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Nike World Basketball Festival Returns For 2014

June 19th, 2014 by | No comments

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Nike’s World Basketball Festival is back for 2014, and will head to Chicago’s lakefront parks. The event will lead up to what is sure to be an interesting summer for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team thanks to the FIBA World Cup that’s looming on the horizon. Community events, exhibition games, skills clinics, court refurbishments, and hopefully some special sneaker releases will all be a part of the program from August 13-17. Get the details on the 2014 World Basketball Festival from Nike after the break and then tell us in the comments if you’ll be participating.

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Nike Basketball 1992-2012: Twenty Designs That Changed The Game

July 20th, 2012 by | 5 comments

nike baskeball twenty designs that changed the game Nike Basketball 1992 2012: Twenty Designs That Changed The Game

Nike Basketball has been playing around with a game of one-upsmanship with itself over the last two decades, redefining the perfect basketball shoe with heroic innovations and audacious designs. It’s been an entertaining and lengthy tale of Nike outdoing Nike, and from 1992 with the original 180-degree Air Unit to 2012′s revolutionary Nike Hyperdunk Sport Pack, Nike has served up twenty iconic basketball models that changed the game and rerouted the future paths of all that encapsulated basketball footwear. With 2012 serving as the 20th Anniversary of the original USA Olympic Dream Team, Nike has plans of celebrating the last two decades by re-telling twenty scintillating stories of Nike Basketball; you may not realize that Nike already began this crusade with the celebrated releases of the Nike Air Force 180, Air More Uptempo, Shox BB4, and Huarache 2K4, but prepare yourself for a history lesson that no brand has ever attempted before.

Beginning this Monday, July 23rd, Nike Basketball will reintroduce one iconic model a day up until the 2012 Olympic Basketball Semi-Finals on August 11th. You heard that correctly; twenty game-changing and court-busting models will see the spotlight again, like Aaron Cooper’s Nike Air Zoom Ultraflight of 2003, a supremely light-weight shoe that featured a unique clear outer shell and a synthetic stretch leather, and 2006′s Air Max 360 BB, which served as a precursor to the full-length Max Air unit seen on several top-shelf Basketball sneakers (LeBrons, for example) of the last few years. This is just a small helping of what’s to come, and our recap of the Nike Basketball Showcase from the World Basketball Festival may give you some hints at what may potentially arise, so stay tuned to Sneaker News for all the updates of this incredible recital of Nike Basketball heritage and get the discussion going on this amazing development by letting us know what classic models of the last 20 years you’d love to see.

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Team USA vs. Brazil Exhibition Game Recap

July 17th, 2012 by | 5 comments

team usa vs brazil exhibition Team USA vs. Brazil Exhibition Game Recap

To cap off the 2012 Nike World Basketball Festival in Washington DC, Team USA Basketball hosted the Brazil National Team at the Verizon Center for a double-header showcase of exhibition match-ups as a warm-up to the upcoming Olympics Games. Starting the night off, Team USA Womens Basketball faced off against Brazil’s Womens Basketball squad and without surprise, USA pulled off a blow-out victory by 32 points led by point guard Lindsay Whalen. After the women’s match-up, the Men took the court, but Team USA Mens Basketball didn’t have the same fortune as their Womens counterpart did as they trailed by 10 at on point in the game. However, Team USA regrouped thanks to some clutch buckets by LeBron James and the defense by Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Tyson Chandler, and Team USA eked out a victory by a considerably narrow margin.

One of the highlights of the night was the arrival of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden; The First Couple were placed on the arena “Kiss Cam”, but embarrassingly enough, President Obama was left hanging. Redemption would be had as the President and the First Lady shared a kiss later when the “Kiss Cam” returned in the Fourth Quarter. All-in-all, it was a night of great basketball entertainment in the Nation’s Capitol, so check out the recap of the night’s game below and don’t forget to look through our thorough recap of the Nike World Basketball Festival! Photos: USA Basketball

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Nike World Basketball Festival Dunk Contest Recap

July 16th, 2012 by | 5 comments

nike world basketball festival dunk contest Nike World Basketball Festival Dunk Contest Recap

One of the amazing features of the new Nike+ Basketball Technology allows athletes to measure vertical leaps. Quite the useful feature if you’re a world-class slam-dunk extraordinaire, so when the Nike World Basketball Festival featured a special Dunk Contest after the New York vs. Los Angeles game, Nike+ Basketball tech came in full focus as each participant displayed unparalleled levels of mid-air acrobatics. If the contest came to a tie, the tie-breaker would be the dunker’s vertical leap, but that did not come to play as Justin ‘Jus Fly’ Darlington’ of  Los Angeles (who hails from Ontario, Canada), left the crowd speechless with a jaw-dropping display of slam dunks.

Jus Fly started things off by jumping over a power forward and snatching the ball from his hands while in flight and reverse-jamming the ball through the hoop, and later cemented his win with a cartwheel between-the-legs jaw-dropper that left judges LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Diana Taurasi, and Bobbito Garcia without words. Darlington’s Dunk Contest win last night was another notch in his belt of accomplishments, who won nearly ever dunk contest he’s ever participated in (roughly 60!). If you want to measure your own vertical, check out the Nike+ Basketball technology in the all-new Nike Lunar Hyperdunk+ Sport Pack (available right now at Nikestore) and flip through the recap and quick interview with Dunk Contest winner Justin ‘Jus Fly’ Darlington below.

