The task of creating a shoe for the world’s most important athlete is a challenge that only a few can really handle; it has to look right and feel right to the masses while being suitable for a 6’8″ 250 lb. powerhouse to run literally every play at every position in the history of basketball. Imagine designing a shoe for a player whose game is shaped by a point guard’s vision, a shooting guard’s ability to move off the ball, a small forward’s athleticism, a power forward’s blend of finesse and strength, and a center’s above-the-rim operation. We actually talked with Jason Petrie, the designer behind the LeBron signature line since the VII, about all this back in 2009, but with Nike’s huge strides in innovation, the process looks entirely different. Nike LeBrons have always been on the..
Los Angeles (AFP) - Kobe Bryant says he still loves competition, but admits that his body can no longer handle the rigors of professional basketball as he announced that this will be his final NBA season."I had to come to terms with it," said Bryant, speaking on Sunday after the Lakers 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles. "I had to accept the fact I didn't want to do this anymore."The 37-year-old five-time champion will retire as one of the greatest clutch players in history, and after spending his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers."I have known for awhile. I am very solid with this decision," he said. "If I had a burning desire to play I would."I don't want to get too Zen like. But my mind always started drifting toward basketball and it d..
Watching Kobe play at his peak was like watching Itzhak Perlman play Vivaldi with the London Philharmonic, or catching Miles Davis in Montreux.LeBron? It's John Philip Sousa, on trombone, every single game.Kobe Bryant very quickly realized what he was good at, perfected it and conditioned himself to become unstoppable.That is the definition of genius; Einstein didn't write poetry.LeBron's game lacks any hint of elegance because, bewilderingly, he has never fully developed his strengths. Why? Because he is fixated on proving he has no weakness.Anyone who has witnessed him shooting a jump shot might wonder why he ever leaves the post.LeBron and Kobe are so fundamentally different that it is impossible to compare them, exactly; much like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal. Neither LeBro..
Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, who announced Sunday he would be retiring at the end his 20th season in the NBA, reached out to Michael Jordan about his plans.The 37-year-old Bryant recounted the story when he called the legendary formerChicago Bulls guard this summer."This is it," Bryant said he told Jordan on the phone. "He is actually one of the first people that I told over the summer. We've been in frequent contact."Bryant, speaking after the Lakers' 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center, said he asked Jordan when he knew the time was right to retire."We had some laughs, went back and forth about it," Bryant said. "But the important thing for him, he said, 'Just enjoy it. No matter what, just enjoy it. Don't let anybody ..
When the Nike Free was launched a decade ago, it wasn't really designed for running. Its creators intended it to be used as a training tool to help strengthen your feet — the bulk of one's mileage should still to be done in standard trainers. But, between then and now, the running industry experienced two seismic shifts: First, the minimalist craze took hold, with barely-there shoes promising runners improved form (supporters claimed we were born to prance on our forefoot) and fewer injuries. Every major shoe manufacturer churned out models to capitalize on the craze, and the Free, ahead of the wave, became Nike's de-facto offering. Fast forward a few years, when enough runners realized they we were crashing to the ground heel-first and getting new injuries,..