Before anyone cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid raised in Enumclaw, Washington. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I did a paper route at age six. It’s always held a special place in my heart. From the moment I signed with the Celtics, I knew this was my new home. Most of the people are just like me. They work hard, they play hard, and the passion they have for their sports team is unlike anywhere in the world. I had passion for my team just like the fans. I guess I was kind of like the fans except I had a courtside seat for free and if we were up by 20 with less than two minutes to play I would get to go into the game. Where was I – the great American city of Boston. In Boston, people’s passion can be overwhelming. But it drove me. The Celtics hadn’t won a championship since the Larry Bird era of the 80s, so I wanted to give them hope when I could. I wanted to inspire them when I could. My relationship with Boston became bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that when I left Boston in free agency four years ago. I do now.
Three new colorways of the Nike Kobe 9 EM Premium are set to launch this week. The “Gorge Green,” “Gym Red” and “Game Royal” will sport a geometric fade pattern layered over the Engineered Mesh uppers, while the speckled Lunarlon midsoles are injected with a nylon heel clip, and proudly feature Kobe’s engraved signature. Priced at $170 USD, pick up all three colorways when the collection goes live at Nike’s online store on September 5.
Last month NIKE, Inc. and USA Basketball made an impact in Chicago with programs and activations bringing the community together through the lens of basketball. The World Basketball Festival uses the power of sport to unify the community leveraging some of the games greatest athletes.
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Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup.
The swoosh was able to top Under Armour’s $265-285 million offer and re-sign their “baddest” client with their biggest offer ever.
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