Jarnell Stokes climbed out of the totaled Town car and squinted into the light, attempting to get his bearings. This couldn’t possibly be how it ends, could it?
Not at the hands of a hit-and-run driver. Not when he was on his way to the airport for his first workout with an NBA team — and not just any team, the defending champion Miami Heat. Not because, after all his hard work and attention to detail, he’d let his guard down by not wearing his seatbelt. Read More »
The first time I saw Jabari Parker in person was back in January 2012 at the Hoophall Classic, and a few things jumped out at me. One was his poise with the media, despite then-No. 1 Simeon having lost its first game of the season to fellow powerhouse Findlay Prep. Another was the polish and maturity of his game: Even in defeat, Parker had a smooth 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Perhaps most of all, I couldn’t stop looking down at his feet: Parker was wearing a crisp pair of Air Jordan XI Concords, which were originally released the year he was born. I thought he had great taste in footwear — I actually got married in Concords — and it struck me at the time as the perfect choice for a Chicago native on a trajectory to become basketball royalty. Conspicuously, he would go on to wear Jordans on not one, not two, but three covers of Sports Illustrated. Read More »
Ten years ago, on a cold December night, the Air Jordan XIX was introduced at Meatpacking District hot spot Cielo. Jason Kidd hosted, the bar was open and models strutted on a makeshift runway, all clad in Jumpman-emblazoned clothing. The XIX itself was under a glass case in a back room; for the select media members in attendance, photography was prohibited. Read More »
Pushing the envelope can be a blessing and a curse. The Air Jordan XX8, perhaps the most innovative and polarizing basketball sneaker in recent memory, cemented that the Jordan Brand is not satisfied to rest on its laurels and its retros. At the same time, it permanently raised stakes and expectations: What act could possibly follow the XX8? Read More »
During the final preparations for the grand opening of Flight 23, a sizable red carpet befitting the occasion was unfurled on the sidewalk in front of the Jordan Brand‘s first flagship store in midtown Manhattan. A few minutes before Jordan president Larry Miller, FootAction CEO Jake Jacobs and Spike Lee would cut the ribbon–or, in this case, untie the huge elephant-print shoelace–someone went out on the red carpet and started vacuuming. Read More »
Chris Walker will make the transition from high school basketball royalty to superstardom sometime soon, whether it’s at Florida, where he’s recently completed coursework and could begin practicing this weekend if he’s cleared by the NCAA, or in the NBA. Is he ready? Well, it sort of feels like he’s been ready his whole life. Read More »
After committing to play college basketball at Kentucky, high school senior Karl Towns Jr. is about to face the machine of high-profile basketball: more temptations, more pressure, and more opportunities to screw up his future, a future that could include the NBA. It’s a good thing all of the stories about the seven-footer are true. Read More »
There’s no question hot boutique VII Grand has a big-time draw in part-owner Derrick Williams, whose heroics at the University of Arizona made him one of Tucson’s favorite sons. (Remember those five rapid-fire three-pointers against Duke in the Sweet 16?)
But Williams doesn’t want VII Grand to coast on his legacy. If you’ve paid attention to the blistering heat Williams has worn on-court for the Timberwolves â€“ Galaxy Zoom Rookies, Oxidized Green Jordan XIVs and Bibby Foamposites, to name a few â€“ it’s obvious VII Grand is a vivid representation of his passion for sneaker culture. Read More »
As the story goes, when Michael Jordan was deciding which sneaker company to sign with out of UNC, he was sure about one thing: It almost certainly would not be Nike. Jordan had a very high opinion of adidas, and he had played his entire college career in Converse â€“ which endorsed guys like Magic, Bird and Dr. J. MJ’s parents actually had to convince him to go through with his trip to Portland to hear Nike’s pitch. Read More »
For those of us admittedly somewhat stuck in the ’90s, Shawn Kemp‘s recent arrival at Rucker Park in Harlem for the finals of the Reebok EBC Entertainer’s Classic was a welcome trip back in time. Kemp was pretty much as everyone remembers him from his SuperSonics days: Larger than life, cracking jokes, wearing a fresh pair of the recently retroed Kamikaze 2s, tossing autographed sneakers to fans, as popular as ever. Read More »