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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.

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.

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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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Rookie/Vet Ep. 1

Rookie/Vet Ep. 1

A season-long series by The Players’ Tribune. It’s about the passing of wisdom between Phoenix Suns’ 33-year old center Tyson Chandler, a 15-year veteran, NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist, and his teammate Devin Booker, the 19-year old sharpshooting rookie.

A Laker for a Day

A Laker for a Day

“It’d be hard for me not to improve your team.” Eighteen-year-old Yitzi Teichman has brain cancer, which as he puts it helped him get a 1-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers (via the Make-A-Wish Foundation). He may not be a great baller, but he’s got a future in comedy.

Sweet Georgia Brown: A Capella

Sweet Georgia Brown: A Capella

Vocalist Mike Tompkins teamed up with members of The Harlem Globetrotters to put together this fun a capella version of their theme song, using nothing more than voices, bouncing basketballs, and foot stomping to create the multilayered track.

Wallace the Didgeridoo

Wallace the Didgeridoo

YouTuber Arman Minasian overlaid clips of a 2013 interview video with baritone-voiced basketball player Gerald Wallace, resulting in a sound that’s somewhere between a didgeridoo and Mongolian throat singing.

Air Jordan XXX

Air Jordan XXX

His Airness’ 30th signature shoe has a woven upper, a knit asymmetrical collar, the segmented outsole based on the Air Jordan XX9 and a triple X basketball net logo on the heel. Drops 2/12/16.

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