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Adidas Breaks Out the Harden Vol. 2, Ready For All-Star Weekend February 10, 2018 11:39

The long-awaited adidas Harden Vol. 2 is almost here, as James Harden and adidas start to ramp up the hype ahead of the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

The Harden Vol. 2 has been completely redesigned and so is starkly different to the Vol. 1. Adidas has worked through all aspects of the shoe and honed the materials, construction and performance to enhance what Harden is all about - putting his defender on skates, and punishing him with buckets. 


Adidas introduced FORGEFIBRE on this shoe, which replaces the toe shroud from the Vol. 1. FORGEFIBRE has been engineered to provide comfort, without stiffness, while still maintaining the strength needed to support the foot through hard cuts to the basket, jab steps and changing things up on your defender super quick. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

FORGEFIBRE is created with TPU-coated yarn, and sees three unique layers of stitched material, over a stretch-based mesh, keeping the toe end of the shoe strong but flexible.


Another new feature for the Harden Vol. 2 is the customisable lacing system, which allows each player to personalise their lockdown to fit their foot. We saw this last on the D Lillard 3 but the cut of that panel on the Harden Vol. 2, and manner in which adidas is introducing design elements across the lacing structure really moves this idea forward. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

A band also stretches across the foot at the bottom of the lacing structure, giving extra support by bridging the upper.


The Harden Vol. 2 is absolutely loaded full of adidas BOOST, with BOOST cushioning running the full length of the shoe. The BOOST unit is also a lot thicker than the Vol. 1, pushing the comfort on this one above and beyond. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

The shoe has also been designed with a wide base at the back of the foot, to help with balance as Harden's footwork goes into overdrive, while midfoot grooves house a stability plate for torsion control. 

A big change for the Harden Vol. 2 is also that extended outsole, that wraps around the heel of the shoe, ensuring durability of the shoe, and creating further weight balance across the silhouette.


The California Dreaming colourway of the Harden Vol. 2 will go on general release on February 16th, after making it's debut over in Los Angeles ahead of the All-Star game. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

Harden grew up in California, and shaped his game out there in the City of Angels. This colourway takes hues from the LA sunrise, and features a palm tree camo on the lace system. Pastel green and purple accents, over a chalk coral upper with orange FORGEFIBRE threads, sit over dark grey BOOST.


Another adidas Harden Vol. 2 colourway releasing on the 16th of February is the Ignite. Creating more points – scored or assisted on – than any player in the league, James is the key to igniting the Rockets’ high-powered offence. Harden Vol. 2 Ignite represents James’ fire to bring a title back to Houston, and comes in a maroon and navy colourway.

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

The Harden Vol. 2 will be right here at Hardwood Ventures on Friday 16th February. 

Jordan Brand Reveal First Ever NBA All-Star Uniforms at Future of Flight January 26, 2018 11:47

Jordan NBA All-Star Jersey

Jordan brand have revealed their first ever NBA All-Star uniforms, at the Future of Flight event in Los Angeles. Alongside the uniforms, Jordan brand showcased other important products that give us a view as we where the brand is headed.

The Jordan Brand NBA All-Star edition uniform seamlessly blends style and innovation. A clean black and white colour scheme is utilised across the uniform, including on the team logos. The All-Star font is inspired by Los Angeles street sign typography.

Jordan Brand NBA All-Star Jerseys
Jordan Brand NBA All-Star Jerseys

A key aspect of this years All-Star kits is that they have a really classic, premium look that is going to perform well on the court, but also look great on the street. Much of Jordan Brand's approach is to build on that cross-over between performance and lifestyle, which was also highlighted across additional product ranges that were showcased at the Future of Flight event.

Jordan Brand has always been fearless when it comes to pushing the boundaries of innovation and style,” said Jordan Brand VP of Design, David Creech. “The Jordan Brand NBA All-Star Edition uniform embodies that attitude with a distinctive look. Our goal was to combine the street-premium Jordan sportswear feel with Los Angeles style for a jersey that looks just as good on the court as off it. We're excited to see this year's NBA All-Stars represent their teams in Jordan style on the biggest, brightest stage."

Jordan Brand NBA All-Star Jerseys

The structure and approach to the All-Star game has changed this year, where the teams are no longer split East vs West. The format is much more like a scrimmage, where captains (LeBron James and Steph Curry) got to pick their team from a pool of all the All-Stars, so it's kind of nice that the black vs white has a scrimmage-feel about it, especially as each players jersey will be available to buy in both black and white at retail, and not just the colour that they're assigned for the actual game.

Jordan Brand NBA All-Star uniforms will be releasing early February.

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Jordan Brand NBA All-Star Jerseys Jordan Brand NBA All-Star Jerseys

Adidas Harden Vol. 2 Makes Brief Appearance in Calling All Creators Spot January 24, 2018 16:49

The waiting is almost over for the Adidas Harden Vol. 2 shoe, which is set to release next month. While Adidas hasn't officially released much about the shoe, it did make a very brief appearance in Adidas' latest campaign - Calling All Creators.

Adidas gather some of the most creative and successful people, in their respective fields, around one table to hash out what it means to be a creator. From basketball we see James Harden, Damian Lillard, Tracy McGrady, Derrick Rose, Brandon Ingram, Kristaps Porzingis, Jeremy Lin and Candace Parker, as well as major names from other industries, like Pharell Williams, Lionel Messi, David Beckham and Alexander Wang.

Other than showcasing how much of a powerhouse Adidas has become, and the type of talent it attracts when it comes to collaborators, we also get a peek at some of Adidas latest innovations and styles, including a flash of the Harden Vol. 2 under the table. 

The Harden Vol. 2 is shown in a tropical orange colourway, which, along with a navy / maroon version, will release Mid-February, right ahead of the NBA All-Star Weekend. The styling of the Vol. 2 is dramatically different to the Vol. 1, and is likely to see fans divided initially. However, I'm sure we can expect some dope releases in the Harden line this year, and the Vol. 2 is definitely looking like there are some performance improvements. 

Stay tuned as we look forward to the official launch of these from Adidas. More info to follow, as well as some unboxing and initial feedback from our guys at the HV store.

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

Adidas Harden Vol. 2

Miami Has Really Turned Up the HEAT with their Nike NBA City Jerseys January 24, 2018 15:33

Nike NBA Miami Heat City Jerseys

In store this January, it's all been about the introduction of the Nike NBA City Edition jerseys, which are the 4th style of jersey to be released so far this season. A few NBA teams are starting to get ready to step out on the court in their City jerseys now, and the Miami Heat has been jacking up the hype on theirs, thanks to some great 80's styled photography and videos.

The Heat are going to be wearing a clean white kit as their City edition, with bright pink and blue detailing, which has a strong South Beach vibe. The Miami script across the front of the jersey is taken from the original Miami sign on the Heat's arena from back in 1988. 

Miami Heat Hassan Whiteside City Jersey

Nike have been putting the 'South Beach' colourway to good effect for years, in various capacities (who remembers that Nike LeBron 9 SB release?), and these Miami Heat jerseys are a great example of how a fire colourway, and a simple design can often be better than a design that's overworked. 

The Heat will debut the jerseys, in a home game vs the Sacramento Kings on the 25th January, with the jerseys available at retail on the 24th January. While we're waiting for that to come around, check out the Heat players living that 80's dream.

Buy your Miami Heat Nike NBA City Jersey here, while stocks last.


Nike and the NBA Unveil City Edition Jerseys December 27, 2017 21:41

Nike NBA City Edition Jerseys


Nike and the NBA have unveiled their City Edition jerseys for the 2017-18 NBA season. These jerseys are the 4th variation to hit the hardwood this season, after the Icon, Association and Statement.

The City Edition Nike NBA jerseys have each been built around the story of the team, city and fans that they represent, as per Nike: "These designs honour the fans – those who, 41 times a year, take pilgrimage at their local arena, and whose passions help define each respective team’s identity. The Nike NBA City Edition uniforms represent insights and emotion from the court to the upper deck to the cities’ streets, in pursuit of a unique way to capture each team and its city in a way that respects the past and present of the clubs while also positioning them for the future."

Take a look at each teams City Edition jersey below. 


Atlanta Hawks Nike NBA City Jersey

The Atlanta Hawks City Edition uniform pays homage to the city’s rich past while looking to the future. Asymmetrical lines and volt accents nod to the team's uniforms from the '70s, while the design and font take inspiration from the city's cutting-edge music scene.


Boston Celtics Nike NBA City Jersey

The Celtics City Edition uniform pays tribute to the club’s unique parquet floor and the man credited with starting its winning legacy, Red Auerbach. The shorts belt buckle features the iconic banner design to match the crowded TD Garden rafters and highlights the Celtics’ most recent NBA Championship in 2008.


Brooklyn Nets Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The Brooklyn Bridge is more than a roadway; it is a lifeline connecting busy and diverse communities. With a graphic wiring pattern inspired by the bridge's steel cables, and the mantra ("Brooklyn Unite") written above the jock tag, the Nets’ City Edition uniform celebrates the bridge the team has built with its fans and its neighbors.


Charlotte Hornets City Edition Jersey

Like their namesake, the Charlotte Hornets stick together — and work hard. The franchise's City Edition uniform features a hive-inspired pattern, colors that mimic iridescent hornet wings, and the team's anthem ("Enter the Swarm") above the jock tag.


Chicago Bulls City Edition Jersey

The city flag of Chicago and the Bulls logo have become iconic symbols of greatness in one of America’s most recognized cities. The Bulls City Edition uniform brings together the city’s pride and strong history to create a legendary look for one of the NBA’s most historic teams.


