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Kickin’ It at the NBA ASG — A Sneakerhead’s Delight

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By Phil Hecken

Taking a break from the past week’s rather in-depth discussions of Native Peoples’ iconography/logos/naming, Klan uniforms, and other more “esoteric” subject matter, today we break out the annual sneakerhead’s wet dream — the annual preview of the NBA All Star Game footwear, with long-time UW Sneakerhead-in-Chief (old photo) (new photo), Matt Powers. I asked Matt whether his collection had been kicked out of the attic, and he replied, “We renovated the attic where they previously were. That is now the master bedroom. I have a huge closet, not walk-in, that I keep probably 75 pairs in, which is not very photogenic. However, we razed and rebuilt the garage and I built shelving to house all of my officiating/lacrosse/softball gear and there it is!” Scary.

Matt’s been off the comments grid for a while, but fear not, you lovers of leather, he’s baaaaack today. Matt’s short on words, but long on pictures, and there’s really not much more to say, so at this point, I’m just going to turn the rest of this section over to Matt as he takes us through the …

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NBA 2013 ASG Kicks
By Matt Powers

The calendar is almost on the NBA’s most incredible spectacle of the year. Fittingly, this year’s game falls on the 50th birthday of not only the greatest player of all time, but the very player whose sneaker “game” helped to create a sub-culture of devotees willing to camp out for reproductions of those shoes. The ASG was Jordan’s unveiling of the annual edition, with this years being referred to as both the 2013 and XX8, which is akin to calling someone wearing the number eighty-five, Ocho-Cinco!

To this collector who grew up without cable, catching a glimpse of the shoe along side Weeden and Kennedy’s ads with Spike Lee or an on-court close-up of the shoe was worth the wait! These damned kids these days have got no idea how lucky they are, with their Inter-Webs and I-whatevers. Just keep them off of my lawn!

Last year, Nike’s “Galaxy” themed kicks were a hit with the sneaker buying public, affectionately known as sneakerheads! With this year’s games’ proximity to NASA’s Johnson Space Center being played in Houston, the swoosh is using a similar “Area 72” theme for its’ specialty kicks. Images have also leaked that an extra, super duper “Chromed” theme set of those kicks will also be seen throughout the three day festivities.

Without much further ado, let the wild rumpus begin!

Some interesting points:

• The 2013 ASG is featuring six first-timers

• 8 of the 25 ASG players, including the injured Rajon Rondo, are NOT repping the swoosh

• Chinese companies Peak, Li Ning and Anta are making a big splash outfitting the likes of Tony Parker, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Garnett

• Perhaps the biggest sneaker news of the year, besides Wade Jump(ing) the Jordan ship for Li Ning was JB signing Blake Griffin


Interesting kicks:


• Nike Area 72 Collection

• Nike BarkleyPosite Max

• Nike Area 72/Chrome Collection

• Jordan Brand 2013 ASG Collection

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Western Conference Roster

• Chris Paul: Jordan Brand CP3 VI Stealth

• Kobe Bryant: Nike Kobe 8+ Area 72

• Kevin Durant: Nike KD V Area 72

• Blake Griffin: Jordan Brand Air Jordan 2013 Stealth

• Dwight Howard: Adidas D Howard Light; Road Version of Lakers D Howard Light

• Russell Westbrook: Jordan Brand Air Jordan 2013 Stealth; First one to break out the 2013’s against the Nets.

• David Lee: Nike Air Max Hyperposite

• Tony Parker: Peak Team Lightning

• Tim Duncan: Adidas adizero Crazy Light 2

• Zach Randolph: Nike Air Max HyperGuard Up

• LaMarcus Aldridge: Nike Air Max Hyperposite

• James Harden: Nike Lunar Hypergamer


Limited Edition XX8 glasses

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Eastern Conference Roster

• Rajon Rondo: Nike Hyperdisruptor (another view)

• Dwayne Wade: Li Ning Way of Wade All Star: (3 photos here) Veterans Day PE

• LeBron James: Nike Air Zoom Lebron X Area 72; Nike Air Zoom Lebron X Chrome

• Carmelo Anthony: Jordan Brand Melo M9 Stealth

• Kevin Garnett: Anta KG-3 (another view, and another)

• Brook Lopez: Adidas Adizero Ghost

• Joakim Noah: Le *Coq Sportif Noah 3.0 All-Star

• Jrue Holiday: Adidas Crazy Fast

• Kyrie Irving: Nike Air Zoom Hyperdunk

• Chris Bosh: Nike Air Max HyperPosite

• Tyson Chandler: Nike Hyperdunk

• Paul George: Nike HyperMax

• Luol Deng: Nike Air Max HyperAgressor.

