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Nike Hyperdunk 2012 – Kyrie Irving PE

April 16th, 2013 by | 6 comments

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While we’ll have to wait and see if a Nike signature sneaker for Kyrie Irving is in development, we’re getting some nice detailed photos of his Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE that he’s been wearing throughout the season. Featuring a solid mix of Black, Red, and Yellow to match the Cleveland Cavaliers uniforms, this Hyperdunk 2012 also features Kyrie’s personalized Nike logo, which we must has some resemblance to the logo on Irving’s alma mater of Duke University. Enjoy the detailed photos below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for any Kyrie updates as we approach the offseason.

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Nike Basketball Inside Access: Kyrie Irving

April 16th, 2013 by | 1 comment

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Kyrie Irving‘s bright future is what we’re all focused on, but in this latest installment of Nike Basketball Inside Access, we’re getting a rare look at Kyrie’s past and the significant events that have directed him down a straight path to NBA stardom. Beginning life in Melbourne, Australia and traveling with his widowed father to West Orange, N.J., Kyrie learned invaluable lessons from his father Drederick, a pro-basketball player in Australia, which led him to garner attention from top universities at the age of 15. After one great year under Coach K at Duke, Kyrie has established himself as a premier point guard in the NBA, with a growing laundry list of accolades supporting his case of becoming a prominent face of the NBA for years to come.

Here on Sneaker News, we’ve discussed the potential of Kyrie being the next signature athlete for Nike Basketball, and our readers seem to agree with that notion; with Kobe Bryant going down with injury and his years as a pro dwindling, Kyrie’s window of opportunity seems to be growing. Check out the Nike Basketball Inside Access video with Kyrie Irving below and let us know what your thoughts are on Kyrie Irving’s future in the NBA and with Nike, and stay tuned for a detailed look at his new Nike logo and Hyperdunk PE.

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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 –  there 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. Take 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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Foot Locker #WeekOfGreatness Featuring Kyrie Irving

November 14th, 2012 by | 6 comments

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Have you stopped to take a look at all the sneaker heat releasing next week? The folks at Foot Locker have, dubbing it the #WeekOfGreatness, a campaign that was recently kicked off at a midtown lounge event here in NYC, with young hoop star Kyrie Irving showing up at the spot to debut his new commercial with Foot Locker for said campaign. Click through with Sneaker News for a quick recap from the awesome #WeekOfGreatness event, an interview with Kyrie Irving from that night, his hilarious new ad, and a list of all the sneakers they’ve lumped under next week’s greatness.

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Kyrie Irving: Signature Worthy?

May 15th, 2012 by | 25 comments

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Cleveland rookie point guard Kyrie Irving has just been awarded the 2012 NBA Rookie Of The Year award, joining a lineage of superstars-in-the-making that are destined for success at the highest level of competition. In just 30 minutes a game, Kyrie displayed a scoring prowess at the position matched by those who are considered ‘elite’ point guards, all while developing into an NBA-level playmaker by averaging 5.4 assists and pulling down 3.7 rebounds a night. Needless to say, Cleveland is 2-for-2 with their #1 overall picks in the last decade and the doubts sparked by the ‘Duke curse’ have largely been put the bed, but discussions haven’t ceased because the matter of Kyrie’s commercial starpower is still under the microscope. We know he’s an official Nike athlete as he’s worn a Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 PE throughout the season, but is he worthy of being the next Nike signature athlete?

Today’s basketball sneaker scene is dominated by signature sneakers. Period. LeBrons continue to set the pace for Nike Basketball, the Zoom Kobe series enjoys utter dominance in both Asia and the U.S. and the Zoom KD line has sprouted immensely after a slow and steady process of cultivation through the first three signature models. The Hyperdunk 2011, despite being a top-tier high-performance shoe, gained much of its notoriety in the sneaker scene thanks to the exploits of Blake Griffin, who viciously dunked his way into stardom by the middle of his rookie season. It’s quite clear that a big name plays an integral role in driving a sneaker’s success, and with the youngest Nike sig reaching a fifth volume later this year, it’s time to bring in some new blood. Whether or not Kyrie Irving is not only worthy, but capable of carrying such a prestigious accolade comes into question, so we’ll break it down because the answer, quite simply, is not clear.

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NBA Feet: 2012 Rising Stars Challenge Recap

February 25th, 2012 by | 8 comments

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The league’s most promising first- and second-year players got together to participate in the 2012 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge that featured a mixed-and-matched team drafted by makeshift GMs Shaquille O’neal and Charles Barkley. Team Chuck took the win at the end with Cleveland Cavs rookie phenom Kyrie Irving taking home the MVP honors. Of course, we had our eyes glued to their feet, and the Rising Stars Challenge certainly did not disappoint; among the key sightings were there Hyperfuse Low iD for Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields and his Zoom Kobe VII PE, John Wall’s Zig Encore PE, Norris Cole’s LeBron 9 PE, and Blake Griffin’s scorching red Hyperdunk 2011s. The Rising Stars Challenge served as a platform for other brands who don’t get much notice, like Kemba Walker’s Under Armour Micro G Bloodline and Evan Turner’s Li-Ning Turningpoint ‘Year Of The Dragon’ PE. Check out the recap from the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for more All-Star Weekend Coverage! via Yahoo

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Nike LeBron 8 V/2 Low – Kyrie Irving PE

October 3rd, 2011 by | 5 comments

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Apparently Nike Basketball isn’t done issuing LeBron James signatures for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after all.  We’re not talking about last year’s HWC colorways that equally well match the New York Knicks jerseys as they do the Cavs’ throwbacks or this year’s ‘China’ edition in a similar vein, but rather, this new player exclusive colorway of the Nike LeBron 8 V/2 Low spotted on Cleveland’s #1 draft pick, former Duke guard Kyrie Irving.  Irving was playing for the ‘away’ team during a Chris Paul-sponsored charity game in North Carolina; would his ‘Blue Devils’ LeBron 8 V/2 Low instantly become the Dukies’ best PE from this past year?  Click through to see more and stick with Sneaker News for more NBA player exclusive sneakers.  via newtimes.

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