Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Electric Green’

The Nike Air Foamposite One and Pro releases have been ‘Posite’-ively overwhelming over the last year, and this upcoming early 2011 release could be the perfect night-cap on a strong run of releases. The Electric Green colorway is akin to Nate Robinson’s eye-catching signature colorway they he’s worn in past dunk contests, and given the rarity and neck-breaking nature of the ‘Kryptonate’ color, the Electric Green Foamposite Pro should be another big hit for the Nike Retro department. Like with all Foamposite shoes, lighting does play a factor, so these new images from Kicks-Crew certainly give the Electric Green some validity to its name. Via Sneaker News

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tupac Biography in the Works

Hip-hop journalist and political activist Kevin Powell has signed a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster to release a biography on Tupac Shakur.

The book, aptly titled Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography, has already received the OK from Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.

“Kevin Powell is doing this Tupac Shakur biography with my full blessings,” she said in a statement. “I trust him and his history of documenting my son’s life, and I know he will do the book from his heart.”

When talking about his interest in the project, Powell said, “It is an honor to write what will be the definitive biography on the life and times of Tupac Shakur, one of the greatest icons in hip-hop and pop culture history.”

At press time there was no date on the book’s release.

This isn’t the only Shakur related project in the works. A documentary film entitled, Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes, surrounding the fallen rapper’s life in prison is set for release on January 26, 2011 and director Antoine Fuqua is working on a biopic about the legendary artist’s last day alive. —Amber McKynzie for XXL

Nike Air Force 1 x Air Max 97 – Unreleased Sample

Hybrid shoes will be one of the keynote sneaker memories of the latter half of the decade, and this unreleased hybrid sample combining the Air Force 1 and Air Max 97 in a black colorway. A released version in the classic ‘silver bullet’ colorway was released but this tonal black leather version never made it beyond the cutting room floor. The midsole features a translucent window into the full-length Air Unit synonymous with the Air Max 97, with a tongue featuring the interlocking lace-holes and the Air Max 97 tongue face featuring an oval with a swoosh. So, would you have copped these if they released? via soonyou’llunderstand & Sneaker News

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nation Of Hardwear Re-Release: Mm..Shoes!

Nation Of Hardwear has just re-released the Mm..Shoes Tee! The shirt comes in black with a white Graffiti print print on the front. It's NOH's take on the the well known MF Doom album Mm..Food. There is also a print on the back of Doom and the infamous Hard Head. This re-release will have a limited run so head over to Nation Of Hardwear and get yours before it's gone!

Bonus* be on the lookout for the crewneck sweatshirt...coming soon!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Reebok Insta Pump Fury – OG Pump Twilight Zone

Reebok celebrated The Pump’s 20th Anniversary in grand style with a sprawling collaborative pack last year, and for its successor, the Vector brand is taking a different route. Here’s an all new Reebok Insta Pump Fury celebrating the two decades since the Pump Twilight Zone first hit store shelves. Appearing in the Twilight Zone’s signature black, white and orange colorup, these Insta Pump Furys are super-clean and tie in perfectly with their carbon fiber springplate. Select 3M accents and a metal hangtag are the kinds of details sneakerheads live for, and you can cop your pair today from TGWO. Via Sneaker News

Friday, November 26, 2010

Michael Jordans response to Lebron James commercial

Check out Michael Jordans response to the "What Should I Do" commercial. In the words of Rick James, " Coooold Blooded"!

Sneakersnstuff x Converse Chuck Taylor

We have all seen the Converse Chuck Taylor release in simple designs as well as unique/odd color designs. Swedish retailer Sneakersnstuff designed a Chuck Taylor that falls under the unique/odd category. The SNS Chucks features a full knitted wool upper, SNS branding, and tassels. Take that, Jeremy Scott. The sneakers release at SNS on December 3rd. Via The Shoe Game

Buy ... this? LeBron James' new Nike logo?

We're as LeBron'd out as the rest of you, believe me, but people keep buying his wares and spinning his tales, so we feel it a capitalistic duty on this Black Friday to inform you that LeBron James has a new Nike logo.

