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Kickin’ It in Phoenix

ASG 2009 Logo

By Phil Hecken, aided and abetted by UW Sneakerhead Matt Powers

The 2009 NBA All-Star Game is upon us this evening, and the this is what the West will wear, while the East will feature this. As Paul has explained, since the game is being played in Phoenix, the player shorts will feature a design evocative of a rising phoenix.

But, this is one of those rare instances where the players’ footwear (it’s all new and especially made for the event) trumps their uniforms, so I’ve asked Uni Watch sneakerhead emeritus Matt Powers to assist in a rundown of all the ASG kicks. I asked him to capture the sights, the sounds, the smells of a sneakerhead’s greatest wet dream event. And I got that; I got more … a lot more. But hey, enough of my yakkin’ — whaddaya say? Let’s boogie!

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We begin with a few words from Matt:

According to Websters’, an epiphany can be defined as: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

Throughout my almost 32 years, I have had many minor epiphanies;

1. Watching Eric Dickerson for the first time and LOVING the Rams uni and how he wore it.

2. Joe Morris: The first and only NFL game that I’ve been to was against the Eagles in 1986. Joe Morris ripped his jersey and I scoured every garbage can at the Meadowlands searching for it.

3. Air Jordan VI: Entering ninth grade, my father was laid off. When I asked him for help buying the AJ VI for school, all he said was, “Junior, go get a job.”. That I did. I worked for two weeks at an awful gas station fixing flats and cleaning carburetors. I hated it so much that at lunch, I went out job searching around the way. Soon after, I got a new job, and a fresh pair of kicks that I treated like my first born.

4. Fab Five: Webber, Rose, Smith, Howard, Jackson, Black Barkleys, (Air Force Max B), Black socks, Maize shorts below the knee. My favorite ever!

5. No Basement in the Alamo: What can I say?: “It’s not for sale, Francis!”.

6. High School Helmet: I fell in love with Schutt helmets my sophomore year of HS. They gave me a Riddell junior year. I had to sneak into the equipment room my senior year to pilfer my old AiR helmet because it had failed inspection by the reconditioner.

7. Foam 1: Like a Sharpei, so ugly that they’re beautiful.

8. Sole Provider: My bible.

9. Oh yeah, my wedding and the homebirths of my two daughters.

These all pale in comparison to what occurred on a fall day two years ago. I took a leap of faith and followed a link regarding Todd Helton and his uni-shenanigans. The truth that a professional athlete would go to such lengths not only to modify his gear but hide those modifications didn’t faze me, Hell, I had even tried to do it. I couldn’t fathom that there were people out there chronicling such events.

I had found my calling, my sneaker and cleat interest was part of what can be called an Obsessive Study of Athletic Aesthetics. Upon receiving a second opinion from Dr. Lukas, I realized that it was incurable. My only question is, and was; “What epiphany had driven everyone else here?” and what was their Todd Helton or Air Jordan VI?”

Today, I hope you catch a bit of my disease!

And so, without further ado, we bring you the players and their kicks:

Eastern Conference All-Stars

Allan Iverson: Reebok Answer 12 All Star PE: AI will be wearing a special makeup of the 12th edition of his signature shoe. Of all the versions to have followed the original Question by Reebok, a pun based on Iverson’s nickname of “The Answer”, the 12 most resembles the first of the line. Whether it is the solid colored toe box, the clear iced sole, or even the higher-than average cut of the shoe, Matt can’t help but be reminded of this fresh-faced and nearly ink-free, NBA rookie, wearing the Sixers two best uni-ideations. (The only time Reebok ever beat out Nike/Jordan at anything.) Matt’s favorite look of Iverson’s will always be from his days at Georgetown, when he attempted to share the ball with Victor Page and Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams,because he was wearing the Air Jordan XI. The first color way of the 12 was first worn by Iverson on November 14th of this season in a 106-95 win against Kobe’s Lakers. The shoe features Iverson’s initials on the tongue as well as his jersey number near the laces. Perhaps the most interesting trait of the shoes is the inclusion of the poem “Invictus” by British poet William Ernest Henley, sublimated on the TPU heel plate. The toughest small man to ever play in the NBA has been wearing many different versions of the shoe since November, this being Matt’s favorite. If you so choose, you can mosey on down to your local sneaker emporium this weekend and purchase the general released version of the Answer 12 for an MSRP of $100.

Paul Pierce: Nike Air Max P2: Matt doesn’t like bringing this shoe up in conversation because it’s story is that incredibly frustrating to the sneaker buying community. For the past few years, The Pierce’s signature shoes have only been retailed in kid’s sizes and he cannot fathom why! If the Vince Carter signature line is any indication, then Nike has decided to cut their losses because of declining sales in the sig line market. While he’s debuting the P2, he’s been wearing the IV. It’s an absolute shame because Matt simply adores this shoe. “Simple, clean design and velcro. Velcro is that magic ingredient that I cannot stay away from” Matt opines.

Dwayne Wade: Converse Wade 4: There hasn’t been much attention towards what D. Wade will be wearing in Sunday’s game however, the current edition of his signature line is The 4, which he also wore during this past year’s Olympics.