Cleveland Cavaliers City Edition Nike NBA Jersey

The Cavaliers City Edition uniform symbolizes protection of The Land through reference to a city landmark — the giant “Guardians of Transportation” sculptures that stand guard over Cleveland’s Hope Memorial Bridge.


Dallas Mavericks Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

Only in Dallas will you feel the energy the downtown skyline brings to its Dallasites. Marked by the neon glow on the letters, numbers and piping, the new Mavs City Edition Jersey reflects the swagger of the Big D and the vibrancy of Dallas nights.


Denver Nuggets Nike NBA Jersey City Edition

More than a mile above sea level, Denver's altitude presents a unique challenge to opponents. The design of the Nuggets City Edition uniform is inspired by their elevation, and features metallic gold accents to symbolize refinement in the club's journey to new heights.


Detroit Pistons Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The Detroit Pistons City Edition uniform features chrome details and sleek design lines that create a modern and clean look to these automotive-inspired jerseys and shorts. Motor City is prominently featured across the chest and a D logo on the waistband is a nod to the team’s move back to the city and represents the civic pride of the fan base.


Golden State Warriors Nike NBA City Edition Jerseys

The Warriors City Edition uniform pays tribute to Chinese culture in the Bay Area. The Chinese characters for prosperity are proudly placed on the belt buckle while the chest logo combines the Golden Gate Bridge and classic Chinese symbolism.


Official unveil coming soon...


















Indiana Pacers Nike NBA City Edition Jerseys

The City Edition uniform of the Indiana Pacers uniform is inspired by the rich tradition of automative racing in Indiana. The checkerboard flag and finish line come to life on the front of the jersey, and the player number mimics the numbers on classic race cars.


LA Clippers Nike NBA Jersey City Edition

Commemorating the 40th season since the team moved to California, the LA Clippers City Edition uniform celebrates the team’s history in San Diego with colors and nautical details inspired by the era.


LA Lakers Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The Los Angeles Lakers’ City Edition uniforms will pay tribute to franchise legends. The first star athlete honored by the club, Kobe Bryant, is referenced by a Black Mamba print that forms the base of the design.


Memphis Grizzlies Nike NBA Jersey City Edition

The uniform is inspired by the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike ‘I Am A Man’ slogans and reflects on the events, circumstance and losses surrounding the movement, including the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Official unveil coming soon...



















Milwaukee Bucks Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The Bucks City Edition uniform draws its base color Milwaukee's famous Cream City bricks. With a Buck head proudly displayed on the jersey and silhouette of the state of Wisconsin on belt buckle, the full look serves as celebration of the teams hardworking and passionate fans.


Minnesota Timberwolves Nike NBA City Jerseys

The Minnesota Timberwolves City Edition uniform celebrates the tonal gray winter coat of the wolf, while the white mimics the snow-covered land that is the North. The color allows the Wolf to reflect its surroundings and be an apex predator while camouflaging and protecting the wolf, which is reflective of the “New Era” of Timberwolves basketball – hungry and determined to break through and establish a winning culture.


New Orleans Pelicans Nike NBA City Edition Jerseys

The New Orleans Pelicans City Edition uniform celebrates the vibrant life of NOLA during Mardi Gras. Bold colors represent power, faith and justice, and "dancing" numbers reproduce the city's energy. The neckline takes inspiration from classic Carnival ducal decoration. These uniforms are only worn during the Carnival season.


Official unveil coming soon....



















Oklahoma City Thunder Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The logo and colors of this City Edition uniform symbolize the Oklahoma City Thunder's playing style — fast, bold and dynamic. Familiar sunset and blue twist around the jersey to represent the coming of a storm and the forces of nature that exist both on and off the court.


Orlando Magic Nike NBA City Edition Jerseys

The edges of light bordering our universe reveal a vastness greater than our imagination. Emblematic of the desire to achieve more, the Orlando Magic City Edition uniform is the will to break boundaries, push our outer confines and find something greater than our individual selves. Go higher. Go farther. Go deeper. Be limitless.


Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

This Philadelphia 76ers City Edition uniform celebrates American freedom with a parchment paper-inspired base color and script that mimics the original Declaration of Independence. The “76” on the shorts nods to the Bi-Centennial celebration held in Philadelphia.


Phoenix Suns Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The Phoenix Suns City Edition uniform pays special tribute to the Hispanic heritage of the community the Suns have proudly represented for 50 years. The “Los Suns” uniform features shades of Phoenix purple and the back of the jersey includes a design detail inspired by the Phoenix constellation.


Portland Trail Blazers Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The Portland Trail Blazers City Edition Uniform features a plaid pattern inspired by legendary coach Jack Ramsay’s unique wardrobe and the historical fashion trends of the Northwest. The Rip City mantra proudly represents the community, culture and fans, while the city flag creatively influences the red graphic embellishments.


Sacramento Kings Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

Inspired by the Kings 1985 baby blue uniforms, the new City Edition design blends our storied past with our bright future. The new uniforms feature the beloved baby blue and red, with the fan favorite lion emblem emblazoned on the chest. The City Edition uniform marks the first time this logo is featured on the team uniforms.


San Antonio Spurs Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The Spurs City Edition uniform honors the servicemen and servicewomen of the U.S. Armed Forces. With a camouflage print that pays tribute to the U.S. Army Combat Uniform, the jerseys show San Antonio’s pride in the nickname Military City USA.


Official unveil coming soon...


















Utah Jazz Nike NBA City Edition Jersey

The cascading colors of this Utah Jazz City Edition uniform are inspired by the natural beauty of its home state with the famous red rock formations, stunning arches, and breathtaking canyon lands. The sides of the jersey represent the roadways to adventure with the travel routes from Salt Lake City to southern Utah.


Washington Wizards Nike NBA City Edition jersey

The Washington Wizards City Edition uniform celebrates the District of Columbia and our capital's team. It features a marble pattern on the side panels that from the Washington monument and a beveled effect on the numbers that resemble the styling of iconic Washington D.C. monuments.

Nike Unveils All 30 NBA Statement Uniforms - Check Them All Out Here September 16, 2017 12:06

This season, NBA teams are going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to which dope uniform they're going to wear on court. We've already seen the Icon and Association jerseys, but now Nike and the NBA have done a mass unveil for the Statement edition.

Check out the group shot of the Nike NBA Statement jerseys, as well as each individual team below. 

Nike NBA jerseys are available here.

Nike NBA Statement Jerseys

Atlanta Hawks Nike NBA Statement Jersey Boston Celtics Nike NBA Statement Jersey
Brooklyn Nets Nike NBA Statement Jersey Nike NBA Charlotte Hornets Statement Jersey
Nike NBA Chicago Bulls Statement Jersey Nike NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Statement Jersey
Dallas Mavericks Nike NBA Jersey Statement Nike NBA Denver Nuggets Statement Jersey
Nike NBA Statement Detroit Pistons Jersey Nike NBA Statement Golden State Warriors Jersey
Nike NBA Statement Jersey Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers Nike NBA Statement Jersey
La Clippers Nike NBA Statement Jersey LA Lakers Nike NBA Statement Jersey
Nike NBA Statement Jerseys Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat Nike NBA Statement Jersey
Nike NBA Milwaukee Bucks Statement Jersey Nike NBA Statement Minnesota Timberwolves Jersey
New Orleans Pelicans Nike NBA Statement Jersey New York Knicks Nike NBA Statement Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Nike NBA Statement Jersey Nike NBA Statement Jersey Orlando Magic
Nike NBA Philadelphia 76ers Statement Jersey Phoenix Suns Nike NBA Statement Jersey
Portland Trail Blazers Nike NBA Statement Jersey Nike NBA Statement Jersey Sacramento Kings
Nike NBA San Antonio Spurs Statement Jersey Toronto Raptors Nike NBA Statement Jersey
Nike NBA Statement Jersey Utah Jazz Washington Wizards Nike NBA Statement Jersey 

Milwaukee Bucks to Wear Nike Classic Edition Jersey for "Return to the MECCA" August 29, 2017 17:45

The Milwaukee Bucks have just unveiled their Classic Edition Nike NBA uniform, which they will wear in select games for the 2017 / 18 NBA season. 

Milwaukee Bucks Classic Nike NBA Jersey

The first time we'll see this kit worn on court will be on the 26th October, as the Bucks welcome the Boston Celtics to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, formerly known as the MECCA.  This "Return to the MECCA" game is part of a larger celebration of the Buck's 50th Anniversary season. 

The Bucks called the MECCA their home when they joined the NBA in 1968, and played their through until 1988. They played the Boston Celtics 48 times in the regular season at the MECCA, going 30 - 18, in what proved to always be an exciting match up. 

Milwaukee Bucks Classic Nike NBA Uniform Milwaukee Bucks Classic Nike NBA Uniform

In just their third season, the Bucks compiled a 34-2 record at the MECCA and went on to win the 1971 NBA Championship. “Return to the MECCA” will be the first time the Bucks have hosted a regular season home game off-site in Wisconsin since they played three regular season home games in Madison during the 1974-75 season. 

Milwaukee Bucks Classic Nike NBA Uniform Milwaukee Bucks Classic Nike NBA Uniform

The Bucks’ Classic Edition uniform is Nike’s modern take on the original Bucks uniform from 1968 and will be worn on select dates throughout the 2017-18 season. Check out the video below for more about the "Return to the MECCA".

LeBron James Breaks Out New Nike NBA Threads August 19, 2017 13:16

Fewer brand-athlete relationships seem as strong as the one between Nike and LeBron James, especially where basketball is concerned. So it's no surprise that James is out there on social media, leading the way to showcasing the new relationship between Nike and the NBA.

