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BLAKE GRIFFIN Blake Griffin is an NBA player with the Los Angeles Clippers, in addition to this he is a Nike athlete, one of the key players in promoting the Nike Hyperdunk series of sneakers. His most well known style to date in the Hyperdunk line has been the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 ’10.0′ PE, as worn by Griffin during the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

What Do You Think?: The Next Signature Basketball Athlete

March 28th, 2013 by | 16 comments

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Take a look at the NBA players that have signature shoes today and it’s clear that being a signature athlete requires the perfect alignment of skill, charisma, sheer location of employment, and a few other things that make a human into a superstar. LeBron, Kobe, Melo, CP3, Wade, and D-Rose all play in major markets where the opportunity for extensive media coverage is all but guaranteed, with Kevin Durant being the one industry anomaly of being a highly successful signature athlete playing in a small-market city; this seems like a healthy list that should hold us down for a few years, but being content only means one thing – ┬áthere is room for more.

The landscape of sneaker brands is unique in that some of these labels have become flexible with who they choose to represent their brands on that “face of the brand” tier.┬áTake up-and-coming Under Armour for example; their lone signature athlete is Brandon Jennings, but with DeAndre Jordan playing in a huge market and his insane dunk placing some added spice to his shoes, the neophytic UA label has experienced some added exposure as the prime “indie” brand. While the responsbility that comes with being a signature athlete is something that can be compromised, Nike, Jordan Brand, adidas, Li-Ning, and Under Armour – the major brands in the basketball category – all have the room to fit in a new guy on the team.

But is it even time to welcome a new name to the sneaker industry? There’s no doubt that player names play a large part in shaping consumer tendencies, and with Kobe Bryant nearing retirement every passing year, LeBron well on his way to signature shoe history for Nike, KD well-ingrained in the Nike’s historical fibers, and D-Rose sitting prettily with a life-time contract, it’s a ripe-enough time for a fresh name to be thrown into the mix. Each brand across the board has a select group of athletes to represent their non-signature models, but is anyone ready to step up? We’ve narrowed down a list of the top candidates that may be worthy of sig-shoe distinction, so check out our list below and chime in with your opinions on this latest installment of What Do You Think?.

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Nike Air Max2 CB ’94 – Blake Griffin “Shattered Backboard” Customs by Laptop LaSane

February 19th, 2013 by | 8 comments

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Sneaker customizer Laptop LaSane pays tribute to not one, but two of powerful big-men with this sneaker custom – Charles Barkley, who once terrorized the league by playing larger than his size, and Blake Griffin, whose throwdowns are as vicious as they are entertaining. While neither player has had the distinction of shattering an NBA backboard, both have that power-dunking style that have defenders cowering in fear whenever they elevate above the rim. We almost never see the Nike Air Max2 CB ’94 be used as a custom, but Laptop LaSane does quite the job by implementing the colors of the Western Conference All-Stars and creating an elephant-print style graphic mimicking a shattered backboard. A full gallery is below so take a look and let us know what you think!

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Jordan Super.Fly 2 Blake Griffin “All-Star” PE

February 19th, 2013 by | 5 comments

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While the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend has come and gone, Sneaker News still has a little bit of PE heat to put you up on from the weekend. The latest pair is the newly debuted Jordan Super.Fly 2 that Blake Griffin laced up in for his high flying antics on Sunday. The sneakers put on an exciting colorway very much in line with the official ‘Night Vision’ set of sneakers from Jordan Brand what with the electric green and canyon purple mixture. Continue reading for the complete look and let us know if you’re feeling the Jordan Super.Fly 2 over its predecessor so far.

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Air Jordan XX8: Dare To Fly

February 14th, 2013 by | 4 comments

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“The question you have to ask: Does the game make you? Or do you make the game?”

This question posed by Michael Jordan in the newest piece of promotional material for the Air Jordan XX8 is ironically one that he’d be best positioned to answer. As MJ and his Air Jordans go, so goes the sneaker world, and His Airness challenges us directly to get on board with the daring new XX8 design. This 30-second clip features eye-catching cameos from Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin and an exploding basketball one clever YouTuber saw as “inspiration for the dunk contest.” The Air Jordan XX8 figures to make a big impact on this NBA All-Star weekend, so stick with Sneaker News for all the latest and Dare to Fly after the jump below.

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Nike Hyperdunk+ – Blake Griffin PE

December 3rd, 2012 by | 4 comments

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Los Angeles Clippers high flyer Blake Griffin had been synonymous with the Hyperdunk franchise until this season, when he joined the Jumpman and started rocking Jordan Brand’s Super.Fly performance baller. So while we might not see the dynamic young power forward rocking them on court any time soon, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine this new Nike Hyperdunk+ PE at Staples Center, particularly with Lob City’s soft blue-accented throwback unis. Let us know what you think about the future of BG32 player exclusives after you’ve seen more of what could have been and grab this pair today from NikeStore.

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Blake Griffin Honors Michael Jordan’s “Jumpman” Pose

November 15th, 2012 by | 11 comments

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Jordan Brand’s burgeoning new generation of stars received a rapid jolt with the addition of the soaring highlight reel Blake Griffin. We know he can dunk unlike any other, but does he have that fluid style and flair that MJ had? During this quirky moment in yesterday’s pre-game warm-up between the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, Blake Griffin displayed his inner Jumpman by dunking the ball in iconic fashion – toes pointed out and the basketball at the highest peak of elevation. Was this a candid moment, or did Blake tip off the photographers with a “hey…watch this”? Check out the comparison between Blake’s version and Michael’s original below.

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Jordan Brand Signs Blake Griffin

November 2nd, 2012 by | 17 comments

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The next generation of Jordan Brand is looking mighty healthy as the brand that Michael built has been fortified with the presence of one of the most exciting players in the game today. Blake Griffin, who found his way into our hearts with his deadpan charisma and magnificent dunking showcase, officially joins Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Ray Allen, and newcomer Russell Westbrook as the brand’s headlining athletes, teaming up with CP3 in one of the biggest basketball markets in the nation.

This may come as a surprise considering the sudden stoppage of the momentum gained by Nike and the non-signature flagship Hyperdunk model, and many of Blake’s fans projected the Oklahoma alumni to eventually join LeBron, KD, and Kobe as Nike’s exclusive signature-sneaker club. However, this is certainly an outstanding strategic move by Jordan Brand in the wake of Dwyane Wade’s departure; Los Angeles, New York, Miami, OKC, and Chicago make up the bulk of the big-market teams, and Jordan Brand certainly has their chess pieces in the right places.

This week, in his season debut, Blake wore a Royal/Black colorway of the Jordan Super.Fly, which all but sealed Griffin’s allegiance with Jordan Brand. The question that instantly surfaces is: Will Blake get his own signature shoe? Who will get his own shoe first – Russell, or Blake? Will either of them even get their own shoe, or will they be the ambassadors for the top-shelf models like the Super.Fly? There’s a lot of potential with this newfound partnership, so be sure to stick with Sneaker News for all updates regarding the newly acquainted Jordan Brand and Blake Griffin connection.

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