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Nike Basketball Hyper Elite Uniform

February 22nd, 2012 by Staff

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Nike is at again and they are stepping their game up major for the USA Basketball team with some new futuristic innovations. Using the lightest and most advanced textiles, the Nike Hyper Elite Basketball Uniform is going to help improve performance of the players and emphasize the pride we have for basketball here in The USA. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dream Team Destroyer Jacket

February 21st, 2012 by Staff

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In the summer of 1992, fifteen American men came together to form the USA’s Olympic Basketball squad. The team was the first to be made up of active NBA players. When they traveled across the pond to Barcelona that summer, they were unstoppable. Team USA, nicknamed “The Dream Team”, won every game by an impressive average of 44 points. Needless to say, the team went home with the gold and were forever etched into history as one of the strongest teams in any sport ever. That summer was a major turning point for many fans, young and old alike. People who liked basketball, now loved basketball.

20 years later, Nike Sportswear is commemorating that epic run with the release of The Dream Team Destroyer Jacket. The jacket is very traditional looking with patches that tell the story and pay homage to The Dream Team’s journey. In a sense it is a classic Destroyer jacket with the leather sleeves and a wool body, but the attention to detail is what will distinguish this as a true one of kind piece.

Russell Stott, Nike Sportswear’s Graphic Design Director, and his team have covered every aspect of that historic summer with an array of patches on both sleeves and on the front and back of the jacket. The right sleeve is adorned with the starting five players jersey numbers, while the left side consists of three chenille patches each one telling a story. The top patch tells of the average point differentiation, 43.8, and also has an XXV that refers to Barcelona as the 25th of the ‘games’ in sporting history. The lower patch is the USAB logo and the middle patch states some of the places this year’s team will be visiting before the summer.

The right breast of the jacket is embroidered with U S A in a vertical towering effect, and includes a USAB pin-badge. The left breast shows a USA flag inspired mostly by space travel and military. Stitched in underneath the flag is the score of each game the team played. The back is embroidered with a large XX to celebrate the 20th year since that momentous summer. Stitched in above each front pocket it says, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” in italicized font. For the tag, Nike is re-imaging the tag from a replica of the Dream Team jersey they found that had a special message to the team on them. This jacket is a must have for any Nike head and although winter is almost over, this is a truly timeless piece and will never go out of style. Release date is TBA.

Check out more detailing of The Dream Team Destroyer Jacket after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nike SPARQ Sensory Performance

November 27th, 2011 by Larry

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Last week, I experienced Nike’s new SPARQ Sensory Performance innovations in action. I have no doubt in my mind that this new approach to vision training in conjunction with all other aspects of physical training will give an edge to the athletes who utilize these advancements. What’s most interesting is that vision training can be used by athletes of all levels to increase focus, reaction times & anticipation in any sport. I could rattle off a list of athletes off the top of my head that could use vision training immediately: Ahem… Josh Hamilton… Ahem…

SPARQ Sensory Performance is a system of technologies, products and programs designed to assess, analyze and improve an athlete’s visual and sensory performance. It’s another step in Nike’s nearly 40-year legacy of delivering game-changing innovations to help athletes perform at their peak.

“Sensory training is at the cornerstone of how we can build better athletes,” said Paul Winsper, SPARQ Performance Director. “With SSP we’re able to integrate both sensory and physical training together. This performance philosophy has resonated with some of the top athletes, teams and clubs throughout the world.”

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Kevin Durant Drops 66 at Rucker Park

August 3rd, 2011 by Larry

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While I was in New York last summer for World Basketball Festival, there was much talk of how Kevin Durant had not yet played at NYC’s outdoor basketball mecca, Rucker Park. Well, it seems that an appearance of KD at Rucker was well worth the wait, because he scored 66 points in 1 game the other day. Whaaa?!?!? Video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Basketballfeld: The Craziest Court Ever

June 29th, 2011 by Larry

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German design collective, inges idee, have created this wild basketball court at the Occupational School Center in Munich. From the looks of the photos, it’d be impossible to hold an actual 5-on-5 style game on this court, but perhaps an interesting game of H-O-R-S-E could ensue?

What do you guys think about this? Is this considered smart art? Or is it a waste of space and resources?

More photos and inges idee‘s explanation of the court’s purpose after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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USA Wins Gold!

September 14th, 2010 by Larry

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Congrats to the United States Men’s National Basketball team. They won the FIBA World Championships in Turkey, bringing a Gold Medal in this FIBA tournament back to the US for the first time in 16 years. For highlights of the Gold Medal game, visit ESPN’s YouTube.

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Greece vs. Serbia – Bench Clearing Brawl

August 19th, 2010 by Larry

I’m not sure why they are fighting, but it looks like the Serbian team has some dirty fighters… There’s really no reason to fight during this international friendly match-up because both teams have qualified for the FIBA 2010 World Championship in Turkey, starting on the 28th. Maybe it’s because neither team likes their Adidas jerseys? I’d be crying too if I didn’t have a Hyper Elite jersey to play in.

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