And, yes, he's sticking with that "King James" thing. This is the part where you roll your eyes, and then look at the picture CNBC's Darren Rovell took yesterday:

Nike confirmed to Rovell, CNBC's sports business analyst, that this was indeed James' new logo. Because he's a king, y'all. Via Ball Don't Lie

Air Jordan III 2011 Retro To Come In OG Cement Box

For many the retro of the Air Jordan III White/Cement Grey-Black-Fire Red in 2011 is on the list of the most anticipated sneakers for 2011. We just received a leaked teaser of the packaging which should add fire to the already hot release, it looks like the 2011 Air Jordan III Retro will come in the OG Black and Cement Grey Elephant Print box! Comparing this leaked upcoming box and looking at the OG box it does seem that this will probably be the 2011 box, note the side of the new box has the Jumpman logo and the OG box has Nike Air on the side of the box. Stay tuned to The Retro Sole for more updates regarding the 2011 Air Jordan III Retro and the Black/Cement Grey-Elephant Print box. Thanks Kickz-Lab...Via Sneaker News

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nike 6.0 Dunk SE ‘DeLorean’ – Release Info

Sneaker News recently gave you a detailed look at the Nike 6.0 Dunk SE ‘DeLorean’, which featured a one-piece upper and a colorway paying tribute to one of the weirdest yet most lovable automobiles since the inception of the wheel. The DeLorean DMC-12 failed as an auto but succeeded as a movie prop, breaking necks at time-traveling speed, and now you have the opportunity to set foot in the Dunk-turned-time machine this Black Friday as it will release at select PacSun locations around the nation. PacSun is one of most recognized action sports apparel retailers today and its partnership with Nike 6.0 that dates back to the middle part of this decade is being rewarded with this exclusive release. Continue reading for a full list of PacSun release locations and let us know what you think of this ‘futuristic’ design. Via Sneaker News


Town Center at Easton, Ohio
Lakeside Shopping Center, Louisiana
Menlo Park, New Jersey
Woodfield, Illinois
Grove at the Farmers Market, California
Brea Mall, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Jacksonville Mall, North Carolina
Mall of Georgia, Georgia
Queens Center, New York

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Air Jordan XIV (14) Low WMNS – White – Varsity Maize | Unreleased Sample

During the Air Jordan XIV re-issue of 2005-2006, Jordan Brand allotted three colorways just for the ladies, and had this white/varsity maize colorway released, that number would’ve been four. Here’s a look at an unreleased sample of the Air Jordan XIV Low for women in white, varsity maize, metallic silver, and black; it features a white leather upper with varsity maize on the ‘body kit’ of the Ferrari-inspired Air Jordan XIV as well as on the trim throughout the upper of the shoe, with minor black accents on the rear midsole as well as the Jordan branding. One colorway of a Air Jordan XIV Low for women was in fact released in a colorway that was entirely white with subtle hints of pink and green. Cop this rare sample for qkro23 on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 – Midnight Fog – Spice – Black | Sample on eBay

The recently released Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 saw three different colorways hit stores – one in a ‘Playoffs’ inspired combo, another with a faux-reptil mudguard, and a third in a ‘silver bullet’ colorway. Here’s a look at a sample pair that has yet to release; it features a darker shade of grey, or Midnight Fog (not Pog as the tag mistakenly states), with Spice, which is a burnt tone of red. The nice combination of colors may remind you of the recently re-released Air Jordan IX Charcoal, but being in the Sample stage, a release has not yet been confirmed. Take a look at the auction from kdrshoesource on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nation Of Hardwear: Justa Westside Story

Head over to to Nation Of Hardwear pick up the Justa Westside Story Tee. This tee represents their take on a classic film poster and holds down all of those reppin' the westside. Multiple colors are available in small quantities so get yours now!

Air Jordan 13 “Playoffs” – First Look

The wait is over. You can now get your first dose of the Air Jordan 13 “Playoffs”. The Jordan 13 is in heavy rotation this holiday season, and Jordan Brand will bless fans with another highly-anticipated Jordan 13 colorway next year. Everyone will have a shot at getting the Playoff 13’s when they release Spring 2011. For now, enjoy the first look at the shoes. Via The Shoe Game

Nike Hyperdunk 2010 – Tyreke Evans Home PE

Tyreke Evans is every bit as speedy on the court at Arco Arena as he is on the nearby interstates, and here’s a look at a new Nike Hyperdunk 2010 PE done up for the Sacramento Kings’ home games. ‘Reke has been seen in the Air Max Hyperdunk 2010 recently and we’ve also seen a ‘Reke Havok’ Cradle Rock Low PE, a slogan that also appears on the tongue of this white sneaker with purple and black accents. Will Evans and Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins be able to put their young team on their backs and bring playoff basketball back to Sac-town? Seems at least a few years off with the stacked Western Conference, but you can have a better look at the latest Nike Basketball player exclusive sneaker and you can pick up the black away pair now on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Video: Amar'e Stoudemire recognizes Blake Griffin's dunking greatness

One of the great pleasures of this young season has been watching Blake Griffin terrorize opposing big men with his jaw-dropping athleticism. After missing all of last season with a knee injury, Griffin has seen no drop in the athleticism that made him such an amazing prospect coming out of Oklahoma. He eats faces around the rim: last week, we featured both missed and completed Griffin dunks on BDL, and there have been many more like those already this year.