LeBron James: Nike Zoom Lebron IV: With so many make ups of this shoe being created by Nike, it is amazing that even King James remembers what he’s supposed to be wearing at any given time. The special All-Star make-up of the shoe features a gradient color scheme of navy, aqua and white coordinating nicely with the uniforms of the East squad. The shoe also prominently features the All Star ‘09 design that all of the game specific Nikes will be adorned with. Other than the colors and ASG branding, this version does not differ very much from the various Special Edition and general release pairs that he has worn throughout the season, most recently being these. Matt states, “On a personal note, these are the first shoes within the Lebron lineage that I have liked the looks of. Although at times confusing, I think that Nike has done a fine job of marketing and promoting the shoe, thus creating interest. My favorites being these and these.”

Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard: Adidas TS Bounce Commander: Much like what Nike has done for years with their Force and Flight lines, Adidas has been and will be outfitting their frontcourt and backcourt players differently. Instead of Charles Barkley and David Robinson opposing Michael Jordan, Ron Harper, and Scottie Pippen, this time it is players like Garnett, Howard, and Tim Duncan versus Chauncey Billups and Devin Harris. Both Garnett and Howard have been wearing many different colorways of The Commander. Matt tends to steer clear of big man shoes, mainly because at 5’10”, “I am NOT a big man.” These traditionally have more cushioning than the lighter, sleeker guard based shoes. Adidas has begun incorporating their Bounce technology into their hoops shoes, with great success. “I am actually a big fan of the Bounce system,” Matt continues. “Perhaps, some of you might have seen this on the boards as proof positive.”

Jameer Nelson: Converse Assist: Nelson will not be playing. He most likely would have been wearing the Converse Assist, the pre-eminent team shoe from Nike-owned Converse that has been made into PE’s for most of their players this season, including Udonis Haslem, Acie Law IV, Kirk Heinrich, and Mike Sweetney.

Danny Granger: Nike Zoom Phenom: This shoe is an update to last year’s Sharkley that was very popular. The Phenom is a combination of the Nike Ndestrukt and the Air Max Sensation, Chris Webber’s sig shoe. The zoom air and overall aesthetic of the shoe are what make th shoe atractive to 30 year olds being reminded of the great Nike Hoops shoes of the late 90’s. Retailing at 90$, they are unlike other Player Exlusive models in that you can purchase those of Rudy Gay, Brandon Roy, and Deron Williams for but a few dollars more.

Rashard Lewis: Nike Hyperdunk: Lewis has always worn very cool PEs. Lately, he has been wearing the Foamposite Lites, but is choosing to wear the ASG Hyperdunks. As far as PE’s go, these are rather bland other than the blue color blocking. They feature some of Nike’s most innovative technology combining their flywire structural support with the lunarlite foam cushioning in the forefoot and zoom air in the heel. At 13 ounces, they weigh three ounces less than the average basketball shoe. An excellent guard shoe and the most popular shoe in the NBA, the NCAA and the Olympic games.

Chris Bosh: Nike Huarache 2K9: Bosh is playing it safe and will continue to wear what he has worn for most of the season, albeit in Nike’s stock ASG makeup. This is the latest version of the classic Huarache line, first worn by the Fab Five at Michigan. Unfortunately for Nike the Huarache 08 was seriously overshadowed by the introduction of the Hyperdunk and has not fared very well.

Ray Allen: Air Jordan 2009: Jesus Shuttlesworth has been wearing different Jordan Brand styles all season: There is very little difference between Allen’s kicks and those that Joe Johnson will be wearing. A bit of color blocking is about the only major difference. The entire side panel and heel is draped in blue.

Joe Johnson: Air Jordan 2009: The latest edition of the Air Jordan line will be worn by three of this years’ All Stars. Johnson, a member of Jordan Brand, never disappoints with his choice of shoes, however Matt is not a huge fan of these kicks because they are too similar to the Air Jordan XIV for his taste however component wise, they are top of the line. Their cushioning is beyond outstanding as is the traction control of the sole. What is not outstanding is the $190 price tag.

Mo Williams: Nike Hyperdunk: A welcome addition to the ASG, Williams will continue to wear the Hyperdunk, a masterful combination of lightweight cushioning and support.

Devin Harris: Adidas TS Lightning Creator: Harris, like Billups will be wearing the guard based shoe. An Adidas man since his days at ‘Sconsin, he seems to have found his comfort zone in the swamps of dirty Jersey. These shoes are chock full of technological advances included Clima-Cool vents and the Torsion structural component. Response across the web has been negative but Matt, personally, likes them a lot.

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Western Conference All StarsShaquille O’Neal: Li Ning Dunkman. These shoes were made by the Chinese company Li Ning who also had Steve Francis and Shane Battier in their ranks. For some time, after Reebok and Shaq had parted ways, O’Neal was wearing shoes made by Starter under the Dunk.net moniker. All Matt can say is “trainwreck.”

