Titan x Nike pop-up space: Celebrating basketball culture this holiday season

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Nike and basketball retailer Titan have partnered together to launch the exclusive Titan x Nike pop-up space that showcases the best of Nike & Jordan Brand innovation, services and experiences this holiday season.

Titan’s flagship store in Bonifacio Global City has been transformed into a hub for those who play, live and obsess the game with the newest Nike Basketball, Jordan Brand and hoops-inspired Nike Sportswear innovation on full display – Nike NBA jerseys with next-level access to athletes and special rewards, the Nike LeBron XV and Air Jordan XXXII and the timeless streetwear classic, the Nike Air Force 1 which celebrates its 35th year anniversary this year.

Since 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 has inspired communities, artists and musicians the world over with its basic white silhouette and endless iterations (more than 2,000 since 1982), on and off the court. The Nike Air Force 1 Low NBA celebrates the connection to the game of basketball as Nike kicks off its relationship with the NBA. Throughout the season, new Nike Air Force 1 silhouettes will also be released during Nike Air Force 1 Fridays each week, from October to mid-December. Every purchase of the Nike Air Force 1 at the Titan x Nike pop-up space comes with an exclusive pin, dubrae or chain.

Beginning November, Nike will be staging Battle Force Manila – a series of tournaments open to young Filipinos to compete in various battles across basketball, dance, music, art and style – in celebration of the game and culture of basketball at the Titan Love Court, BGC from November 4th onwards. More information on Battle Force Manila can found on https://www.titan22.com/blog/post/nike-battle-force-manila/.

The Titan x Nike Pop-up store is open Mondays through Sundays, from 11am to 10pm.

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Biggest SuperLiga Grand Prix fires off Saturday

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A record nine teams will be seeing action when the Chooks To Go Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix fires off on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Bannered by Serbians Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic as well as Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic, two-time champion Foton remains the heavy favorite while Petron, Cignal and F2 Logistics are tipped to give the powerhouse squad a serious fight.

Standhardinger leads 44 hopefuls in 2017 PBA Draft

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Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger and marquee homegrown talents Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng lead a total of 44 players who made themselves available for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft set Oct. 29at Robinson’s Place Manila.

Raymar Jose and Jett Manuel, who suited up with Chooks To Go Pilipinas with Ravena and Teng in the recent FIBA Asia Cup, also listed up for the coming draft exercise where the Kia Picanto will be No. 1 in the draft order.

Fil-foreign players Jason Perkins from La Salle and Davon Potts from San Beda are among the top prospects.

Gilas standout Kiefer Ravena declares for PBA draft

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The Phenom has decided to turn pro.

Amateur star Kiefer Ravena has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, making the announcement through his personal Twitter account on Monday.

Ravena is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming draft, which will be held on October 29, along with fellow national team members Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Raymar Jose.

Rounding out the projected top five picks are former La Salle stars Jeron Teng, who also announced his intentions the same day as Ravena, and Jason Perkins, who has been successful in the PBA D-League with the Cignal HD Spikers.

The 23-year-old Ravena served for Gilas Pilipinas in numerous international tournaments. He won gold medals donning the country’s colors in the 2015 SEABA Championship and in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Southeast Asian Games.

Just recently, Ravena led Chooks To Go Pilipinas to a fifth place finish in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup with averages of 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

Ravena became a household name during his five years with Ateneo in the UAAP. As a member of the Blue Eagles, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He is a two-time UAAP champion and two-time league MVP.

Ravena also has some sort of experience at the NBA level, having signed a contract last year in the NBA D-League, now referred to as the G-League, with the Texas Legends.

The deadline of application for the PBA draft is on Thursday.

Look: La Salle, Ateneo players wearing Nike Air Force 1s

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In celebration of the iconic sneaker’s 35th anniversary, members of the Ateneo Blue Eagles and De La Salle Green Archers wore classic colors of the shoe as they arrived for their much-anticipated match to end Round 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.

Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, Mike Nieto, Matt Nieto, Anton Asistio, and Tyler Tio wore white Air Force 1 sneakers when they arrived at the Mall of Asia Arena, while La Salle’s Ralph Tero, Andrei Caracut, Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar wore their own pairs of the classic sneaker.

Tweaking the All-Star Game: NBA says goodbye to East vs. West format

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a new All-Star Game format for NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. This will mark the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The 67th All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), with TNT televising the midseason classic for the 16th consecutive year.

“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” said NBPA President Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.”

“We’re excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players’ willingness to try something new,” said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell.

In another new feature, the 2018 All-Star teams will play for charity. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity or national organization where donations will be used to support local efforts.

The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same, with 12 players from each conference earning spots. The 10 starters – two guards and three frontcourt players per conference – will continue to be chosen by a combination of fans (50 percent of the vote), current players (25 percent) and basketball media (25 percent). The NBA’s head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. Specific details about the draft will be announced at a later date.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on Thursday, Jan. 18 and unveil the reserves on Tuesday, Jan. 23. NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off on Monday, Dec. 25 before five Christmas Day games across ESPN, ABC and TNT.