Last night, Griffin eviscerated the Knicks for 44 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists in the Clippers' 124-115 loss to the Knicks. His performance was only rivaled by New York's Amar'e Stoudemire, who tallied 39 points and 11 boards in the win.

Yet the unquestioned highlight of the night for both players occurred at a dead ball. As seen in the video above, Griffin threw down an awesome jam over fellow rookie Timofey Mozgov. Moments later, while Stoudemire was at the line, the Knicks star acknowledged Griffin's posterization with a knowing glance of respect.

With most other players, this moment would just be nice. But when one of the most athletic big men in league history decides to credit his stylistic doppelganger, it's historic, not just pleasant. It's as if Stoudemire is making it clear to everyone that he and Griffin belong in the same sentence. You could also call it a sort of passing of the torch, except Amar'e still looks like he has a lot of dunks left in him.

Remember this moment for as long as you can. All it's missing is Shawn Kemp looking down upon both players in approval from a luxury box while eating an entire cheesecake with his bare hands. Via Ball Don't Lie

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Redman: “I Am Officially A Wu-Tang Member”

In a recent interview with allhiphop.com Redman talked about his involvement with Wu-Tang Clan, saying that he’s in fact an 11th member. Following that statement unidentified members of the Wu-Tang circle denied Red’s official status in the group but said the Jersey native is as close to being a member as you can get.

To set the story straight, yesterday (November 18) XXL spoke to Red, who’s currently on tour overseas, about his upcoming album Reggie,and he had a chance to clear up any uncertainty.

“I am the last member of Wu Tang, like Method Man he’s a part of Def Squad,” the New Jersery-bred rap vet said. “[Meth] has been a part of Def Squad before I was a member. I was like a member. But I was affiliated and I wasn’t signed in, but, I’m definitely—they got my number. Number 11th and I am officially a Wu Tang member right now.”

When asked where the confusion came from, Red charged it to the haters, saying, “You gotta take the haters with it. I didn’t even know there was [confusion] and really I didn’t care. I just go by what my homie told me. I was like kicking in nobody doors or anything like that. It’s just a fam thing. I don’t get into that media crap “yo he is or he isn’t.” It is what it is. If I am I am, if not then not. We still homies.”

Be sure to check XXLMag.com next week for a full interview with Redman. –Nicole LoPresti for XXL

Air Jordan VIII (8) – Quentin Richardson Game-Worn Knicks PE

Quentin Richardson’s one of those lucky guys in the NBA that got a boatload of Air Jordan PEs throughout his career, and playing on the Knicks for a few short years while rocking the number ’23′ jersey meant he got some of the best PEs ever created. That in itself is arguable but there’s no denying the orange-and-blue looking nice on almost every sneaker. Here’s a look at the Air Jordan VIII that Q-Rich was fortunate enough to play with during the 2007-08 NBA Season; it features a white leather upper with blue, orange, and white colors on the striking multi-colored mudguard with additional NYK accents on the velcro straps, tongue, inner lining, and of course, the ’23′ on the in-step straps. Recall in 2008 that the Air Jordan VIII Quentin Richardson as well as a ‘Sugar Ray’ Ray Allen PE actually did release in very limited numbers at House of Hoops, but this particular size-15 Promo pair was worn by Q-Rich himself. Check out this rare auction from jays4life on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Ed Lover Says Goodbye to New York Morning Radio at Power 105.1

After 8 years at Power 105.1, Ed Lover is officially saying goodbye to Morning Radio. Click HERE to hit him up on twitter. Via This Is 50

Time Runs Out: Wesley Snipes Ordered To Prison For 3 Years After Request For New Tax Evasion Trial Denied

(Reuters) - Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered on Friday to start serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns by a federal judge who rejected the Hollywood star's bid for a new trial.

"The defendant Snipes had a fair trial ... The time has come for the judgment to be enforced," U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges said in his ruling.

Revoking bail for the 48-year-old star of the "Blade" trilogy, the judge ordered him to report to prison as directed by the U.S. Marshals Service or Bureau of Prisons.

It was not clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his time behind bars, however. His lawyer, Daniel Meachum, has said he would appeal if a new trial was denied.

Meachum told the Orlando Sentinel the ruling was shocking.

"Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive," the newspaper quoted Meachum as saying.

Snipes had already lost his appeal of the prison sentence stemming from his 2008 conviction in Hodges' Ocala, Florida, court on three counts of "willful failure to file tax returns" for 1999 through 2001.

Snipes was found not guilty of five other counts in the high-profile felony tax case.

In seeking a new trial, Meachum had argued that jurors in the original trial were biased and that the prosecution's star witness had his own criminal problems.

At his sentencing, prosecutors said Snipes, a resident of Windermere, Florida, had earned more than $38 million since 1999 but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes through October 2006.

