TAG: Nike Lunar Hyperdunk 2012

Style - Kicks and Gear / Jul 26, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Wear Testing The New Nike Hyperdunk+

Nike Hyperdunk

Nike Hyperdunk+ (photo. Nike)

At every media event, the journalist basketball game goes the same way: It’s one of the highlights of the weekend, perhaps the only time everyone gets a chance to truly vent, and after spending so much time watching, talking and writing about basketball, it all comes pouring onto the court in a wave of reckless energy, frenetic excitement and predictably ugly basketball.

I’ve seen it happen in Miami, seen it in L.A., seen it in New Jersey, seen it just about everywhere. Where does all that energy come from? I’m assuming it’s because we always get laced with the hottest new gear, bags and lockers with our names on them, and most importantly, the new kicks we are there to wear test. Normally, that’s enough. But recently at the World Basketball Festival, Nike had us test out their newest technology, the Nike Hyperdunk+, the shoe that could transform future generations of sneakers, and for two solid hours on a Monday morning in Washington, D.C., it turned us all into first graders in front of the Christmas tree. Read More »

Smack / Jul 17, 2012 / 3:10 am

Kobe Talks Retirement; O.J. Mayo Finds A Team

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

It wasn’t easy, but a W is a W. Team USA struggled early against Brazil and were down by as many as 10. A struggle? They were having problems just converting layups. Russell Westbrook was missing breakaway lay ins; the rest of the team couldn’t make a shot in the lane. At the end of the first quarter, it was 27-17 Brazil, and we thought Coach K might break a blood vessel. Everything was going wrong for the USA early, even the Kiss Cam. Barack Obama and Michelle were in the building, and they were put on the Kiss Cam. Michelle refused the president twice, even after he went in for the kill, and the crowd wasn’t feeling it. Obama was swagging out all night in Under Armour – at a Nike event – but it took him a second try at the Kiss Cam to give his woman a smooch. Read More »