Posts Tagged ‘adidas’

Morning shootaround — Aug. 11


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Report: Durant, Anthony plan to join Team USA workouts | Report: Harden to sign deal with Adidas | Report: Embiid to have surgery on foot soon

NEWS OF THE MORNING

No. 1: Report: Durant, Anthony plan to join Team USA mini-camp drills — If there’s one thing that has been true about USA Basketball over the last few years, it is that the team is not lacking in talented players on the roster. As the team readies for this week’s mini-camp in Las Vegas, 34 NBA players will be a part of that session and range from young, up-and-comers (like Michael Carter-Williams) to established superstars (like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant). ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that Durant and Anthony will not only be in attendance for the mini-camp, but will take part in drills there: 

‎Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first substantive on-court comeback steps at Tuesday’s opening day of USA Basketball workouts, according to USAB sources.

Durant told ESPN.com‎ here on Monday night that he intends to join in this week’s Team USA workouts.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Anthony, meanwhile, is likewise planning to jump into the light, noncontact practices scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday on the campus of UNLV.

Durant and Anthony are among the stars who were initially earmarked to report to the three-day minicamp solely to satisfy USAB’s mandatory attendance requirement in Vegas to remain eligible for the 2016 Olympic team. Neither Anthony nor Durant, sources said, will play in Thursday night’s intrasquad game at the Thomas and Mack Center (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2), but the low-intensity nature of what Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski has planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, sources said, has been deemed sufficiently safe.

Durant played only 27 games last season because of a fractured foot. The NBA’s 2014 MVP, he was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in October and was ultimately forced to undergo three surgeries last season.

“Kevin has been incredibly disciplined in his return-to-play protocol, and he’s now at the stage where he can participate in noncontact drill work,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti told ESPN.com’s Royce Young. “We are excited he is at the point where he can take part in portions of the minicamp, as he has demonstrated great focus throughout his recovery efforts.”

Anthony, meanwhile, told ESPNNewYork.com in June that his recovery from left knee surgery is ahead of schedule. He underwent the season-ending operation to address a tendon issue shortly after playing in the All-Star Game in mid-February at Madison Square Garden.

 

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Morning shootaround — Aug. 4


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Allen not quite retired yet | Mavs plan to take it easy with Matthews in first season | Report: Adidas offers Harden $200M shoe deal

NEWS OF THE MORNING

No. 1: Allen not quite retired (yet) — Once LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and other ex-Heat teammates (like Mike Miller and James Jones) joined him there soon after, it was thought that it wouldn’t be long before Ray Allen did likewise. But last season came and went without Allen on the Cavaliers — or any other NBA roster. So, is the all-time leader in 3-pointers made done with the NBA? According to Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant, don’t count him out just yet: 

Yes, Ray Allen cleaned out his closets this summer and gave away some of his shoes, leading fans on an Instagram-driven scavenger hunt around Hartford. But don’t read into it. He still has lots of shoes, and he’s not yet retired.

“I haven’t said anything about that and I won’t officially retire,” Allen said Saturday during a break in his basketball camp for kids at East Granby High. “Because if something came to the table, contractually and situational­ly, I want to be able to take a strong look at it. I don’t want to be that guy that says he’s retiring and then is coming back.”

Allen, the former UConn star and the most accomplished three­point shooter in NBA history, turned 40 on July 20 and has now been out of the game a full season, though, he said “a quarter to half” the teams in the NBA contacted him about coming back in time for the playoffs last spring.

“I didn’t miss it,” he said. “I realized how much time I missed not being home with my kids. I probably missed it in the Finals. Watching Cleveland and Golden State play, it just seemed like an epic battle that required a lot of precision on the floor and that’s when I felt, that was probably the only time thatI felt like, ‘Man, I should have been out there.'”

If he does not play again, Allen is comfortable with the run he’s had, which includes championships with the Celtics and Heat.