Although he is best known for his roles in action films, Snipes has also had critical success in comedies like "White Men Can't Jump" in 1992. He played the lead in director Spike Lee's interracial drama "Jungle Fever" in 1991 and also played the jazz saxophonist in Lee's "Mo' Better Blues" in 1990.

Eric Thompson, a supervisor in the U.S. Marshals Service office in Orlando, Florida, said the Bureau of Prisons would notify Snipes and his lawyer of a surrender date.

"He'll probably get it by certified mail," Thompson said.

He declined to say what prison was likely to be selected for Snipes except to say that it would not be in Florida.

A listing for Snipes already posted on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website says his prisoner ID or registration number as 43355-018, his location is "in transit" and his release date is "unknown." Via This Is 50

Friday night smackdown: Kevin Garnett's huge skull lump

As you can see by the giant golf ball outlined in red above, Kevin Garnett had a rough start to Friday evening.

On the very first play of the Boston Celtics' game against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, who were playing without Kevin Durant and Jeff Green (both of whom are battling ankle injuries), Paul Pierce tried to feed Garnett on the low block, where he was being guarded by Serge Ibaka. One of Ibaka's teammates — I'll be honest, I can't tell for sure after repeated replays if it was Russell Westbrookor Thabo Sefolosha — came in from the back-side of the play to defend the entry pass and, on the way up, clocked the Big Ticket in the back of the head with an elbow.

Ibaka came away with the steal, and down the other end of the floor, Westbrook drove for a layup and the game's first points. Garnett was dazed enough on the play that the Celtics called a 20-second timeout on the next possession, just 30 seconds into the game. Ouch! Via Ball Don't Lie

Friday, November 19, 2010

Historic Eric B. and Rakim Reunion at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala

(AllHipHop News) Pioneering Hip-Hop group Eric B. and Rakim reunited for the first time in years on November 16th, during the Long Island Music Hall of Fame's Induction Gala at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York.

The pair stepped on the stage together to receive their award from music business executive and long-time friend, Bert Padell.

Rakim, originally from Wyandanch, and Eric B., from Queens, seemed emotionally moved by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Award.

“I want to thank the committee for understanding what we do and giving us this prestigious award. We definitely appreciate it,” Rakim said.

“You know what Rak, we never got a BET award, a Soul Train Award, a Grammy, but guess what. We got a Long Island Music Award!” Eric B. said. Afterwards, the two of them surprised their fans when the two embraced for a hug.

"This was the moment that all hip-hop fans and Gala attendees were waiting to see. Eric B. and Rakim are living legends who produced so many classic songs," LIMHOF Vice Chairman Tom Needham said. "We have all been waiting for this to happen. For rap fans, it is almost as if John Lennon and Paul McCartney had reunited after they broke up the Beatles."

While Eric B. and Rakim didn't perform together, Rakim did a solo set of his hits, including classics like "Eric B. is President" and "Juice (Know the Ledge)."

Other performs at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame's Induction Gala included Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, DJ Johnny Juice, Laurie Anderson and others.

For more information about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, log on to limusichalloffame.org. Via All Hip Hop

Doernbecher Jordan 3 – New Release Date

As of late, it seems like release dates have been all over the place. Release date changes and updates is at an all-time high. With that said, the Doernbecher Air Jordan 3 release date has been moved from December 11th to December 4th. So, if you really care about your sneaker friends, let them know that the new DB Air Jordan 3 launch date is December 4th. Via The Shoe Game

NEW ERA「Miami Heat」59Fifty Fitted Cap

NEW ERA has finally produced a nice official Miami Heat 59Fifty fitted cap. Again, we usually only see nice Heat snapback caps. This one features the Heat logo embroidered on a Black based 59Fifty. Its finished off with an NBA hit on the back; this is a definite must. Head over to nbastore.com to snag one. Via Strictly Fitteds

Hedo Turkoglu wants to come home

This is where we thank the minds behind the promotional squads that make a lot of otherwise-boring NBA games, as last night's Magic/Suns contest was, enjoyable. Usually, they overstep their bounds; but on Thursday night, it was needed.

Which is why the picture, posted above, works so well.

Hedo Turkoglu probably doesn't want to be on the Orlando Magic, and the Magic probably don't want him. It's not just that he'll make an average of eight figures over the course of the contract he signed upon leaving Orlando a year and a half ago; though I'm guessing that helps. He wanted a temperate scene that more closely approximated the European brand of ball that he grew up with (if not his youth spent in Turkey), and I can't blame him. Some of us like cold weather.

Which is why he flirted with Portland, before signing with Toronto. The problem was that his terrible play in Toronto allowed for a trade to Phoenix, which (I'm sorry, Orlando, but this pasty mug was miserable down there) is far more preferable to the dry heat and sports-bars-at-every-turn-with-ranch-dressing-and-light-beer-to-spare environment in Phoenix. Not a fan of either, but intense humidity does tip the scale.

