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Russell Westbrook Discusses the Story Behind the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 'The Family' February 27, 2019 13:25

The following is Russell Westbrook talking about the release of his new signature shoe - the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2, and in particular "The Family" colourway. Each version is inspired by important people and moments in Westbrook’s life, including his family and his fans. Originally posted on Air Jordan.

Kids who hoop around the world dream of having their own sneaker one day. It seems like just yesterday that I was one of those kids. Even though it’s my name attached to the new Why Not? Zer0.2, this is more than just “my sneaker.” Each colourway belongs to all the people who’ve helped me throughout my journey and who believe in me today.

Jordan Why Not Zero.2 The Family Westbrook

“The Family” colourway is definitely different from the first, colourful “Future History” colourway. I chose to switch things up with black and white, because my family was there for me before all of the bright lights and accomplishments. To them, I’m more than just a professional basketball player; I’m a father, husband, son and brother.

Russell Westbrook's Family

I always make sure to honour the special individuals who I’m proud to call my family. My mom has always been my style icon, and to this day, I ask her for outfit advice. She’s always encouraged me to be unique and true to myself. When I do things like put the size tag on the outsole of my shoe, rather than inside, I can imagine her supportively saying, “Why not?” She and my dad are my role models, and they taught me to put family first. Their sacrifices gave me a blueprint for how my wife, Nina, and I are raising our own children. 

Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

My brother, Ray, is a couple years younger than me, but I honestly look up to him. For nearly three decades, he’s been a constant source of inspiration in my life. From the crib, to the hardwood, to Jordan Brand — he’s always been there for me while continuing to build his own legacy, too.

It’s also important to note that family goes beyond blood relation. Each pair of the Why Not? Zer0.2 has a black section on the midsole — to honour my late friend, and eternal teammate, Khelcey Barrs III a.k.a. KB3. There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think of him. His presence is always with me, especially on the court. Prior to each game, I write KB3 on my sneakers, because he still inspires me to be the best player and man I can be.

I’m truly blessed to call these people my family, and I’m honoured to dedicate this sneaker to them.

Russell Westbrook Signature

The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 'The Family' is available right here at Hardwood Ventures.

2019 NBA All-Star Reserves Announced Ahead of All-Star Draft February 01, 2019 11:10

2019 NBA All-Star Jerseys

Two-time Kia NBA All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and four first-time All-Stars lead the list of 14 players selected by the NBA’s head coaches as reserves for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Joining Westbrook as reserves in the Western Conference player pool are San Antonio Spurs forward-center LaMarcus Aldridge, New Orleans Pelicans forward-center Anthony Davis, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns. Jokić has been named an NBA All-Star for the first time.

The Eastern Conference reserve pool includes three first-time NBA All-Star selections: Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, Philadelphia 76ers guard-forward Ben Simmons and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vučević. They are joined by Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo.

Team captains LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks will draft the NBA All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. The team rosters will be revealed on TNT in a special NBA All-Star Draft Show on Thursday 7th February.

James and Antetokounmpo will make their picks without regard for a player’s conference affiliation or position. Each captain will choose 11 players to complete a 12-man roster. The 2019 NBA All-Star Draft rules include:

  • The eight starters (aside from James and Antetokounmpo) will be drafted in the First Round.
  • The 14 reserves will be drafted in the Second Round.
  • As the top overall vote-getter among fans, James will have the first pick in the First Round (Starters).
  • Antetokounmpo will have the first pick in the Second Round (Reserves).
  • The captains will alternate picks in each round until all players in that round have been selected.

The 10 All-Star Game starters, unveiled last week, were selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel. The Eastern Conference starter pool consists of Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving and the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker. The Western Conference starter pool is James, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City’s Paul George and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden.

The 14 All-Star Game reserves were selected by the NBA’s 30 head coaches. The coaches voted for seven players in their respective conferences – two guards, three frontcourt players and two additional players at either position group. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.