Posting on Instagram, James let everyone know just how ready he is to get next season underway, while showing off his new Nike NBA threads. 

"Welcome to the Terrordome!! Let's get this thing back going ASAP!! Savage Season 15 #striveforgreatness #savagemode #IFeelSoGoodRightNowItsScary"

LeBron James Nike NBA Icon Jersey

LeBron is wearing Nike's new 'Icon' uniform, which replaces what would have been known as the 'road' uniform. The Cleveland Cavaliers, along with the other 29 NBA teams, will get to choose which kit their wear for their home games next season, hence the move away from using 'home' or 'road' in reference to the uniforms.

The new uniforms are set to drop at the end of September, so keep it right here to grab your very own LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Nike Icon jersey and shorts.


Every Nike NBA Jersey Revealed So Far /// Association and Icon Editions August 14, 2017 17:45

Details about the new Nike NBA jerseys were slow to come out at first, but over the past week, we've had a cascade of releases, culminating in the 2017 Pannini rookie photoshoot, where every rookie was wearing their official Nike NBA uniforms. 

2017 Pannin Rookie Shoot - Nike NBA Uniforms

While not all teams have officially unveiled their jerseys just yet, the vast majority have, so here we've complied a look at every Nike NBA jersey revealed so far. We'll be updating as we go, so that you can get a full look at all 30 teams for the upcoming season.

Nike NBA Association Jerseys Nike NBA Icon Jerseys
Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks Nike NBA Jersey Atlanta Hawks Nike NBA Icon Jersey
Boston Celtics Boston Celtics Nike NBA Jerseys Boston Celtics Nike NBA Jerseys
Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets Nike NBA Jerseys
Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets Association Jordan Brand NBA Jersey Charlotte Hornets Jordan Brand NBA Jerseys
Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls Nike NBA Jersey Assocation Chicago Bulls Nike NBA Jersey - Icon
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers Nike NBA Jersey - Association Cleveland Cavaliers Nike NBA Icon Jersey 
Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks Nike NBA Jersey
Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets Nike NBA Jersey Association Denver Nuggets Nike NBA Jersey - Icon
Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons Nike NBA Association Jersey Detroit Pistons Nike NBA Jersey Icon
Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors Nike NBA Jersey Assocation Golden State Warriors Nike NBA Jersey Icon
Houston Rockets Houston Rockets Nike NBA Jersey - Association Houston Rockets Nike NBA Jerseys
Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers Nike NBA Jerseys Association Indiana Pacers Nike NBA Jersey Icon
LA Clippers LA Clippers Association Nike NBA Jersey Clippers Nike Icon NBA Jersey
LA Lakers LA Lakers Nike NBA Jersey - Association Edition LA Lakers Nike NBA Jersey - Icon Edition
Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies Nike NBA Association Jersey Memphis Grizzlies Nike NBA Jersey Icon Edition
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks Nike NBA Jersey Milwaukee Bucks Nike NBA Jersey
Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves Nike NBA Jersey Association Minnesota Timberwolves Nike NBA Jersey Association
New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans Nike NBA Association Jersey New Orleans Pelicans Nike NBA Jersey Icon
New York Knicks New York Knicks Icon NBA Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder Nike NBA Uniforms
Orlando Magic Orlando Magic Association Nike Jersey Orlando Magic Icon Nike Jersey
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA Jersey Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA Uniforms Fultz
Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns Nike NBA Jersey Assocation Phoenix Suns Nike NBA Jersey Icon
Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers Nike NBA Jerseys Portland Trail Blazers Nike Icon NBA Jersey
Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings Nike NBA Jerseys Sacramento Kings Nike NBA Jerseys
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs Nike NBA Association Jersey San Antonio Spurs Nike NBA Icon Jersey
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz Utah Jazz Nike NBA Association Jersey Utah Jazz Nike NBA Icon Jersey
Washington Wizards Washington Wizards Nike Association NBA Jersey Washington Wizards Nike Icon NBA Jersey

Cleveland Cavaliers and Nike Showcase New Design for 2017/18 NBA Uniforms August 08, 2017 16:18

As one of the top teams in the NBA, and with close connections to Nike thanks to players like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers had one of the most anticipated uniform reveals of this off-season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Nike NBA Uniforms

The images of the new jerseys were officially released on social media last night, with an accompanying video that showcased just how different these uniforms are, both materially and in terms of the overall design. 

The Cavaliers are running with an updated colour scheme next season, was well as a new typeface and a very differently styled jersey. Their new sponsor, Good Year, also looks great with just the wingfoot logo, balancing out with the Nike swoosh. 

The textures of the uniforms and attention to detail is also on the up, take a look at the close ups below. All Cavaliers Nike jerseys and shorts will be available here at Hardwood Ventures ahead of the new season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Association NBA Nike Jersey

Cleveland Cavaliers Icon Nike NBA Jersey


Chicago Bulls to Wear Red Nike NBA Jerseys for Home Games August 03, 2017 11:51

The Chicago Bulls have unveiled their new Nike NBA basketball uniforms for the 2017/18 NBA season, along with a statement that they will wear the red Icon jersey as their primary home uniform. 

Chicago Bulls Nike NBA Icon Jersey

Chicago Bulls Nike NBA Icon Jersey

As Nike take over as the head-to-toe apparel sponsor of the NBA, things are going to be done a little differently. A key change for the upcoming season is that Nike and the NBA are allowing each team to choose which kit they want to wear for their home games. 

Previously, all home teams would wear their white kit, and the away team would wear their team-colours or alternative kits. For the new season, there will be the Association jersey, which is the traditionally white kit, and the Icon jersey, which is the traditionally the team-colour, 'road' jersey. Teams choose whether they want to wear the Association or the Icon at home.

Chicago Bulls Nike NBA Association Jersey

Chicago Bulls Nike NBA Association Jersey

The Bulls have gone with a traditionally simplistic design for their new Nike kits, with the Nike Swoosh sitting prominently on the right shoulder. The cut of the jerseys has changed, especially around the shoulders, as you can see from the rear images of the jerseys. Nike spent a great deal of time consulting with the players that would wear the jerseys to find out what improvements could be made to enhance motion and performance. 

The cut of the jerseys, and their material composition is built around sustainability (each uniform contains approximately 20 recycled plastic bottles) and helping the players to perform better over an 82 game season. So these kits are lighter, and more efficient in wicking away sweat to keep the players comfortable for longer.

Take a look at the other NBA team jersey reveals here, and make sure you check back in the Autumn for the Nike NBA jersey release right here.


Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA Jerseys Celebrate City of Brotherly Love August 02, 2017 17:50

As the Summer progresses, we're getting to see each of the new Nike NBA kits that teams will wear throughout the 2017/18 NBA season. The Philadelphia 76ers used the 2017 No. 1 pick, Markelle Fultz, to unveil their new uniforms. 

The new Nike NBA uniforms have some great features, including being made from Nike Alpha Yarn recycled polyester, which includes around 20 recycled plastic bottles. The jerseys are lighter, and wick sweat away 30% better than previous jerseys. The cut of the jersey is also different, especially around the shoulders, where player feedback and research has led to a new shape for better mobility.

From a design point of view, the jerseys have some nice features for Philadelphia, like the embroidered 'Brotherly Love' above the jock tag. Take a closer look below.

Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA Jerseys

Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA Jerseys

Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA Jerseys

Philadelphia 76ers Nike NBA jerseys will be available right here as we head towards the 2017/18 NBA season. 

Charlotte Hornets Unveil New Jordan Brand NBA Uniforms August 02, 2017 14:37

Fans of the Charlotte Hornets get to feel particularly special for the 2017/18 NBA season, as it has been unveiled that the Hornets will be the only team in the NBA to have the Jordan Jumpman on their uniforms, instead of the Nike Swoosh. 

The Hornets released this video to unveil their Jordan Brand uniforms to the world this week:

The Charlotte Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan, and so have a tight relationship with the Jordan Brand already, so the move by Nike Inc. makes sense. 

Don't forget to check out all of the Nike NBA updates for the different teams that have been unveiled so far, and watch this space for the uniforms arriving before the new NBA season gets underway.

Check Out the New Nike NBA Jerseys for the Indiana Pacers August 02, 2017 13:53

As the Indiana Pacers head into the 51st season in the NBA, the franchise is celebrating a new start with brand new Nike NBA kits. For the 2017/18 NBA season, the Pacers will be looking to the future, and will build a campaign around the new slogan "We Grow Basketball Here".

Indiana Pacers Icon

The new Indiana Pacers look is built on a return to the core values of Indiana basketball, and a look at what makes the state special. The new Pacer's seal, and the new Nike kits have a strong linear pattern that literally point to the sun rays, and ploughed farmland that are such a key part of Indiana's culture and economy. 

Indiana Pacers Nike NBA Jerseys

The new Nike Association uniform (white) and the Icon uniform (navy) incorporate the new signature lines down the sides of the jersey and shorts. The front of the jersey will also be very different, in that it will have a new circular lock-up of the 'Indiana Pacers' wordmark. 

As with all of the new Nike NBA kits, the Pacers' will be flush with new material technology and a new cut that makes the uniforms lighter, more breathable and more comfortable. You can read more about the Nike NBA jersey technology here.

While we wait for the official release of all of the Nike NBA jerseys, check out some of the Indiana players wearing the new kits during the official Pacers launch. 

Indiana Pacers Nike NBA Uniforms

Oklahoma City Thunder Drops Images of New Nike NBA Jerseys July 27, 2017 15:15

The Oklahoma City Thunder have released images of their new Nike NBA jerseys and shorts, showing what their Icon and Association uniforms will look like for the 2017/18 NBA season. 

