World Basketball Festival – The Ball Room

August 16th, 2010 by Larry


The sport of basketball & it’s relationships with Nike, Converse, & Jordan brands are brilliantly mapped at The Ball Room pop-up capsule, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem, NY. 100 years of basketball innovation are celebrated through memorabilia, unique product, and interactive digital experiences which are placed in exhibits and displays throughout the 1250 square foot space. Check out some highlights of The Ball Room after the jump.

A brief synopsis of the articles contained in The Ball Room is posted at the entrance.

Here is an original Converse All-Star from 1917 on loan from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

All-Stars aka Chuck Taylors are made the same way today as they were in 1917. I don’t think that the original designers of the shoe would’ve thought that hipsters in the future would adopt this shoe as part of their uniform.

This is the actual pair of Nike Zoom Kobe 1‘s that Kobe Bryant played in when he scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in ’06. This was Kobe’s first signature shoe with the brand.

Finally, here’s a look at the Nike Hyper Elite USA National Team jersey. It’s so light that it weighs less than your cell phone.

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