  • Bradley Beal (Wizards)
  • Kyle Lowry (Raptors)
  • Ben Simmons (76ers)
  • Blake Griffin (Pistons)
  • Victor Oladipo (Pacers)
  • Khris Middleton (Bucks)
  • Nikola Vucevic (Magic)
  • Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
  • Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers)
  • Klay Thompson (Warriors)
  • Anthony Davis (Pelicans)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs)
  • Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)


2019 NBA All-Star Starters Announced - Led By LeBron & Antetokounmpo January 25, 2019 12:11

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the list of 10 players – two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference – selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel to start in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

As the All-Star starters who led their respective conferences in fan votes during NBA All-Star Voting 2019, James and Antetokounmpo will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

The captains will draft the eight remaining players from the starter pool in the First Round and then all 14 players from the reserve pool in the Second Round, making selections without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position. The team rosters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed on TNT in a special NBA All-Star Draft Show on Thursday 7th February.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, will take place on Sunday 17th February at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. 


Players scores were determined by a mixture of voting, and weighted as follows; fan vote accounted for 50%, NBA player voting accounted for 25% and media voting accounted for 25%.

The starters are shown in terms of voting order, by conference and position.



  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. Kawhi Leonard
  3. Joel Embiid


  1. Kyrie Irving
  2. Kemba Walker


  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Paul George


  1. Steph Curry
  2. James Harden


With the 2019 NBA All-Star starters now set, the 2019 Jordan Brand All-Star jerseys are now available!

Russell Westbrook Discusses the Story Behind the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 'Future History' January 12, 2019 14:51

Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

The following is Russell Westbrook talking about the release of his new signature shoe - the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2, and in particular the "Future History" colourway. Each version is inspired by important people and moments in Westbrook’s life, including his family and his fans. Originally posted on Air Jordan.

When it comes to people who inspire me, I learn just as much from the youth as I do from my mentors. It all starts with my children. I see my son, Noah, growing and expanding his imagination every day. His laugh, or even his excitement to see me when I walk through the door, is enough to make me stop and realise how blessed I am. I know that one day, he, my daughters and all the other kids out there will become the leaders and legends of tomorrow — our “Future History,” as I like to call it.

Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

Looking back, I’d tell myself to remain confident and always trust my journey. “Not only will you become the starting point guard on the varsity squad as a junior,” I’d say, “but in 15 years, you’ll become the NBA MVP.” And while a lot of people thought that hoisting the bronze MVP trophy was the highlight of my 2016-2017 season, the truth is that one the highlights of my entire life happened just a month before that moment, when I had my first child, Noah.

My family and the youth, in general, inspire me constantly. I made sure that the “Future History” colourway of the new Why Not? Zer0.2 would be available for boys and girls of all ages. I even had our design team put my family crest on the tongue of the shoe. The shoe’s hidden “Why Not” logos are an ode to my foundation and the mentality that has played a significant part in my success.

Jordan Westbrook Why Not Zer0.2

Let’s just say that the moment I saw an early prototype of the “Future History” WN0.2, I tossed a previous version across the room and told the design team, “This is the one.” Every detail and colour represents my past, including uniforms that have defined my journey and people who’ve made me the man I am today.

When I lace these up, I’m reminded of why I do what I do — my family and all the kids who have dreams like I did. Every kid deserves encouragement to become the best versions of themselves. I’ll continue to do everything I can to make sure that the next generation always has that feeling.

- Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook Signature

Things to Know About the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 - Russell Westbrook's 2nd Signature Shoe January 11, 2019 11:54

Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

This month, Russell Westbrook's second signature shoe, the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 releases, and first looks see a shoe that seems perfectly compatible with Westbrook's ethos and aesthetic.

Russell Westbrook appears to be in an uncontrollable cycle of chaos as he speeds, spins and jumps past opposing defenders and NBA records. While the rest of the world struggles to keep up with his every move, Westbrook plans it all carefully in his head, describing it as “owning the chaos.”

The Why Not Zer0.2, is a reflection of Westbrook's theory of owning the chaos: The design may seem chaotic, but Westbrook planned every element of it with a specific purpose in mind. Here are some other cool things to know about the shoe.


Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

The lead colourway of the Why Not Zer0.2, dubbed “Future History,” features vibrant colour-blocking on different performance materials. At first glance the design may seem random, but each colour is meant to reference a uniform that has helped define Westbrook's career.

"Every colourway has a meaning behind it that is special to me," says Westbrook. "With the Why Not Zer0.2, I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colours used."


Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

The only thing Westbrook loves more than the game is his family, which is why he added his family crest on the inner tongue. He also used a black block on the midsole to honour late best friend, Khelcey Barrs III.

"It’s become a tradition for me to honour Khelcey by writing 'KBIII' on my game shoes. Each colourway of the Jordan WhyNotZer0.2 will have a designated area for me to write that on. I want people who wear my shoe to understand that playing with a purpose bigger than yourself is important," says Westbrook.


Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

When it came to this design, Westbrook said he wanted a shoe that was created specifically to harness his game rather than follow any current style trends.

"From the first design meeting we had, my number one priority was making the best performance basketball shoe possible. I knew that if it was authentic to me then it would come out great," he says. "That’s what the Why Not? mentality is all about: Doing you regardless of what people think and being confident in who you are."

Unsurprisingly, the final result still manages to embody Westbrook's signature Why Not? fashion sense.


Since entering the league, Westbrook has remained committed to inspiring the youth through his charitable work, and his message to them has always been: “Why Not Me? Why not follow your dreams?”

That's why he pushed the Jordan Brand design team to create a premium performance shoe with an accessible price.

"Being a father, it was important to have my signature shoe available in full family sizing. You don’t see that often with performance shoes but for me it’s all about inspiring the next generation. That also means making the shoe affordable and accessible to people all around the world," says Westbrook. 5.


With the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 "Future History" due to release this month, and some exciting additional colourways to come this year, we're very excited about this shoe.

From it's bold design, and court-worthy tech we're a fan of this one, and in 2019, 'owning the chaos' sounds like a solid ethos to live your life by.

Russell Westbrook Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

Shop Russell Westbrook's signature Jordan footwear line here.

LeBron James & Giannis Antetokounmpo Lead 2019 NBA All-Star Vote in Second Fan Returns January 11, 2019 11:31

2019 NBA All-Star Game - Charlotte Hornets

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo have expanded their conference leads in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019.

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday 17th February. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.

Players may vote for their teammates or themselves. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Monday, 21st January at Midnight.

In the second fan returns, James leads all players with 2,779,812 votes to maintain the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt. Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Dončić (2,220,077) continues to rank second in the West frontcourt and has climbed to second among all West players.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (1,859,216) has moved up to third place in the West frontcourt, followed by the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (1,717,968) in fourth place and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (1,564,347) in fifth place.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry (2,094,158) has increased his lead among West guards, while the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose (1,986,840) remains in second place. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden (1,674,660) and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (1,494,382) are still in third and fourth place, respectively.

In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (2,670,816) has strengthened his position as the leading vote-getter. The top three players in the East frontcourt are unchanged, with Antetokounmpo joined by the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2,092,806) in second place and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (1,710,229) in third place.

The East guard group is again led by the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (2,381,901) and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (1,199,789). The Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (858,798) continues to hold third place, while Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (695,032) remains in fourth place.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format: The two team captains will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference. TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.


 Frontcourt Guards
  1. LeBron James (LAL) 2,779,812
  2. Luka Doncic (DAL) 2,220,077
  3. Paul George (OKC) 1,859,216
  4. Kevin Durant (GSW) 1,717,968
  5. Anthony Davis (NOP) 1,564,347
  6. Steven Adams (OKC) 1,034,014
  7. Nikola Jokic (DEN) 740,918
  8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 584,842
  9. Draymond Green (GSW) 411,131
  10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW) 276,849
  1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 2,094,158
  2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 1,986,840
  3. James Harden (HOU) 1,674,660
  4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 1,494,382
  5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 706,960
  6. Damian Lillard (POR) 610,839
  7. DeMar DeRozen (SAS) 594,012
  8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 529,164
  9. Devin Booker (PHO) 310,944
  10. Chris Paul (HOU) 306,808



Frontcourt Guards
  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 2,670,816
  2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR) 2,092,806
  3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 1,710,229
  4. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 599,289
  5. Jimmy Butler (PHI) 569,354
  6. Blake Griffin (DET) 500,072
  7. Vince Carter (ATL) 273,719
  8. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 237,813
  9. Pascal Siakam (TOR) 206,290
  10. Al Horford (BOS) 199,474
  1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 2,381,901
  2. Dwayne Wade (MIA) 1,199,789
  3. Kemba Walker (CHA) 858,798
  4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 695,032
  5. Victor Oladipo (IND) 567,893
  6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 488,825
  7. Zach LaVine (CHI) 330,504
  8. Jeremy Lin (ATL) 200,648
  9. Goran Dragic (MIA) 191,541
  10. Bradley Beal (WAS) 168,137 