Back to the photo. Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel for nailing this one. It's a great shot, and it'd be a stretch to call Hedo "bemused," here, because he knows what's up.

And, following the picture, Turkoglu went on to miss all eight of his shots from the floor, match his turnovers with assists, and generally continue the decline. Via Magic Basketblog, Orlando Sentinel's Twitter feed & Ball Don't Lie

Nike 6.0 Dunk SE ‘DeLorean’

The gull-winged sports car from the Irish auto brand DeLorean Motor Company was gilded into pop-culture history when it was used as Marty and Doc’s plutonium-powered time-travel machine. The DeLorean, using its 1.21 gigawatts of power, has thrust 25 years into the future and taken form of a Nike 6.0 Dunk SE in a metallic silver one-piece upper with black contrast piping, black vulc-midsole, and red and white accents on the bottom sole. Something about a Nike and Back To The Future partnership always results in success (the Nike Hyperdunk McFly, Air Mag), and with a limited run of 1,000 pairs and a release on Black Friday, the Nike 6.0 Dunk SE ‘DeLorean’ could be added to that list. Via isneach & Sneaker News

Dark Man! DMX Locked Up Again After Violating His Probation In Arizona

Dark Man X is back behind bars again.

The troubled rapper just can't seem to stay out of bad situations with the law.

In recent interviews, DMX has looked and sounded clear headed. His recent verse on Swizz Beatz' "Yall Don't Know" is vintage X. So this latest brush with the law is puzzling.

Bommbox is reporting X was arrested last night in Phoenix for failing to check in with his parole officer, a violation of his probation.

Arizona has not been kind to Dark Man. He's had several run ins with Maricopa County Sherriff, Joe Arpaio. A man who takes pride in shaming prisoners, by making them wear pink undershorts and socks. Uses pink towels and sheets as well as pink handcuffs. This latest arrest marks the sixth time X has been locked up in the county.

During a tv interview from an Arizona jail last year, X swore he'd never come back there once he was released. But recently he changed his mind and said he was going to make the state his home.

After this latest arrest, I think he might change his mind about that.

Now word yet on when he will be released. Via This Is 50

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Greg Oden just can't catch a break, out for the season

The Blazers announced Wednesday night that Greg Oden, who has yet to play in a game this season, will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee this Friday and miss the rest of the season. In case you forgot, Oden also missed his entire rookie season due to microfracture surgery, although that was on his right knee.

This is the third time Oden has suffered a season-ending knee injury. Last December, he fractured his left patella and missed the rest of the season. He has played in just 82 regular-season games nearly 3 1/2 years after being selected first overall in the 2007 NBA draft ahead of Kevin Durant.

It's tempting to call Oden a bust, but this kind of injury history is colossally bad luck more than any sort of personal failing. Perhaps the Blazers could have done a better job checking Oden's knees before drafting him, but it's hard to find people who were predicting the sort of knee trouble to this extent at the time of the draft.

At this point, it's hard to think that Oden will ever get a real opportunity to fulfill the massive potential that had him pegged as the best American big man prospect in a generation. Only Kenyon Martin has also had microfracture surgery on each knee -- and he still has a great deal of athleticism after returning last season -- but he at least had a pre-injury career to build on when he returned to the court. Now in his fourth season with the Blazers, Oden has yet to create a clear role for himself on the roster. How can you count on a guy who's so rarely available to play?

It's a sad turn of events for a man who by all accounts has worked hard to become a valuable player. Unfortunately, it's unclear if that hard work will ever turn into substantive production.

All we can do now is wish Oden good luck and hope he can complete what would be one of the most impressive comeback stories in the history of the league. But we have to be honest: The odds are not fantastic. Via Ball Don't Lie

Air Jordan 60+ Premier – Black – Varsity Red | Unreleased Sample

The Air Jordan 60+ made it to Sneaker News’ list of the Top 30 Sneakers of 2009 and if this colorway had been released, it might’ve ranked a little higher. Check out this unreleased sample of the Air Jordan 60+ in Black and Varsity Red; the upper features a mix of a Charcoal-like tone with what appears to be a rip-stop nylon upper on the toe box as well as an acting replacement of the netting on center panel. A ‘smoked’ out translucent sole is used to match the dark tone of the colorway as well. This ‘Bulls’ colorway would have certainly been one of the more popular pairs, alongside the ‘Grape’ colorway, but unfortunately a release did not occur. Pick up this saize 9 pair from ichiro51fan on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Quote Of The Day: 11.17.10

I was asleep. I was watching the whole “Decision” thing with LeBron, and once he said he was going to Miami, I fell asleep. Then I woke up around three, four in the morning and I had a million text messages! They all said, “Oh man, we’re here for you … We’ll come out and see you…” I’m thinking, “What is everybody talking about?” I turned on NBA TV and it said, “Beasley traded to the Timberwolves.“

