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Nike Announces New Signature Shoes for Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Nike is releasing new signature shoes for two of the NBA biggest stars Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Nike CEO Mark Parker announced the shoes will come out in 2018 for Oklahoma City Thunder’s triple-double machine and for the Bucks new franchise player.

“And Jordan Brand will launch its first signature shoe with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook,” said Parker. “We’re also thrilled to expand our relationship with Giannis Antetokounmpo as we bring his unique personality to life through new signature product and storytelling next year.”

Westbrook is coming out of the greatest season of his career. Westbrook had a breakout season after the departure of Kevin Durant and used the fuel from the rift between him and Durant to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a playoff berth. Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the season and was the second player to ever do it ever since Oscar Robertson did it in the 1961-62 season. Those numbers earned Westbrook his first ever MVP award.

Westbrook followed that up with signing a $205 million dollar deal to stay in OKC. Westbrook followed that up by signing a 10 year deal with the Jordan Brand. The complete details were not released but Nike has stated it is the most lucrative deal among all athletes signed with the Jordan brand.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a break out year. He is in the top five in points per game and is leading the Milwaukee Bucks to another playoff berth.

Nike is rewarding Antetokounmpo now with his own shoe and he seems to be trending up towards superstar status.  Antetokounmpo made news when he resigned with Nike after Adidas went public with their full court press to get him to flip companies. Adidas tried to persuade the 23-year old star from Greece with the promise of his own shoe and a van full of Yeezys.  But Giannas ultimately resigned with Nike because of their commitment to family, loyalty, and legacy.

Both of these players are the future of the NBA and Nike is rewarding them. Every kid dreams of having their own signature shoe and these two players will live that dream. Having a signature shoe will get them noticed more than ever before.

If you need any more assertion that you’re an NBA superstar having a signature shoe is one of them. The more well-known brands are the Currys, Kyries, LeBrons, and KDs of the world but with the play that these two players have exhibited, they are on their way.

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Chris Paul, Rondo, And Brandon Ingram Brawl In Lakers Home Opener

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The Houston Rockets downed the Los Angeles Lakers 125-115 in Lebron James first home game at the Staples Center. James Harden led all scorers with 35 points, all of that is overshadowed by the 4th quarter brawl.

With four minutes left in the game, Rockets guard James Harden drew a foul while driving to the hoop, making a layup over Lakers forward Brandon Ingram to put the Rockets up by 109-108. Ingram, though, didn’t like the call. The 21-year-old quickly shoved Harden in the back, drawing a technical foul.

Ingram, Paul and Rondo were all ejected from the game after officials reviewed the incident. The three will likely face suspensions and fines from the league as soon as Sunday — since the Rockets play again on Sunday night.

“That’s unacceptable,” Carmelo Anthony said of the alleged spitting by Rondo. “You don’t do that to nobody — in sports, on the street. That’s blatant disrespect. You don’t do that. That’s unacceptable. … You don’t even see that in the streets, man. I don’t know what else to say about that.”

Harden defended Paul’s reaction.

“I mean Chris had to stand up for himself,” Harden said. “It is what it is. I don’t care what man, anywhere, anytime, NBA game or in the streets.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Lakers officials are backing Rondo’s “contention that he didn’t spit” on Paul, while the Rockets are insisting that he did.

James who is best friends with Chris Paul weighed in on what happened after the game. “I just tried to calm things down, that’s all,” James said. “Play basketball.”

NBA Players also weighed on their thoughts about the fight.

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Purdue Defeats No. 2 Ohio State 49-20 In The Biggest Upset Of The Year

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One time for the underdogs in college football. Purdue demolished Ohio State at home 49-20.

Purdue QB David Blough went 25-for-43 with 378 passing yards with three touchdowns. A pair of touchdown tosses to game-breaker Rondale Moore, who finished with season highs of 12 catches and 170 yards against Ohio State’s 24th-ranked scoring defense. Senior running back D.J. Knox also rumbled his way to 128 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

The Boilermakers scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six by Columbus native Markus Bailey, who is the heart and soul of the Purdue defense and did not get a scholarship offer from Ohio State out of high school.

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Anthony Davis’ 32 Points Help To Rout The Rockets

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Anthony Davis said it was time to show he was the best player in the league. On Wednesday night, he looked the part in a dominating win over the Rockets 131-112.

Anthony Davis scored 32 points and Nikola Mirotic had a career night with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the blowout. New Orleans Pelicans got their NBA season off to a roaring start by clobbering the Houston Rockets 131-112 on Wednesday.

Davis also had 16 rebounds and eight assists and Payton finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who led wire-to-wire.

“I am just taking what the defense gives me,” said Davis. “It is only game one. It is a good win but we still got a lot of work to do.

“To come out with a win against a team like that after the season they had and coming off the season we had, we wanted to come out and set a tempo.”

On the other side, Eric Gordon scored a team-high 21 points. Chris Paul and PJ Tucker had 19 points each followed by James Harden with 18 points.

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