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Here we take a closer look at ENTERBAY‘s Michael Jordan figurine, recently released in conjunction withHK-Kicks.com as a part of the brand’s 10th anniversary celebration. The elite Hong Kong-based toymaker and the sneaker experts released a 1/6 scale version of Jordan. [jwplayer mediaid="16845"] Upon closer inspection, the figurine head bears a sharp likeness to the player himself, faithfully capturing his concentrated aura during games. The limited-edition model also includes accurate specifics such as the 1996 Finals warm-up suit, championship detailing on the iconic ’23′ jersey, and even the coveted pair of Black/Red Air Jordan XI’s Jordan wore in-game. With 30 points of articulation and no detail spared, the ENTERBAY Michael Jordan #23 Series 1 Figure was definitely worth a close inspection, viewable above. If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all of the latest videos from Hypebeast’s YouTube channel, subscribe to it by clicking here. HypeBeast.com
Nike today unveiled the latest signature shoe for Kevin Durant: the KD VI. Marking a return to Durant’s favored low-top cut after the mid-cut KD V, the Thunder star’s latest signature draws inspiration from both his hometown and the precision of fine watches. [jwplayer mediaid="16841"] The watch inspiration is most obvious in the unique multi-layered outsole which calls to mind the skeletonized dials of some of the most complicated watches in the world. Other fine-tuned details include a thin two layer upper with Flywire inserts for dynamic support where it’s needed most, a Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot and Max Air unit in the heel, and a new tongue construction for improved fit. The teal and yellow colorway was directly inspired by Seat Pleasant Activity Center’s doormat, which designer Leo Chang spotted while visiting Durant’s hometown. Alongside the shoe release is a humorous video starring Durant, “Summer is Serious,” which does well to inspire all to hit the courts this summer. Look for the KD VI in stores around the Washington D.C area beginning June 29, while other select retailers worldwide will have access on July 3. HypeBeast.com
While we’ve just come out from the NBA Finals Game 7, the last thirty seconds of Game 6 were definitive. They almost seemed a moment of collapse, where a once celebrated hero would be doomed to face the disdain of an entire nation, forever calling to question his abilities as a champion as underlined by his inability to finish the job. [jwplayer mediaid="16837"] Surely, LeBron James thought about none of that as he recovered a ball to hit the jumper that propelled the Miami Heat into an overtime victory in Game 6. He’s the type of person to create his own moments, on his own time, no matter the criticism. As the season comes to a close and ‘King James’ now rests comfortably in his throne, Nike Basketball reminds us that for now, there’s nothing we can say to LeBron – we’ll just have to settle for a message. Enjoy the instant classic above. HypeBeast.com
[caption id="attachment_16833" align="alignleft" width="250"] Kevin Durant[/caption] Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is the first NBA All-Star to defect to rapper and mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports agency, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Roc Nation is a newly formed agency that has been aggressively pursuing star players in the NFL, MLB and now the NBA. "KD doesn't want a traditional NBA agent anymore," a league source with knowledge of his thinking told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night. "He wants Jay-Z to handle his branding. …He had a chance to be with his idol and couldn't say no." League executives and agents wonder whether the move to Jay-Z and Roc Nation could eventually lead to the agency pushing for Durant to depart small-market Oklahoma City for the opportunities of New York or Los Angeles. Durant is signed with the Thunder through the 2015-16 season.
The athlete formerly know as Ron Artest, Metta World Peace stops by to introduce Nemo to some super duper old school music, talk about his NBA career, and his favorite Queensbridge emcees. [jwplayer mediaid="16827"]
Take a special all-access look at Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals as the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat to take a 1-0 series lead. [jwplayer mediaid="16824"]
The NBA Finals are an important, symbolic time in American culture. The success of one team out of many, triumphing against an entire league awaiting your downfall, plays perfectly into the idea of a ‘champion.’ As the Finals draw close with the final two teams set to face each other, London-based artist Richard Swarbrick teamed up with ESPN to create an painting-style animation depicting the greatest moments in the history of the competition. Jordan’s flying windmill layup, Larry Bird victoriously leaping, LeBron cradling his first Larry O’Brien trophy – all of these moments are immortalized in a bold, flowing collage in vivid color. Prepare for tomorrow’s Game 1 matchup by taking a trip down memory lane above. [jwplayer mediaid="16819"] HypeBeast.com
Paul George of the Indiana Pacers talks about his signature play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, his ongoing duel with LeBron James and his meteoric rise this season. [jwplayer mediaid="16814"]