—The Timberwolves’ Michael Beasley on how he found about his trade to the Wolves via Dime Mag & The Hightop Fadeaway

Air Jordan III Retro Doernbecher – New Detailed Images

This Air Jordan 3 Retro ‘Doernbecher’ by Cole Johanesn features large sections of reflective 3M material like the black Raging Bulls, but no Jay has ever seen such a unique laser etching pattern. It’s almost indescribable, a mix of geometrical patterns somewhat randomly arranged in a diagonally-oriented grid, and certainly unlike anything else we’ve seen on an Air Jordan retro release. Check back for updates on this December 11th drop. via HB & Sneaker News

110 in a 55? C'mon Andrew Bynum!

Let me toss a tip Andrew Bynum's way.

There are these things called "track days," in which people who have come into contact with a great deal of money (and, as a consequence, very expensive cars) can rent out a track for a day to drive, said cars.

And, after a stern talking-to with the people that run the racetrack about how to be safe and what to do in each particular apex, you can just race to your heart's content. It comes with a fee, of course, but nothing that would be prohibitive to someone making eight figures a year, pre-tax.
Like, you, Andrew Bynum.

And, look, I'll even hook you up with a link to an organization that might interest you, Andrew, in your neck of the woods. Laguna Seca, even. Mmm-hmm.

I'm passing this along so you won't put yourself and untold others' lives in danger by doing stupid crap like this:

(From -- I know, I know -- TMZ)

Law enforcement sources tell us Bynum was burning rubber in his customized 2010 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano on October 29 -- when cops clocked him going 110 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Bynum was eventually ticketed for speeding -- but dude was lucky he wasn't hauled to the slammer.

Law enforcement sources tell us the only reason he wasn't nailed on a reckless driving charge was because traffic was light and the NBA star wasn't weaving in and out of lanes.

The 599 is a fantastic car, and I can't imagine the temptation it takes to keep it within the range of the speed limit. Yes, I can, actually. Millions of people tend to do it, every day. In all manner of vehicles. Via Ball Don't Lie

Michael Jackson Album: ''I Think Its Keeping His Legacy Alive''

As with many other posthumous releases, the forthcoming Michael Jackson album, Michael, is already creating controversy. After will.i.am told Entertainment Weekly that he thought it was "disrespectful" to release the collection of previously unheard material from the King of Pop, fellow collaborator Akon struck back.

'Kon, whose "Hold My Hand" collaboration with Jackson dropped on Monday as the LP's first single, insists that releasing new music is actually a way of honoring the icon.

"I think that's probably will's opinion," Akon told TMZ of the Black Eyed Peas frontman's statement. "Me personally, I think that's keeping his legacy alive, if you ask me. I don't see anything disrespectful about it. He got his people taking care of it. We all did records that we actually worked on together on the album. These records would have come out whether he was alive or dead, so I think this actually to helps keep his legacy alive. I honestly disagree with that."The hip-hop star explained that he hopes "Hold My Hand" will reach "another level" and be properly distributed as he and the Jackson team had originally planned.

Last week, will.i.am slammed the project, suggesting that there's no honor in the upcoming release, due in stores December 14. "Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are," he told EW. "To say that what [Michael] contributed during his life wasn't enough. He just wasn't any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it's disrespectful. There's no honoring."

Not only did Akon call his sessions with MJ "amazing," but he also gushed that it was nothing short of a dream come true saying, "He was a very incredible person, very creative. That was really a dream come true on my end. I enjoyed every moment of it." (MTV) Via This Is 50

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bill Walton returns to TV broadcasts in a blaze of glory

The NBA announcing landscape is generally a dull world, full of self-righteous homers and people too caught up in their own catchphrases to call the games accurately. We're severely lacking in distinct personalities.

That's why you should miss Bill Walton's regular presence on the airwaves, even if (unlike me) you've never been a fan of his work. Walton works a game like none other, injecting hyperbole and an expansive knowledge of the world at-large into his commentary. He makes things interesting.

Thankfully, Walton is calling a few games this season for the Sacramento Kings' local broadcasts. He had his first assignment this weekend for the Kings-Suns game in Phoenix, and it was a doozy. Tom Ziller reports for FanHouse:

Bill did not bring a suit or any shirt with buttons to Phoenix. Walton wore a long-sleeved t-shirt to the gym to work the game; luckily, an NBA official on hand had an official NBA striped polo in a very large size for Walton to put over his long-sleeved tee. [...]

So basically, Walton is treating this gig exactly [how] most teenagers treat part-time jobs: with complete apathy.

