Your primer for the 2017 NBA Draft

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Everyone is anxious to find out who their teams will pick with the 2017 NBA Draft just days away. But before any selections happen, here are a few notes on the upcoming Rookie Draft that you may want to read about.

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The Champion’s Choice: Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit

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Worn by champion Draymond Green, the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit delivers comfort, support and the responsive energy return of all-new proprietary Nike React cushioning platform.

Since its debut in 2008, the Hyperdunk has become the epitome of Nike Basketball design. In each of its iterations, the silhouette has simultaneously flexed fresh innovation and stood as the brand’s purest expression of a basketball shoe. The Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit extends the legacy, advancing the proposition with a sleek, minimalistic aesthetic approach that result in a modern take on a classic look.

What is Nike React?

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Nike React is part of Nike’s cushioning revolution, redefining what’s possible with foam and other cushioning platforms — such as Nike Air VaporMax and Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% featuring ZoomX — to deliver options for every athlete.

Foam can be lightweight. Or it can be resilient. But usually it can’t be both of these things and durable. And that hurdle was the impetus for Nike’s innovation teams, including cushioning experts and chemical engineers, to come together to develop a foam that could offer not just two of those benefits, but all three at once. The result is Nike React, Nike’s latest cushioning innovation and a significant breakthrough in footwear foam.

Can’t debate this: Kevin Durant’s a champ

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Many have questioned Kevin Durant’s tenacity, leadership and winning ways. One thing that can’t be debated: he’s a world champ.

Durant finally won his first NBA title after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5. KD bagged Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists to lead the Dubs to their second title in three years.

Here’s a look at Nike Basketball’s new KD spot, “Debate This,” timed to Game Five’s buzzer.

Rookie RR Pogoy playing like a veteran for TNT

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Roger Pogoy may only be a rookie, but the young TNT wingman plays with the confidence of a veteran this season.

The 6-2 former Far Eastern University showed just that on Sunday, firing 17 points, none bigger than his three-point shot with under two minutes left to help TNT beat a rallying Barangay Ginebra side, 100-94 in the opening game of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series.

A deadly gunner, whose confidence grew further with his recent stints at Gilas, Pogoy’s heads-up play earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of June 6-11.

Pogoy, who will only turn 25 this coming Friday defeated TNT teammate Ranidel de Ocampo and Star forwards Allein Maliksi and Aldrech Ramos for the weekly citation.

The Cebuano shooter’s transition to the pros is seamless considering that he is now playing under Nash Racela, his coach back in college where they won a UAAP men’s championship in 2015.

TNT now holds a 2-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel after escaping with a 107-103 win in Game 2 on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Pogoy finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo witness selection of Jr. NBA PH All-Stars

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Youth players from the Regional Selection Camp in Metro Manila shined the brightest among 72 boys and girls in the National Training Camp of Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute May 12-13 and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 14, attended by Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton, former WNBA All-Star Sue Wicks and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo.

KD10 drops in PH on June 5

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Ten years ago this month, Nike signed Kevin Durant and the skinny teenager almost immediately received his first signature shoe. A decade later, the risk has paid off with Durant and Nike designer Leo Chang writing a new playbook for developing a signature basketball line with authentic innovation and inspirations matching the athlete’s own trajectory.

Within Durant’s course is a consistent, subtle refinement of pure basketball efficiencies and mechanics. This same path is mirrored in progression from the KD9 to the KD10. For one, the Flyknit construction is the best yet on a basketball shoe — engineered precisely for flexibility, breathability and support just where needed.

Gilas Pilipinas to wear limited edition LeBron 14 ‘Agimat’ for SEABA

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Filipino culture is rich in myth and magic. Even until today, many Filipinos believe in charms, amulets and talismans that offer good fortune, protection and sometimes, superhuman strength.

This Pinoy belief in spirit and divine power inspired Nike to create a limited edition LeBron 14 signature shoe, called Agimat. The LeBron 14 is the latest in LeBron James’ signature basketball shoe line, which features a midsole cushioning system that makes it not just the sleekest but also fastest LeBron shoe to date.

Magic’s Elfrid Payton, former WNBA player Sue Wicks to coach Filipino kids at Jr. NBA nat’l training camp

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Wednesday that Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic and former WNBA player Sue Wicks will travel to Manila to participate in the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 National Training Camp and help coach players from around the country vying to be named 2017 Jr. NBA All-Stars. The National Training Camp will be held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute May 12-13 and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 14.