Get your spring basketball gear at Foot Locker
The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means that it’s time to get out of the house and head to the park for a game (or two, or three) of pick-up basketball, where boys become men and men discover that they’re not as athletic as they used to be.
What’s that you say? The tread on your old shoes is worn down to the sole and you’re in need of some new gear? Foot Locker has you covered, man. The specialty retailer carries all the latest apparel guaranteed to make any guy stand out from the crowd, including shoes from NBA stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
Foot Locker sent us a pair of the new Nike Kobe Zoom Venomenons, and they’re some of the coolest and most comfortable basketball shoes we’ve ever worn. The latest collaboration between Nike and Kobe is comprised of a synthetic upper and a black carbon fiber heel counter with Hyperfuse and Flywire technology for lightweight strength and durability. Additionally, the Phylon midsole features a forefoot Zoom Air unit that provides super-responsive cushioning that will help you explode off the court to grab those big rebounds, and for those playing outdoors, the outsole has an abrasion-resistant material with a Blade Traction pattern designed for excellent traction. They also look great, with six electric colorways to choose from, and priced at $119.99.
Of course, if you’re planning on heading to the courts after school or work, you’re going to need a way to carry all that gear without having to make an extra stop home. That’s where the Nike Hoops Elite Team Backpack comes in real handy, because it offers plenty of storage space, including one main compartment, two zippered pockets, a place for a water bottle and even a 15″ laptop sleeve. It’s also made of water-resistant Tarpaulin, which keeps your stuff safe and dry from the elements, and features a padded back panel that provides additional protection.
That’s just scratching the surface of Foot Locker’s basketball range, however, so be sure to head to your local store or shop online to pick up the Nike Kobe Venomenons and Hoops Elite Team Backpack, as well as their many other new spring products.
Did you fill out the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket?
March Madness is set to begin tomorrow, and there’s plenty of buzz around players like Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Duke’s Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. But all everyone seems to be talking about is the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket which is insured by Warren Buffet. Buffet has been making the rounds on television, as has Dan Gilbert, the billionaire founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Now Nate Silver is chiming in as he he launches his FiveThirtyEight blog on ESPN. Silver calculated that you would have roughly a one in 7.4 billion chance to win. So basically you have no chance, but I decided to fill one out anyways. Why not? I haven’t filled out a bracket for years, but this promo was just interesting enough to get me to try it.
March Madness has become an institution and filling out brackets an annual ritual. Of course that’s just the beginning as places like Las Vegas will be a zoo this weekend with all the first round games. Around the world it doesn’t quite measure up to events like the World Cup which will have bettors going crazy in every part of the planet, from Canada down to South Africa betting houses. People for that one will be checking every betting site and wiki to find information. That’s what’s going on here this week for March Madness. College hoops gets some attention, but not a ton during the regular season. Then everyone tries to become an expert over a couple of days as they start filling out their bracket.
Of course, your girlfriend who sticks with the favorites and then some of her favorite teams can probably do just as well as you given all the luck that’s involved.
I like to go with my own teams as well. Why not pick teams you like? Winning a bracket pool with lots of people is practically impossible. Of course, in office pools, you do have a real chance to win, or at least get some bragging rights for doing well, so I guess there some research is in order.
But with the Buffett bracket, I blew through it quickly and picked teams I liked. I have just as good a chance as anyone – one in 7.4 billion!
Reebok Classic announces the limited edition “Banner Question” sneaker for March 14th release
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 28: NBA player Allen Iverson reveals The Reebok Classic "Banner Question" at Mitchell & Ness on February 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Reebok)
How good was A.I. in his prime? Love him or hate him, Allen Iverson provided once-in-a-lifetime moments and that is a call for celebration. And once-in-a-lifetime athletes call for recognition.
Reebok Classic congratulates Allen Iverson on a memorable career that has earned him respect and recognition among the greats. Allen Iverson’s legacy will now live on high above the court where he first made his NBA debut in 1996 wearing the iconic Question Mid.
In honor of Allen Iverson’s jersey retirement, Reebok Classic memorializes a legendary athlete with an unforgettable iteration of the Question Mid. No detail was overlooked in creating a ceremonial version of this classic silhouette, from the custom sock liner to the jersey fabric upper.
Only 1996 numbered pairs of the Banner Question will be released on March 14th at select retailers nationwide for $160. Official retailers will be announced during the Sixers retirement ceremony on March 1st, so stay tuned on where to grab a pair.
Allen Iverson said, “Words cannot express what it means to have the 76ers organization retire my jersey. And to have Reebok make the Banner Question that’s symbolic of this event makes it even more special. The Sixers and Reebok are two partners that have always had my back and for that I’m forever grateful.”
Reebok Classic introduces Episode 1 of “The Retro Shop” video series featuring Shaq and Shawn Kemp
Who’s the best big man in the game? It’s a classic debate that brings stories of old school legends to the new school generation. In Reebok Classic’s latest Retro Shop episode, one particular barber has a pretty strong opinion about it, and will post up against anyone to prove it.
This hilarious video contains some amazing cameos and even better kicks. Can you spot the upcoming Shaq Attaq colorway set for release on 2/14?
Stay tuned to find out who’s up next in the Reebok Retro Shop.
Reebok Classic Alert: Kamikaze I are back with the same flare and comfort!
Throwbacks are the hot items in sneakers these days, so we were thrilled to check out the Kamikaze I in black/blue from Reebok. Hot on the heels of the Kamikaze I white/black/green launch on Friday, January 17th, Reebok Classic readied the release of the Kamikaze I black/blue on Friday, February 7th.
Lightning struck every time Shawn Kemp stepped on the court. His larger than life persona set a new pace for basketball, and his groundbreaking athleticism inspired a shoe just as bold: the Kamikaze I. These kicks were hot back in the ’90s and they still have the look of a winner and serious baller all day long. That’s because Shawn Kemp and the Kamikaze I have been “A Cut Above Since 1994.” The color combo is sweet and the comfort level of Kamikaze I rivals just about anything on the market today!
On February 7th, Reebok Classic brought back the Kamikaze I OG black/blue at key retailers including Foot Locker, Champs, Jimmy Jazz, DTLR, Villa and reebok.com for $115. @reebokclassics, #THISisCLASSIC