The process for determining the 2018 All-Star Game head coaches is unchanged. The head coaches whose teams clinch the best record in their respective conferences two weeks before the All-Star Game will earn the nod, though the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr and the Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens are ineligible for the honor because they coached in the 2017 All-Star Game. Each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.

Look: Converse x NBA collection

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In 1949, virtually every player in the NBA wore the brand’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Time progressed and Converse supplied new players with the tools to create basketball history. One of these players, signed to Converse in 1975, creator of the free-throw line slam dunk and all around basketball pioneer, Julius “Dr. J” Erving cemented the Converse brand in basketball history with his daring game play and swagger all while sporting his version of the classic Pro Leather silhouette.

On September 29, Converse launched the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, giving fans a way to show their NBA pride and celebrate their favorite teams. Representing all 30 NBA teams, the collection pays tribute to the game and celebrates the culture of basketball and its influence on today’s street style with three design tiers: Gameday, Legend and Franchise.

The Chuck SE NBA Franchise is a celebration of city pride for the fan who wears their heart on their sleeve. Launching in the Philippines are 6 out of the 13 NBA teams, the sneaker features team logos decorated on the tips of the laces and embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglets. The mesh upper features the team’s name and jersey-inspired details, while each outsole is molded to display the given team’s city influence. The sneaker is covered in individually-screen printed jersey material and includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede internal lining for comfort.

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A legendary city with much to celebrate and a record breaking basketball team with more banners than any franchise in the league – the Celtics 17 NBA titles are recognized on the “Legend” sneaker with an embossed “17” on the upper. The Converse x NBA Boston Celtics sneakers commemorate the storied athletic record of the Green with a sneaker that helped bring Boston a whole lot of gold.

Chicago Bulls

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A city with a team that won the ‘90s, the Chicago Bulls were unbeatable with two three-peat seasons spanning 1991-1993 and 1996-1998. The Converse x NBA Chicago Bulls sneakers recall the iconic ‘90s warm-ups with its two-tone nylon tongue and red triangles representing the game plan that made it all happen.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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One of basketball’s most iconic sneaker sports basketball’s most famous icons. Mesh upper features team name and jersey-inspired details. Team logo embroidered on the tongue top with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglet. This Chuck Taylor includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede lining for comfort.

Golden State Warriors

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Newly-minted legends in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors turned the Bay into basketball’s twenty-first century epicenter. The five-time championship winners have been creating historic moments in recent times for their competitive spirit and ability to overcome unbelievable odds. The Converse x NBA Golden State Warriors sneaker honors the Bay Area with an embroidered landscape of the Bay Bridge on the upper.

Los Angeles Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers are all about “Showtime” – home of the purple and gold and one of the league’s most successful teams in NBA history with 16 championships. To celebrate, sixteen stars are embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue. Los Angeles slated an era when basketball embraced sunshine, celebrities, and a smooth, silky version of hoops. With star status athletes, the Lakers take center stage with 21 Hall of Famers and the NBA’s longest winning streak of 33 consecutive games. The Converse x NBA LA Lakers sneakers embody showmanship and functionality with an internal gold foil print and silver hardware along with premium leather lining and molded sockliner.

New York Knicks

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The Pride of Gotham, the New York Knicks is a team that represents the fiercest metropolis on the planet. Diehard fans live for the slogan “Once a Knick, Always a Knick,” which is embossed along the side of the “Legends” upper. The Knicks are only one of two original NBA teams that remain in their founding city. The Converse x NBA New York Knicks sneakers denotes loyalty and originality.

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The NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection is only available at Converse shops in Festival Mall, Glorietta and Ayala Center Cebu for P 4,950.

To complement the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, a line of Converse NBA Apparel launches to tie together the full street-wear uniform. Featuring exclusive Converse NBA branding, the collection includes a winter wool bomber jacket with primaloft fill, a hooded coach’s jacket and Converse Essentials – a hoodie, crewneck, long-sleeve tee and jogger.

The Converse NBA Apparel is exclusively available at NBA Store Mega Fashion Hall.

For more of the NBA collaboration, visit http://www.converse.com.ph and follow Converse PH  on http://www.facebook.com/Converse.PH and Instagram (@converseph).

Nike unveiled the NBA connected jerseys and they’re super awesome

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Ushering in a radical evolution of the fan experience, NIKE, Inc. and the NBA today unveiled three new innovations: the Nike NBA Connected Jersey, the first NBA jersey that gives the wearer an all-access pass into the world of their favorite team and players; Statement Edition uniforms; and the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket, the first hooded jacket to be worn on the court during gametime. The official announcements took place at an event in Los Angeles attended by players from all 30 NBA teams.

“When you think about basketball, you think of Nike and the NBA,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, CEO and President of NIKE, Inc. “After helping fuel the sport’s impact for years, we are thrilled to now be able to push the boundaries of what’s possible directly with the NBA. From modernizing the look of the game to revolutionizing how fans can be a part of it, we can’t wait for the season to start.”

“Our Nike uniforms set a new standard for connecting our most passionate fans with their favorite NBA teams and players,” said Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner. “Nike has once again taken the game of basketball to a new level, this time with one of the most advanced jerseys in sports.”