Nike NBA Jerseys Oklahoma City Thunder
(Images courtesy of the Oklahoma City Thunder)


As the Thunder approach their 10th year in the NBA, they've chosen to keep a consistent design with their uniforms, but with the new Nike - NBA partnership, a lot has changed at a material level for the kits. 

The major differences that you will find with the new Nike NBA kits are:

  •  Modified cuts at the back shoulder and at the hemline of the shorts, allowing for greater range of motion
  • Altered seams at the armhole, neck and side to eliminate distractions and irritation
  • Materials that wick sweat 30 percent faster than previous NBA uniforms
  • Fabric comprised of Alpha Yarns and recycled polyester; each uniform represents approximately 20 recycled PET bottles
  • The addition of the Nike logo on the front of the jersey and shorts
  • A new design element at the belt buckle to highlight team identity

Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Jerseys

The Nike Association NBA jerseys are what would have been known previously as the 'home' jersey, and the 'road' jerseys will now be called the Icon jersey. A new feature for next season is that the home team will get to pick which uniform they would like to wear on their home court, with the opposing team then having to wear the contrasting kit from their own rotation of uniforms. 

The new Nike NBA kits will be available right here at Hardwood Ventures this autumn, including the Oklahoma City Thunder game uniforms. 

Sacramento Kings Unveil Their New NBA Nike Jerseys July 19, 2017 11:20

The Sacramento Kings wasted no time in joining Nike and the NBA in revealing their official 2017/18 Nike game uniforms. Nike and the NBA made a joint announcement about the new game jerseys late yesterday afternoon, with Sacramento following right after with their own announcement.

Sacramento Kings Nike NBA Jerseys

Leading with the tag line, WHERE INNOVATION IS KING, Sacramento have unveiled their new kits, and given some detail about how these uniforms are going to differ from everything else that came before, thanks to Nike's innovative approach to this new NBA partnership.

A new, modern constructions means zero distraction from seams. Plus, all hems are now constructed in such a way as to alleviate irritation and and restrictiveness.

As well as caring about innovation, Nike also cares about sustainability, which is why each new Nike NBA jersey is made from 100% recycled fabric - notably plastic bottles. Each player's uniform has twenty plastic bottles!

Sacramento Kings Nike NBA Jerseys

Nike spent a great deal of time testing early prototypes of the jerseys with players around the league, and used their feedback to refine and re-engineer the design. That led to a brand new scapular-shaped motion seam for increased mobility. 

New lightweight engineered textures means a stand-off mesh that ensures low moisture cling, and thanks to Nike's Alpha Yarn and recycled polyester blend, moisture is wicked away 30% faster, allowing for maximum airflow.

Sacramento Nike NBA Jerseys

The white version of the Nike NBA jerseys (which used to be called the 'home' jerseys), are now known as the Association Edition, while the full colour version (previously known as the 'road' jersey) will be referred to as the Icon Edition. Nike, the NBA, and teams like Sacramento, are still to release information on another 2 types of jersey that will form part of each teams on-court rotation. 

Nike NBA jerseys will be available here at Hardwood Ventures in Autumn 2017.

Nike and the NBA Reveal First Details of 2017-18 Game Jerseys July 18, 2017 17:35

Nike NBA Jerseys - Association Jersey Revealed

As Nike and the NBA start to gear up for a full scale launch of the new Nike-NBA Partnership in Autumn 2017, the organisations have just publicly revealed some details of the new uniforms, with a look at the NBA’s Association Jersey.

From the start of the 2017/18 NBA season, there will no longer be ‘home’ and ‘road’ designations for the jerseys. For the new season, the home team will get to pick which jersey they want to wear, and then the visiting team will have to wear the contrasting kit to that.

With that change, there will be new names for the NBA jerseys - The Association Edition and The Icon Edition are effectively the home and road jerseys. Another two types of jersey are yet to be announced.

The Association edition is the traditional home uniform, with a white base, and all 30 teams will have this in their assortment to wear. This common white base across all teams shows the NBA as one big exclusive basketball club, with a central design theme.

The Icon edition is what would have been known as the road jersey, and so uses the teams primarily colours and represents the rich heritage of that given team.

Nike Association and Icon NBA Jerseys

Aside from new names for the jerseys, there’s a whole lot of new technology and design features to look forward to checking out. As per the Nike press release:

“Informed by more than 25 years of research on all levels of basketball and insight from current NBA players, the uniform is built on a refined version of the Nike Aeroswift basketball chassis.

Nike tuned the uniform design to the rigors of the league's increasingly intense 82-game season by employing 3D-body maps of players, including heat and sweat maps. This research led Nike’s designers to make significant changes to the weight, fit and construction of the uniforms — paying special attention to enabling agility.

NBA players, including members of last summer’s gold medal-winning USA Basketball team, tested early versions of the uniforms and provided specific feedback that prompted Nike to further evolve the designs in ways that included moving the armhole, neck and side seams to eliminate distractions for athletes.

“The mental advantage of a quality uniform is priceless,” says Kyrie Irving. “The fact that Nike listened to all of our feedback while developing the new NBA uniforms speaks volumes. I’m excited for the new fit and feel.”

The most significant change comes to the back shoulder of the uniform where Nike designers altered the construction for a vastly improved fit. Additionally, the hemlines on the bottom of both the jersey and shorts were modified to allow for full range of motion.

“When you look and feel good, you play good,” says Draymond Green. “I welcome any competitive advantage on the court and the new Nike NBA uniforms deliver on the feedback that we've provided."

The uniform is comprised of a combination of Alpha Yarns and recycled polyester (each athlete uniform represents approximately 20 recycled PET bottles). Not only does this yarn blend match Nike’s broad commitment to sustainability, it also removes moisture more quickly than previous NBA uniforms, wicking sweat 30-percent faster than current NBA uniforms.”

(All images courtesy of Nike)

Stay tuned for more information, and don’t forget to stop back in the Autumn, as you’ll be able to buy the brand new Nike NBA jerseys right here.

Cleveland Cavaliers Get New Logos for Nike NBA Jerseys June 29, 2017 15:31

Cleveland Cavaliers New Logos

It will be no surprise that Nike has a keen interest in the Cleveland Cavaliers, what with two of their main assets being Cavs players. So it will also be no surprise that Nike had a hand in not only working on the Cavaliers new jersey designs for next season (when all NBA jerseys will be produced by Nike), but in also create a new logo suite for them. 

A press release from the Cavaliers said that the team had been working with Nike to develop a logo suite that would work well with their new jersey designs, which will be revealed later in the Summer. 

The key features of the new logo suite are as:

  • The new Cavaliers logos will carry forward both the popular “C-Sword” and “C” logos from previous years, as well as the original expression of Cavaliers Wine & Gold, the team’s first colours in their inaugural 1970 season, which were re-introduced in 2010-11.
  • Navy remains a complimentary colour, while black is officially introduced as a new and permanent addition to the Cavaliers colour palette.
  • Black is a nod to the historic turning point in the 2016 NBA Finals when the Cavs wore their black-sleeved uniforms in games 5 and 7 of the NBA Finals when they beat the Warriors in Golden State.
  • The new logo collection also includes a new wordmark, a new secondary shield logo, and a new global shield logo.


NBA Jersey Sponsors for the 2017 - 18 Season - The First 7 Revealed June 29, 2017 15:18

Orlando Magic Sponsored by Disney

So much is going to be changing with NBA jerseys when Nike officially takes over for the 2017 - 18 NBA season, including the fact that NBA jerseys will feature a sponsors patch on the front, as well as the Nike tick. 

Now that the off-season is in full effect, we're going to start seeing lots of teams making announcements about their arrangements for next season, but here are the first 7 jersey sponsors that have been revealed so far. 


The Philadelphia 76ers wasted no time in going after a sponsor, and were the first team to announce that they had formed a partnership. Next season, fans will see a Stubhub patch on the Sixers jerseys. The initial relationship between the two is said to be worth $5 million per year, for 3 years.


Next out of the gates was the Sacramento Kings, who have partnered up with Blue Diamond Growers. The deal is reportedly the same as Sixers, with the sponsors paying $5 million per year, for 3 years.


Boston Celtics - General Electric

As one of the oldest and most unchanged franchises in the NBA, Celtics fans no doubt waited nervously to find out which logo their new Nike jerseys would display next season. Boston has teamed up with General Electric, a company with plenty of history, for a franchise with plenty of history (and a decent logo to boot). The Celtics had a little more bargaining power, and their deal is reportedly worth $8 million per year. 


Brooklyn Nets Infor

While a lot of the other sponsors patches seem to blend well with the team's existing design, the Brooklyn Nets have already been heavily criticised for this rather abrupt addition to their uniform. Their new sponsors, a technology company called Infor, will reportedly be paying $8 million per year for the privilege. 


Cavaliers Goodyear

The Cavaliers are now considered one of the most marketable teams in the NBA, so their sponsor was also eagerly awaited. The team has joined forces with Akron-based tire company Goodyear, for a reported $10 million per year.

There's actually some awesome history about the start of professional basketball leagues in the US that goes back quite a way. A small part of that history would include the Goodyear Wingfoots - a basketball team that won the first championship of the National Basketball League in 1938. 

The image released on the Cavaliers Twitter account shows LeBron James wearing one of the jerseys (yes an Irving jersey) that were gifted to the team when the deal was signed. Please note that these are not previews of the Nike jerseys that are to be released later this year. That jersey is actually a replica of the jersey that the Goodyear Wingfoots AAU Championship team wore in 1964.