“It would be one thing if I played 10 or 11 years,” he said “But playing 18, I got a lot out of it. I like the feeling of knowing I don’t have to beat myself into the ground.”

His lifestyle hasn’t changed. Allen remains in playing shape. “I just stay in shape, period,” he said.


VIDEO: Ray Allen chats with Rick Fox

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Warriors Unveil Short-Sleeve Jerseys

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The Warriors on Monday announced they will play three home games this season in jerseys with short sleeves, making Golden State the only team in the league that will wear something other than the traditional tank-top look.

The alternate uniform is scheduled to debut Feb. 22 against the Spurs, a national-TV game on ESPN, and be used again March 8 against the Rockets and March 15 against the Bulls.

The uniforms, designed by adidas, the uniform and apparel provider for the NBA, are made with a stretch fabric that is supposed to allow the same range of motion in the shoulders and arms as traditional jerseys.

“The jersey feels good,” forward Harrison Barnes said at a press conference in Oakland after modeling the new look. “I know a lot of guys shoot with T-shirts on during practice. I do myself. The fit is real easy. It fits like a glove and doesn’t restrict your shooting at all.”

The shorts for the alternate uniforms are also altered, to include blue pinstripes on the yellow material.

“My concern early on was the comfort zone of the players – how did they feel?” coach Mark Jackson said. “I understand how special it is for the league and for adidas, but what we wanted to do is make sure that our players have the best. And once we had an opportunity to practice in it, to shoot around in it, to defend in it, the guys were raving about it. That put a stamp of approval on it.”

Howard On The Move In China, While His Q Score In Orlando Continues To Drop

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Just when you think Dwight Howard‘s Q score in Orlando couldn’t sink any lower comes news that the former Magic and now Lakers big man is in China  on a shoe company-sponsored promotional tour. And this comes two weeks after he didn’t make it to Orlando for a basketball camp for kids in Orlando, as the Orlando Sentinel was quick to point out.

We’re not going to judge, since we don’t know what sort of doctor’s orders Howard was operating on in either instance. But strictly from a perception standpoint, this one stings, especially for the kids still heartbroken that their favorite player bolted town and blew off their camp in the same two-week stretch.

A few more details from Josh Robbins of the Sentinel:

Dan Fegan, Howard’s agent, deferred to adidas officials when asked why Howard flew overseas but did not appear two weeks earlier at his Orlando day camp. In a statement issued to the Orlando Sentinel, adidas officials said Howard was cleared to travel “just last week.”

In the statement, adidas officials said: “Since Dwight’s injury our focus has been on his recovery. His health has continued to improve and just last week he was cleared to travel. We are excited that Dwight is now able to participate in fan and community events as he continues to prepare for the NBA season. Dwight is an amazing athlete and outstanding partner with fans around the world.”

To be sure, Howard had remained in Southern California almost all summer after spending large portions of the 2011 offseason traveling to such locations as China, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Spain and Tanzania.

This trip is supposed to be shorter than Howard’s prior trips to the Far East. Also, Gregg Darbyshire, the chief executive of ProCamps Worldwide, the company that runs Howard’s camps, said that, as far as he knows, Howard’s previously scheduled camp for kids in China has been canceled.

Granted, Howard savaged his Q score all last season with the foolishness that was his trade request (and the obligatory denials of said request, all 15 of them) and the eight months of nonsense that revolved around that circus.

Honestly, we can’t think of a whole lot Howard can do to improve his image until the next high-profile superstar — pick anyone — forces his way out of  town. Or  the Lakers win a title.

Rose’s 2nd half surprise; Snoop VIP

LOS ANGELES — This weekend may not be for the basketball purists, but the basketball sneaker purists sure love it. New kicks debut all weekend, in just about every contest and competition imaginable. Is there a better place to flaunt your wares than the NBA’s most-glamorous stage?