2019 NBA All-Star jerseys and apparel are available right here at Hardwood Ventures! 

Minnesota Timberwolves Reveal 'Prince' Inspired City Edition NBA Jerseys November 06, 2018 12:09

Minnesota Timberwolves Prince City Edition Jersey

The Minnesota Timberwolves have unveiled their 2018/19 City Edition uniforms. The PURPLE REIGN edition uniform is a collaborative effort between the Timberwolves, Nike and the Prince Estate, to create a design that pays homage to the late musician, Prince.

Prince is a music icon, creating and producing pioneering music from his home of Minneapolis, and this Timberwolves City Edition Jersey and Shorts takes it's creative lead from the persona and aesthetic that Prince created for himself.

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The entire uniform is decked out in shades of purple - Prince's favourite colour, and of course, a huge part of his musical and performing legacy. 

The font used on the jerseys is reminiscent of Prince's style and the right shoulder of the jersey pays homage to Prince's flamboyant wardrobe, with the inclusion of the pattern from the infamous jacket that he wore while performing Purple Rain.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves Nike NBA City Edition Prince jersey will release right here at Hardwood Ventures on Friday 9.11.18.


Manu Ginobili Retires from NBA Basketball August 29, 2018 20:42

Manu Ginobili

This week, San Antonio Spurs guard, Manu Ginobili, announced that he will retire, after 16 seasons in the NBA. His departure means that the Spurs are without the 'Big Three' that most of us grown up with. (Tim Duncan retired in 2016 and Tony Parker left for Charlotte this Summer)

Ginobili won 4 NBA Championships with the Spurs, on his way to racking up some serious accolades with the Texas-based franchise. He is the Spurs all-time leader in three-pointers made (1,495) and steals (1,392), while ranking third in games played (1,057), fourth in assists (4,001), fourth in free throws made (3,380) and fifth in points (14,043).

Before he made his way to the NBA, Manu Ginobili played professional basketball in his home country of Argentina, and in Italy. In 2001, while playing for Kinder Bologna Ginobili won the Euroleague title, as well as being named Euroleague Finals MVP.

In 2004, Ginobili was also able to lead Argentina to an Olympic gold medal, shocking the dominant Team USA in the semi-final, and beating Italy in the final. Those achievements make Ginobili one of just two players to have won a Euroleague Championship, NBA Championship and an Olympic gold medal.

Join us in taking a moment to remember some of his best moments in the league, courtesy of the NBA:

Be sure to check out Mitchel & Ness' 2002 - 03 Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs jersey.

Wilson Announced as Official Ball Supplier to Basketball England July 10, 2018 10:34

Wilson Basketball - Basketball England

Basketball England and Wilson Sporting Goods Co have announced that Wilson has been appointed as the Official Ball Supplier to Basketball England with immediate effect.

The newly signed five-year deal will cover the provision of basketballs for National competitions, talent network and 3x3 programmes. 

“Basketball England’s dedication to athletes across the country is tremendous and mirrors our own love of sports,” said Kevin Murphy, General Manager, Team Sports, Wilson. “We look forward to actively working with Basketball England towards further enriching all their basketball programmes and ensuring our products support coaches and athletes as they pursue their athletic goals.”

As part of the new deal, Wilson will provide basketballs to all Basketball England Senior and Jnr. NBL clubs, as well as EABL and WEABL, with the Wilson Solution becoming the official game ball of those competitions. All of Basketball England's talent programmes, including regional programmes, will also be provided with Wilson balls, like the Wilson Evolution and Wilson Reaction Pro, to use in the coming months.

