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NBA Feet: 2012 Finals Game 5 Recap

June 22nd, 2012 by | 57 comments

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Has there been a pro athlete in history that has been under the watchful eye of the public and his peers more than LeBron James has? Since Day 1, the entire NBA was going after the bulls-eye that was placed on his back; opposing coaches were doubting him, sports reporters spewed unbridled hate, and it seemed the world preferred to see this High School man-child wilt in the spotlight rather than spawn a next-gen legend that would eventually rival the ranks of the Jordans, Birds, and Magics. There was no middle-ground with LeBron, so when he re-routed his career in mid-2010 in a trajectory straight toward an NBA title rather than play the role of home-town hero in Cleveland, the balance was shifted heavily toward the side of detractors. LeBron’s desire to win was unfairly misconstrued as taking the ‘easy way out’, and last year, it seemed like more celebrated Miami’s loss than they did Dallas’ win.

LeBron, Wade, and Bosh adopted a different approach to the ’11-’12 NBA Season. Gone was the ‘we got this’ swagger and in came the disciplined game-plan in which Wade and Bosh conceded to LeBron by playing the positions of side-kick and max-contract role-player; although the Heat did run into some trouble in the Playoffs, they appeared to evolve and adjust rather quickly, winning the Conference Semi-Finals, Conference Finals, and NBA Finals in come-from-behind fashion (they were trailing in all three match-ups). LeBron sported a stoic and grimacing demeanor not often seen prior to this year, but he was all smiles when the white and red confetti poured down from the sky and he immediately reminded us why he’s worthy of being an NBA Champion in a post-game interview by stating “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland, but I understood what my future was about…that coming to Miami and being a part of this organization – I knew we had a bright future. This is a dream come true for me.”

So what happens now that LeBron James is an NBA Champion? You can count on critics clamoring for an *asterisk like Phil Jackson did in ’99 (in regards to San Antonio’s Championship in the shortened ’99 Season), or on fans blaming the officiating, but what’s done is done – hate it or love it, the King HAS a ring. LeBron, who already dominates the footwear game, will see his sky-high stock rise to new heights, Dwyane Wade will bask in the glory of being a multiple winner, and don’t forget Fab Five legend and 18-year veteran Juwan Howard, who can finally retire with some sort of Championship hardware. The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t have much to worry about either; they close out their season by giving the Thunder its first ever NBA Finals appearance, and it looks like KD and LeBron’s offseason workouts last Summer paid dividends –  so don’t be surprised if the two meet again next June. It’s been a great run, so thanks for following Sneaker News on our NBA Feet journey this season and check out Game 5 below! Photos: yahoo

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Nike Basketball: The Ring Maker

June 22nd, 2012 by | 52 comments

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The LeBron James saga might have seen one too many ups and downs over the course of his career, but Volume I officially came to a close tonight after nine long season on a joyous happily-ever-after ending. LeBron James finally caught up with what had eluded him his entire career – a Championship trophy that would be the indisputable defining achievement for any professional sports athlete, but will the scrutiny, criticism, and hate come to a halt? Probably not, but what should come to end are the doubts of LeBron’s true elite status as one of the NBA’s greatest players in history. He scored, rebounded, passed, and defended on the level of NBA Champions of the past, and now he’s got a piece of blinged-out hardware waiting for him when the Miami Heat unveil their ’11-’12 NBA Champions banner at the opening of next season. Nike Basketball congratulates its top-flight athlete with The Ring Maker, resonating the ‘third time’s a charm’ proverb, but the wait was definitely worth it. Will LeBron James and the Heat repeat, or perhaps three-peat as NBA Champions, or will Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder, who seem to improve every season by one round in the Playoffs, spoil that encore? Check out Nike Basketball: The Ring Maker below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for a full recap of Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals.