Ah, but Walton's apathy is so much more interesting than that of the league's other announcers. Just check out this highlight, also via Ziller:

"Well that's only because Neil Young didn't play basketball." Walton responds to [Jerry] Reynolds' assertion Steve Nash is the greatest Canadian basketball player ever.

Big Red, to paraphrase your beloved Grateful Dead, let your inspiration flow in broken rhyme, suggesting rhythm.

Sadly, Walton's back and general joint pain means he can only calls games in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and other select contests via satellite, so his next broadcast will probably be Thanksgiving (unlikely, but at Clippers) or Dec. 3 (at Lakers).

It's good to have Walton back. The league needs unique personalities wherever they can get them, and he certainly qualifies as one. He's one of God's own prototypes: too weird to live, and too rare to die. Via Ball Don't Lie

Air Jordan Melo M7 – White – Black – Varsity Red | Available

Carmelo Anthony has been with Jordan Brand since he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, but it’s likely he’ll only be with one of these groups by February. The latest Air Jordan Melo M7 echoes this sentiment with a colorway that’s familiar to the fans in Chicago, a mix of white and black with red accents. It’s such a clean colorway that extra attention naturally centers on the heel counters, which feature an interesting pattern that might pop up on future editions. Have a closer look by clicking the jump below and grab a pair today from 95soleman on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Style: 414843-102
Color: White/Varsity Red-Black

Monday, November 15, 2010

Picture Of The Day: 11.15.10

T.R.O.Y., They Reminisce Over Ya'll...

Deodorizing Cap Sweatband Liner

ONSPOTZ has crafted a cap accessory that solves multiple hat issues. Their self branded sweatband liner, not only serves to protect against sweat and grime (even though that is what sweatbands are intended for), its packing a antibacterial deordorizer as well. The one piece Black band is 100% polyester, and about 17cm in length. As an added bonus, the band’s width allows it to be used to downsize a cap. We haven’t tested it ourselves, but by the looks of the images you might be able to lose a size. Call this some insurance for those extra special pieces in your collection. Available now for ¥735 at onspotz.com. Via Strictly Fitteds

Young Jeezy’s ‘Thug Motivation 103′ Pushed Back Indefinitely

The last update we had was December 14th. The latest one: it has been pushed back from that date, indefinitely. Via This Is 50

Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 ‘South Beach’

The Nike LeBron VIII ‘South Beach’ is definitely not the first Miami-inspired sneaker colorway, but it’s hard to miss its similarities to the above pictured pair. Here’s a closer look at the Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 ‘South Beach’, a shoe Sneaker News showed you for the first time just last week. In these new images, we get a better sense for how the palette echoes the city’s signature art deco motif, and our first good look at the patent leather mudguard, which has a tortoise shell marbling to imitate ocean waves on its toe. This is the first time we’ve seen anything other than straight up gloss on an Air Jordan XI (-inspired) mudguard, so we can’t help but wonder if more textured looks are on the way. In the meantime, have a look at this South Beach CMFT 11, which is currently on tap for a Spring 2011 release, and stick with The Retro Sole for updates. via MN & Sneaker News

Nike SB Dunk Low Premium – Yellow Curb

Bringing back elephant print on a new design of the SB Dunk Low is a far more daunting task than it seems. The classic Nike print made its way onto the Nike SB catalog when it was used on two pairs of the Nike SB Dunk Low. The Air Jordan III-inspired theme by Supreme was executed to perfection and undoubtedly created a standard for the SB Dunk that paved the way to greatness in the sneaker culture. Sneaker News gave you an exclusive first look at the Nike SB Dunk Low Premium ‘Yellow Curb’ back in April, and of course the return of the heralded leather finish served as the spotlight for the shoe. The toebox features the classic print while the heel panel features a glossy patent-leather-like finish, but the most interesting use is seen on the midsole, where an enlarged version of elephant print is applied to the outer edge. Other interesting details include griptape material on the center panel, a Yellow Curb inspired insole, and a gum outsole. This highly anticipated SB Dunk Low release is set for a December drop so take a look at the detailed gallery after the jump and stick with Sneaker News for more release updates. via Warped & Sneaker News

Style: 313170-010
Color: Black/Black-Yellow Ochre

Nike Blazer SP - Anthracite/Electric Green-Black

The always popular Nike Blazer SP is sent our way yet again this month, arriving in this extremely favorable suede build. The all suede construction might be something made popular by Nike SB, however this latest Blazer SP pulled off the look quite well, working with the perfect combination of colors.

Most of the upper is claimed by anthracite grey suede, along with a touch of black leather working on the Swoosh, and ankle badge as well. Electric green adds some life to the look, taking place on the sockliner, tongue branding, and combines with black on the vulcanized sole below.