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Thank you, Matthew. And that concludes our look at the footwear of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. Big round of applause for Mr. Powers, on his annual review of the game’s kicks.

2013 NBA ASG uniforms

So…just what will the top ballers be wearing at the game?

OK, so they’re going to play color-on-color and they’re not too terrible. Somehow, though, adidas always seems to incorporate their 3-stripe motif somewhere on the jersey and pants (plus the “mountain” on the ‘lapel’. Not that color-vs-color or adidas branding is anything new.

Not so sure I’m a big fan of the fonts they’ve chosen, but at least they will be legible. And as far as All-Star game unis designed by adidas, these could have been a lot worse. Just what exactly are these unis going for?

“For Houston the natural thing it to go back to space and aeronautical,” says Travis Blasingame, head of apparel for global basketball at adidas, “We focused on the speed of planes and tying it back into the speed of the game.” What’s more, “The uniforms for the 2013 contest feature an impact camouflage and stencil numbers drawn from fighter planes, and unique personal patches for each player on the warm ups that remind of pilot’s bomber jackets.”

Whatever. They may not be the best ASG unis ever, but they’re certainly not the worst either.

Enjoy the game. If you want to watch, it’s on TNT at 8:00 pm.

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NFL Vintage Logo Poster

AFL Vintage Logo Poster Gary’s AFL & NFL Logo Poster Project

If you’ve been following the weekend Uni Watch posts for the past several months, you’ll know that colorizer-extraordinaire Gary Chanko is also a supreme talent, who blessed us with two sets of vectorized NFL Logos and “Badges” (Volume I) and (Volume II), and last weekend completed the triumvirate with a set of AFL Logos and “Badges” (Volume III). Never satisfied with resting on his laurels, today Gary is back with the WFL, USFL and XFL his next project. I’ll let Gary explain:

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A Logo Poster Project
By Gary Chanko

When I became involved in vector graphics many months ago, my only intent was to have a few T-shirts printed. My initial plan diverted in another direction – an entire set of vector graphics covering vintage NFL and AFL logos.

Last week I ordered a few T-shirts and was thinking about other uses for the logo art.

There’s a variety of printing services that, along with T-shirts and other apparel, will transform your art into an assortment of articles.

I decided on making a poster using the NFL and AFL team logos.

[Click on the images below to upload the .png graphics, or the links below that, for the .pdf files — Note – the pdf files will not show in the preview due to the size of the poster. Just click “Download” and save to your computer, or a flash drive should you wish to have it professionally printed — PH]

NFL Vintage Logo Poster

AFL Vintage Logo Poster
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I sized the poster to a standard 18”x24” and gave it an “aged” appearance. Prints this size are relatively inexpensive (less than $10 at my local Costco).

Now it’s time to throw down the gauntlet and challenge the Uni Watch creatives for their ideas. We know you’re out there based on the recent Super Bowl Logo Contest submissions. So how about some alternative poster designs, T-shirt ideas, or anything else your imagination shapes.

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Thanks (again!) Gary. Well readers — what say you — what other posters, t-shirts or designs can you come up with?


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Uni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:


We begin today with Clay Brown, who joins a group of folks who want to change the Thunder:

thunderredos - Clay Brown


I’ve always thought the OKC Thunder uniforms were boring. I saw the dark blue alts and loved them. These uniforms are also simple but I love the vertical lettering. I added home/away versions to the alt using their “normal” color scheme.


Clay Brown

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Next up is Douglas King, with a remake of the Yellowjackets:

White- Douglas King

WhiteOut - Douglas King

Navy- Douglas KingGold Pic- Douglas King

Font Pic- Douglas King


Did these about a year ago, I developed a look revolving around the comb pattern. I have the uniform ideas on paper for football, baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball, but at the moment I have only rendered the football unis on the computer.

The combos shown would not be the only ones available.

I developed a font that I call Sting Times (a little corny I know), I’m pretty sure I have the Numbers where I want them but the Letters are still being refined (so I won’t include those).

I have also considered a medium “UCLA stripe” design, I may get around to doing a concept for that.

