Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are you going to keep them or sell them?Ã¢â‚¬Â Rob, the manager at House of Hoops on 34th Street, asked me back in June as I purchased my pair of Nike Air Yeezy IIs.
I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really thought about it. To that point, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d sold one pair of sneakers ever.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll tell you what I think you should do,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Rob, who IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve bought sneakers from for years. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unless you really need the money, I think you should keep them. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad this fell into your lap. I know you love sneakers, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a good guy, you work hard, you deserve something like this.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He paused for a second while I considered his logic. He was right Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I do love sneakers, and it would be great to own a pair of Yeezys as the centerpiece of my collection. Perhaps IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d hold on to them, wear them for special occasions, a little instant credibility if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in an NBA locker room or something.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But if you do decide to sell them? There are guys waiting outside right now offering $800 in cash. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do that. Let me know instead. I guarantee I can get you $1,500 right now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I have what one might consider to be an extensive sports jersey collection, one I continue to cultivate despite the fact that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have nearly as much occasion to wear them as I used to when I was a few years younger.
Though I work at a sports website, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve attempted in recent years to clean up my act a bit. Inspired by Jay-Z eschewing jerseys, I made a begrudging stop at the Jackson, N.J., Polo outlet the day after my 30th birthday. And even when not at work, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve taken to wearing shirts with buttons, but minus some other guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name emblazoned on the back.
Yet still, wearing a fresh, hard-to-find jersey has never lost that high school cool factor to me, especially during the summer.
I brought with me from my younger years the thrill of the chase for the almighty holy grail. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m speaking of that moment I stumble across a Mark McGwire 1999 Home Run Derby jersey on eBay, something like that, where I never knew it existed but now have to have it. (I did get the McGwire jersey, though IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m unsure if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever worn it.)
My most recent grail? an Ohio State jersey with the LeBron James logo on the chest in place of the Nike swoosh.
AmarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢e Stoudemire caused a minor stir recently when he tweeted that his shoe contact was apparently about to expire, and that he was considering jumping ship from Nike:
But AmarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢e leaving Nike never seemed realistic, at least not to me.
And sure enough, Stoudemire tweeted a video today that showed him re-signing a new contract with Nike, said to be a multiyear deal worth $5 million. (Video after the jump)
It obviously didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work out like this, but even though I went to Duke, I was pretty sure I was going to pass on this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nike Duke edition Kobe sneakers.
With all due respect to Blake Griffin and his somewhat disappointing sponsored dunk over (the hood of) a car — a Kia, no less — I think my favorite thing to come out of last weekend was the very-late-Friday-night release of Kobe BryantÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Nike ad/short film, The Black Mamba.
Swallowed up in all the Carmelo Anthony hysteria was one of the smartest, funniest and most unique sneaker ad campaigns in quite some time. (Video after the jump)
Kobe Bryant sat on stage at Foot Locker on 34th Street in New York City on Friday night, his congenial nature thinly veiling his inherent razor-sharp focus, which had been on full display at Madison Square Garden just an hour beforehand.
Make no mistake: Though Kobe was relaxed and enjoying himself while entertaining and inspiring his young fans, his drive to succeed in all aspects of his career was on full display at Foot Locker UnlockedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event to promote the release of the Nike Kobe VI Supreme/Rice.
Since LeBron JamesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ reputation went straight to hell in the court of public opinion in early July, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve pondered how you can possibly market someone whose Q rating dropped like a stone following Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Decision.Ã¢â‚¬Â
As it turns out, Nike and ad agency Wieden+Kennedy knew exactly how to go about doing it.
The NBA in general does an excellent job of promoting their stars, but with Team USA and the World Basketball Festival in town, this weekend proved to me that they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fully comprehend just how valuable Kevin Durant has become.
As a longtime supporter of Team USA, I decided to spend Sunday checking out what a couple of notable New York City retailers had going on. In the spirit of my last trip to the NBA Store, here are some of my favorite images.
For a guy who never deigned to spend a day in college, LeBron James has become quite the big man on campus.
To say things arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going well for Tiger Woods at the moment is an understatement, and yet he has to know deep down that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to work out in the long run. And letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face it, you and I know the same exact thing.