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Jayson Tatum Will Be 1st NBA Player The Rock Nike’s Self-Lacing Adapt BB Sneakers On Court [Photos]

Nike Adapt BB Self Lacing Sneakers

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After much speculation and fanfare, Nike’s self-lacing basketball sneakers have finally arrived. Today the sportswear giant unveiled its Nike Adapt BB sneaker that features its power lacing system and revealed Boston Celtic rising star Jayson Tatum will be the first rock them on an NBA court.

Tatum will be getting his Marty McFly on when laces up or should we say powers up Nike’s Adapt BB sneaker when his Celtics take on the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night in Boston on ESPN. Paired with a continuously updating app the sneaker aims to tackle grasp the ever-elusive idea of providing basketball players the perfect fit while performing on the court.

The sneaker immediately goes to work as soon as the player steps in shoes. The Nike Adapts BB custom motor and gear train senses tension and makes the necessary adjustments accordingly for a snug and secure fit. The FitAdapt tech or the brain of sneaker will allow the player to adjust the fit either by the app or manual touch depending on different moments of the game.

Before the tech is introduced to Nike’s other lines, the company picked basketball as the first sport to test out the wearable technology. In speaking about why the company chose that particular sport first, Nike VP Creative Director of Innovation Eric Avar states:

“We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes. During a normal basketball game, the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience.”

Sounds like Nike is light years ahead of the competition right now. To get a detailed look at the sneakers that officially launch February 17 and will cost $350 hit the gallery below.

Photos: Nike

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Iman Shumpert Stopped From Giving Blazers Center The Fade?

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Sacramento Kings guard/forward Iman Shumpert lost his head for a moment and appeared that he was ready to give Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic the fade. Shumpert was prevented from entering the Blazers’ locker room after his team won the game after the big man set a hard screen.

ESPN reports:

Shumpert apparently was angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half.

“Some stuff needed to be between me and him, a conversation between two men,” Shumpert said. “Some stuff happened out there that we needed to have a conversation about. That’s it.”

Nurkic shrugged it off.

“I’m not going to worry about it,” he said. “He’s going into retirement soon. I’m not going to worry about a guy who’s going into retirement soon.”

Shumpert tweeted out an apology to the fans for causing a ruckus and celebrated his squad’s 115-107 win.

But wait, Shump is just 28 years old, so there’s gotta be a lot of basketball life left in those legs.

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Look: Travis Scott Turns Up W/ Houston Rockets’ James Harden

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Houston rapper Travis Scott is balling like a Rocket in 2019. The hip-hop heavyweight has shared a dope moment hanging out with Houston Rockets superstar James Harden.

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LeBron James Considers Himself The GOAT After 2016 Chip Win, NBA Twitter Debates

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LeBron James is still very much an active player in the NBA and is currently doing his best to corral a young Los Angeles Lakers team to greatness. In a recent chat, the future Hall of Fame star declared himself the greatest to ever play the game as a result of his championship win with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

During a recent airing of his docu-series More Than An Athlete on ESPN+, James harkened back to his Cleveland days where his team then faced off against the talent-stacked Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers, with James leading the charge, became the first team to come from behind after being 3-0 to win it all in epic fashion. For that feat, James, who is normally humble about such matters, allowed himself a moment to gloat and bask in his basketball glory.

It’s tough to argue considering James’ numbers and the fact that in his 16th year in the NBA, he’s still very much a threat on the court.

As one can imagine, NBA and basketball Twitter had their own thoughts about James’ assertion, and we’ve collected the bulk of those responses below.

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LeBron James Compares NFL Owners To Slave Masters, Gets Flack For Sharing 21 Savage Lyrics

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LeBron James is pretty much Teflon when it comes to controversies off the court, but a pair of recent instances have put him in the crosshairs of critics chomping at the bit. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar slammed NFL owners in a recent episode of his HBO show The Shop, and the sharing of a questionable 21 Savage lyric had him later apologizing for the act.

Deadline reports:

Speaking with business partner Maverick Carter Friday on his HBO Sports series The Shop, with guest stars Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams and rapper/actor Ice Cube, the Los Angeles Lakers forward called NFL owners “old white men” who, he said, acted like slave masters.

“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said in the conversation. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.’”

James then said it was the players who made the league, not the league making the players. “The players are who make the ship go,” James said. “Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham Jr., without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA.”

Sports Business writer Darren Rovell shared a tweet out of LeBron James rapping the lyrics of 21 Savage’s “ASMR” track, which prompted a flurry of chatter criticizing James for doing so although there were some who didn’t think he was taking the anti-Semitism route. However, James told ESPN that he truly didn’t mean to offend anyone by sharing out the song.

“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” James said to ESPN after his squad lost 107-99 to the Memphis Grizzlies. “That’s not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the byproduct of it. So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously, it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Carmelo Anthony Still All Smiles: “Everything Can Be Taken From Man But One Thing”

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NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony isn’t letting his current career crunch keep him from living his best life. The basketball veteran went to social media this week with an uplifting message to his fans.

Melo hopped on Instagram Friday (December 21) to let followers know he’s all smiles this holiday season.

This week, reports emerged about Anthony and estranged wife La La Anthony getting back together after nearly two years apart.