As a leading brand in the area, Wilson’s footprint within basketball is not only significant but also growing at a rapid rate. As the official ball of FIBA’s 3x3 World Tour as well as USA’s NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament, the Chicago-based company is also expanding to work with other leading governing bodies. Both the Croatian and Portuguese federations have teamed up with Wilson in the last 12 months, taking their network of current partners past 30.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with Wilson as they continue to grow their presence both in Europe and worldwide,” said Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager for Infrastructure Peter Griffiths. “A five-year deal shows the intention from both ourselves and Wilson to develop and grow this relationship over time. Having such a great range of products from FIBA approved balls at the very top level all the way through to high quality and robust recreational balls is sure to be a huge positive for anyone involved in the sport at any level.”

For the upcoming season, all senior NBL leagues will use the newly designed Basketball England Wilson Solution ball, which is approved for FIBA game play and contains a number of Wilson’s design innovations, including patent laid-in-channels with 100% composite leather for a consistent grip throughout.

Under 18 and Under 16 competitions will use the Basketball England Wilson Evolution ball, with the Evolution range carrying the accolade of being the #1 selling game ball in the USA.

Under 14 competitions will use the Basketball England Wilson Reaction Pro ball, which contains Wilson’s high performance composite cover for superior grip and control.

Wilson's new Basketball England range of basketballs, will be launching on the 1st August 2018.

NBA Announces NBA London 2019 Match Up as Knicks vs Wizards June 20, 2018 15:55

NBA London 2019

Being based in the UK, we get seriously hyped around NBA London. Today the NBA have announced that the 2019 NBA London Game will feature the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards, so for the next 7 months we're going to be locked in on what happens with these two teams.

The Wizards’ roster currently features All-Star guards Bradley Beal and John Wall, who last season led the Wizards in points and assists, respectively, as well as Polish center Marcin Gortat.

“It will be an honor to represent the Washington Wizards organization as we play our first game in the UK." Said Wall, "I look forward to connecting with our fans in London and using the experience to further bond as a team.”

The Knicks’ roster currently features Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis, French point guard Frank Ntilikina, guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and newly appointed head coach David Fizdale.

Hardaway Jr. was quick to weigh in, saying “I am excited to return to London. We had a great experience during our last visit in 2015 playing in front of passionate fans and are looking forward to another trip overseas.”

NBA London 2019 will again be held at the O2 Arena, and the game will be broadcast by the NBA’s broadcast partners across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and on NBA League Pass International.

The NBA London Game 2019 will mark the league’s ninth regular-season game in London and the Knicks’ third game in the capital, having played regular-season games against the Detroit Pistons in 2013 and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015. The Wizards will be playing their first game in the UK. All eight previous regular-season NBA games in London sold-out.

In addition to the oncourt action, the NBA London Game 2019 will feature a variety of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programming that will bring the NBA experience to fans in London. The NBA London Game 2019 will be supported by a full roster of marketing partners, including Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot with additional partners to be announced in the coming months.

Tickets will go on sale this Autumn. 

Stay tuned over the next few months as we bring you more news and updates from NBA London 2019. 

Denver Nuggets Reveal New Uniforms and Branding for 2018/19 NBA Season June 08, 2018 11:48

The Denver Nuggets are looking to evolve, and move into a new era of Nuggets basketball, with a rebrand and a set of brand new Nike NBA uniforms for the 2018 / 19 NBA season. Let's take a look at what they've come up with!

The branding was unveiled under a new EVOLVE tagline, and the new Nuggets branding is definitely an evolution of a whole range of their past uniforms and looks. 

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The new suite of logos show that the Nuggets are pulling from past imagery, including the crossed pick axes and the much-loved Denver city skyline, with the mountain range in the background. 

Denver Nuggets Colours

The new colours are not all that new to the Nuggets. The dark blue and red colourway was used in during the 90's and early 2000's. The sunshine yellow is a nod to the gold rush that Denver is famous for, while the Flatiron Red is taken from the red sand stone in the region. The Skyline blue is a great colour to reintroduce to the mix, as this is the blue that the Nuggets used for their uniforms during the 70's and is reminiscent of the colour of the rainbow-skyline uniforms of the 80's and early 90's. 