Using new NikeConnect technology, each adult-sized Nike NBA Connected Jersey will have an embedded NFC (near field communication) chip that will launch real-time team and player content such as pregame arrival footage, highlight packages and top players’ favorite music playlists – all on the jersey owner’s mobile device. Throughout the season, a wealth of exclusive offers and experiences will bring fans closer to the game they love.

To unlock it all, fans will download the NikeConnect app and tap the jersey with their smartphone. These jerseys become available online globally on Sept. 29, rewarding the game’s fans with a revolutionary experience that creates a new point of connection between fans and the game.

“In our new connected era, Nike will lead with products that build a relationship with our consumers,” said Trevor Edwards, President, Nike Brand. “With NikeConnect, we deliver to basketball fans everywhere the personal and premium experiences we know they love.”

 

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Nike and the NBA also unveiled the third of four core team uniforms – the Statement Edition, inspired by teams’ desire to make a bold statement the moment they step on the court. Nike’s designers worked with the teams and the brand’s roster of athletes to create new and updated uniforms for this third edition.

The Statement Edition uniform follows the earlier unveiling of the Association and Icon Edition uniforms. As previously announced, the home teams will determine which uniforms to wear at their games. The fourth team edition will be released later this year.

In addition to the new uniforms, Nike and the NBA debuted the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket,the first on-court warm-up jacket with a performance hood. Celebrating the style of the game, Nike designers refreshed a beloved apparel staple into a new performance product for athletes on and off the court.

The jacket, created with new Nike Therma Flex fabric, helps athletes maintain the right body temperature during pregame warm-ups and downtime during a game – a critical element for peak performance. Developed with input from top NBA athletes, the reimagined hood allows for optimal vision, hearing and warmth, delivering a greater intersection between performance and style – a key request from NBA athletes.

The Nike NBA Connected Jersey is available exclusively online starting Sept. 29, and the Nike NBA uniforms and Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket will debut on-court on Sept. 30, the start of the NBA preseason. All Statement Edition jerseys will be available at retail on Nov. 20, and will begin being worn on-court on Nov. 25.

What does Christian Standhardinger like about the PBA?

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Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is one of the many hopefuls who have applied for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

Standhardinger is projected to be a top three pick after becoming a household name because of his outstanding stints with Gilas Pilipinas in three international tournaments — Jones Cup, FIBA Asia Cup and SEA Games.

Many Filipino basketball fans were thrilled to find out Standhardinger decided to join the draft. But for him, it was a no-brainer.

“It was not a tough decision. It’s a goal of mine to play in the PBA so it wasn’t a tough decision. I’m excited for what the future brings,” Standhardinger said in a Skype interview with Sports Desk host Mico Halili on Tuesday evening.

Standhardinger already had an idea about the PBA before he suited up for Gilas, but mentioned it gave him more reason to join the draft when he got more acquainted with his teammates on the national team.

“(The PBA) was obviously a league I was striving to play in one day. Then I played with Gilas and I met my teammates, and you guys all know I love my teammates. Those are great guys and they told me about the PBA and that it’s a great league. That was even more incentive to put my name in the draft,” he explained.

Ever since news came out he applied for the PBA draft, the Fil-German has been receiving a ton of heartfelt messages from his fans.

“It’s crazy how many messages I get saying ‘Please put your name in’ and ‘I’m excited you put your name in.’ My Instagram account is going crazy, my Facebook account is going crazy. I really appreciate all those messages,” he said. “I’m looking forward to connect even more with the fans. The fans in the Philippines are just great.”

Asked what he likes about the PBA, Standhardinger said he digs the up-and-down playing style and the amount of energy players have on the court.

“I like their style of play, it’s very fast-paced. It’s very emotional and very passionate, and I like that. Those are characteristics I try to bring out in myself when I play basketball and I also like seeing on the court,” he said. “That’s what excites me about the PBA.”

And though the next PBA season is still a few months away, Standhardinger said he is ready to leave Germany and start a life here in Manila.

“I know the great things about the Philippines and Manila and all. I’m ready to move forward and I hope to play in the PBA soon, and be part of this country and live in it.”

Kobe Bryant to have both jersey numbers retired

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Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest players to play in the NBA. But he’s also arguably one of the greatest players to ever don a Lakers jersey.

That’s why on December 18, during halftime of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors, the franchise will retire not just one, but two of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers.

The Black Mamba will become the 10th player in Lakers history to have his number (in this case two numbers) retired. The previous nine were Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), KareemAbdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

“As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them,” Bryant said in a report on Lakers.com. “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I’m grateful for the fans’ enthusiasm around this game.”

Kobe spent 20 years with the purple and gold franchise. He wore no. 8 from 1996-2006 and during that time he won three NBA championships, became an 8-time All-Star and won two All-Star MVPs.

In 2006, he shifted to no. 24 and went on to win two more titles, an MVP trophy and was named Finals MVP twice. He also garnered ten more All-Star selections.

Kobe, who ended his acclaimed career with a 60-point game against the Utah Jazz, is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 33,643 points.

No doubt Bryant will end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame in a few years.