La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony are giving their relationship another try nearly two years after their split, sources confirm to Us Weekly. “La La and Carmelo have recently reconciled and they truly still love one another,” an insider close to the Power star, 36, tells Us. “It’s so obvious when they’re together.” The source, who confirms that the pair are officially back together, also points out that their son, 11-year-old Kiyan, factored into the reconciliation: “They also both want what’s best for their son and are committed to being a family.” (Us Weekly)

Last Valentine’s Day, Melo hinted at things possibly working out with La La.

Despite announcing their separation in April, Carmelo Anthony is still thinking of wife La La on Valentine’s Day. The NBA star, 33, shared a selfie with La La on the holiday of love to his social media pages with the caption, “*** MINE FOREVER!!! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to MY WIFE @lala” (People)

A few months ago, La La shut down the idea of pursuing a divorce from Carmelo.

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Docu-series On The Los Angeles Lakers “Showtime” Era In Development

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The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the NBA in the 1980s on the back of the supremely talented Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, spearheading an intense rivalry with the Boston Celtics. A five-part documentary series featuring the “Showtime” era of the Lake Show with Pat Riley at the coaching helm is currently in development.

Deadline reports:

The Los Angeles Media Fund and the Lakers are teaming up with Haven Entertainment to produce a five-episode docu-series focusing on the ’80s Showtime era of the storied basketball team. That was the period when Pat Riley coached the run and gun style distinguished by Magic Johnson’s passing and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring and shot blocking, with Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy, Byron Scott, and Michael Cooper backing them up. Courtside, celebs like Jack Nicholson turned The Forum into the town’s hottest ticket and the team won five NBA titles and waged an unbelievable rivalry with Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics. The series will be directed by Kristopher Belman (More Than A Game) and financed by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman’s Los Angeles Media Fund.

Before the Michael Jordan and LeBron James era, the Lakers and Celtics were the premier teams at the time ahead of the Detroit Pistons breaking out into a back-to-back championship run.  This occurred, of course, before the Chicago Bulls’ dominance in the NBA throughout the early 1990s.

The series has yet to announce an air date.

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Nike Unveils Earned Edition NBA Uniforms [Photos]

Nike Earned Edition Jerseys

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To honor the teams who have locked in a playoff spot for the NBA 2018-2019 season Nike has curated capsuled jerseys. And they are pretty litty.

As part of the Earned Edition collection the global sportswear brand has remixed the uniforms of 16 teams which include fan favorites Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers. The new looks, which are variations of each team’s Statement or City Edition uniforms, aim to supply fans with a tangible claim to both their team’s heritage and current success streak.

Select teams will debut their uniforms on-court as a part of the NBA’s annual Christmas Day lineup of games (get the schedule here). Other participating teams will begin wearing their Earned Edition uniforms in games soon after.

The Nike NBA Earned Edition uniforms will be available December 19 in limited quantities on nike.com and store.nba.com as well as at team retailers and select retail partners.

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Michael Jordan Smacks Charlotte Hornets Player In The Head For Boneheaded Play, Twitter Got Jokes

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Michael Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, has not only displayed and observed basketball excellence over the course of his long career but also most certainly witnessed plenty of bad plays. Sitting on the sidelines during his team’s close win over the Detroit Pistons last night (Dec. 12), one player got a little too hype and drew a technical foul which prompted Air Jordan to go upside his head — twice!

Malik Monk, a second-year player with the Hornets, got a little too hype after his team climbed from a big hole to edge the Pistons 108-107 and ran out on the court. This gave the Pistons a very slim chance to pull closer with the technical free throw and desperation shot, but luckily the game was in the bag for the Hornets.

In video clips showing the exchange between Jordan and Monk, you can see the NBA legend scolding the young player for the boneheaded move, smacking him in the back of the dome twice before laughing it off. We doubt it was anything malicious but more like a heat check to be sensible at the end of close games.

Despite the fact there doesn’t seem to be beef, Malik Monk’s name has been trending on Twitter since the morning and we’ve collected some of the best reactions below.

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Rumor Has It LeBron James Wants Carmelo Anthony To Be A Laker

LeBron James

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Basketball fans might see yet another super team being formed in the near future. The sports media is reporting that LeBron James wants Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles.

As per CBS Sports King James is rumored to want the all star power forward to sign with the LA Lakers. Writer Joe Vardon of The Athletic broke the news. The story claims a source close to the James offered up the intel.

LeBron James would like to get Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles with him on the Lakers, a league source told The Athletic. But James and his camp still believe Anthony can play, that there could be a place for him as a contributor on a Lakers’ team that is young and continues to battle injuries. Brandon Ingram is the latest casualty. His sprained left ankle will keep him for at least the next two games. And, broadly speaking, James does not want to see Anthony’s career end either with the Houston divorce or the 10-time All-Star playing out the string in this season in a market where he doesn’t want to be.

This rumor comes at a very interesting time as Anthony is still technically signed to the Houston Rockets but does not play and has made it clear he has no intentions to. Melo originally signed with Houston in July and can be traded starting December 15. But James has stuck to the script and has not shown any signs that the there is any truth to the whispers.

Back in November ‘Bron was asked about Carmelo possibly joining the squad and he said it is not up to him. “I have no idea to be honest. That’s not a question to ask me. Right now we have 15 roster spots right? We don’t even have a roster spot open right now. But that’s not a question for myself.”

The two have been acquaintances since high school and became good friends in the NBA. While Melo is clearly at the late stages of his career this signing could give him his last chance for a championship run. Additionally, La La Anthony is frequently in Hollywood for her acting duties so it wouldn’t be out the question for his personal life.

Photo: Shareif Ziyadat / Getty Images

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Source: HipHopWired.com