Utah Jazz Qualtrics

The Utah Jazz have signed a smaller deal than the others teams thus far, with the sponsorship sitting around $4 million per year. The reason being, that while the sponsor is tech firm Qualtrics, the jerseys will actual display Qualitric's "5 for the Fight" charity patches. So maybe there's a little bit of heart in there amongst the cut throat business of sports finance. 


By far the most obvious choice for the Florida-based franchise, the Orlando Magic will display Disney patches on their uniforms for the next few seasons (see top of the blog).  As part of a wider deal, the Magic will also start selling annual passes to Disneyland in Orlando, bringing the relationship between two of Florida's most notorious organisations full circle.


While the buzz around the Timberwolves has well and truly moved to the signing of Jimmy Butler, Minnesota did announce that their jersey sponsor next season would be fitness company Fitbit. A Fitbit is actually a wearable fitness / sleep tracker, so we can likely expect to see players also sporting the devices.


NBA Trophy Visit to Newcastle - Photo Recap May 28, 2017 19:13

NBA Trophy Visit to Newcastle

It was a bit of a dream come true for us to be able to host the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy at our brand new basketball store in Newcastle upon Tyne. A big thank you to the hundreds of people who turned out to see the trophy, listen to some tunes from Flint & Steel and have a few beers with us to celebrate the occasion. 

Check out a few of the photographs from the event below!

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

NBA Trophy Hardwood Ventures Newcastle

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Boston Celtics Secure No.1 Pick in 2017 NBA Draft May 16, 2017 18:25

The NBA draft lottery happened last night, and there were some big winners and losers throughout. No one won bigger than the Boston Celtics though, who secured the number 1 pick for the 2017 draft. 

The Celtics were already having a great season. They finished 1st in the Eastern Conference, and right now they're about to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals in the play offs. That makes the Celtics the first team to finish top in their conference, and get the first pick in the draft, since the Lakers drafted James Worthy in 1982.

Boston, and GM Danny Ainge in particular, have to be extra happy about the first pick, since they got it thanks to that 2013 trade deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets finished dead last this year, and could have really done with the first pick, but goes to show how important the ramifications of those big trade deals can be, even years down the line. 

Ainge received a lot of criticism earlier this year when he decided to take no action during the trade window. Had the Celtics bombed out of the play offs early, or had this draft pick not come about, that criticism might have stood, but the Celtics are looking pretty smart right now. 

While Celtics fans continue to celebrate, here's a look at the top 14 teams in the 2017 NBA draft, which will take place in June:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. LA Lakers
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Phoenix Suns
  5. Sacramento Kings
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Sacramento Kings
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. Detroit Pistons
  13. Denver Nuggets
  14. Miami Heat

The NBA TROPHY is Coming to NEWCASTLE May 15, 2017 21:59

We can't quite believe it ourselves, but it's true! For the first time in NBA history, the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy is coming to Newcastle upon Tyne, and it will be displayed in our brand new retail space on High Bridge Street.

We hope you'll join us on May 19th to celebrate the trophy's visit, and get your picture taken alongside one of the most iconic things from the world of basketball. 

NBA Trophy Comes to Newcastle

Wilson X Connected Basketball - Free Range Mode April 21, 2017 13:49

The Wilson X Connected basketball uses cutting edge technology to track your makes and misses, shot percentage and distance from the basket when practicing your shooting. The basketball connects to an app on your mobile phone that logs the data and has various game modes to help you improve your shooting. 

See the full introduction to the Wilson X Basketball here

Free Range is the standard mode on the Wilson X app and can be used while you're casually shooting around, or going hard at your training. The app tracks your progress and gives you audio feedback. You'll be able to see in real time your makes and misses, your shot percentage and distances from the hoop. 

The app will help identify the areas of your game that need the most work, and encourage you to get better in those areas. With Free Range you can collect lifetime shooting data that you can share with your friends or coach, and you can work towards unlocking achievements in the app.

All seriously addictive stuff that can help you improve your shooting. Take a closer look:

You can purchase the Wilson X Connected basketball, with presentation box, right here.

Wilson X Connected Basketball - Become A Clutch Shooter with Buzzer Beater Mode April 21, 2017 13:35

The Wilson X Connected basketball uses cutting edge technology to track your makes and misses, shot percentage and distance from the basket when practicing your shooting. The basketball connects to an app on your mobile phone that logs the data and has various game modes to help you improve your shooting. 

See the full introduction to the Wilson X Basketball here

A great game mode that's included with the Wilson app, is Buzzer Beater. The clock counts down on the app, and every time you make a shot to add time back onto the clock. The constant countdown and pressure to make your shots, makes every shot a clutch play. 

Throughout the Buzzer Beater mode, the app records your stats, including makes / misses, shooting percentage and distance from the hoop. Shoot from further away to add more time onto the clock. 

This is a hugely addictive game mode, and being able to share your data with your friends, unlocking achievements and seeing your improvement logged every time you play is only going to encourage you to keep going, and getting better.

Take a look at the app in action:

You can purchase the Wilson X Connected basketball, with presentation box, right here.

Wilson X Connected Basketball - Game Time Mode April 21, 2017 13:33

The Wilson X Connected basketball uses cutting edge technology to track your makes and misses, shot percentage and distance from the basket when practicing your shooting. The basketball connects to an app on your mobile phone that logs the data and has various game modes to help you improve your shooting. 

See the full introduction to the Wilson X Basketball here

One of the game modes featured on the app is called Game Time, and it replicates the sounds and pressures of an actual basketball game so that, even if you're training by yourself, you can get closer to simulating actual game play while you practice. 

The app tracks your shooting progress, and gives audio prompts as to how well you are performing in the 'game', as well as surrounding you with the sounds of playing in an arena situation. Fouls are called, you'll get cheers when you're on fire, and you'll be heading to the bench if you're underperforming. 

The whole point of this mode is to get you to practice like you play. Check it out in the video below, and see the other game modes that are available here.

You can purchase the Wilson X Connected basketball, with presentation box, right here.

Wilson X Connected Basketball - Improve Your Free Throws April 20, 2017 17:20

The Wilson X Connected basketball uses cutting edge technology to track your makes and misses, shot percentage and distance from the basket when practicing your shooting. The basketball connects to an app on your mobile phone that logs the data and has various game modes to help you improve your shooting. 

See the full introduction to the Wilson X Basketball here

One of the game modes that you can use is FREE THROW, which focuses on helping you to improve your free throw shooting. Repetition is hugely important when you want to improve your free throws. So while you're at the line, working on improving your shooting form and free throw confidence, the free throw game mode is keeping track of your makes, misses, lifetime attempts and shot percentage. 

Use the Wilson X free throw game mode to track your progress, challenge your friends to beat you and show your coach your progress over time. You can also unlock achievements, which always helps with motivation.

Check out the video below to see it in action!

You can purchase the Wilson X Connected basketball, with presentation box, right here.

Wilson X Connected Basketball - The Future of Stat Tracking and Training April 20, 2017 16:58

Wilson X Connected Basketball

We live in a world where we are forever connected to technology, and in particular our mobile phones, so the Wilson X Connected basketball is the obvious evolutionary step in basketball technology. 

The Wilson X Connected basketball links to your mobile phone via Blutooth, then via the Wilson app, it will allow you to track your shooting stats as you train. That includes using cutting edge technology to track your makes and misses, your shooting percentages and distance from the hoop as you shoot.

The app tracks and displays the stats on your phone in real time, and in-built games and training programs allow you to work on your game and identify which areas might need more work than others. 

Here's a quick video to give you the full introduction to the Wilson X Basketball

So the Wilson X comes with 3 game modes, and a free range mode. The game modes are Free Throw, Game Time and Buzzer beater. Each of these game modes focuses on a particular part of your shooting game. As the app tracks your stats, you're able to focus more on your form and getting better, without worrying about counting or keeping a mental note of your performance. 

We take a look at each game mode separately via the links below, but the Wilson X Connected basketball is the ideal basketball for a permanently connected generation. Challenge your friends to beat your stats, share progress with your coach and unlock in game achievements, all via your mobile phone. 

You can buy the Wilson X Connected basketball right here, complete with display box. 

Check out the various Wilson X modes:


How the Spalding Official NBA Game Basketball Gets Game Ready April 19, 2017 11:19

Spalding and the NBA have a long and successful relationship; Spalding have been the official basketball supplier to the NBA for over 30 years and as such, it feels impossible to turn on the TV and watch an NBA game played with anything but a Spalding basketball.

Even Russell Westbrook has been talking about how, on the court, Spalding is his only friend.

As the current NBA season comes to a head, Spalding have produced a video to show us how their basketballs are prepared to be part of the game, and how they provide quality, reliability and consistently; factors which become even more important during the NBA playoffs and finals - when careers can be made or broken, and legacies can be written. 

Check out the video below, it's always good to see the journey of all of these little things that come together to create the spectacle that is the NBA!


Russell Westbrook is Serious About Spalding Being His Best Friend April 19, 2017 11:10

Russell Westbrook is easily one of the most entertaining players in the NBA when it comes to interviews with the press. His off the cuff comments, straight-talking and catalogue of facial expressions make him easily quotable, and an easy target for memes.

Speaking to reports at that the start of the playoffs, Westbrook was asked to comment on his relationship with MVP rival, James Harden, and he replied with, "once you get on the floor, you've got one friend, and that friend is Spalding." Spalding being the official supplier of all official NBA basketballs. Check it out: 

 There's a lot of sense in what he's saying, but a lot of people didn't take it the way that Westbrook intended the comment, which resulted in a further interview with Westbrook letting folks know just how serious he is about the basketball being his number one priority. 

So there you have it, Spalding really is Westbrook's BFF. The basketball is the most important thing on the floor to him. 

