The 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year, brothers Conner and Cayden Long, were honored at a star-studded event in New York City last night. The Long brothers were part of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony that recognized Miami Heat star LeBron James. Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski were also in attendance, and everyone there was impressed by Conner's and Cayden's accomplishments.
Cayden, suffers from cerebral palsy, but Conner doesn't let that stop him from playing sports with his brother. The two compete in triathlons together, with Conner towing Cayden behind in a raft during the swimming leg, towing him behind his bike during the cycling portion, and pushing him during the run. Triathlons have been a great way for the brothers to come together and have made them an inspiration to everyone that hears their story.
After hearing their story at the Sportsman ceremony, Coach K said that Conner and Cayden have scholarships to Duke waiting for them when they get older, and LeBron said that the brothers should get ready for the private plane that is going to take them from their home in Tennessee to Miami to "meet the guys." Even Jay-Z and Beyoncé couldn't wait to shake hands with Conner and Cayden.
See more pictures of the event and see the video that played at the ceremony after the jump.
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Carmelo Anthony plays hard no matter who he's playing against, and that includes a bunch of litle kids. In this hilarious new commercial for Kids Foot Locker, the New York Knicks star flushes dunks, talks trash, and swats shots while hooping it up against some young ballers.
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Well, to tell you the truth, this shouldn't be much of surprise. Love him or hate him, LeBron James ascended to the top of the basketball world this year with his amazing playoff performance, first championship and leadership of the Olympic team's gold medal run. More »
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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Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose used to have the NBA's best-selling jerseys, but he's slipped out of the top spot. Who is No. 1 now? Read on to find out (Hint: He's good at basketball.) More »