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Top Stories Of The Week: 8/8 – 8/14

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James Harden’s adidas deal was finalized marking another top-tier signature athlete that escaped Nike’s clutches. But Nike didn’t match for a reason, as many believe that the near-$200 million price tag was too much. Jordan Brand continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jumpman sneakers in style, as we finally got a clear picture regarding the Air Jordan 4 Retro ’88 in a White/Cement for next year’s All-Star Weekend. The adidas Yeezy 350 Boost “Pirate Black” finally appeared in official images too. Be sure to check out our Top Stories from this week below.

TEAM USA HITS MINI-CAMP IN VEGAS

The top 34 players joined USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Las Vegas and showcased tons of awesome red, white, and blue PEs. Full event recaps here:

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A Recap Of Sneakers Worn At Team USA Mini-Camp In Las Vegas
LeBron James Joins Team USA Mini-Camp In Vegas
A Detailed Look At The UA Curry Two “USA”
Is Jordan Brand Releasing The Air Jordan 11 IE Low “Referee” PE?

THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS

The Air Jordan 4 is slated to return in the classic Nike Air branding for All-Star Weekend 2016, as well as a potential retro of the Air Jordan 12 “Flu Game”.

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First Look At The Air Jordan 4 “White/Cement” With Nike Air
Air Jordan 12 “Flu Game” And More Confirmed For 2016
Air Jordan 11 IE Low “Referee”
A First Look at Retail Images of the Air Jordan 9 “Statue”
Jordan Brand Brings Back The Original Air Jordan 6 Low “Chrome”
A Brand New Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Colorway Emerges
How Have These Air Jordan 1 Retro High OGs Not Retro’d Before?
The Entire Jordan Brand Business Plan Is About To Be Revealed In Court
Jordan Brand Reveals A New Chicago Store Through Snapchat
Air Jordan 1 “Rare Air” In Bronze
Jordan Super.Fly 4 “Seahawks”
Air Jordan XX9 Low “Oreo”
A “Croc-Skin” Version Of The Air Jordan 1 Pinnacle Exists
Jordan Brand Is Collaborating With Rising Star Artist Hebru Brantley
This Might Be One Of The First Air Jordan 1s Ever Produced
Ray Allen’s Air Jordan 13 PE From A Decade Ago

THIS WEEK IN NIKE BASKETBALL NEWS

LeBron returns home with an ominous take on the SVSM for this new LeBron 12 Low release. We also got a look at brand new upcoming Kyrie 1 release.

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LeBron James Returns To High School With The Nike LeBron 12 Low “SVSM”
Kevin Durant Goes Nuts Over A Dunk, But Zach Lavine Is Not Impressed
Nike Kyrie 1 “Green Glow”
Nike Kobe 10 “Think Pink” PE
Nike Kobe 10 Mid EXT “Black/Gum”
This Guy Spent Almost $500 To Make “What The” Kobe 10 Elites

THIS WEEK IN NIKE SPORTSWEAR NEWS

Nike’s head-turning Air More Uptempo is set to return in both OG and brand new colorways. Kobe may have showcased a new Flyknit Air Force 1 while in China, and the Nike Air Monarch could be the next sneaker to don the classic “Black/Cement” look.

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The Nike Air More Uptempo Is Back With OG And New Colorways
Did Kobe Bryant Debut The Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit In China Last Week?
First Look At The Nike Air Mowabb OG “Trail End Brown”
Nike Air Trainer Cruz
First Look At Victor Cruz’s Signature Shoe, The Nike Air Cruz
Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of The Nike Air Max 95 With Platinum
One Of The Most Influential Nike Sneakers Ever Is Back On Store Shelves
The Nike Air Monarch In “Black/Cement” Is The Best Sneaker You’ll See All Day

THIS WEEK IN NIKE HUARACHE NEWS

More Mowabb vibes appear on a Nike Huarache retro. An actual Nike Air Mowabb is slated to return next month in one of the more iconic colorways too. More details below.

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The Nike Air Huarache Returns in Two New Woven Colorways
Mowabb And Huarache Get Together Again
Miami Vibes Are Still Strong With Nike Sneakers
Nike Air Huarache Flirts With Wilder Materials

THIS WEEK IN NIKE SB NEWS

Nike SB continues to flirt with some classic Air Jordan colorways atop the Dunk series, while Nike continues to experiment with different outsoles for the P-Rod 9.

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Another Jordan-Inspired Nike SB Dunk Low Release Appears
Nike SB Stefan Janoski “Curry”
Nike Uses Multiple Soles For The P-Rod 9

THIS WEEK IN ADIDAS NEWS

We got an official look at the upcoming adidas Yeezy 350 Boost “Pirate Black” as well as a brand new Wiggins PE atop adidas Hoops’ finest performance model.

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Official Images Of The adidas Yeezy 350 Boost “Pirate Black”
The adidas Yeezy 350 Boost “Black” Will Be Available In Half Sizes
adidas EQT Support ’93 “Classic Black”
adidas Tubular X Primeknit
A Detailed Look At The adidas D Rose 6
adidas Just Released A Brand New Tubular Sneaker
adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 “Road” PE for Andrew Wiggins

THIS WEEK IN ASICS NEWS

Gore-Tex returns to the ASICS Gel Lyte V in two brand new colorways ready for less-than-ideal autumn weather. The Japanese brand references manga with two vibrant takes on the Gel Kayano Trainer.

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Gore-Tex Is Back On The ASICS Gel Lyte V
This New ASICS Gel Lyte III Pays Homage To Japanese Garments
ASICS Tiger Goes To Space For Their Newest Gel Lyte III Releases
There’s A Galaxy Theme On The ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III

THIS WEEK IN NEW BALANCE NEWS

New Balance showcased a number of upcoming Fall Collections including this tweed NB990 and a winterized sneakerboot varieties ready to hit the hiking trail.

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New Balance 990 “Tweed”
The New Balance 998 Teams Up With Premier Skate For A Premium Collaboration
New Balance Classics Outdoor Collection
mita sneakers Designed A Pair of Foams

THIS WEEK IN REEBOK NEWS

The Reebok Question Low returns in another colorway that harkens back to Iverson’s earliest seasons in Philadelphia. BAPE is back with a camo/3M take on the Reebok Ventilator for the heritage running classic’s 25th anniversary.

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Reebok Question Low “Blue Toe”
AAPE by A Bathing Ape x Reebok Ventilator – Release Info
Fruition x Reebok Ventilator “Rose Gold”
Reebok Connects With Russia’s FOTT For A Ventilator Collaboration

THIS WEEK IN SNEAKER TOPICS

James Harden’s signing with adidas sparked a number of conversations on whether adidas stands to actually make money off of one of the NBA’s brightest superstars. We looked at the changing landscape of the signature sneaker industry and how it’s changed over the years. Our latest Flashback to ’95 feature focused on Michael Jordan breaking out the Air Jordan 11 for the first-time ever (in the last playoff series he’d ever lose).

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The Billion Dollar Signature Athlete Industry
Flashback to ’95: The World Premiere of the Air Jordan XI
Jordan 101: The Air Jordan XIII On the Prowl
James Harden Officially Joins Adidas
Budget Heat: August’s 10 Best Sneakers for $100 Or Less