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Russell Westbrook debuted his signature shoe the “Why Not Zer0.1” in LA

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On Wednesday night Russell Westbrook debuted his signature shoe the Why Not Zer0.1 against the Los Angeles Lakers. For Westbrook, this is just one of the rewards after he became the MVP of the NBA last year.

The Why Not Zer0.1 was “crafted for the dynamic and personality of the reigning MVP and fashion king. It features a fused mesh upper, smooth vamp cover, full-length Zoom Air unit and compression-molded pylon foam piece engineered for flight.”

The on-court debut is a PE version of the “Mirror Image” colorway. This is a style that helps display Westbrook’s desire to tell personal stories through colorways. On the left shoe there is cut out images to represent Michael Jordan and on the right the images represent Westbrook.

Now Westbrook is a step even closer to gaining popularity in terms of the fans. He joins other great players that have have been blessed with getting their own shoe like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan.

Westbrook has earned this right to get his own shoe. Coming out of high school he was not heavily recruited and it took midway through his sophomore year for him to gain recognition in draft circles. Now he is the leader of the OKC Thunder and their franchise player.

Westbrook was wearing a “Mirror Image” PE version of his shoes. A similar colorway is releasing in limited quantities on Jan. 15th. The “2-Way” colorway releases February 15th

Westbrook had 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in the debut of his sneakers against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder won the game with a score of 133-96.

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Nike Releases Exclusive Golden State Championship Epic React

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The Golden State Warriors are now a Dynasty after winning their third NBA Championship in four years.

Nike has commemorated the championship with exclusive Epic Reacts for the team. The Flyknit footwear that will never be released to the public.

This special edition Nike Epic React Flyknit bears the regal colors of white, gold, and black with the Larry O’Brien trophy hangtag and custom insoles. Just 37 pairs were made in sizes ranging 9-18 exclusively for the Warriors organization, and you might’ve caught Andre Iguodala wear them during the parade.

 

 

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Kyrie Irving Turns Down Contract Extension With Boston

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Kyrie Irving was the biggest summer team addition in 2017.

Irving can sign a max of a four-year, $101 million deal with the Celtics this summer. According to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Irving does not plan sign any contract extension.

Irving is set to make $20 million dollars during the 2018-2019 season. He also has a player option for 2019-2020 that would pay him $21 million dollars. Boston have the Bird rights for Irving, which would allow Boston to go over the salary cap to sign Irving.

Irving holds the cards in this situation. If he leads the C’s to a championship he could demand a max contract that will pay him $200 million. If Boston decides not to resign Irving their are teams lining up to pay him.

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Lebron James Set To Produce Documentary For HBO

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LeBron James production company SpringHill has been hard at work behind the scenes, while James was in the NBA Finals. The company announced that James will produce a new documentary on HBO called Student Athlete.

The doc will look into “the complex rules of amateur athletics in America,” and also “how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families.”

Maverick Carter, LeBron James he said:

“This is an incredibly important story about the institutional denial of basic human rights for these student-athletes. When Steve Stoute [at United Masters] brought us this idea, it was a perfect fit for the kind of stories we want to tell at SpringHill.”

Stoute said that the idea behind the documentary is to show the NCAA’s hypocrisy:

“The NCAA blinded by revenue goals is turning student athletes into full-time employees. This documentary is incredibly important as it debunks the myth that student athletes are being fairly compensated by receiving scholarships and a valuable education. In fact, the demands put on these students by this oppressive system makes it impossible for them to get the education they deserve. The time is now to end this false narrative and reveal the truth of this exploitation.”

Back in February, James responded to the FBI investigation into corruption throughout college basketball, James said the NCAA is a “corrupt” organization.

“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that,” he told reporters. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”

James also discussed the argument that student-athletes get a free education for playing sports:

“I don’t know all the rules and regulations about it. But I do know what 5-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids. … I’ve always heard the narrative they get a free education. But you guys aren’t bringing me on campus to get an education. You guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship.”

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