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NBA Feet: 2012 Finals Game 4 Recap

June 20th, 2012 by | 23 comments

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It took four games for the OKC Thunder to start a game off strong, but their big lead would last just one quarter as Miami pulled back and took control at the half. From there, it was all Heat, with the OKC Thunder barely staying above water thanks to Russell Westbrook‘s monster performance. However, it was a Chris Webber-like late-game falter by Westbrook himself that sealed the deal for Miami, who now owns a dominant (although not indomitable) 3-1 series lead. LeBron played the role of point-guard last night, dishing out major dimes to role players and scoring big down the stretch despite a leg injury, but will LeBron officially join the NBA Championship club this Thursday night, or does Durant and OKC have what it takes to win one in South Beach and bring it back to the Chesapeake Arena? Photos: yahoo

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NBA Feet: 2012 Finals Game 3 Recap

June 18th, 2012 by | 8 comments

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One step closer: LeBron James and the Miami Heat took a 2-1 series lead last night when they put forth a win in front of their Home crowd for Game 3. The OKC Thunder began the game much stronger compared to their previous two starts, but the Heat finished stronger by pulling out a six-point victory behind LeBron’s 29 and 14. Durant, who had been sporting a ‘Finals’ PE of his KD IV for the first two games, reverted back to his Black/Orange PE for Game 3. LeBron wore the ‘Home’ Elite 9, while D-Wade stole the PE spotlight with his White/Gold Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV PE. More of Game 3 is just ahead, so take a look and stay tuned to Game 4 tomorrow! Photos: yahoo

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NBA Feet: 2012 Finals Game 2 Recap

June 15th, 2012 by | 12 comments

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The OKC Thunder came back from down double-digits to pull out a win in Game 1. Unfortunately for the Thunder nation, Durant and Co. weren’t able to pull it off for Game 2, but it sure came down to the wire! Clearly it’s the slow starts that have been the Thunder’s achilles heel in the Playoffs thus far, so for Game 3, look for Scott Brooks to push the offense fast and early as OKC looks to recapture their hard-earned Home Court advantage. Looking onto the kicks – Durant rocked his Finals PE of the KD IV again while LeBron reverted to the ‘Away’ Elites to match the uniforms. Wade wore another Black/Gold PE of the Fly Wade 2 EV and Bosh went with his Air Max Hyperdunk 2011 Elite PE while pouring in 16 and 15. Perhaps the best ‘Feet’ belongs to Thabo Sefolosha, who wore a White/Gold Nike Zoom Kobe VI that very much had a ‘Big Stage’ vibe. We’ve got a recap of last night’s events below so take a look and stay tuned to Sneaker News for Game 3 and the potential PE heat! Photos: yahoo

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NBA Feet: 2012 Finals Game 1 Recap

June 13th, 2012 by | 11 comments

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Advantage: Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 1 kicked off in the Chesapeake Arena last night as the OKC Thunder hosted the Eastern Conference representatives for the opening festivities of the 2012 NBA Finals. Sneaker News gave you a quick preview of the LeBron vs. Durant match-up, and clearly, the outcome of the first battle went in Durant’s favor. Durant, who was wearing the Nike Zoom KD IV NBA Finals PE, lit up the fourth quarter and would not let Miami catch up, sealing the deal with teammate Russell Westbrook hitting some key shots.  The entire Thunder squad donned white-based gear, with Center Kendrick Perkins opting for the Air Jordan IV ‘Military’ and Thabo Sefalosha wearing the ‘Home’ Kobe VII Elite.

LeBron James started the game off strong, catching our attention with his own NBA Finals PE of the LeBron 9 Elite, and running-mate Dwyane Wade sported his own PE of the Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV, which featured hints of gold on a red base. The entire Heat squad chose to wear predominately red, with Chris Bosh wearing a sick PE of the Air Max Hyperdunk Elite, Mario Chalmers proudly rocking his own Spalding PE, and perimeter threat Shane Battier wearing his Peak special editions. We’ve got a nice gallery of last night’s NBA Finals Game 1 showdown, so check out the best sneakers of the night and be sure to check back with Sneaker News with more PE goodness and, of course, Thursday night’s Game 2. Photos: yahoo

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Nike LeBron 9 Elite “NBA Finals” PE

June 12th, 2012 by | 21 comments

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Earlier today Sneaker News showed you Kevin Durant’s NBA Finals PE of the Nike Zoom KD IV – a White/Gold ‘Elite’-esque composition that gave the sporty KD IV a bit of luxury. As expected, Nike Basketball came through of LeBron’s third NBA Finals appearance with this sick tonal-red PE of the Nike LeBron 9 Elite, featuring a golden swoosh and black midsole to match the Heat ‘Away’ uniforms. We’ll update you with more viewings as the game goes by, but check out this first look below and stay tuned for more. Photos: espn

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