (Amare Stoudemire recently had the surgery and look at him, but then again so did Allan Houston Former Knick Guard.) The NBA season still will be great without him nonetheless, but he's actually a true center and we haven't seen a rookie like him since Shaq. (can't count Yao, he's not as dominant down low but he' s getting there.) So for the rest of the season his jersey will be hanging in his locker at the Rose Quarters. (For more on him go over to the Portland Trail Blazer's official site.)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Over at Niketown NYC I looked for the new Nike Elite series. A sales rep. told me they were coming out next week but check online for the full overview. The shox version was always my favorite. Glad to see that they were going to release a version of those there. Check over at nikebasketball.com for more info on the Elite II new series.
be back with Oden news ( bad of course nike had plans for him.)
be back with Oden news ( bad of course nike had plans for him.)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Just some more Dream team pics that I had hanging around my hardrive. look at the one with Barkley, Ewing and Jordan. Jordan and Barkely (who was the leading scorer on the 1992 dream team.) were both wearing memorable shoes, (barkley wearing special makeup of Air Force 180 and Jordan waring Air Jordan VII, but you already knew that.) When they were released they were sold out instantly. Some people still have them to this day, never worn. If you want both of them you can go to flight club in NYC, Or if your a size 10.5-11 contact me. Actually on that topic I'm in the process of opening a kick store on my own (more on that later.)
(Can anyone name all four kicks above and who wore them?? the first two are easy)
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Just saw these in the nike catalog, once again they are releasing an air max version and a Zoom air version. (Haven't seen the shox version like last year hope they make those.) The huarache Elite hasn't changed drastically from last year. But we can expect to see PE's for numerous NBA stars (I'm almost certain Tony Parker will have PE's). They should be out now for about $125. Numerous colors follow, I'm guessing they'll be "ID'ed" in the future as well.
(Can we call the huaraches 2k7's? if anyone keeps count....)
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Saw these on nike talk a couple of weeks ago. i don't know if they are a prototype of not but if they release these they will hurt a good sneaker. these are based loosely on the Air Force 180 Olympic edition that was worn by Sir Charles Barkley on the dream team in Barcelona. (circa 1992.) nike has a history of releasing questionable styles and colors. will someone actually wear these ? I'm not really feeling these, i laughed when i saw them. but these might not be a joke. These very much so might be released, we all know Olympic year is next year... I also put some pics of the original 180's and the Air Jordan VII Olympic. Those two kicks are probably the best Olympic kicks of all time. Made for the best players on that 1992 team that really was the greatest team ever assembled. Why would nike then tinker with greatness??
'teef( pic of Barkely on the 1996 team that won the gold, thats his reaction to those Air force 1 renditions.)
Everyone knew it was gonna happen it was a matter of time . They were rolling over teams that were under manned and under sized. they actually played as a team with Kidd at the Helm. He made the game a team game for them. Even Kobe started passing ( sike!). Argentina will be better with Ginobili ,Uberto and scrappy Nocioni. But with the team they have now they have a shot at the gold, I think they need to add another shooter and they will be just fine. Their chemistry was good they don't need a scorer who commands the ball they have more than enough of those. Hope they can take home the gold in '08. (photo courtesy of FIBA.com)
The popular kicks based magazine which is published by SLAM magazine is back for its tenth year. This year they bring Jordan back for another coveted cover. I like the cover ,but what about the young stars of the NBA who are up and coming. We know that Jordan's will never go out of style ( yes its true.) but there are top NBA players that are revolutionizing the shoe game. Whether you like it or not Lebron is putting his stamp on the Nike basketball shoe game. He has brought back nike with his Lebrons. Back to the days when people look forward to lil penny or Jordan commercials. So pick up the mag if you got 5 bucks to spare, there aren't exclusive kicks many are used to seeing online but they do have some good articles you can read from perspectives of shoe designers to sneaker heads.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I had to check it out with my own eyes , and its true the black varsity maize 2k4's are for sale on eastbay and footlocker. com They were an Asia Exclusive two years ago I wonder why they released them in the states now. Maybe those Asia ZK2's i posted earlier might make a general release as well you never know, those are definitely my favorite color. (even over the highly popular USA ones.) At $140 definitely a collectors item to a kobe fan. I believe they also have the white purple ones as well, but I'm not sure. tomorrow I'll have some lebrons news as they make a return this fall once again.
(put up the kobe drive ad if anyone wants that as a wallpaper.)