Chicago Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose is holding on the introducing his latest offering, adiZero Rose 1.5, until the second half of Sunday’s All-Star Game. Why? Well, perhaps to symbolize the “second half” of the season beginning after the All-Star break. Or maybe it’s just marketing.

In any event, the black and red design is inspired by Rose’s hometown of Chicago and his path to the NBA. It takes into account the Windy City’s architectural history and Rose’s own. The three panels on the side of the shoe represent his three brothers Reggie, Allan and Dwayne.

Speaking of hometowns, we’re in Snoop Dogg‘s this weekend, so why not roll VIP with the legendary rapper and West Coast icon? Tune into the adidas on Facebook to catch Snoop live on camera giving fans an up-close look at experiencing All-Star from his VIP vantage point. Snoop is inviting everyone to the party.

adidas gives All-Stars a choice

We’ve selected the All-Stars, at least the starters. (West, East.) Now they get choose their All-Star uniforms. (The reserves will, too.)

For the first time ever in a town where what you wear is often more important than who you are, adidas is giving the 2011 NBA All-Stars a choice when it comes to which uniform they don for the All-Star Game on Feb. 20 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

All-Stars have the option to wear an adidas TECHFIT PowerWeb compression jersey or the NBA Revolution 30 jerseys they’ve been wearing this season.

“Los Angeles is an exciting convergence of sports, style and entertainment unlike any other place in the world,” adidas vice president Lawrence Norman said. “Our latest on-court uniform design and innovation, as well as our off-court footwear and apparel, celebrate the city and the game of basketball.

“NBA All-Star is the premiere event for adidas to showcase our innovations on basketball’s biggest stage and there is no better time or place to show basketball fans around the world how our products make the best athletes in the world, lighter, faster and stronger.”

According to adidas, the new All-Star TECHFIT jersey features strategically placed thermoplastic polyurethane powerbands that align core muscles and boost power to key muscle groups for more efficient movement that increases acceleration and endurance. The compression fit improves movement by preventing opposing players from grabbing loose jersey fabric and slowing them down.

Sounds pretty scientific and I’m sure getting your muscles aligned or boosted is a good thing. Kinda wish I had muscles.

The All-Star uniform design itself pays homage to the host city with bold, block typeface inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign. The East and West team names feature the Los Angeles skyline and paying tribute to the game’s diamond anniversary (60th), there’s an integrated diamond pattern that stands out under arena lights.

But that’s not all. The All-Stars’ warm-ups have the look of a three-piece suit ready to be worn down the red carpet. All this All-Star apparel and more will be available in Los Angeles at the NBA Store at Jam Session and NBAStore.com.

Slim Chin returns with D-Rose

Dwight Howard tickled the keys of a white grand with Slim Chin not so long ago. Well, the self-made billionaire and cheetah owner is back with Derrick Rose in the latest “Fast Don’t Lie” offering from adidas.

Rose’s kicks — the adiZero Rose — are dropping Friday at Foot Locker. According to the good folks at adidas, Rose’s first signature sneaker is a mere 12.8 ounces. The company has never made a lighter basketball shoe.

“The adiZero Rose is light – the lightest basketball shoe I’ve ever worn and it’s very flexible and reliable on the court to help me run faster and cut quicker,” Rose said. “I never thought growing up on the South Side of Chicago that I would have my own signature shoe, so I’m really proud and I know my family and the city are going to be really proud too. It’s a clean cut fashion shoe so you put some jeans over it and you can look good off the court.”

Howard won’t be left out. His personal offering, the Beast, is launching Nov. 12.

“Having the Beast be my first signature shoe means a lot to me and I can’t wait to lace them up on the court this season,” Howard added. “They’re light to keep me faster on the court, but we worked really hard to add things from my personal life like my HEY WOOOOOOOOOOORLD greeting to my fans and my ManChild nickname.”

Get more details on both shoes, check out the videos and photos from this adidas site devoted to both Rose and Howard.