Chris Paul: Air Jordan 09: Paul, almost more than anyone within the Jordan Brand stable, has become the face of the brand. He has worn the largest amount of JB PE’s this season and is planning on wearing the latest edition of the Air Jordan 09’s. Much like the PE’s that Allen and Johnson will be wearing for the East, Paul’s will feature red accents instead of the West’s blue. The accents will be on the tongue, midsole, and ankle area.

David West: Nike Foamposite Lite: For most of this season, West has been wearing the blue collar Nike Powermax. Only recently has D.West started wearing the Foamposite Lites in game situations.

Yao Ming: Reebok Pump Omni Hex Ride: Yao will be wearing a more tame version of the Pumps that he wore during the Olympics. Reebok stands behind their hex-Ride technology in addition to their Pump P105 inflation system. Personally, Matt prefers the original Dee Brown version.

Amare Stoudamire: Nike Foamposite Lite: If there really is a home court advantage, then STAT will be the main recipient. As far as Matt is concerned, Nike has thrown all of their design know-how into his PE, the Foamposite Lite. Not only do they feature an interesting shade of red, they are adorned with some great graphics. Matt elaborates, “This past week, I literally spied them on a strangers feet at a range of about 300 yards and was drawn to them like moth to a flame. I literally walked into the store where he was shopping and started a conversation with him, and yes he spoke too! Turns out, he too was an EKIN and sneakerhead, whose mecca is the House of Hoops on 125th Street in the Bronx. This is the spot where anyone willing to drop 225 dollars can have their very own pair of ASG kicks.” Stoudamire has been wearing these, in various color combinations, over the past month.

Chauncey Billups: Adidas TS Lightning Creator: At Colorado, Billups wore Nikes, however since entering the league, he has strayed from the path, first with the Vector, and then the three stripes. Matt has shunned non-Nike hoops shoes but his bias is decreasing. “Not only is Adidas designing better looking shoes, they are incredibly comfortable. I would definitely consider wearing the guard-based Creators.”

Kobe Bryant: Nike Air Zoom Kobe IV: When these kicks first hit the web, sneakerheads were up in arms about the ankle coverage of the shoe. A return to low tops would not be tolerated. People though that Gilbert Arenas was crazy when he started wearing lows, but the trend is spreading. What the shoe lacks in height, it more than makes up for in technological innovation. Flywire, zoom air, lunar foam, icy soles for some break-neck looks. These shoes are beautiful.

Dirk Nowitzki: Nike Air MAX Spot Up: Dirk has always been a bit of a mystery to me. The simple fact that Nike markets signature shoes for him proves that Beaverton considers him to be one of their marquee athletes, however, Matt is frequently underwhelmed by his kicks. The same trend was true of Dirk during the ’08 Olympics when he wore a very bland make-up of the Zoom BB2. Not to be all bad, Matt did like his Germany themed Hyperdunks. The Air Max Spot Up has comes in a gradient red make-up matching the Western All-Star uniforms. The sneaker is highlighted by white accents not unlike other Air Max shoes features a large visible Air bubble and an embossed Air Max logo wrapping the heel, similar to that of the Air Max Brazen running shoe. Designed mainly for big men, this too, is a blue-collar shoe.

Brandon Roy: Nike Air Zoom Phenom: Much like Danny Granger on the East side, Roy will be wearing the Phenom, departure from what he has been wearing all season, .

Tony Parker: Nike Huarache 2K9: Matt states, “I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed with our friend from over yonder. His choice of 2k9’s leaves a little to be desired, from a shoe-heads’ perspective. Sure they perform well, but give us some flare, some bells and whistles. I guess he has enough of that in his life.” And…it seems that the basketball bug is spreading to Mrs. parker’s co-workers.

Tim Duncan: Adidas TS Bounce Commander: Like his game, his shoes are nothing flashy yet extremely, fundamentally sound. I have expressed my love for the Bounce system but would hesitate in purchasing said shoes because of their weight and a physical inability to buy anything other than Nike for basketball. Blame Wieden and Kennedy for that one. In a strange turn of events, Nike is placing a lot of their hopes in the resurgence of the Foam and Flightposite lines. It was the defection of players like Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett that slowed the progress of those classic shoes including the Flightposite 1 and the Foamposite Max.

Steve Nash: Nike Air Zoom MVP: Perhaps the most interesting of the new kicks being rolled out for the 09 ASG. The Nash MVP is based on the Canuck’s favorite Nike, the Air Max ’90. They are an extremely well performing shoe with excellent traction and zoom air cushioning. Many players across the NBA are already wearing them including Bobby Jackson and Ben Wallace. He is also a disciple of the low top trend and has been for some time now. This years edition will also be a “considered” trash talk version made from recycled materials similar to last years.

Pau Gasol: Nike Hyperdunk: Gasol is a member of the Kobe cult in LA. Most of the lakers either wear Kobe’s sig shoes or variations of them. Gasol has stuck with the Powermatic as well as the Hyperdunk this season and has chosen to wear the stock version of the HD for the ASG. Nike is unveiling their Hypermax this coming spring. I guess I could hope against hope that I would actually see someone wearing them as opposed to the vastly over-extended Hyperdunk.