Douglas King

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And we close today with Tim Donovan with a possible preview of the new Dolphins helmet:

Dolphins Helmet - Tim Donovan


I mocked up the allegedly new Dolphins helmet, with a an infinitely looped helmet.

-Tim Donovan

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.



Another Voice…

Yesterday’s post featuring a wonderful lede by Caleb Borchers prompted many great replies in the comments (which were all well stated and respectful) and also generated some fine E-mails. One of these, which was sent to both Paul and myself, comes from Anil Adyanthaya, who wrote the following:

Dear Paul and Phil,

Caleb’s article was excellent and is a great idea for resolving this dilemma. This has been an area of interest for me. I wrote an op-ed for the Boston Globe several years back on this. Pasted below in case you were interested.

Best regards,

Anil Adyanthaya
Newton Upper Falls, Mass.

I’ve pasted the contents from that article below, since the article appears to be behind a paywall. It adds another voice in our continuing discussion of Native American mascots, iconography and team names. It was also written back in 2005. Clearly, this is not just an issue that’s cropped up in the past couple of years, although it’s been gaining steam of late. Enjoy:

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WHAT’S IN a name? For sports fans, quite a lot, as the nickname of their favorite pro or college team is a topic of great interest. And today, Shakespeare’s famous query from Romeo and Juliet is particularly relevant to them as the NCAA addresses the issue of Native American nicknames for the sports teams of its member institutions.

The NCAA recently sent out “self-evaluations” to 30 schools that utilize Native American mascots with the goal of getting these institutions to examine their use of such imagery. But the NCAA committee administering the survey has stated previously that the use of Native American mascots should be “retired,” which suggests a stronger effort to eliminate all Native American mascots is in the offing. While the NCAA’s analysis of the mascot issue is a positive development, as it may lead to the elimination of some of the more offensive nicknames still in use, a ban on all Native American mascots has the potential to do as much harm as good.

The two main arguments against the continued use of Native American mascots are that they are racist and demeaning to Native Americans. A review of the mascots used by the 30 schools under NCAA review lends credence to that position, as the Savages of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Redmen of Carthage College seem particularly troublesome. But how racist and how demeaning are the other nicknames under review, such as Aztecs, Seminoles, Warriors, and Braves?

The use of Aztec or Seminole as a nickname by itself would not appear to be racist, as such names refer to a particular civilization rather than an entire race of people. In this way, they are no different from other school nicknames such as Trojans and Spartans (like Aztecs, ancient peoples) or Fighting Irish and Flying Dutchmen (like Seminoles, nationalities). Similarly, Warriors and Braves are no different from the fighting men of other cultures, like Vikings, Minutemen, or Musketeers (all current NCAA mascots) so it seems hard to argue that their use is uniquely demeaning in some way.

Recent events, however, suggest schools are arriving at a different conclusion. Marquette University, which changed its nickname from Warriors to Golden Eagles in 1994, announced earlier this month that it was switching names yet again. The new choice, Gold, was met with such derision that Marquette decided to reopen the search for a new name. The Marquette administration, however, made clear that a return to Warriors was not an acceptable option. According to the school’s president, “we live in a different era than when the Warriors nickname was selected in 1954. The perspective of time has shown us that our actions, intended or not, can offend others. We must not knowingly act in a way that others will believe, based on their experience, to be an attack on their dignity as fellow human beings.”

And changes are occurring here in Massachusetts as well. Earlier this month, Stonehill College announced that it would change its mascot from Chieftains to Skyhawks “out of respect to Native American culture.”

Even schools not facing the Native American nickname issue directly are weighing in. For example, the Universities of Wisconsin and Iowa refuse to schedule nonconference games against schools with Native American mascots.

This movement toward eliminating Native American nicknames from the collegiate sporting scene is troubling, but not because it is unnecessary. Clearly, the existence of derogatory and racially based mascots like Savages and Redmen demonstrates that Native Americans have been unfairly depicted in the sporting arena. Instead, the movement is vexing because its endgame appears to be a total ban on Native American nicknames. Such a goal suggests condescension and paternalism more than it suggests respect for the culture. By eliminating even inoffensive and arguably positive names like Warrior and Chieftain solely because of their connection to Native Americans, while at the same time tolerating similar names that refer to other groups, schools send a message that Native Americans are sensitive in a way that other groups are not.

