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Basketball

adidas Crazy Explosive

adidas Crazy Explosive

adidas‘ newest basketball shoe rocks the mad comfy Boost midsole, wrapped in a protective rubber cage that extends into the grippy outsole. It also has a fully knit upper and heel laces for added support.

Air Jordan XXXI

Air Jordan XXXI

The XXXI was inspired by the Jordan 1 and its infamous black-and-red variant. It has a synthetic leather and woven upper with the classic Swoosh and Air Jordan wings logos, neoprene ankle support, a phylon midsole and Zoom Air cushioning. Drops 9/3/16 for $185.

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Tim Duncan: Quiet Legend

Tim Duncan: Quiet Legend

The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan hung up his jersey just as he conducted himself in his 19-year career. Because really, there’s nothing left to say: 5 rings. 71% win rate. Made the playoffs every single year. Best power forward to ever play the game. We’ll miss you TD!

Nike Air Zoom Cabos

Nike Air Zoom Cabos

Nike is reinventing Gary Payton’s Air Zoom Flight The Glove signature shoe into the Air Zoom Cabos. Gone is the iconic zippered shroud in favor of a barrage of glow-in-the-dark Flywire cables. It will be available in black and white or white and green.

Air Jordan 8 Championship Pack

Air Jordan 8 Championship Pack

Chill like a champ in this straight fire variants of Michael Jordan’s first three-peat signature shoes. Champagne has a metallic off-white upper with MJ’s fingerprints on gold accents, while Cigars is a nearly all black shoe with confetti print. Drops 6/25/16.

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally bagged its first NBA championship and their city’s first major sports title in 52 years with a legendary performance. Nike captures Cleveland’s stunned reaction now that the thing they’ve wished for so long has finally come true.

Where Hoop Dreams Are Handmade

Where Hoop Dreams Are Handmade

Basketball is one of New York City’s favorite pastimes, and the city’s Parks Department plays a big role in keeping the sport alive. Great Big Story spoke with one of the city’s blacksmiths, who’s made around a thousand basketball rims for public courts.

Mean Tweets: NBA Edition 4

Mean Tweets: NBA Edition 4

Jimmy Kimmel Live! had Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and several other NBA players and personalities confront a few mean tweets about themselves. Part of us thinks Kimmel’s writers are Twitter users too, but mostly we just feel sorry for DeAndre Jordan.

Game of Zones 6

Game of Zones 6

“Your defense is weak, signed, AF. Who could that be?” Even on the eve of the NBA Finals, Bleacher Report continues to troll NBA players with its Game of Thrones parody series. There’s also a bonus clip featuring the trey-eyed Curry and the Six-ringed Meme.

Between the Legs Double Dunk

Between the Legs Double Dunk

The highlight of the first season of TNT’s slam dunk competition The Dunk King is this crazy creation from known rim-wrecker Haneef Munir aka Young Hollywood. The man got so much air he found time to jam in two balls at once.

Fake It ‘Til Your Face Hurts

Fake It ‘Til Your Face Hurts

Cullen Melton tried the no look three-point celebration popularized by some of the NBA’s sharpshooters. But he bombed harder than Nick Young did. This is Dude Imperfect, and we call this the Soviet Russian Trick Shot.

Dude Perfect: World Record Edition

Dude Perfect: World Record Edition

The perpetually shouting dudes convened a session of basketball trick shots in the presence of a Guinness World Records adjudicator, and proceeded to knock out eleven relatively obscure records, stealing a few from NBA greats and the Globetrotters along the way.

Nike Kyrie 2 Kyrache

Nike Kyrie 2 Kyrache

Kyrie Irving’s latest signature shoes have had several dope variants, but this one’s our favorite. The Kyrache borrows one of the Air Flight Huarache’s original colorways with its blue and purple color blocking. Drops 6/7/16 for $120.

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Steph Curry’s Ultimate Career Mixtape

Steph Curry’s Ultimate Career Mixtape

The NBA honors its first unanimous regular season MVP with this mind-boggling highlight reel put together by the great Hoopmixtape. If you took a howitzer and gave it Allen Iverson’s handles and Jason Williams’ passing, you’d get Steph Curry.

Rope Swing Dunks

Rope Swing Dunks

The Dunking Devils added an extreme twist to their freestyle basketball routine. They hung a basketball hoop under a railway bridge that’s suspended 32ft over the water, then used rope swings to pull off their slams and jams.