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And now, some final thoughts from Mr. Powers: I am eagerly anticipating another release by Nike that actually matches the West’s unis but probably won’t see the lights of the Phoenix skyline, the Nike ½ Cent, a mashup of all of Penny Hardaway’s sig shoes…Rookie/Sophomore 2K9’s: Mayo…Mostly 2k9’s: Durant in Blue Chips…Pretty cool pic of JesusPractice?…NBA DL ALL STARS: oxymoron, no?…I NEED this jacketWarn Paul…Ice Man: Ice Cream man.
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The 1995 All Star Game was also held in Phoenix. The West took down the East by a score of 139-112, and the Sacremento Kings’ Mitch Richmond was named MVP. Below are some bonus photos from that game. (Thanks to Pretty Boy Paulie for the pics!)Ewing, Mutombo & Mourning posing for a photo op…some game action featured Mitch Richmond shooting over Joe DumarsShaq drives the lane against the best of the West…a much thinner Shawn Kemp battles Scottie Pippin for a board…MVP Mitch Richmond hoists the MVP trophy…Kemp jams over Pip…Penny Hardaway grabs a board while The Dream and Dan Majerle look on…intros of Father of the Year and the Round Mound of Rebound, and Patrick and ‘Zo…more game action featuring Majerle contesting a shot by The Diesel…the more things change, the more they stay the same: ‘Zo shoots while Kemp plays no defense, and Latrell looks on trying to figure out (a) how to feed his family and (b) how squeeze more life out of his PJ’s…and finally, John Stockton looks for help.

AND Finally…Pretty Boy Paulie sent me the following E-Mail and pics late last night. Highlights from the NBA dunk contest:

Not sure if ya caught some of this and/or if others have hit you up with all of the info and pics but Nate Robinson broke out “Kryptonite” Nike Foamposite Lites and the Knicks St. Patty’s day uniforms. One pic looks like his sneakers are literally illuminating. Plus a shot of Dwight Howard and his UTRA tight aerodynamic jersey.

Enjoy the sneakers game!

 

71 comments to Kickin’ It in Phoenix

  • Beau A | February 15, 2009 at 7:42 am |

    Note how in the James Denton photo (Last photo in the Tony Parker section), there are pink shoes.

    Just had to tie the weekend all together, didn’t you guys?

  • Johnny O | February 15, 2009 at 7:51 am |

    This article today is the exact reason I come to Uni Watch. Unbelievable depth and coverage of the NBA All-Star game that you can’t get anywhere else. (Aesthetics wise, that is)

    Phil and Matt… you have outdone yourself again. I was going to boycott the All-Star game today, but because of this article I am just gonna watch it for the special edition kicks. Thanks again so such fantastic coverage.

  • Jason | February 15, 2009 at 7:51 am |

    man those old pics bring back some memories. Also Nate in the Slam Dunk contest was pretty good but D Howard in that tight jersey was bothersome he looked like a roid user.

  • Marc M. | February 15, 2009 at 8:06 am |

    I was watching highlights on NBA TV of past All-Star Games and back in 97-98 vintage the players in the game wore their team jerseys and shorts. Why did this happen and for how long? Why did they decide to go back to a uniform uniform for the game?

  • Kurt | February 15, 2009 at 9:32 am |

    That Miami Hurricanes – I mean NY Knicks green alternate looks sweet!!!

  • BigMatt | February 15, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    Neither IOWA nor PURDUE broke out new informs yesterday. Very disappointing.

  • mdunner28 | February 15, 2009 at 9:40 am |

    I, too, was disappointed to see that there were no new uniforms in the Iowa/Purdue game.

    And yes, those green and orange Knicks unis are fantastic.

  • Kurt | February 15, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    Blake Griffin becomes the third Oklahoma player to have a 40 pt/20 rebound game, the other two were Alvan Adams and Wayman Tisdale – Blake will no doubt also see his number go to the rafters.

    I mention this because there are only 36 eligible numbers (numbers 6,7,8 or 9 cannot be used) for college basketball players – programs have to be pretty selective retiring a number – and college football teams don’t do it period – they just retire the ‘jersey’.

    There was a crapstorm a few years back when Marquette let a prize recruit wear Geroge Thompson old #24 – Marquette only had six #’s retired at the time so it seems like that could have been avoided.

  • Ricko | February 15, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”314948″]man those old pics bring back some memories. Also Nate in the Slam Dunk contest was pretty good but D Howard in that tight jersey was bothersome he looked like a roid user.[/quote]

    Howard made me think of this. Post WWII look…
    http://farm4.static....

  • clown | February 15, 2009 at 10:45 am |

    Durant is wearing KD1’s, not Blue Chips.

  • Kris | February 15, 2009 at 11:19 am |

    Anyone catch the celebrity game on Friday night? They were wearing their own versions of those 1995 All-Star Unis. It was awesomely terrible.

