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The Golden Child – Steph Curry Turns 27 Today

27 years ago today, an NBA sharpshooter and his wife gave birth to a machine. The Golden Child. Chosen One. The true “Born Ready” – all of these titles can describe Wardell Stephen Curry II, the best shooter (and arguably best player) in the NBA, and maybe ever. His dad, Dell Curry, was known as …

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The 5 Year Anniversary of the Parra x Patta Nike Air Max 1

Words and Photography by: Kevin Miles Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for Air Max 1s. At one point in time, I had over 120 unique pairs. My love for sneakers has chilled over the years, but my love for this particular pair is still as strong as ever. Late 2009, Patta …

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Throwback Thursday: Reebok DMX Lite (1999)

For decades, Reebok has played a vital role as one of the purveyors and innovators of new technology for the sneaker industry. 1999 saw a brand new model loaded with brand new technology for basketball superstar Allen Iverson. This technology was called DMX. The way DMX worked was all about redistributing air to aid in cushioning. When the wearer would strike …

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Happy 49th Birthday To Kevin Johnson

We had to pay our respects to one of the best pass-first point guards in the Jordan Era, when the NBA really took off. The current mayor of Sacramento, was known for giving Stockton a run for assists leader every year. Besides dropping dimes, he was just as much of a scoring threat keeping his …

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Chris Webber

After 1992, college basketball was never the same. Five kids from Michigan got together and decided they were going to rock baggy shorts, play with some major swag, and take the game by storm. It was also the year Nike released one of its most unconventional sneakers of all time, the Air Flight Huarache. The …

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Beat Him By A Nose – Kobe Bryant Becomes the All-Time Leading All-Star Scorer

The place – Orlando. The time – time to play. The year – 2012. The suspect – one Black Mamba, Bean, KB8/24, Kobe Bryant. The mission – pass Michael, what else? Say what you will about Kobe, but when he sets his mind to accomplishing a goal, it usually gets done, and if it doesn’t, it …

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Blow Out Those Candles!!! – My Favorite Birthday Sneaks by Bryan Hinkle

In my house growing up, there was a tradition – you got a pair of shoes to start school, a pair for basketball in November, and when the season was over you wore those until the next school year. Not exactly ghetto poor, but there were no multiple Jordans in the closet waiting to be …

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Best Chinese New Years Themed Sneakers

Today, February 19th, commemorates the new lunar New Year, universally known as “Chinese New Year.” The next animal in the lunar 12-animal zodiac cycle is the ram/sheep. Year over year more sneaker brands have jumped on the trend of making sneakers themed on the holiday. Over the decades there has been some great execution and …

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Jerome Kersey 1962-2015

Last night, news broke via Twitter of the passing of Jerome Kersey. While Kersey’s career took him to 6 cities, he had his best years in Portland. At least that’s the Kersey that I’ll remember. Kersey spent his time in Portland in the shadow of Clyde Drexler, but I guess everyone in Rip City did. …

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Ridin’ Dirty – JR Rider and the 1994 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Yeah, he was a knucklehead of the highest order, but for one day, JR Rider showed the world something never seen before (and even had Kobe copying someone besides MJ). Drafted 5th out of UNLV in 1993 after averaging 29 points a game as a senior, the Minnesota Timberwolves had their star. Christian Laettner the …

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