Minnesota Timberwolves Unveil New Logo April 12, 2017 13:05

Minnesota Timberwolves New NBA Logo

As the 2016/17 NBA regular season comes to an end, those teams who are going home early start to give us a glimpse of what they might have planned for next year, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are the first team to come out and showcase their new logo.

While the new Timberwolves logo was actually leaked in the press early, the actual reveal was done at the half time of the Timberwolves game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. The Timberwolves showed a great hype video that recapped the history of the Minnesota franchise and their logo development over the years. Take a look:

After the reveal, there was a mixed reaction to the change - some fans love it, some fans hate it - but that's always to be expected when there's a big change for a team. 

The new Timberwolves logo features a new colourway, a mature wolf howling at a basketball and the North Star. Overall the design is more modern and sleek and is said to represent a 'new era' of Timberwolves basketball.  The franchise is keen to stress the upward goals of the franchise (having failed to make the play-offs for 13-years straight) and the potential of their young team.

We're now eagerly awaiting the release of images of the new Minnesota Timberwolves jerseys, although that's not likely to happen before the official end of the season, since it will be a Nike NBA jersey, The current Adidas contract runs until the conclusion of the NBA Finals.

Stay tuned for more updates on how the look of the league will be changing for next season, and join the conversation on our social media pages about how you feel about the Timberwolves new logo. 

See what our Instagram followers think, or post your opinion on Facebook.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 Disruptor - Disrupt the Game, Leave Your Opponents Weeping March 22, 2017 16:05

Adidas Harden Vol 1 Distruptor

James Harden has catapulted himself into the MVP race this season, thanks to a deadly offence that includes a good mix of skills, smarts and speed. Take Harden's full court charge and game winning layup against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night (where he just so happened to be wearing the Harden Vol. 1 Disruptor). Sure Denver's transition defence was trash, but that's the level of tenacity and audacity that Harden has shown all season, in order to get his team buckets, and put them up in 3rd place in the Western Conference.

With all that going on, Harden is king at disrupting any basketball game, and straight up making his opponents weep, which is why the adidas Harden Vol. 1 'Disruptor' is an ideal shoe model for the beard.

Adidas has gone in on some new materials for this version of the Harden Vol. 1, including a perforated mesh upper across the white section of the white shoe, which contrasts really well with the black toe cap. The static-grey laces sit well, and are capped off with gold lace tips. 

In fact, it's the gold that really stands out on the Disruptor. Used on the Harden logo and the 3 stripes on the heel, the gold colourway is a nod to Harden't ultimate goal in the NBA - to grab himself, and his teammates, that Larry O'Brien trophy.

The adidas Harden Vol. 1 'Disruptor' is available now, take a closer look below. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 Disruptor

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 Disruptor

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 Disruptor

Dirk Nowitzki Joins Elite Club After Scoring 30,000 Career Points March 08, 2017 16:48

When a slightly goofy German kid joined the Dallas Mavericks in 1998, who would have guessed that he would become one of only 6 players in the history of the NBA to score over 30,000 regular season points in his career?

Last night, against the LA Lakers, Nowitzki put up 25 points. His 20th point in that game was the 30,000th of his career, and the crowd in the arena went wild, and rightly so. That many points is no joke. Just take a look at the company he nows keeps:

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387
  2. Karl Malone - 36,928
  3. Kobe Bryant - 33,643
  4. Michael Jordan - 32,292
  5. Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419
  6. Dirk Nowitzki - 30,005

The only other active player that is anywhere near Nowitzki in the list is LeBron James, who currently sits 8th with 28,316 career points (Shaquille O'Neal sits sandwiched between).

With retirement no doubt peeking around the corner for Dirk, who has spent an admirable 18 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, winning 1 NBA Championship in 2011, it was great to see him reach this career milestone.

As he becomes the first international player to reach those lofty scoring heights, there's no doubt that other international players in the NBA, or those players who are looking to break into the NBA have a great role model in Nowitzki.

Take a look at how Nowitzki scored the points that pushed him over the 30,000 tally. 

A Closer Look at Andrew Wiggins Adidas Crazy Explosive Basketball Shoes February 15, 2017 14:16

Andrew Wiggins Adidas Crazy Explosive Home Editon

When images started to surface of the adidas Crazy Explosive basketball shoe, opinion was very divided, based on the fact that the shoes are quite out there in terms of how they look. Once these shoes were put to work, opinion quickly changed. 

Here we're going to take a look at how the Crazy Explosive shoe has been constructed, and check out Andrew Wiggins home player edition of the shoe. 

Like a good car, adidas' approach to building the Crazy Explosive was very much about the performance and support of the model, while considering how design would impact on the way the player moves and feels while they're wearing them.

Adidas Crazy Explosive Basketball Shoes

When looking at what sort of player would wear the Crazy Explosive shoe, adidas picked Andrew Wiggins as a case study, and built the shoe around the key parts of his game, including his explosiveness at the rim, his dynamic approach to his game in the paint, and the hours that he puts into improving his game. From this starting point, adidas were able to look at what key elements the shoes needed to fit this player profile. 

Adidas Crazy Explosive Basketball Shoes

Adidas Crazy Explosive Basketball Shoes

Key aspects that were then built into the Crazy Explosive shoe were a full length bootie, with Primeknit upper for a tailored fit that was comfortable and also allowed airflow across the foot. Dynamic lacing allows for a good lockdown, while not causing discomfort over the foot. 

Adidas' unique boost technology has been used across the full length of the sole to help explosive play and provide comfort and protection while playing for long periods of time, in a high intensity manner. The midsole had a TPU roll cage, and plate wraps in the arch for support, while tuned suspension up the side of the shoe house the boost, and allow for increased expansion and contraction of the boost unit. 

Add in a new max wrapping power tread for traction that ensures the ability for making decisive moves, and getting the step on your defender when powering to the rim, and the adidas Crazy Explosive shoe is complete. All of these elements come to life in a unique looking shoe that has become a popular silhouette, and looks set to be a base model that adidas will continue to improve and innovate around in seasons to come.  

Andrew Wiggins Adidas

This season, Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been wearing the Crazy Explosive, and that recently released in a home colourway, as a special player edition shoe. Check out some pictures of the shoe below, courtesy of adidas, and tune into any of Wiggins games to see the tech behind the Crazy Explosive go to work on the big stage!

Adidas Crazy Explosive Andrew Wiggins PE

Adidas Crazy Explosive Andrew Wiggins PE

Adidas Crazy Explosive Andrew Wiggins PE

James Harden Makes History with 2nd 50-Point Triple Double This Season January 28, 2017 14:49

James Harden Adidas

James Harden is making is case for being part of the MVP conversation this year, after chalking up another triple-double, to help his Houston Rockets past the Philadelphia 76ers.

Harden’s 51 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists bagged him an NBA record, as he became the only player in NBA history to record two 50+ point triple doubles in a single season. Harden also moved up to second in the league in scoring last night, after averaging 29.1 points per game.

At the final buzzer, Harden was just 2 points shy of his career-high in the game. He scored 19 of his points in the 3rd quarter, shot 16 of 28 from the field, including 6 of 11 from long distance.

Despite Harden’s form, Philadelphia didn’t make it an easy ride for the Rockets, as they continue on their current uptick in form. The 76ers have only lost 3 games in their past 11, and they only lost to the Rockets by 5 points at 123 - 118 last night.

Take a look at Harden's highlights from the game:

Basketball Tech Uncovered: What Is adidas Boost? January 25, 2017 16:18

Adidas Boost

It's no secret that adidas has been hard at work developing new shoe technologies over the past few years, in order to grab a bigger share of the basketball footwear market (and of the footwear market in general), and Boost has been a huge part of those developments. 

Here at Hardwood Ventures we currently see Boost on a daily basis, in shoes like the Crazylight Boost, D Rose 7 and Harden Vol. 1, but what exactly is Boost, and why is it changing the face of adidas basketball footwear?

Adidas Crazylight Boost 2016


On a material level, Boost is an innovative cushioning, that is made up of loads of tiny pellets, formed from a material called Thermoplastic Urethane. Even in pellet form, this material has properties that are rarely seen together at the same time, but are ideal for use in footwear.

As described by Mikal Peveto, adidas' senior director of innovation, these Thermoplastic Urethane pellets are "super soft, but also super springy". When they're formed together in the midsole of a shoe, the inherent properties of those individual pellets are almost magnified to provide excellent cushioning, but also excellent energy return. 


The term 'energy return' is used to describe a function of Boost, but it's more of an adidas marketing term because what Boost actual does, is control the loss of energy. You can't get more energy out of your shoes than you put in, so a big feature of Boost is that it hugely limits the amount of energy lost when your foot hits the floor. 

With Boost holding on to more of that energy that you're putting into walking, running or jumping, effectively this means that you should be able to perform the same exercise or action, with less effort. Or you should be able to run up the court faster, or run further than normal, without expending more energy. 

(Sadly this doesn't extend to putting any serious inches on your vertical - keep doing those squats.)

Adidas D Rose 7 Boost


Boost offers a better energy return than anything else on the market right now, and having tried Boost personally (in the adidas D Rose 7), it's crazy soft to walk and run in. It definitely lives up to the performance hype AND it looks good, which has been a key aspect of Boost being able to transcend the performance market, and cross over into straight fashion and streetwear.

In store, sometimes just talking about Boost and it's properties isn't enough, you really have to get it on-foot to truly showcase how good it feels, and how different it is to the other midsole materials in the market right now. 