  • Wayne | February 15, 2009 at 11:26 am |

    In regards to the Fab Five (#4 on Matt’s list), I think Matt misidentified Jimmy King. He has Webber (Chris), Howard (Juwan), Rose (Jalen), Jackson (Ray), and Smith listed out. I don’t know who Smith is, but I remember Jimmy King pretty well since he was one of my favorites.

    Great write-up. I used to be a big sneakerhead, but have gotten out of it in the past 6-7 years. This is great info!

  • Hef | February 15, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    Clown’s such a know-it-all.

  • Johnny O | February 15, 2009 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”314957″]Anyone catch the celebrity game on Friday night? They were wearing their own versions of those 1995 All-Star Unis. It was awesomely terrible.[/quote]

    They were so ugly, that they were awesome. I totally agree with you. Check out the pink kicks as well.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    http://www.nba.com/m...

  • Robert in Dallas | February 15, 2009 at 11:57 am |

    Proof that emotional attachments to numbers and “uniforms” (in this case paint schemes) are alive and well in NASCAR:

    Kyle Petty is displeased with the way Petty Enterprises was consumed by Gillett Evernham Motorsports — then renamed Richard Petty Motorsports — and was “crushed” the new team co-opted a bit of his personal history. Petty was perhaps most irked by RPM’s move to use, without consultation, a No. 44 Dodge for A.J. Allmendinger with the paint scheme Petty bore in winning in his first start, a 1979 ARCA race at Daytona. Petty drove the #44 at Petty Enterprises until his son Adam was killed in 2000, then he switched to his son’s #45. “I was crushed. I was hurt and I’m not going to get over it for a while,” Petty, 48, said. “And that’s a personal thing. That’s me. That’s not … anything to do with anything else. That was my paint job and my car and my number and my stuff from my first win. Not for Petty Enterprises or GEM or whoever that is.”

    Here is the offending paint scheme:

    http://www.jayski.co...

  • JeffDem | February 15, 2009 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment=”314952″]Neither IOWA nor PURDUE broke out new informs yesterday. Very disappointing.[/quote]

    Purdue breaking out the new roadies was always just a rumor. I think the plan was always the home game Tuesday against MSU to break out the new style.

    No idea why Iowa didn’t break theirs out, since the new replicas went on sale to the general public Saturday morning.

  • Clint Fransen | February 15, 2009 at 11:58 am |

    Lance Armstrongs bike was stolen last night! It is a one of a kind at it doesn’t have any crazy logo creep on it.
    http://twitpic.com/1...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | February 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”314949″]I was watching highlights on NBA TV of past All-Star Games and back in 97-98 vintage the players in the game wore their team jerseys and shorts. Why did this happen and for how long? Why did they decide to go back to a uniform uniform for the game?[/quote]

    I think the question is “Why did it stop happening?” I don’t know the reason why the All-Star game abandoned special uniforms but it lasted from about ’97-’00ish season. I stopped watching the NBA after the ’99 season so I don’t know exactly when special unis started back up again.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | February 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm |

    Fine fine column Phil and Matt…I tip my cap to you both. Sneaker heads UNITE!!

  • Rick S. | February 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    Does someone have a fascination with police mugshots? And what the hell is Shaq wearing?

    Overall, awesome column Matty.

  • Stuby | February 15, 2009 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”314963″]Lance Armstrongs bike was stolen last night! It is a one of a kind at it doesn’t have any crazy logo creep on it.
    http://twitpic.com/1...
    “Exhibit Q: A picture of me, WITHOUT MY BIKE!”

    See, everything does relate back to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

  • Tall Paul | February 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”314954″]Blake Griffin becomes the third Oklahoma player to have a 40 pt/20 rebound game, the other two were Alvan Adams and Wayman Tisdale – Blake will no doubt also see his number go to the rafters.

    I mention this because there are only 36 eligible numbers (numbers 6,7,8 or 9 cannot be used) for college basketball players – programs have to be pretty selective retiring a number – and college football teams don’t do it period – they just retire the ‘jersey’.

    There was a crapstorm a few years back when Marquette let a prize recruit wear Geroge Thompson old #24 – Marquette only had six #’s retired at the time so it seems like that could have been avoided.[/quote]

    Couple of interesting bits on some of Marquette’s Basketball uniform history linked from the bottom of the story on Thompson’s #24:

    Article: http://www.jsonline....

    Gallery: http://www.jsonline....

  • Joey Guns | February 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm |

    Looks like CnnSI.com got the caption wrong on a slam dunk picture. Their caption says: Blazers guard Sergio Rodriguez goes solo on this spread-eagle dunk. He would use fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol in subsequent slams.

    http://sportsillustr...

    That’s actually Rudy Fernandez, who wore a #10 Blazers jersey during his one dunk, to honor the late Fernando Martin.

  • Tall Paul | February 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”314954″]Blake Griffin becomes the third Oklahoma player to have a 40 pt/20 rebound game, the other two were Alvan Adams and Wayman Tisdale – Blake will no doubt also see his number go to the rafters.

    I mention this because there are only 36 eligible numbers (numbers 6,7,8 or 9 cannot be used) for college basketball players – programs have to be pretty selective retiring a number – and college football teams don’t do it period – they just retire the ‘jersey’.

