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Kobe Bryant Gifts Tony Allen With Shoes and Special Message

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Kobe's final season has truly been a farewell tour. Not only has he received gifts, video tributes, warmth, and respect, Kobe has been giving gifts too. He's been giving away his personal (includes unrelease colorways) to his opponents with autographs and messages. The list includes:

LeBron James

Draymond Green

Paul George

Norris Cole

With Kobe playing for such a long period, a lot of younger players idolized Kobe growing up. 

Tony Allen probably did not. Kobe Bryant and Allen are completely different. Outside of the fact that both are NBA players with NBA championships, they couldn't be further apart. One player has won five rings for the Los Angeles Lakers, the other, one for the Boston Celtics. Kobe is known for his offensive prowess, Allen is known for his defensive intensity.

Allen has played and rivaled Kobe since he was drafted in 2004 by the Boston Celtics. The two didn't play in the latest matchup between the Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies but Kobe made sure to get the shoes into Allen's possession. The message is nothing but a sign of respect. The right bares the inscription "To Tony, the best defender I ever faced!"

The Black Mamba has always been known for his work ethic and shows respect whenever it is earned. Defense is often the nitty gritty and under-appreciated side of basketball. A basketball mind like Kobe respects all forms of the game and in his final season, isn't afraid to admit it.

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Nick Young Speaks Out on Nike

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Nick Young has been quiet this season; he's been riding the pine with the second worst team in the league. Although his numbers took a hit, he still managed to grab a new sneaker deal.

After his deal expired and before signing with his current brand, he entered "sneaker free agency." During that time, Swaggy P chose to rock anything and everything. From Filas to Jordans, Young put the entire collection on display. Young ended up signing with the Three Stripes and quickly displayed his new kicks.

He even took the liberty to wear the adidas Yeezy 750 Boosts in game. Well, he did get name dropped by Kanye in Facts ("James Harden, Swaggy P runnin' up the budget.")

With his history of rocking Air Jordans and Nikes, many wondered why Young was so eager to leave. In an interview with Sole Collector, Young spilled the beans on Nike's operations:

“Nike is really only three people. Kobe, Durant, and LeBron. I like the concept of how adidas adds everybody in their shoe commercial. The way adidas is going and the waves they’ve got, I was getting on board.”

Well, you truly can't blame Nike for focusing on their big dogs. Kobe, Bron, and KD have been the moneymakers for the Swoosh with their signature lines.

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5 Best Sneaker Releases of February 2016

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The NBA brought the All-Star festivities as Toronto played host to a successful week. With the All-Star weekend, so did the themed kicks. Only one new release made our list of top sneaker releases of February. Jordan Brand brought some heat for the month while Reebok brought back an oldie but a goodie. 

5. Air Jordan XII "The Master"

Based on the retro card, these Air Jordans brought a classic feel to the 12s.  Everyone claimed that hyped carried the Jordan X Black OVO. This is practically an all black version of the 12s. Who would've known? Looks like there's more than just hype to these recent Jordan drops.

4. Under Armour Curry Two "All-Star"

Under Armour and Stephen Curry topped last year's colors with this one. Another simple colorway, the all white upper is contrasted with a golden touches on the logos and branding while red accents are on display to match the Western Conference's color.

3. adidas Ultra Boost x Wood Wood

The Wood Wood collaboration with adidas brought a new look to the shoe. The black pair is the men's pair and the white one is the women's. The white pair actually looks like a pair of Nike Lunarfly 306 or Sock Darts with the strap. The black pair, well who can argue with something so sweet?

2. Reebok Question Mid "Unworn"

Going for a bolder look, the Reebok Question Mid brings back the "Unworn" colorway. Modeled after the Golden State Warriors (hosting city of the 2000 NBA All-Star Game), these never made it to the court, hence the name. Reebok chose to drop this colorway after the ASG.

1. Air Jordan 4 'White Cement'

We've seen Nike Air on the Maroon 6s and now its back on the Air Jordan 4. Looking like the 99' release, the White Cements were the hottest drop of the month. A classic look, brought back, and sold out as expect.

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Brandblack Releases J Crossover 2 Lows

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After 15 seasons, Jamal Crawford continues to be an effective asset for the Los Angeles Clippers. The dynamic scorer is averaging nearly 14 points per game and looks to get the Clippers passed the second rounds.

This season, Brandblack unveiled the J Crossover 3, the third signature shoe for Crawford. Although the JCrossover 3 has been the model on Crawford's foot, Brandblack had something up their sleeves. They dropped the J Crossover 2 lows in four colorways.

With the Clippers in mind, the red and blue pairs were a no-brainer. That leaves the two other colors, a simple all-black and a neutral gray / white pair fit for any uniform.

Based in El Segundo, Brandblack looks to push premium qualities and high end designs onto the basketball court. Brandblack has expanded their roster of sponsored athletes to include Houston Rocket forward, Josh Smith and Washington Redskins receiver, DeSean Jackson.

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Jordan Brand Makes Fans Look Forward to Holidays

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On top of the friends, family, and food, there are new Jordan releases. During the holidays, Jordan Brand usually cooks up some awesome releases for the sneaker fiends.

This year, the sneaker community has confirmed the Black Friday release to be the Air Jordan 3 'True Blue'. After a slew of colorways and releases, Jordan Brand announced a pause in production of the model in August, 2014. They've held true to their word as the world hasn't seen the Jordan 3 silhouette since. The last time the 'True Blue' 3 colorway released, it was 2011.

This year's shoe will feature the original "Nike Air" branding on the heel. The previous retros have never gotten that treatment, they've always had the Jumpman logo. Jordan Brand has brought back the Nike Air logo on the recently released, White Cement 4s and Maroon 6s.

Air Jordan 3 'True Blue'
Release Date: 11/25/16

For Christmas, the Jordan shoe that is scheduled to release is the Jordan XI Space Jam. Speculations began to grow when a photo of the "2016 retro" leaked. Today, the community truly believes that the Space Jams are coming back. As always, nothing is concrete until Nike announces.

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