Tis the season for new basketball shoes. Fresh of releasing Kevin Durant's KD V, Nike revealed the newest version of Kobe Bryant's signature sneaker, the Kobe 8 System. It is the lightest shoe the Black Mamba has ever worn on the court. A size 9 weighs just 9.6 ounces. The upper on the Kobe 8 is made of 90 percent Nike Engineered Mesh and this marks the first time the company has used the material on a basketball shoe. The mesh helps cut down on weight and also makes the shoes incredibly flexible.
Another feature of the mesh is that it has a scale-like pattern, which fits well with the Black Mamba and is also appropriate because 2013 is the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac.
The sneakers will be available starting on December 20. See more photos of the shoe and a video describing the design process after the jump.
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With Notre Dame's long layoff before the BCS title game, the team has a lot of time on their hands. So the Irish's enormous defensive tackle Louis Nix III decided to become Santa Claus, but this little Irish fan, 1-year-old Gabreal Rico, clearly doesn't think the beard is legit.More »
Last night Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs traveled to Miami to take on LeBron James and the defending champion Heat. It was a mouth-watering, star-laden matchup that could reasonably be an NBA Finals preview. Problem was, Duncan didn’t actually travel to the game.
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There are lots of worthy slams in this week's edition of Top 10 dunks, but really the Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes should hold spots 1 through 9, with everyone else tied for 10th. And let's all take a moment to think about poor Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic. No man deserves to get embarrassed that badly on television.
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Baskets have been tough to come by for the Detroit Pistons this season. The team was 5–11 through November 28, but perhaps the problem is that the team has been playing too many of its games inside arenas. Judging from this trick shot video from Pistons' forward Kyle Singler, the team might have more success if the hoop was placed at various Detroit landmarks like the Tigers' Comerica Park and the original home of Motown Records. The Pistons also might want to look into signing a four-door car to run the give-and-go with Singler.
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