    There was a crapstorm a few years back when Marquette let a prize recruit wear Geroge Thompson old #24 – Marquette only had six #’s retired at the time so it seems like that could have been avoided.[/quote]

    Oklahoma does just that: retires jerseys. http://www.soonerspo... So, keeping it in line with the point I believe you were making, Griffin actually should be seeing his jersey go to the rafters. Wayman Tisdale wore number 23 for the Sooners and his jersey, with its number 23, is already in the rafters.

  • Joey Guns | February 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm |

    Anyone see Dwayne Wade wearing one eye black under his left eye, that was actually blue, and read “WADE”? What was that about? I thought Left Eye from TLC passed away…..

  • Bob Nolte | February 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm |

    So the Nate Robinson switching uniforms was just because of the shoes?
    I was watching at a party and (sadly) the first thing that came to mind was that it was some way connected to Sprite, who was the main sponsor.
    Thank God it wasn’t.

  • =bg= | February 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    And I’m the only one who picked up on the Marty DiBergi Spinal Tap reference. Tsk, tsk.

  • Johnny O | February 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”314972″]So the Nate Robinson switching uniforms was just because of the shoes?
    I was watching at a party and (sadly) the first thing that came to mind was that it was some way connected to Sprite, who was the main sponsor.
    Thank God it wasn’t.[/quote]

    Here is what J.A. Adande said about the sponsor and color tie in:

    “Not to be outdone in the costume department, Robinson changed into a green Knicks uniform, with shoes that matched the lemon-lime soft drink sponsor’s color scheme. (I’m sure Stern would have given him a perfect 50 just for the corporate tie-in.)”

  • Jordan Pope | February 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm |

    nice job powers

  • mmwatkin | February 15, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    I also appreciate the detail and depth in today’s entry. With that said…

    With hourly updates from the sunny baseball fields in Florida and Arizona, the only footwear I care about is on a diamond.

  • MPowers1634 | February 15, 2009 at 2:44 pm |

    I have to thank Paul for having the faith in me to write a column like this.

    We ALL have to thank Phil for the HOURS of work he puts in to generate these weekend posts.

    I had no idea of what it took to put these together…he should be seriously commended.

    Clown, you are absolutely correct…they are the KD1’s.

  • corey endicott | February 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”314971″]Anyone see Dwayne Wade wearing one eye black under his left eye, that was actually blue, and read “WADE”?

    What was that about?

    I thought Left Eye from TLC passed away…..[/quote]

    He had to get stitches under the eye and has been wearing some form of the band-aid for the past couple nights

  • Jordan Pope | February 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”314979″][quote comment=”314971″]Anyone see Dwayne Wade wearing one eye black under his left eye, that was actually blue, and read “WADE”?

    What was that about?

    I thought Left Eye from TLC passed away…..[/quote]

    He had to get stitches under the eye and has been wearing some form of the band-aid for the past couple nights[/quote]

    yea he had to change it up to match his wardrobe

  • My Name is not Earl | February 15, 2009 at 3:31 pm |

    Color on color matchup in women’s basketball: North Carolina (in pink) hosting Georgia Tech (in blue).

  • Scott Little | February 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm |

    Brilliant work Matt.

    I’n the Durant pic, check out Wilson Chandler wearing a pair of PONYS.

  • NJBaseball | February 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm |

    South Florida never got its luggage with its game uniforms in time for today’s 2 p.m. tilt at Notre Dame, so the Bulls wore their practice gear:

    http://picasaweb.goo...

  • JTH | February 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”314973″]And I’m the only one who picked up on the Marty DiBergi Spinal Tap reference. Tsk, tsk.[/quote]
    “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”

    Given the subject of today’s post, I thought a David St. Hubbins quote would be more appropriate. (OK, actually that was David and Derek, but whatever.)

  • MPowers1634 | February 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |

    Here are some updated pics from ASG practice of what the guys will be wearing.

    http://niketalk.yuku...

  • JTH | February 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”314958″]In regards to the Fab Five (#4 on Matt’s list), I think Matt misidentified Jimmy King. He has Webber (Chris), Howard (Juwan), Rose (Jalen), Jackson (Ray), and Smith listed out. I don’t know who Smith is, but I remember Jimmy King pretty well since he was one of my favorites.[/quote]
    Yeah. Jimmy King. He’s the one at the top of that photo Good ol’ #24, maybe?

  • JTH | February 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm |

    My last comment is a mess, punctuation-wise.

  • Hibbs | February 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm |

    seahawks vs. chargers 1977
    That was my epiphany.

    I’ll say. I’m going to start a paper route right now.

  • Matt | February 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |

    The Giants have changed their spring training uniforms. It is more in line with their regular season uniforms:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Ricko | February 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”314990″]The Giants have changed their spring training uniforms. It is more in line with their regular season uniforms:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Sheesh. Jerseys looks like they cost about three bucks each. Retail.