This very impressive make up of the Blazer SP is now available at select Nike Sportswear retailers nationwide. Via Sole Collector

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nation Of Hardwear Drop: Rare Breed

Now available for pre-order over at Nation Of Hardwear is the Rare Breed tee! This shirt is perfect for you SB heads who picked up the Loon Dunks. As usual with NOH this shirt is limited in quantity and should be purchased ASAP to make sure you get yours! Shirt ships November 20th!

Air Jordan Retro 7 - White/Orion Blue-Black-Infrared

The last time we saw photos of this new Air Jordan Retro 7 colorway, it was a kid's sized sample. Now, we have new images of an adult pair for you. Things don't change much on this shoe in terms of appearance, but is said to feature slightly more textured leather on the upper. Otherwise, you still have the black nubuck sections on the ankle, along Orion Blue and red multi-color detailing on the tongue, heel tab and outsole. Look for this pair to drop in late-March. Via Sole Collector

03/26/2011 Air Jordan Retro 7
Color: White/Orion Blue-Black-Infrared
Style: 304775-105

Reebok OXT Pump Mid ‘Outdoor Pack’ – Cafe – Green

Safe to say Nike got the best of their heads-up battle with Reebok in the late ’80s/early ’90s, and even though All Conditions Gear is likely the best known outdoorsy-footwear provider around the world, forgetting about RBK’s contributions would be a huge mistake. Take, for example, the Reebok OXT Pump Mid ‘Outdoor Pack’, a duo that includes the model we showed you earlier this week and this new colorway in Cafe and Green. Both colorways echo the Ventilator ‘All Condition Pack’ from late ’08, with the above pictured pair representing the ‘cooler’ colors. Look for these rugged hiking Pumps at Kix-Files. Via Sneaker News

Is Floyd Next? Manny Pacquiao Destroys Antonio Margarito To Capture WBC Super-Welterweight Title

DALLAS: Manny Pacquiao captured the vacant WBC super-welterweight title with a punishing 12-round unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night.

Filipino hero Pacquiao won on all three judges' scorecards as he inflicted a savage beating on Margarito and extended his winning streak to 13 fights.

''He is really strong,'' Pacquiao said of Margarito. ''I never expected him to be as strong as he was. He hurt me in the body and in the face. I am so lucky tonight.''

Pacquiao has shown little sign of losing speed and power as he moves up in weight to fight bigger and stronger opponents, but he failed to score the knockout on Saturday.

Even so, the bout didn't turn into the same kind of dull affair as Pacquiao's fight against Joshua Clottey at the same venue in March.

Unlike Clottey, Margarito came to fight. He paid the price with a nasty gash under the right eye and a huge welt that almost closed his left eye.

At one point in the 11th round Pacquiao seemed to look towards referee Laurence Cole as if he was trying to get the ref to stop the fight.

''I feel for my opponent,'' Pacquiao said. ''His eyes [were swollen and cut] and bloody face. I wanted the ref to look at that. In 12th round I wasn't looking for the knockout. My trainer said take it easy.''

Pacquiao, 31, entered the ring at 67.13kg while Margarito beefed up from 68.04kg at weigh-in to almost 75kg by fight time.

Pacquiao dominated Margarito from the outset to capture his eighth title in as many weight classes. He is also the first Asian to hold four or more major world titles.

The Mexican had his moments on Saturday and hurt Pacquiao in the eighth round when he landed a left uppercut on the button that snapped back Pacquiao's head.

Margarito was most effective when he had Pacquiao on the ropes but he failed to capitalise on his big height and weight advantage.''

We were going good until I got caught,'' Margarito said. ''And then that is when the problems started.''

Asked if he thought of quitting because of the punishment he was taking, he said, ''No, no way. I am Mexican and we fight until the end.''

Pacquiao earned close to $15 million while Margarito collected about $6 million.

It was Margarito's first fight in the United States since a one-year suspension after he was caught with plaster-filled hand wraps in his gloves before a fight against Shane Mosley.

Controversy erupted after a weight-loss supplement was reportedly seen in Margarito's dressing room before the fight, with Pacquiao's team demanding that he be tested for possible banned substances. Via This Is 50

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Fitteds @ ROCK-N-JOCKS: NEW ERA x MLB「LA Dodgers」59Fifty Fitted Cap

ROCK-N-JOCKS just released a perfect match for your Nike Kobe Zoom V’s with this custom Los Angeles Dodgers done in L.A. Lakers colors. The crown is Purple with the top of the bill in Black and the bottom of the bill in Yellow. The “LA” logo is embroidered in Yellow with a Black outline. The m.l.b. logo on the back of the hat is embroidered in Purple, Yellow and Black. Limited to just 30 pieces, be sure to get yours before they sell out. Exclusively available at http://www.rocknjocks.com/Follow RNJ on their blog for updates and discount codes at http://rocknjocksnewerafitteds.blogspot.com/ Via Strictly Fitteds