Nike Unveils Gumbo League Collection of 2014 NBA All Star Game Sneakers

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With the 2014 NBA All Star Game about two weeks away, Nike took the liberty of unveiling Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant’s kicks for the game in New Orleans.

The “Gumbo League Collection” draws heavy inspiration from New Orleans history. Each sneaker represents a significant part of the cities unique culture. The Lebron 11 “Gator King” pays homage to the Gator, a symbol of royalty power and protection within the city.

Nike Lebron 11 "Gator King" 2014 All Star Sneakers

Nike Lebron 11 “Gator King” 2014 All Star Sneakers

It’s no secret Kobe Bryant is a huge jazz fan; The Kobe 9 Elite “Maestro” edition represents the long history of Jazz music in New Orleans.

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 "Maestro" All Star Edition

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 “Maestro” All Star Edition

Finally, the Zoom KD 6 “Illusion” is a nod to the voodoo and magic culture within New Orleans.

Nike Zoom KD 6 "Illusion" 2014 All Star Game Edition

Nike Zoom KD 6 “Illusion” 2014 All Star Game Edition

The whole pack is set to release on 2/14. Expect it to sell out FAST!

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Nike Celebrates Kobe Bryant’s Sneaker History With ‘Prelude Pack’

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With 5 NBA Championship rings to his name, Kobe Bryant will go down in history as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Philadelphia native has come a long way since being drafted and traded by the Charlotte Hornets to Los Angeles for Vlade Divac. After Countless MVP’s, All Star Game selections, and timeless moments, Nike will honor the Black Mamba with the “Predlude Pack”. The pack will include a retro model of every single Nike Zoom Kobe sneaker from 1-8. Through art, the special pack honors the history of Nike’s Kobe Bryant line. Starting 12/7, Nike will release one sneaker each weekend from the pack in order from Kobe 1 to Kobe 8. Each sneaker will retail for $200, and we expect it to be EXTREMELY LIMITED! Check out the entire Prelude Pack Below! My favorite is the Kobe 4.

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Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 2 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 3 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 6 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 7 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 8 Prelude Pack

 

It’s November; Where Is The Nike Zoom Kobe XI?

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It’s almost the end of November, and Nike has been reluctant to release any information reguarding the Zoom Kobe XI. The Mamba has been sidelined all year after suffering an injury at the end of last season. Although we have yet to see Kobe on the court, Nike has yet to leak any official images of Kobe’s ninth signature sneaker. That’s where we come in; We dug up some photos of the Zoom Kobe 9 Wear test sample and some other images of speculated designs for the sneakers.

Nike Zoom Kobe XI 9 mid wear test sample release date

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 Wear Test Sample

Possible Low Top version of the Zoom Kobe 9

Possible Low Top version of the Zoom Kobe 9

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 Display

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 Display

As always, we’ll keep you updated on release information in the future.

 

 

How In The World Is Reebok Getting Away With The ‘For Player Use Only’ Pack?

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With the help of Reebok, Packer Shoes of Teaneck New Jersey has been cooking up several collaborations on classic RBK basketball silhouettes over the past year. Most notably the “Remember the Alamo” Shawn Kemp Kamikaze II & “Practice” Allen Iverson Question sneakers became instant hits.

Sneaker heads like myself definitely appreciate the creativity Packer Shoes & Reebok bring to the table. Their ability to mix classic sneakers and sports has gone over extremely well with consumers.

This October, Packer Shoes and Reebok teamed up once again for another limited edition sneaker release: The “For Player Use Only Pack”. And honestly I have no idea how they got away with this one!

The ‘For Player Use Only Pack’ features two pairs of Allen Iverson’s Reebok Question Sneakers, one in purple & gold and the other in green & gold. The Reebok sneakers are actually dedicated to 2 of Nike’s biggest signature athletes; Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Reebok making shoes for Nike athletes, WTF is going on here?!?!

Packer Shoes and Reebok’s inspiration behind their latest collaboration actually comes from the year of 2003. During the time, Kobe Bryant was dealing with some off the court issues (you all remember what happened in Colorado!) The mamba was dropped by Adidas and was considered a Sneaker “Free Agent” at the time. Several brands, including Reebok sent him Promo Player Exclusive sneakers to wear on the court. The purple and gold Reebok Questions were one of the pairs Kobe wore for the Lakers that season; they even featured Kobe’s number 8 on the back of the sneakers where A.I.’s number 3 went.

Lebron James & Kobe Bryant Reebok Question Sneakers

Lebron James & Kobe Bryant Reebok Question Sneakers

At the same time, Lebron James was often featured in the national spotlight during his Senior Season at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Ohio. Many sneaker companies were doing their best to persuade the high school phenom to sign with them upon graduation including Reebok, Nike, and Adidas. Similar to Kobe, Reebok sent Lebron a pair of player exclusive Question sneakers featuring “L23J” and decked out in the St. Vincent St. Mary’s colorway.

They put them in Lebron's high School locker!

They put them in Lebron’s high School locker!

Neither Lebron James nor Kobe Bryant decided to sign with Reebok in 2003. Flash-forward to the present; Lebron James and Kobe Bryant are on their 11th and 9th Nike signature sneakers respectively. Personally, I love the concept however my question in 2013 is: How the hell are Reebok and Packer Shoes able to release sneakers inspired by Nike signature athletes.

It really makes no sense to me at all. If you’re interested in the sneakers, they release 10/18 on packershoes.com as a package for $300. Check out the pictures of the For Player Use Only pack and let us know what you think; will Nike have something to say about this?

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Reebok’s clearly not trying to hide anything here!

Check out the Los Angeles Lakers “Hollywood Nights” Black Alternate Jerseys for This Season

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And I thought the Los Angeles Lakers were crazy when they unveiled their white alternate uniforms during the early 2000’s! It appears the Lakeshow will be sporting all black alternate uniforms during the 2013-14 season. The “Hollywood Nights” uniforms pay homage to the long-time LA Laker fan base and to the Hollywood industry workers who often work behind the sceenes.

The Lakers will wear the “Hollywood Nights” alternate jerseys a few times this season. Be sure to look out for them. What do you think of their new alternate jereseys?

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