Italy may be the European country that the Philly born Los Angeles Laker legend Kobe Bryant was raised, but he spent some of his days in the Spanish city of Barcelona too.
And now the greatest player the NBA has ever seen not named Magic or Mike has retired he won’t stop like Basketball or Jordan’s when it comes to his Nike trainers. His latest range of Elite 11 ‘Mambacurial’ sneakers kicking it with soccer.
Following in the cleat steps of his Brazil carnival ready last ‘curials, that joined the Rio 2016 Olympic party come the Barcelona’s. And in dark red and blue that Spider-Man would be proud of these yellow trimmed court slingers may be Kobe and Nike’s most classic composition since the Beethoven or what could have been Charlotte colorways. But from Turkish Airline partner Lionel Messi to their Spanish sister basketball team these new Kobe’s are for F.C. Barcelona.
The Kobe Elite Lows, especially the 11’s (note the number) look like soccer shoes anyway…so it’s only fitting these Bara soles are part of the uniform collection. Not to plug or to pun but rocking these Nikes really feel like walking on air, so you know that the best line since Jordan’s can toe the one between basketball and football.
Add some studs and you could see these kicks in the Nou Camp come new season. But you know Barca’s best will wear them off the floor too. Also, now none of Messi’s Kobe competing, city-to-city selfies will be complete without what’s on his feet. And when it comes to Kobe Bryant’s extended European family, you know his Gasol brother has to be sent a pair. It’s the least for his feet following his hand of Basketball God’s punch gave a struggling Spanish side the Olympic Bronze for their nation out in South America this Summer.
These latest colourways are available to rock come the end of the week on September 8th. And the navy and crimson, black and orange trimmed Barcelona has us singing its praises in opera house tones like Queen’s late, great Freddie Mercury. Fit for a King, even LeBron has to give it up for the new Kobe’s. The capital city of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain will never look the same. Now Las Ramblas is really going to have the colour of the city walking down it.
Even if those steps belong to someone bouncing the ball in a whole different way.
Knicks’ R.J. Barrett joins growing PUMA basketball family
Canada’s R.J. Barrett has officially signed a multi-year shoe deal with PUMA — joining a growing list of young stars as the brand continues to push further into basketball.
Barrett, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft joins DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, DeAndre Ayton, Kevin Knox, Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. and others.
PUMA also inked former New York Knicks legend Walt Clyde Frazier to a lifetime contract in 2018. Frazier pioneered the brand to the upper echelon of sneaker culture with the release of the “Puma Clyde” back in 1973.
Terms of the deal weren’t officially disclosed – but given RJ’s representation which includes big-time agent Bill Duffy, it wouldn’t totally be a shock if PUMA significantly overpaid for Barrett’s services.
PUMA won the Canadian stars rights after beating out Nike, Adidas and unveiled a mural dedicated to Barrett near its new sprawling store on Fifth Avenue in downtown New York.
Barrett is expected to rack-up a bevy of endorsement deals and also has agreements with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and apparel company INDOCHINO.
Canadian’s Barrett, alongside Andrew Wiggins (Adidas) and Jamal Murray (Adidas) are expected to be right at the top sponsorship earners over the course of their careers — taking advantage of their global star power and the rise of basketball in Canada.
New Nike Giannis Antetokounmpo Sneakers Are ‘Coming To America.’
“GOOD MORNING NEIGHBORS!”
“Hey! F### you!”
(With genuine joy and affection back) “Yes! F### you too!”
Ever since Milwaukee Bucks position and court redefining Point God, Giannis Antetokounmpo came to America like Eddie Murphy, he truly beyond a cliché changed the game and the watching world. And now with Nike, lacing up some new signatures inspired by the classic 80’s Murphy movie ‘Coming To America’, the Greek Freak is about to change the sneaker one too.
These new most valuable sneakers from this year’s MVP are so clean they’ll have you running up like Samuel L. Jackson in “McDowell’s”.
Time to get the brooms.
It’s about to be a clean sweep Foot Locker.
Antetokounmpo’s first sneaker the Nike Freak 1 is about to take all those LeBron, Kobe’s and Westbrook’s to the shoeboxes with this breath of Air. Fresh out the cardboard these colorful pairs have a reversed swoosh like Travis Scott. Perfect for any shoe dog like Phil Knight. And these ‘Coming’ colorways also feature leopard, black, grey and gold accents to the men who would be King. Prince Akeem’s royal garb and the most inspired international influence this league has seen since the dream shake of Hakeem Olaujawon for a regal fit.
And with the gold ‘Coming To America’ logo on the tongue of these licks you can expect this revolution to be televised. But please bring back our favourite ‘Raw’ and ‘Delirious’ comedian for the commercial Nike.
This perfect pair for the theme of the perfect prototype player of this games future generation drip as hard as ‘ER’ and ‘Logan’ star Eriq La Salle’s jheri curl in this movie. Watch the shoes like Ronald Reagan said to Eazy-E when N.W.A. visited the White House according to The Game! If co-star Arsenio Hall still had a show (bring it on back again) then he’d have them as a guest on his couch. With or without the freak.
Put up a wall against these Trump! We have more shoeboxes to stack.
Wearing clothes are about to be a new experience for you as you unbox these with the rose petals that fall out like Tokyo trees after cherry blossom season instead of tissue paper. There’s also some ‘Coming To America’ inspired Freak 1 Nike apparel to match with some ‘I Love NY’ heart homages to the film about a prince who made his way to the Big Apple like this kid from the Olympic home of athletes in Athens, Greece did on Draft Day.
These really are the Crown Prince of Zamuda.
These Greek sneakers are so freaking good, you’re going to want to renounce your throne.
Come on, come all.
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