Whoo, it’s been a great August for new basketball shoes so leave it to Nike to put the exclaimation mark on a nice month overall.
Tomorrow (the 27th) we’ll see the release of the latest Kobe X colorway “Overcome” seen in the gallery above. This is one of my favorite colorways of the signature with the grape purple, teal, and black all clashing beautifully. I also gotta cop that tee up above too.
Here’s the always motivating explanation of the namesake, via Nike:
He didn’t need to head to the line as trainers pleaded with him to head for the locker room, but he came back. He didn’t need to rehab harder than any human should have for the ‘15 season, but he came back. He didn’t need to keep training after he tore his shoulder, but he’ll come back … because one thing Kobe knows is how to overcome.
To top it off, Nike Basketball also released today the Kyrie 1 “Australia” colorway. Kyrie’s first signature gets the beautiful greens of the Australia logo and it’s by far his best colorway to date. I’m a fan of Uncle Drew, but I can’t in good conscience buy a pair of Kyries when he’s gonna go up against my Bulls again this season. Especially on a day when the Rose’s come out and look nice too. But hey, for all you Cavs and/or Aussie fans, scroll below and cop the collection.
Of all the 90s nostalgic things you can send my way, this probably is #1.
And thanks to the always undefeated internet, you can get your NBA on NBC intro for tonight‘s Game 1 of Warriors-Cavs up above.
Can you guess what Finals Marv is actually previewing… that translates nearly flawlessly for 2015? (Answer below.)
Meanwhile, a couple more videos to get you amped…
How about the time when Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving dueled in Cleveland, pre-LeBron, down to the wire with nearly 30 points each? I hope we see some of that tonight and throughout this series.
Also, I haven’t had a chance to watch all of 286 3-pointers from Steph Curry until today. I know, I’m slacking, but here’s literally every one. (And an amazing statistical article from Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry that makes Curry even more unbelievable.)
Answer: 2001 Lakers vs. Sixers, led by MVP Allen Iverson. Soooo is Steph Curry going to step over Matthew Dellavedova after a corner 3 tonight? That’s one random thing I’d bet on. I’d also bet on the Warriors… in 5, let’s be bold.
David Zavac of FearTheSword.com joins Nillz to preview the Bulls second round series with the Cavaliers. Listen to them discuss the impact of Kevin Love’s absence, analyze the Kyrie Irving/Derrick Rose match-up, and identify the keys for each team to advance.
Night 2 of the Playoffs was highlighted by Game 1 of the Clippers-Spurs series that felt more like a Game 7. The execution and pace of play were the most quality of the weekend and it was CP3 & Blake Griffin who led the Clips to victory 107-92. Paul was magnificent with 32 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST and Griffin adding 26 PTS, 12 REB and 3 DUNKS on Aron Baynes. Whoo.
Relevant: The 2:05 mark of one of my favorite jams to drop in the past month.
Honorable Mention (for highlight of the day): Kyrie Irving shaking and baking to beat the first half buzzer.
The game of the year happened last night in the NBA (and nope, I’m not talking about Knicks-Lakers.)
The Cavs stunned the Spurs 128-125 in overtime as Kyrie Irving poured in a career-high 57 points (an NBA season-high) and was obviously flat out ridiculous. ICYMI, watch his full highlights above including his game-tying 3 over Kawhi Leonard that sent the game to overtime.
And check out my full thoughts on Kyrie, the true game of the year, and more over at Hardwood Paroxysm here.