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Converse Block Party: Washington D.C. Recap

July 15th, 2012 by | 1 comment

converse block party washington dc Converse Block Party: Washington D.C. Recap

The next stop of the Nike World Basketball Festival was the Converse Block Party at the Banneker Community Center in DC, where Converse arranged a park-wide celebration consisting of live music, food, sport, and all-around good times. Hip-hop stars The Dream and Stalley and up-and-coming artists Tanya Morgan and Fresh Daily of Converse Rubber Tracks performed live for the attentive crowd, while a few others played some ball in the revamped basketball courts arranged by Converse. Those in attendance also got to check out the Converse Pro Leather WBF Pack firsthand (available now) while enjoying the free goodie-bags and t-shirts. The Converse Block Party continues on this Summer at select cities, with Harlem, NYC being the next stop on the agenda! Check out the recap of the day’s events below and stay tuned for more World Basketball Festival coverage as well as additional info on the Converse Block Party.

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Nike World Basketball Festival: Team USA @ DC Armory

July 14th, 2012 by | 7 comments

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The Nike World Basketball Festival moved from the Barry Farm in the inner city to the DC Armory, situated adjacent to the original RFK Stadium. The grand space was transformed into an amazing exhibit, beginning with the showcase of Team USA’s uniforms and its members’ respective sneakers for the Games. Opposite the 2012 jerseys were those of the original Dream Team of 1992 and the collection of vintage Nike footwear like the Air Force 180, Air Ballistic Force, and Air Jordan VII, with another display of Nike’s most iconic footwear models of the last two decades acting as a divider between the two Olympic teams. Another interactive pop-up space with a Jordan Super.Fly exhibit and a Jordan Jumpman ‘green screen’ was also available to the public.

Upon entering the primary space of the Armory, a freshly constructed basketball court took center stage, and the crowd of locals and members of the Armed Forces quickly packed the bleachers to get the best seats. Coach Geno Auriemma and some of the women’s USA Basketball team such as Candace Parker, Swin Cash, and Maya Moore followed and led a basketball clinic on the court for local youths. At 11:00 AM, Team USA and Coach K came onto the court to raucous cheers and chants, putting on an unparalleled show of basketball acumen and discipline as they participated in a complete practice and workout – with Jay Bilas providing live commentary. A full-fledged scrimmage ended their workout and the competitive match-up between White and Blue went to OT, with the LeBron and Kobe-led White squad taking the W.

Finishing the Team USA showcase at the DC Armory was a special Hoops for Troops event with notable members of the Armed Forces, capped off a heart-warming ceremonial display of patriotism; standing opposite one on another, the military and Team USA came together at center court, and as a gesture of unity, those in uniform removed their American Flag patches from their uniforms and presented them to each Team USA Olympian. However massive the DC Armory, not another ounce of USA pride would fit into the room. The Nike World Basketball Festival covered the local flavor with the game at Barry Farm last night, then brought it to the national scale with the Team USA showcase in DC Armory. What could be next? Stay tuned to Sneaker News as we cover the remainder of the Nike World Basketball Festival!

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Nike World Basketball Festival: Washington D.C. – Day 1 Recap

July 13th, 2012 by | 3 comments

nike world basketball festival barry farm Nike World Basketball Festival: Washington D.C.   Day 1 Recap

In 2010, Nike launched the inaugural World Basketball Festival as a celebration of the past, present, and future of the sport. Taking place in New York City, the ‘mecca’ that many consider the beating heart of the game in its purest form, the World Basketball Festival captured the global and local influence of the game as the world’s best teams competed in the 2010 FIBA Tournament. Two years later, basketball will reach the pinnacle of international sports competition as the quadrennial Olympic Games touch down later this month, so in celebration of this momentous affair, Nike brought back the World Basketball Festival at a much larger scale, setting up shop in four major basketball-centric cities. Sneaker News was invited out to the World Basketball Festival to experience the game in Washington D.C., a city with its own feverish hotbed of basketball talent, and the first order of business was the make a stop at none other than the legendary court in Barry Farms, located in the Southeast of the Nation’s Capitol.

Upon arrival at the local landmark, the native atmosphere instantly fell upon the court; hundreds of locals piled in to watch their hometown Goodman League champion squad face off against the visiting Team Nike from New York City, but this Friday evening event was clearly more than just a game of hoops – it proved to be an unbreakable, bond-strengthening tradition that bled D.C. heart and boasted the rock-solid sense of community. The game was announced by local legend Miles, who manned the microphone and provided the jokes and jabs while keeping the crowd in order, and somehow the intense battle that was going down on the court was no match for the infectious positivity in the crowd. Even a surprise visit from hometown hero Kevin Durant and his Team USA/OKC Thunder running-mate James Harden didn’t seem to stun the crowd too much – he was embraced less like a prodigal son who made the occasional return home, but like a familiar face who never forgot his roots.

Onto the game: Team Nike and the hometown Goodman squad played fiercely from tip-off, with the crowd cheering with gusto and gumption for it’s D.C. bred stars like The Destroyer and ‘Ray Lewis’. The Barry Farm crowd, who welcomed Team Nike and the visiting media with open arms, didn’t allow its visiting competitors to come and go as they pleased; courtside regulars traded friendly blows with ’2 Hard 2 Guard’ as well as former NBA pro and NY native Kenny Satterfield in a semi-heated back and forth that only fueled the intensity of the contest. The game went down to a final game-tying attempt by the New York squad, but Washington D.C. came out on top after a long and hard battle; even after a loss, both teams shared smiles and congratulatory handshakes, commending each other for playing with their hearts and putting on yet another legendary show. Getting a healthy sample of local basketball flavor was the perfect way to kick off the Nike World Basketball Festival, but tomorrow, the Festival continues on a larger scale with Team USA running drills with members of the Armed Forces, Converse celebrating with an amazing Block Party, and a special appearance by Jordan Brand’s biggest stars at one of the area’s most respected retailers. This is just the beginning of what’s shaping up to be the perfect glorification of the game, so stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Nike World Basketball Festival in Washington D.C. throughout the weekend.

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