Nike Air More Uptempo White/Gum

Nike Air More Uptempo White/Gum

The flamboyant shoes that Scottie Pippen wore en route to helping the 95-96 Bulls to its 72-10 record. The Air More Uptempo completes its comeback with a dope new colorway, pairing an all white leather upper with a gum outsole. Drops 7/2016 for $160.

Rocket League: Hoops Mode

Rocket League: Hoops Mode

The hit vehicular soccer game Rocket League adds a basketball variant in an upcoming free update. The update will also add a Hoops Mode-only arena where the net doubles as a ramp. The update drops 4/26/16 for Windows, Xbox One and PS4.

Air Jordan 8 Crying Kicks

Air Jordan 8 Crying Kicks

Sneaker makers are slinging retros left and right, but one of the year’s dankest drops is a one-off made by two Nike fans. Sherman Winfield and Andrew Weiss ruined MJ’s three-peat era Air Jordan VIII’s by adding his infamous crying face on its tongue and sole.

2016 Warriors Mixtape

2016 Warriors Mixtape

A look back at the Golden State Warriors’ (ir)regular season, which set new records – never lost to the same team twice, no back-to-back losses, etc. – en route to breaking the biggest of ’em: 73 wins and 9 losses, topping the 1996 Bulls’ 72-10 record.

Kobe Bryant’s Farewell Game

Kobe Bryant’s Farewell Game

One of the biggest stars in a town bursting with them went out with a bang. On his last NBA game, Kobe Bryant dropped 60 points to lead the Lakers to a comeback victory against the Jazz. Only 21 other players have scored at least 60 in a game. And Mamba is 37 years old.

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95-96 Chicago Bulls Mixtape

95-96 Chicago Bulls Mixtape

This year’s Golden State Warriors have tied the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 regular season record with one more game to go. The NBA honors the team that set the bar so high with this compilation, showing off their passing and humiliating skills.

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

An injury derailed Devin Williams’ dream of playing high level college hoops, and he ended up in an art university. End of story? Nope. A class assignment unlocked his eye for filmmaking and teaching. Now he’s a YouTube star who has positively impacted many lives.

2016 March Madness Final

2016 March Madness Final

2016 March Madness lived up to its name with a thrilling Final. #2 Villanova completed the trail of upsets by defeating #1 North Carolina. The last 1:30 of the game was filled with defensive plays, but it ended with a crazy offensive exchange in the game’s final seconds.

Basketball Ninja

Basketball Ninja

Los Angeles Lakers’ 32-year-old rookie Marcelo Huertas showed off some Brazilian ninjutsu in their recent match against the Miami Heat. While his teammate was taking a free throw, Huertas hid behind Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, waiting for his unsuspecting prey.

Honest NCAA Bracket

Honest NCAA Bracket

“It’s a bold prediction, but probably my most accurate one.” March Madness is in full effect, and by that we mean everybody’s turned into Nostradamus and pulling numbers out of their butts to support their crystal balls. Just ask The Kicker’s bracketology expert.

Nike Kobe XI 4KB

Nike Kobe XI 4KB

Kobe Bryant’s last pre-retirement signature shoe is bound to get a million colorways, but we think we’re going to go for this one. The 4KB features a white knit upper spiked with multicolored threads, as well as leather swooshes. Drops 3/14/16 for $220.

Nike KD8 Elite

Nike KD8 Elite

Nike’s quest for ankle protection continues with this improved version of Kevin Durant’s latest signature shoe. The KD8 Elites have built-in calf-length compression socks, while their woven upper has been reinforced with Kevlar overlays. Drops 4/14/16.

Rookie/Vet Ep.2

Rookie/Vet Ep.2

In the second episode of The Players’ Tribune’s season-long series about the Phoenix Suns’ Tyson Chandler and Devin Booker, the rookie talks about learning to take care of his body, while the vet says to value wins over stats.

5’5″ Can Dunk

5’5″ Can Dunk

“HOW’D HE DO THAT?!” MaxPreps shares this video of high school basketball player Melvin Lee, who is supposedly only 5’5″ tall. Melvin literally shut a game down, at least for a moment, when he leapt practically his height to posterize two defenders.

Gordon vs. LaVine Slam Dunk Contest

Gordon vs. LaVine Slam Dunk Contest

2/13/16 will forever be remembered as the day a dude sat in mid-air. The NBA’s rocket-jumping 20-year olds Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine brought Toronto down in a legendary Slam Dunk Contest. Batman v Superman is probably going to be a letdown compared to this duel.

The Foul Line

The Foul Line

(PG-13: Language) YouTubers BriTANicK come back from the dead with a skit about a rec league basketball player who can’t shoot a free throw because he’s distracted by his teammate’s comment about his head.

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