10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kyrie Irving

You probably know Kyrie Irving as LeBron James’ sidekick point guard on the Cleveland Cavaliers and a former No. 1 overall draft pick out of Duke, but there’s far more than meets the eye when it comes to the New Jersey native. In honor of a new colorway of his Nike Kyrie 2 having been unveiled this past Saturday, the Champs Sports blog put together a really cool slideshow list of 10 things you didn’t know about Irving. Did you know that

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History of the Low Top Basketball Sneaker

In the era where the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers ruled the on-court NBA landscape, the high-top sneaker was ubiquitous around the league. Style and what was viewed as superior ankle support was the basic standard, leaving low top kicks in the dust. When Nike created the low-top Kobe IV, the sneaker landscape quickly changed. Suddenly, low-tops were fashionable while offering proper support and players around the NBA took notice and the sea change slowly began. For more on this change in

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Chauncey Billups Dishes His Best Advice For Basketball Players

Chauncey Billups is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a champion with the 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons. He’s nicknamed Mr. Big Shot because of the huge buckets in crucial situations he made during his 14 NBA seasons. Billups is now retired and is an NBA analyst for ESPN as well as a leader of various youth basketball clinics. He talked to the Dick’s Sporting Goods blog about how the new Wilson X basketball can help young players become better shooters and improve their

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Elena Delle Donne: More Than Just A Basketball Player

Elena Delle Donne, the 6-foot-5. 26-year-old basketball star of the Chicago Sky, is far more than an amazing player on the court. The winner of the 2015 Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award, she gave up a college scholarship at UConn to be closer to her family and her sister, who has cerebral palsy. In an interview with the Dick’s Sporting Goods blog, Delle Donne discusses her basketball success, what she’s passionate about, her typical day and advice for young women looking

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Innovative Simplicity: The Nike Kobe XI “Achilles Heel” Basketball Sneakers

Kobe Bryant may be winding down his career on the court, but you can still lace up the basketball icon off the court this year and well into the future. The new Kobe XI Achilles Heel dropped on Jan. 9 and can be seen on Kobe’s farewell tour, which will be going on for the rest of the season. “More than anything, what I would hope for, would be that the [Nike XI] is just a representation of Kobe,” said Eric Avar,

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People Don’t Just Shoot Dice In Vegas – They Shoot Hoops Too

Las Vegas is famous for many things – a city in the middle of the sand, night after night of solid entertainment and some of the hottest casinos this side of China. Believe it or not, the state of Nevada actually plays a pretty mean game of basketball, as shown by the fact that their university team is gunning for the Conference Title this weekend. The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels are taking to the hardwood at Thomas & Mack Center in Vegas

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The Calm Before The San Antonio Storm

Whoever made the NBA schedule was a tricky fellow, especially when it comes to the Spurs. Through the middle of January, San Antonio will see both ends of the spectrum. Unfortunately for them, they will have to face the weaker grouping before the elite. In other words, they won’t need to up their game before facing the best the league has to offer. Thus far this season, San Antonio has shown that they are one of the best in the league

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Shoot Smarter: One Of The Biggest Technological Advances Basketball Has Ever Seen

Back in the old days, the only way you could get better at shooting the basketball is by sheer repetition and guesswork that you were forming and developing the habits necessary in order to improve on the court. Now thanks to Wilson, the basketball itself can help ballers young and old home their skills thanks to analytics. The Wilson X is a smart basketball that tracks each make and miss using an internal sensor that analyzes player shooting habits over time. To

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