Denver Nuggets Icon Jersey   Denver Nuggets Association Jersey    Denver Nuggets Statement Jersey

For the uniforms themselves, the Icon (Midnight Blue) and Association (White) editions follow a similar style to last year, with the wordmark across the chest, however the font and neckline have changed quite a lot. The Statement (Skyline Blue) is a complete departure from any previous Nuggets styling. The 'Mile High City' wordmark forming a circle around a centralised number, and the rounded neck of the jersey will give Denver players a fresh look next season.

Denver Nuggets Shorts

The Denver Nuggets shorts have been updated nicely, to include a mountain outline on the leg, and some really nice 'buckle' graphics, our favourite of which is the mountain backed skyline on the Statement shorts. 

Having watched the Denver Nuggets new EVOLVE intro video, and rummaging around their promo page on their website, we're particularly looking forward to Denver's accompanying apparel lines, which look like they make great graphic use of the Nuggets new branding. 

New Denver Nuggets Nike NBA jerseys will launch here ahead of the new 2018/19 NBA season.

Check Out the Nike Hyperdunk X - Due for Release this Summer June 04, 2018 12:05

Hyperdunk X

At the Beijing Olympics, in 2008, Nike showcased the first ever Hyperdunk basketball shoe. Kobe Bryant wore the Hyperdunk as Team US powered through the tournament to win gold. 

Since then, the Hyperdunk has been a steady basketball staple, adding to Nike's basketball narrative and bringing innovative silhouettes and technologies to the court.

As reported by the likes of SneakerNews (image above via SN) and HypeBeast, Nike have now unveiled a first look at the Hyperdunk X (10) basketball shoe, which is due to start arriving at retailers this Summer.

The Nike Hyperdunk X pulls influence in both look and construction from previous models, as well as bringing some new features to the line. The shoe will feature Zoom Air cushioning in the heel and forefoot, with a lightweight mesh upper, inner bootie and a high peak at the ankle for protection.

A new addition to the Hyperdunk 10 is a wider lacing structure that provides additional lock-down with Flywire.

The Hyperdunk X will start releasing in 10 team-based colours this Summer.

Phoenix Suns Secure No. 1 Pick in NBA Draft Lottery May 16, 2018 11:12

Last night, NBA team representatives gathered at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, for the drawing of the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, where the Phoenix Suns walked away with coveted number 1 pick.

The actual NBA Draft will be held at the Brooklyn Barclays Centre on the 21st June, where the Suns will now get the chance to have the first choice of the players in the 2018 draft class.

Check out the full set of Draft Lottery results below to see where your team features. Now the real discussion about which players might end up with which team can begin!

First Round

  • 1. Phoenix Suns
  • 2. Sacramento Kings 

  • 3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas
  • 6. Orlando 
  • 7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn via Boston)

  • 9. New York 
  • 10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers via Phoenix)
  • 12. LA Clippers (from Detroit)

  • 13. LA Clippers

  • 14. Denver 
  • 15. Washington
  • 16. Phoenix Suns (from Miami)

  • 17. Milwaukee
  • 18. San Antonio
  • 19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota)
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City via Utah)

  • 21. Utah
  • 22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans)

  • 23. Indiana
  • 24. Portland
 Trail Blazers
  • 25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland)

  • 26. Philadelphia
  • 27. Boston
  • 28. Golden State
  • 29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto)

  • 30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston via LA Clippers)

Second Round

  • 31. Phoenix
  • 32. Memphis Grizzlies
33. Dallas
  • 34. Atlanta
  • 35. Orlando Magic
36. New York Knicks (from Chicago via Oklahoma City)
37. Sacramento Kings
38. Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn)

  • 39. Philadelphia 76ers (from New York)

  • 40. Brooklyn Nets (from Los Angeles Lakers via Toronto and Orlando)
  • 41. Orlando Magic (from Charlotte via Phoenix and Memphis)
42. Detroit Pistons
43. Denver Nuggets (from LA Clippers via New York and Philadelphia)

  • 44. Washington Wizards
45. Brooklyn Nets (from Milwaukee)
46. Houston Rockets (from Miami via Memphis)
47. Los Angeles Lakers (from Denver via Chicago and Utah)

  • 48. Minnesota
  • 49. San Antonio
  • 50. Indiana Pacers
51. New Orleans Pelicans
52. Utah
  • 53. Oklahoma City
  • 54. Dallas Mavericks (from Portland via Denver)