    —Ricko

  • scott | February 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”314982″]Color on color matchup in women’s basketball: North Carolina (in pink) hosting Georgia Tech (in blue).[/quote]

    Vanderbilt ladies also wore pink at home against Georgia, which was in its road red.

  • scott | February 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”314990″]The Giants have changed their spring training uniforms. It is more in line with their regular season uniforms:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    They look similar to what the double-A Giants affiliated in Norwich, Conn. wore a few years back:

    http://gregsconnecti...

  • Zach Green | February 15, 2009 at 6:26 pm |

    i got a question why does steve nash get all stars shoes even if he didnt make the team

  • MPowers1634 | February 15, 2009 at 6:43 pm |

    CC in Pinstripes and Air Jordan V Air Force 1 Fusions:

    http://niketalk.yuku...

  • jon | February 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm |

    ok question. im just trying to stir up conversation here, not emotions. im not trying to get anyone angry so dont take this that way. but it seems that the consensus about the knicks’ green uniform is very positive (as well it should be – it looks awesome). but green is not one of the knicks’ colors. now, had this uniform been black, there probably would have been a lot of bashing of it going on because “black is not an official color of the knicks.” this seems like a bit of a double standard (or, more appropriately, a bias against black). i know that the knicks use the uniform as a st. patrick’s day thing, but thats really not a good excuse in my book. most black uniforms are aesthetically pleasing, and some are even better than their “official color”-ed counterparts (see texas tech football or the baltimore ravens). i just want to know why using a non-official color is alright here but whenever black is used it is not ok.

  • mmwatkin | February 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”314997″]ok question. im just trying to stir up conversation here, not emotions. im not trying to get anyone angry so dont take this that way. but it seems that the consensus about the knicks’ green uniform is very positive (as well it should be – it looks awesome). but green is not one of the knicks’ colors. now, had this uniform been black, there probably would have been a lot of bashing of it going on because “black is not an official color of the knicks.” this seems like a bit of a double standard (or, more appropriately, a bias against black). i know that the knicks use the uniform as a st. patrick’s day thing, but thats really not a good excuse in my book. most black uniforms are aesthetically pleasing, and some are even better than their “official color”-ed counterparts (see texas tech football or the baltimore ravens). i just want to know why using a non-official color is alright here but whenever black is used it is not ok.[/quote]

    I really don’t have a problem with it because it is for an occasion. There is a REASON for having a green uniform (other than $$$)

    When teams just make a black uniform it is lazy and unoriginal. The only reason a team would alter their identity is to make a buck or two.

  • LI Phil | February 15, 2009 at 7:19 pm |

    [quote]Given the subject of today’s post, I thought a David St. Hubbins quote would be more appropriate.[/quote]

    he was, after all, the patron saint of quality footwear

    /well played, sir

  • nididakes | February 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm |

    SMITH?

  • Geeen! | February 15, 2009 at 8:18 pm |

    What’s the story behind the Dwight Howard skin-tight jersey? Does he think he’s at NC State or Seton Hall circa 1994?

  • The Oakville Endive | February 15, 2009 at 8:49 pm |

    My color TV is less than optimal – what color is the East wearing tonight – is it dark blue or dark purple?

  • LI Phil | February 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”315003″]My color TV is less than optimal – what color is the East wearing tonight – is it dark blue or dark purple?[/quote]

    here

    (was second link in story) :)

  • The Oakville Endive | February 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”315004″][quote comment=”315003″]My color TV is less than optimal – what color is the East wearing tonight – is it dark blue or dark purple?[/quote]

    here

    (was second link in story) :)[/quote]

    Thanks – I think Dark Purple would have been more interesting – although overall not a bad look

  • Manzell B | February 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm |

    no pictures (yet)

    But Brandon Roy and Chauncey Billups are both wearing the same jersey number (#7) in the All-Star game and are on the court at the same time. Is number doubling-up commonplace in the NBA ASG?

  • bfrench | February 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

    Its weird to see AI without the cornrows

  • Adam | February 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm |

    “New Purdue Unis”

    The whites will be worn tuesday against MSU, supposedly there will also be a set of golds.

  • MPowers1634 | February 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”315006″]no pictures (yet)

    But Brandon Roy and Chauncey Billups are both wearing the same jersey number (#7) in the All-Star game and are on the court at the same time. Is number doubling-up commonplace in the NBA ASG?[/quote]

    At one point, Paul Pierce and Devon Harris were both on the court wearing #34.

    BTW, Chris Paul is NOT wearing the AJ09. It seems that he is wearing his signature shoie the CP3.

    Shaq is also wearing a different version of his Li Nings.

  • MPowers1634 | February 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |

    First half pics:

    http://niketalk.yuku...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | February 15, 2009 at 10:26 pm |

    Ya know these All-Star game uniforms have really grown on me. I didn’t care for them at all when I first saw them. They are much more simpler than previous years. I like the type face and I like the “rising Phoenix” motif on the shorts. I just can’t stand the Adidas stripes and the NOB under the number. The inverted NOB is one of my biggest pet peeves, next to dazzle materials, on NBA jerseys.