There's on overwhelming sense of adidas making some serious gains in the basketball footwear market on the back of technologies like Boost. It's going to be interesting to see how things develop from here. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 - James Harden's Game Changing Signature Shoe January 25, 2017 15:08

The arrival of the adidas Harden Vol. 1 marks a new movement within the adidas signature shoe game. James Harden and adidas are working together to create a collaborative partnership that produces basketball footwear and apparel unlike anything else in the market.

Driven by Harden's style of play and his performance needs, the Harden Vol. 1 features a range of specific technology and design flares, that adhere to his core on-court requirements and creativity.

The adidas Harden Vol. 1 features:

  • Leather toe shroud for premium protection
  • Full length BOOST for all game energy return
  • Adaptive support with asymmetrical lacing
  • Fractal traction pattern for game changing grip


Nike Doesn't Plan to Continue with Sleeved Jerseys January 24, 2017 14:47

With the announcement that Nike would be taking over as the official jersey supplier to the NBA come the 2017-18 NBA season, a whole load of questions have been thrown out there in regards to how Nike will change things up. 

A key point that Nike have recently made, much to the delight of most fans, is that Nike does not plan to produce sleeved jerseys. That information, which was revealed in the WSJ, came along with information that Nike will only be releasing authentic and swingman jerseys into retailers that they're partnered with, and not replica jerseys. 

The production of replica jerseys has been handed over to US-based sports company, Fanatics, so replica's will only be available via Fanatics and the official NBA store. 

Nevertheless, we can breathe easy in that Nike will not be putting out sleeved jerseys (at least for this initial season - they've not said that they'll never make them, just that they don't plan to). LeBron James will no doubt be pleased, as Nike's biggest current global basketball representative, he was very vocal about his dislike of the sleeved jerseys when adidas started to produce them in 2013. 

LeBron notably tore the sleeves open on his jersey in 2015 as the ultimate show of defiance, and given Nike's relationship with LeBron, I'm sure they'd have taken notice of what he had to say on the matter. 

Nike NBA swingman and authentic jerseys will be available to purchase right here for the 2017-18 NBA season.

Blake Griffin Involved in Remake of White Men Can't Jump January 18, 2017 16:17

White Men Can't Jump Remake

I'm not going to lie, the thought of a remake of White Men Can't Jump fills me with equal amounts of joy and dread, but it's coming, thanks to Black-ish creator, Kenya Barris, and with the help of the LA Clipper's Blake Griffin. 

Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Griffin is reportedly helping to produce the remake, under his new production company Mortal Media, which he owns with NFL player, Ryan Kalil. The script will be written by Barris and it will be released by 20th Century Fox.

The original movie starred Wesley Snipes (as Sidney Deane) and Woody Harrelson (as Billy Hoyle), as an unlikely street-ball duo, who hustled their opponents by relying on Harrelson's 'chump'-like look, to ensure people underestimated his skills on the court.

It's easily one of my favourite basketball movies, and can be quoted for days by anyone who grew up loving basketball in the 90's (the South Beach scenes where Hoyle first hustles Deane stand out). Let's not forget just how magically the movie captures a certain period in fashion as well.

No further details have been released about the remake, but here's to hoping that it can do the original justice, and introduce a whole new generation to the joys of White Men Can't Jump. It definitely flew too far under the radar originally, despite ending up as a bit of a cult classic in certain circles. 

2017 New Orleans NBA All-Star Jerseys Are Unveiled January 06, 2017 00:00

We always look forward to this time of year - we're settling into 2017 nicely, and the NBA All Star voting is ramping up. Then we have the unveiling of the All Star jerseys! Over the years there have been some seriously iconic NBA All Star jerseys (like this one!), so we're always looking for that new design that's going to make that kind of impact. 

Sadly, 2017 isn't going to be it. That's not to hate on these latest Adidas creations, they're quite clean and have some strong design features, like the architecturally inspired 'E' and 'W' that features on the shorts.

The plainness of the kits is in-keeping with current trends for simple and clean design, while the dulled down colours, with the blue or red highlights also sits nicely amongst the wider Adidas design spectrum (think NMD's and so on). 

Despite the on-trend design, it's unlikely that these particular All Star jerseys will go down in history, or be talked about in the way the likes some of the 90's ones are, but it's still a pretty good look.

Check them out below, images via Slam Online

East NBA All Star Jersey 2017

Adidas NBA All Star Jersey 2017 West

Bringing Hardwood Ventures to Life December 22, 2016 17:22

After our recent rebrand from Basketball Megastore over to Hardwood Ventures, we needed to get our store space up to spec, and what better way than to have the North East’s premier sign writer come in and do all of our new signage by hand.


We’d spent a long time discussing changing our name and branding. While ‘Basketball Megastore’ was a great name for us being online in terms of search engines and such, it didn’t really reflect how we truly viewed our business. To those who didn’t know us, or who hadn’t dealt with us, the name sounded more like a large discounter or lower-end sports store.

In changing over to Hardwood Ventures, we wanted both the name and the branding to reflect a deep-seated passion for the game, and an authenticity in what we do. We wanted to present a higher-quality image that does justice to the work that we put in, and to the brands that we represent.

Hardwood Ventures is our project in paying homage to the hardwood - the traditional home of our favourite sport. We wanted to represent the rich history of the game, as well as immersing ourselves in the contemporary culture of the sport, and looking forward to the future of basketball in the UK and beyond.

In the name, we’re also acknowledging the adventure, and the risk that we take in pursuing this. Everyday brings new challenges, and nothing about this is easy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

North East designer, Alan Wardle, was the guy to bring this all together in the branding that you now see on our store. From pulling together our logo and monogram, to masterminding how our branding should filter through everything that we do going forward. From the website and social media, through to in-store branding and image.


Ash Willerton Sign Writer

When working with people to bring this all to life, it pays to work with people who are as passionate about their area of expertise as you are in your own, because there’s so much more mutual appreciation, and the outcome is always going to be outstanding.

Through Alan, we were very lucky to be able to hook up with Ash Willerton, a sign writer who is fast making a big name for himself. Having worked with the likes of The Independent and Fortnum and Mason, as well as local independent stores like ours, Ash has worked his magic across a range of impressive projects.

For the store, Ash undertook a few different projects; the full logo on the outside of the store, a monogram for the till area, and a great piece for the front door letting people know exactly what they’re getting themselves in for when they come inside.

The door piece was influenced by the original ‘I Love this Game’ promo, ran by the NBA in the 1990’s. The sentiment couldn’t be more true for us, so Ash free-handed the saying in a unique script and brand colours, then painstakingly painted it onto the glass of the front door (in the dark nonetheless!).

Ash Willerton

Ash Willerton

Ash Willerton

Ash Willerton

Ash Willerton

We Love This Game


The monogram for the front counter, and the full logo outside were hand painted with a great amount of precision, super slick straight lines and all. I’m told it’s all in the brushes, but I’m sure it’s more to do with the hand behind the brush, and the hours and hours of practice, and previous experience that allows Ash to make this all look way easier than it actually is.

Ash Willerton

Ash Willerton Hardwood Ventures

Ash Willerton Hardwood Ventures

Hardwood Ventures Ash Willerton

Ash Willerton Hardwood Ventures

We’ve been really impressed with the outcome of the whole thing. The new branding looks great on the store and we now feel we have a look that we can be really proud of moving forward.

We have a lot of new things planned for 2017, and now we have the right branding to move forward with. Once again, big thanks to Alan Wardle for his inspired branding and design work, and to Ash Willerton for his time, energy and passion in keeping the craft of sign writing alive while bringing Hardwood Ventures to life.

Nike NBA Jersey Images Leaked with Jersey Adverts November 09, 2016 00:00

There's much anticipation surrounding the fact that Nike is taking over the license for NBA jerseys and on court apparel for next season, and here is a leaked picture of what we can possibly expect from Nike when the 2017-18 season comes around. 

Images of what can be assumed are Nike Philadelphia 76ers jerseys and shorts, were leaked on Twitter by user @PhillyStein_ and passed around quickly in the media. Here's what they look like.

Nike NBA Philadelphia 76ers Uniforms

There's always a lot of debate surrounding the idea of having adverts on NBA jerseys, but starting next season, it will be a thing. Judging by these leaked images of of the Sixers NBA jerseys (on the white version), the advert doesn't look too imposing, although the Sixers have picked StubHub, which is a whole other debate of it's own in regards to the ethics of having a ticket touting site as your sponsor. 

We'll have to wait to see if more images emerge to confirm the validity of the leak, but either way the change over to Nike NBA uniforms is going to be huge!

Allen Iverson Still Setting Trends With Stance Socks October 28, 2016 23:12

Allen Iverson Stance

If you think about the history of the NBA, and try to identify the people who set new trends, and changed the way that we think about basketball and culture in a significant way, the name at the top of that list is always going to be Allen Iverson

Few players have managed to stand out as much off the court, as they did on the court. Iverson did both with ease. He grabbed as many column inches for his off-court style and antics, as he did for his killer crossover and deadly passing skills. 

While tattoos and a bad attitude are common place in the NBA these days (think Matt Barnes, Willie Cauley-Stein or DeMarcus Cousins) that wasn't always the case. In fact, before Iverson, it was pretty much non-existent. 

Iverson strolled in with cornrows, baggy clothes and a f*$k you attitude, and he had the game to back it up. His popularity around the league meant that, in 2005, the NBA had to introduce a players dress code to counteract (or try to counteract) Iverson's influence. 

Allen Iverson The Answer Socks

Flash forward to 2016 and Allen Iverson has been inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame; to be remembered forever as a true legend of the game of basketball. He also happens  to have partnered with one of the current high-flyers in the trend-setting game: Stance.