  • 55. Charlotte Hornets (from Cleveland via Brooklyn and Philadelphia)

  • 56. Philadelphia 76ers
57. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston)

  • 58. Denver Nuggets (from Golden State)

  • 59. Phoenix Suns (from Toronto)

  • 60. Philadelphia 76ers (from Houston)

Mitchell & Ness Release NBA Gold Jersey Collection April 21, 2018 14:23

This May, Mitchell & Ness launches the first in a series of NBA Fashion Packs - The Gold Pack. A range of fashion-focused packs will roll out over the next year, that mix classic NBA designs, with the latest trends in fashion. The Gold Pack features a range of NBA jerseys in a solid-gold, metallic colourway that sits well as one today's hottest fashion trends. 

Mitchell & Ness is known globally for premium, authentic vintage sportswear, and the Gold Pack uses their expertise in curating strong collections of heritage apparel, as it pays homage to a select group of NBA players who can all be considered to have reached the gold standard during their careers.

The Gold Pack collection will feature jerseys from the following teams:

  • Chicago Bulls (Pippen)
  • Detroit Pistons (Hill)
  • Houston Rockets (Olajuwon)
  • New York Knicks (Ewing)
  • Orlando Magic (Penny)
  • Philadelphia 76ers (Iverson)
  • Seattle Supersonics (Payton)
  • Utah Jazz (Malone)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (Shaq)

Mitchell & Ness have a keen eye on today’s fashion landscape, where apparel and jerseys are worn not only on the court, but off-court, styled for nights out and every-day looks. Key examples show the likes of Drake and Kevin Hart donning gold NBA jerseys, helping to fuel the trend.

Drake wearing Champion Gold Jersey

Kevin Hart Mitchell & Ness Gold

During the current NBA playoffs, Houston Rockets player Gerald Green was also photographed arriving at the arena in a gold Mitchell & Ness Houston Rockets jersey. Now, more than ever, the off-court style of NBA players is having a huge influence on what fans are taking an interest in, and NBA players are increasingly putting effort into looking on-point for the photo opportunity.

Gerald Green Houston Rockets Gold Jersey

The Mitchell & Ness Gold NBA jersey collection releases here at Hardwood Ventures in May 2018. 

2018 NBA Playoffs are Set After Regular Season Final Night Thriller April 12, 2018 16:20

One of the greatest things about basketball is that you can't always call the outcome. Nothing is ever set in stone until the final whistle, which is why this time of year is so exciting in the NBA. 

The regular season finished last night, leaving the top 8 spots in each conference looking like this:


1. Toronto Raptors 1. Houston Rockets
2. Boston Celtics 2. Golden State Warriors
3. Philadelphia 76ers 3. Portland Trailblazers
4. Cleveland Cavaliers 4. Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Indiana Pacers 5. Utah Jazz
6. Miami Heat 6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Milwaukee Bucks 7. San Antonio Spurs
8. Washington Wizards 8. Minnesota Timberwolves


The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets, in an 112 - 106 overtime thriller last night, to secure the final playoff spot, and head into the post-season for the first time in 14 years.

The Timberwolves weren't the only ones making waves as the regular season came to a close. The Philadelphia 76ers won their 16th straight game, in a convincing final game against the Milwaukee Bucks, giving them 3rd seed in the East (who could have guessed?). Those 16 straight wins are the best to ever end a regular season for any team in the league. 

To top things off, young Sixers talent, Markelle Fultz, used the last game of the regular season to chalk up his first career triple-double, becoming the youngest player ever to get a triple-double in the NBA at just 19 years and 317 days old. Philadelphia fans will have high hopes for their team, especially given the hype around the wider Philly sports scene this year, with the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl and Villanova Wildcats winning the NCAA Championship.

Another huge NBA milestone to come about on the last night of the regular season, was Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook grabbing 20 rebounds, to ensure that the finished his second straight season, averaging a triple-double. Prior to last season, only Oscar Robertson had ever even averaged a triple-double in a season, and now Westbrook has done it in back-to-back seasons. Incredible. 

With all of that said and done, this is what the NBA Playoffs now look like for 2018, with the first games getting under way on Saturday 14th April.

2018 NBA Playoffs

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.

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

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

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