  • MPowers1634 | February 15, 2009 at 10:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”315011″]Ya know these All-Star game uniforms have really grown on me. I didn’t care for them at all when I first saw them. They are much more simpler than previous years. I like the type face and I like the “rising Phoenix” motif on the shorts. I just can’t stand the Adidas stripes and the NOB under the number. The inverted NOB is one of my biggest pet peeves, next to dazzle materials, on NBA jerseys.[/quote]

    I don’t mind the nameplate under the number because it allows for the team logo to be placed above the number.

  • Husul | February 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm |

    Another great breakdown Phil and Matt. I don’t watch the NBA at all, but love sneaks. Good Job.

    My Favorites that I owed as originals:

    http://www.jordanext...

    http://www.kicksonfi...

  • Jordan Pope | February 15, 2009 at 10:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”315009″][quote comment=”315006″]no pictures (yet)

    But Brandon Roy and Chauncey Billups are both wearing the same jersey number (#7) in the All-Star game and are on the court at the same time. Is number doubling-up commonplace in the NBA ASG?[/quote]

    At one point, Paul Pierce and Devon Harris were both on the court wearing #34.

    BTW, Chris Paul is NOT wearing the AJ09. It seems that he is wearing his signature shoie the CP3.

    Shaq is also wearing a different version of his Li Nings.[/quote]

    Noticed that too about CP3, but after looking at the pictures it looks like his sigs are better than the AJ09

  • MPowers1634 | February 15, 2009 at 11:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”315013″]Another great breakdown Phil and Matt. I don’t watch the NBA at all, but love sneaks. Good Job.

    My Favorites that I owed as originals:

    http://www.jordanext...

    http://www.kicksonfi...

    Air Force 2 and Air Jordan 1…good choices and Thank you !

  • bfrench | February 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm |

    NBA 2K9 have a white version of the East’s jersey and a red one of the West’s. I can probably get screen shots if anyone is interested.

  • Tim | February 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”314961″]Proof that emotional attachments to numbers and “uniforms” (in this case paint schemes) are alive and well in NASCAR:

    Kyle Petty is displeased with the way Petty Enterprises was consumed by Gillett Evernham Motorsports — then renamed Richard Petty Motorsports — and was “crushed” the new team co-opted a bit of his personal history. Petty was perhaps most irked by RPM’s move to use, without consultation, a No. 44 Dodge for A.J. Allmendinger with the paint scheme Petty bore in winning in his first start, a 1979 ARCA race at Daytona. Petty drove the #44 at Petty Enterprises until his son Adam was killed in 2000, then he switched to his son’s #45. “I was crushed. I was hurt and I’m not going to get over it for a while,” Petty, 48, said. “And that’s a personal thing. That’s me. That’s not … anything to do with anything else. That was my paint job and my car and my number and my stuff from my first win. Not for Petty Enterprises or GEM or whoever that is.”

    Here is the offending paint scheme:

    http://www.jayski.co...

    I know it’s an emotional response by Kyle Petty, but he’s not that good, and he’s NOWHERE near as good as The King was, and if The King has no problem with the #43 car and paint scheme being pimped out, then I don’t see what Kyle is getting all worked up about with his number. Not to speak ill of Kyle Petty, the guy does great work with his charity and is one of the nicest guys in the sport, but his reaction is a bit, well, petty, especially for someone who really made his career cashing in on his old man’s name and rep.

    Petty Enterprises got a MAJOR bailout from Gillett Evernham and would have most likely had to fold operations because of the bad economic times (or does he not remember how PE signed Bobby Labonte to an extension and then released him almost as soon as the ink was dry on the contract?); besides, The King doesn’t seem to mind it too much if the big smile on his face is any indication in those photos. Methinks Kyle’s REAL issue is that GEM assumed operations for all the teams in the combined company, rechristened it “Richard Petty Motorposrts”, but left HIM out of the new company, and now he can’t stand to see the Petty name being used and he has nothing to do with it anymore.

    On a lighter, and uniform related, note, it was interesting/cool to see that the drivers who are multiple champions have a special patch/embroidery to that effect under the Sprint Cup logo on their firesuits this season.

    http://nascar.imageg...

    http://nascar.imageg...

    http://nascar.imageg...

  • Mark in Shiga | February 16, 2009 at 8:09 am |

    I’m really digging the name under the number on those basketball jerseys. It seems like we’re seeing more of this these days, and it looks good. It keeps the number as the center of attention, as it should be.

    But Phil… while I really liked the retrospective on 1995 and those players I grew up watching… you need to fix the open quote in “‘Zo” Mourning’s name! ^_^;

  • Mark in Shiga | February 16, 2009 at 8:14 am |

    Short NOB alert: the Tigers’ Taiwanese prospect — the first player signed out of the Chinese baseball league — is wearing #75 in spring training and his name is also two characters long.

  • Mark in Shiga | February 16, 2009 at 8:18 am |

    Oops, I left the guy’s name out. The prospect from Taiwan is named Fu-Te Ni.

  • Monique | February 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm |

    Nate’s color choice was meant to resemble kryptonite. A response to Dwight’s superman