One poll on this subject suggests strongly that Native Americans reject this implied fragility. In a 2002 survey published by Sports Illustrated, 81 percent of Native Americans responding disagreed with the suggestion that schools should stop using Native American mascots. As the NCAA continues its analysis of this issue, it would be wise to consider such data and to listen to voices other than just those of the activists pushing for a total ban. Increased scrutiny of school mascots cannot hurt, but following that examination with a reaction that does not take into account common sense can.

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Thanks, Anil.


OK, ladies and gentleman, that’s a wrap for today. Thanks to Matt and Gary and all the concepters for their efforts. Enjoy the ASG tonight. Everyone have a great Sunday!



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Comments (44)

    That last paragraph from the op-ed is very interesting, I must say. I wonder what difference 11 years would make if they did another survey now.

    i think the op-ed from the Globe has some interesting points, but really just backhandedly reinforces the notion of not using names and imagery.

    these are not property. these are not logos. these are cultures and peoples.

    they should, at least on this level, dictate the terms of their use. to argue against it is either misguided selfishness or ignorance.

    the NFL posers are amazing. thank you for creating them! can’t wait to get them printed up at CVS!
    thank you!!

    the Maori piece was really beyond solid. it goes to show what can happen with perception when the intention changes. use the name for good, education, outreach and awareness and suddenly the context shifts a little.
    imagine if the Cleveland Indians ditched wahoo and actually used real Native iconography and shifted a huge part of their branding to bringing the plight of contemporary Native Americans to the public eye?

    keep the block C, keep the name, change the intent, change the mandate. think of how quickly that would change the talk.
    have MLB put aside a percentage of $ from each sale of merchandise from the team to Native programs in the US and Canada.
    there’s so much that COULD be done and positively done with just some thought.

    Absolutely; a highly reasoned approach to addressing the issues. Both Anil’s commentary and the concepts expressed in Caleb Borchers’s article yesterday, stand in stark contrast to the nonsense and poverty of ideas that flowed from the recent Smithsonian Symposium.

    I couldn’t agree more. Kudos to Phil (and Paul) for giving voice to opinions that are clearly not in line with their own.

    Nice work on the posters. My only minor complaint is the artificial aged look you gave them. But then I also don’t like when they do the faux-vintage thing on modern t-shirts , so I guess that’s just a pet peeve thing.

    Sorry, 1996 was not the worst ASG jerseys. That will forever be 2008 when, at times, it looked like all 10 guys on the court were on the same team.

    Stupid design concept.

    I’ll certainly give you that the white/gold vs blue/silver at times gave the impression of ten guys in the same uni, but most of the time it was no problem. And two-toned unis in general are a very stupid design concept.

    But I did like the font design (one of their better ones), and as *just* a uni (not two teams playing one another) the colors and overall clutter/design of 1996 was worse.

    If you want to argue that 2008 was worse (overall), I won’t argue.

    A little embarrassed that I actually watched to NBA events yesterday, but very disappointed to see that it looks like they were doing a test this weekend for the ad patches.



    One poll on this subject suggests strongly that Native Americans reject this implied fragility. In a 2002 survey published by Sports Illustrated, 81 percent of Native Americans responding disagreed with the suggestion that schools should stop using Native American mascots. As the NCAA continues its analysis of this issue, it would be wise to consider such data and to listen to voices other than just those of the activists pushing for a total ban. Increased scrutiny of school mascots cannot hurt, but following that examination with a reaction that does not take into account common sense can.

    The total ban on indigenous nicknames the NCAA seeks is a one-size-fits-all solution that goes too far. It would have been wiser to take the “One at a time” tack the pros are taking.

    We were talking about swastikas on this site two days ago, and I can’t help thinking this single issue mirrors the American Indians’ plight as a whole. Our indigenous cultures use the swastika as a talisman- innocuous at worst, a blessing at best- but the white, European population has substituted the definition that a swastika stands for the murder of Jews. It is but the smallest thing we have usurped from the Indians. I can scarcely blame them for mistrusting us.

    Regarding the 1960 logos, construction on the St. Louis Gateway Arch did not start until 1963…are you sure it was incorporated into the logo in 1960?

    Although construction on the Arch did not begin until 1963, people knew what it was going to look like well before that. Saarinen won the design contest in 1947, IIRC, and the Arch’s Wikipedia page has a 1957 photo of him working on a model that appears to match the final design.

    All that said, despite what Creamer’s site would have you think, my belief is that the Arch was not added to the Cardinals’ logo until the mid-60s, when construction was well underway.