Stance and Iverson seem like a match made in heaven. Both see no end to creativity and innovation, and both aren't afraid to put themselves out there and see what happens. For those reasons, it's great to see these guys collaborating on a whole new line of Allen Iverson socks

This first batch of Iverson socks have very specific motifs taken from his career and legacy in the league. From the Division 1 socks that pay homage to Georgetown, where Iverson made his name in the NCAA, through to the Fame Ring socks that give a nod to his new place in the Hall of Fame. 

Allen Iverson Stance Division 1 Socks

We're loving this current range, and as people who really got into the NBA around the time that Iverson was doing his thing, we can't wait to see what AI and Stance cook up next. 

Head over to our curated collection of Allen Iverson Stance socks here, to see the latest releases.

Adidas D Rose 7 'Halloween' in Tech Steel / Ice Blue / Core Black October 15, 2016 20:36


We're only a matter of days away from the start of the 2016/17 NBA season, and a lot of us are holding our breath when it comes to seeing how Derrick Rose is going to perform in New York this season. 

We're definitely hoping that he can stay healthy and really throw it down at the Garden; leaving anything remotely ghoulish to his sponsors adidas, and their upcoming 'Halloween' release of the D Rose 7. 

Adidas D Rose 7 Halloween

Stepping away from anything we've seen in the D Rose footwear line up, the D Rose 7 Tech Steel / Ice Blue / Core Black has a blue and black coloured upper, with a raging graphic patter across the overlays. 

The white BOOST layer is still on full display with this shoe, wrapped up in a translucent outsole to finish off the look. 

We're hoping to catch Rose in a pair of these shortly, with the NBA season ready to tip off ahead of Halloween this year. The shoes on the other hand will be arriving in store next week.


Buzzer Beater! Adidas D Lillard 2 'Dame Time' Hits Shelves October 14, 2016 21:55

Adidas D Lillard 2 Dame Time

As a basketball player, is there anything better than hitting a buzzer beater to win the game for your team? Surely not. For some players, clutch plays becomes almost second nature, and Damian Lillard is making a name for himself as one of those players. 

The adidas D Lillard 2 'Dame Time' shoe pays homage to Lillard's clutch style of play, and in particular his play against the Houston Rockets in 2014, when he hit a game-winning buzzer beater to help the Portland Trail Blazers progress in the play-offs. 

With 0.9 seconds left on the clock, Lillard received the ball on an in-bounds play, and BANG, drops a three pointer to send the Rockets home. Don't remember it, check it out below.

The 'Dame Time' edition of the D Lillard 2 has a few features that give a nod Lillard's buzzer-beating abilities. As well as coming in a shot-clock red colourway, the shoes feature a tonal '0.9' pattern across the upper, along with a clock style '0' on the tongue tab representing Lillard's jersey number. 

Adidas D Lillard 2 Dame Time

Aside from that, the shoes have some nice little details specific to Lillard, like this home town built into the sole and his name embossed onto the gold eyelets at the top of the shoe. 

On the performance side, the adidas D Lillard 2 features BOUNCE technology to help energize your movement, while a molded TPU heel cap aids stability, meaning speed and agility are locked in when you hit the court. 

Adidas D Lillard 2 Dame Time

The adidas D Lillard 2 Dame Time is available now

In the Mix: Clsm Sporting Goods Co. October 12, 2016 13:25

We recently had a quick shoot go down in store for local brand, Clsm. Clsm is a new sporting goods company that pays homage to all that is good about American sports, so when they dropped by they cracked out the product grids and got to work.

Check out the Clsm Rookie drop below, as photographed by Rhiannon Banks.

Clsm Pennant T-Shirt - Oakland

Clsm Pennant T-Shirt - Seattle

Clsm T-Shirt - Pennant New England

Clsm T-Shirt - Pennant Boston

Clsm T-Shirt - Basketball

Clsm T-Shirt Helmet T-Shirt

Clsm T-Shirt - Bats

Clsm Coach Jacket - Brooklyn

Clsm Coach Jacket - Philadelphia

Clsm Snapback

Adidas Welcomes 2016 Rookie Draft Class October 10, 2016 21:41

adidas 2016 Rookie Class

Adidas might be stepping aside when it comes to NBA on-court apparel, but they’re still working hard on building their hoops family. This Summer, adidas added 8 new members from the 2016 Rookie Class, to their ever expanding roster.

Adidas Thon Maker

Thon Maker (Bucks), Taurean Prince (Hawks), Wade Baldwin (Grizzlies), DeAndre Bemby (Hawks), Ivica Zubacof (Lakers), Cheick Diallo (Pelicans), Patrick McCawof (Warriors) and Isiah Cousins (Kings) are the latest ambassadors to sign up to adidas, and they join an already impressive roster of rookie talent.

"I chose adidas to be different. Everybody wants to wear the same brands but at the end of the day, I want to set the tone. I'd rather form a bond and get to the top together than go where everyone else goes," Taurean said. "Being with these other rookies is like growing up with your brother with those dreams to do something great. Once you're able to accomplish that – it's like it was meant to be."

Taurean Prince Adidas

Earlier this year, adidas signed Brandon Ingram (Lakers), Jaylen Brown (Celtics), Dragan Bender (Suns), Kriss Dunn (Timberwolves) and Jamal Murray (Nuggets).

"I've known some of these guys for a long time. We enjoy being in each other's presence and at the same time, we're fierce competitors. I feel like everybody else wants to fit in and for what? We're born to stand out," Jaylen said. "The whole brand, the whole movement – I'm here to create. That speaks to me on so many levels. I'm someone that wants to be different and respected for generations to come. That's what I'm here for."

Jaylen Brown

A few of these new players dropped by the adidas Village in Portland, Oregon to meet adidas staff, test out the latest adidas products and provide feedback that can help the brand develop the likes of their footwear ranges and general basketball apparel.

Stay tuned for some of the top rookies in the 2016 Draft Class featuring in upcoming brand campaigns, activations and global tours.

What Can We Expect from Nike NBA Jerseys Next Season? September 01, 2016 15:24

For the most part, the move of the NBA on-court apparel rights over to Nike is still shrouded in mystery, but there are plenty of places to gather clues from in terms of what's to come when Nike takes over the design, creation and distribution of NBA jerseys and apparel.


In a conversation with SLAM Magazine earlier this year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was happy to speak a little on the matter, despite the switch to Nike not coming until next year. Silver said that the NBA have a “wonderful relationship with Adidas, but Adidas was not endemic to basketball. They are at root a soccer company. I think on the other hand, with Nike, as I heard Mark Parker, the CEO say, basketball is the soul of Nike.”

That one sentence alone has to have hardcore basketball fans drooling - the idea that the NBA is going to get back to working with a company who eats, sleeps and breathes basketball as much as we do. 


Nike have signed an 8-year deal with the NBA, and have paid a hefty sum to make the bold move to have the Nike Swoosh visible on all on-court apparel, including the jerseys. The addition of the brand logo comes with the NBA also moving to trial adverts featuring on the jerseys. 

This will be a big departure from what we're used to seeing with Adidas. While the Adidas logo featured on warm up apparel, it was never on the on-court jerseys. In terms of advertising, Adidas and the NBA have ran a trial with the All Star jerseys, feating a small KIA logo on the chest. We'll wait to see what comes of the move next year.


There has been no release of information in regards to the materials that the jerseys will be made from, or how that will (or maybe won't) differ from Adidas, however these won't be the first jerseys that Nike have ever made, so we do have some points of reference, and Nike is big into it's innovations, so I can't see them making this sort of move on the NBA, and not using it as a platform to wow the sports world wherever possible. 

Nike of course made the uniforms for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics, so we can perhaps assume that Nike will follow a similar model when it comes to producing the NBA jerseys. If so, the jerseys are definitely going to be lighter, cut differently and made from vastly different materials.

The uniforms at the Olympics, much like a lot of current football kits, were made, in part, from recycled plastic bottles. Yes you read that right. Of course we're talking about plastic bottles that have been processed in extreme ways to produce a yarn that can be woven as part of the overall fabric. (Read more about the process in regards to football kits here.)

Nike is also a very player-centric organisation in the sense that they want to produce kits that players want to wear; kits that tackle the problems that players face on the court. Apparently ahead of the Olympics, Nike had lots of players at their Sports Research Lab in Oregon, to test different factors that concerned them most, such as breathability and mobility. The outcome of the tests were that the jerseys needed to be lighter, and help channel air at specific points, like across the chest, to make the playing experience better for those wearing the jerseys.  

All in all there are undoubtedly going to be big changes when the switch takes place, and basketball fans across the world are going to be tuned in to see how the biggest basketball brand globally chooses to impact the sport we love.

The Stance Hardwood Classics All-Star Collection August 25, 2016 14:26

Stance NBA Hardwood Classics All-Star

In the NBA, few jerseys are as memorable or as coveted as the All-Star ones. Granted, some years are better than others, but that is exactly why the good people at Stance have curated a collection of Hardwood Classic socks that pay homage to certain NBA All-Star jerseys. 

The Stance NBA All-Star collection releases in the UK this August, and will feature socks that mimic the styling of the jerseys from the 1980, 1992, 1995 and 1996 All-Star games, as well as there being a pair of socks that just rep the NBA Conferences and acknowledge the great East vs West contest that the All-Star Weekend really is. 

Check them out below! The first drop of All-Star socks arrives with us on 26.8.16, so keep it right here. 

Stance NBA All-Star 1980 Stance NBA All-Star 1980

Stance NBA All-Star 1992Stance NBA All-Star 1992

Stance NBA All-Star 1995Stance NBA All-Star 1995

Stance NBA All-Star 1996Stance NBA All-Star 1996

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