    One of the challenges in my logo research was finding reliably accurate info. As DJ notes the arch design was well established prior to 1960 and construction had started by 1959. So it is possible the arch was incorporated in the 1960 logo design. Still, usage dates remain uncertain.

    Maryland-Duke game last night was very interesting uni-wise. Duke wore the Nike uniforms that look like they forgot to change after practice. Maryland wore their “pride uniforms” except that unlike the football versions they actually switched it up so that each side had both flag elements. Maybe there is hope for them…


    Notre Dame’s hockey team wearing metallic gold helmets today in their outdoor game against Miami at Soldier Field. I wonder if HydroGraphics has given them the same treatment that the football helmets have.

    I was there, and they looked even more beautiful in the sunlight at Soldier Field. I wasn’t able to get enough photos to warrant submitting them, but it was a fantastic experience.

    Those will be the helmets they wear going forward. I recall reading a blurb within the last year that HGI said they were working on using their process on a hockey helmet. We now know who asked them to do so.

    Great write-up on the ASG kicks Matt. Honestly I’m not in love with the super limited theme shoes but those area 72 Blazers are fantastic, also the Barkleyposites are great but I doubt I need a 5th pair of air total max’s. The adidas crazy light shoes are great as an indoor BBall shoe or a nice summer kick very breathable & light(duh). It’s great that the community can see that sneaker collecting is for more than just the young and “urban” but that it encompasses any number of demographics.

    “It’s great that the community can see that sneaker collecting is for more than just the young and “urban” but that it encompasses any number of demographics.”


    So, you’re saying that our Matt is neither young nor “urban”???


    Thanks, T’Challa! My collecting has slowed to a crawl due to the fact that as an adult with a mortgage, children etc, the allocation of monies is needed elsewhere.

    1. Great job by Gary. Thanks for all the work you’ve done on that.

    2. I agree with Phil that this year’s All-Star jerseys aren’t great, but at least they’re not horrid. I can live with this year’s version..

    3. A good piece by Anil that I agree with on a lot of points. The mention of the SI poll has me wondering about something. Having read and seen numerous pieces on our Native Americans (beyond the sports issue), there is a clear distrust of the non-Native population by a hearty portion (particularly on reservations, and, given history, I can understand). Would the part of the population that is distrustful agree to take a poll from SI or any other mainstream media source? If not, would that give us an inaccurate representation of the population’s views as a whole?

    4. I like the Georgia Tech designs for retaining the honeycomb element but not going overboard like the team ended up doing.

    5. The Thunder jerseys look pretty good, although, for some reason, the home jersey made me think of the Atlanta Thrashers.

    These Nike Hyper Elite uniforms are just brutal, and they also seem like really bad luck. It seems whenever I watch a team play with them, they lose. Ohio St. loses to Wisconsin today, Duck lost versus Maryland, and I know those aren’t the only two games. Can anyone else confirm or look into the Win/Loss record for these new uniforms?

    I was thinking that earlier. So far this weekend, Duke, Kentucky, Texas, and Ohio State all lost to non-Nike schools wearing those uniforms. Plus UNC lost in them last week to Miami, but Miami is also a Nike school. Georgetown beat Cincinnati (adidas) Friday, so I guess it wasn’t a total disaster. Any others I’m missing?

    Just remembered, Gonzaga lost a heartbreaker to Butler while wearing their special uniforms back in mid January.

    Cool uni things happening on the B1G network right now. Wisconsin v Minnesota hockey at soldier field.

    Did Matt Powers even bother to do any research concerning the sneakers to be worn by the players on court for the ASG. The models are right but a lot of the colorways are a complete miss. I guess it is what is is at the end of the day….this isnt a sneaker blog.

    Since you’re a real sneaker guy perhaps you can help.
    Can I still find a pair of Pro Spirit Jaheims?

    Real Sneaker Guy…the sneaker companies only release info on the huge guys like Lebron/Kobe…the rest are a toss up.

    For dudes like David Lee, or Zack Randolph, they just make up stock ASG Western/Eatern Conference colorway makeups.

    Feel free to take over the responsibility next year!

    Anyone know what the patches on the ASG warm-ups? I can figure some of them out but what are all of them?

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the real motive behind guys like Mr. Lukas is that they want to get rid of reminders that the land they live on was stolen and that his ancestors waged a war of genocide against the Indians.

    It’s white guilt.

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