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Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers, now in his third NBA season, is without question emerging as one of the top point guards in the NBA and a player to tab in the early stages of super stardom. Already a three time member of Foot Locker’s Team Approved – you can see his three commercials with us below – Dame is now a member of the Adidas signature shoe family. Joining Derrick Rose and John Wall as adidas athletes with a signature shoe, Dame’s first three colorways of the adidas Lillard 1 will drop at Foot Locker on Friday, February 6th. At his release party in Portland, in partnership with SLAM Magazine’s cover story on him, we were able to get some time with Dame to talk about his shoe and his relationship with Foot Locker. Check back with SLAM Magazine for the release of the cover story.
Tell us about your logo. What elements are included in it?
The Fly Guyz, that’s where the wings came in. It’s got the wings coming off, and then it looks like a zero. But it’s my initials also. You see a D, and an L, and that goes into the wings. And then 0 is my number. So it’s a bunch of things that represent me.
Was keeping the price point accessible to everyone important to you?
It is a little cheaper, but it’s still quality. That was big, for kids to actually be able to buy it, but I wanted it to still be a quality shoe for them to buy. So I didn’t add the Boost technology, which is what you’ll see in a lot of shoes now. It’s a great technology—I like it, it’s in the Crazylight Boost that I wear a lot. But I felt like this is something that can make a difference for a lot of people that might come from where I come from, or might not come from what I come from, and be in an unfortunate situation. That was important to me.
The first three colorways of the adidas Lillard 1, dropping on February 6th, will be “Away,” “BHM,” and “Weber State.” The Lillard 1 will retail for $ 105.
You’ve been in two (now three – see newest at top of post) Foot Locker commercials recently. How much fun was it shooting those ads?
It’s a lot of fun. The one with T-Mac was quick and simple—he was funny, he was a cool dude. But the one with all of the Hall of Famers, that was funny as hell. It was like a good time on the set. I wasn’t in a rush to leave, because I could be around people that I looked up to. My brother was there, and he was like, “Man that’s Barry Sanders. I used to try to juke people like Barry Sanders!” and stuff like that so those experiences with players that you looked up to, and being able to put out humor with them on national television is always fun.
Did you shop at Foot Locker as a kid? Is it cool to walk into a Foot Locker now and see your shoe on the wall?
Yeah, it is. This is my shoe. So, to go in there and be like, that’s my shoe, is going to be crazy. I actually haven’t done it yet, but I remember after my rookie year I did my very first Foot Locker shoot, and it was like, just a poster in a corner somewhere, and it was a picture of me from the back. Me and my best friend went in there, taking pictures of the poster, like, “That’s me up there.” And that was just some random poster in the back, so now that we’re going from that to this, it’s crazy.
Jordan Brand is back with a new limited edition pack inspired by the ‘Slam Dunk’ Japanese manga series. The pack consists of an Air Jordan 6 Retro and Jordan Super.Fly 3 (sold separately). For full details on the pack and release information please read below.
STORE RELEASE DETAILS
In partnership with mall management, SELECT House of Hoops by Foot Locker stores will implement a sweepstakes ticket procedure* in order to purchase the Air Jordan 6 Retro ‘Slam Dunk’(on sale 11/1 for $ 250) and the Jordan Super.Fly 3 ‘Slam Dunk’ (on sale 11/1/14 for $ 185). The sweepstakes tickets will be given out on Monday, October 27th and Tuesday, October 28th. If your ticket number is selected, you will be notified by phone on Wednesday, October 29th or Thursday, October 30th. These procedures are for SELECT STORES only. To find out which store near you will carry the shoe and if that store will implement the sweepstakes ticket procedure, please visit the Foot Locker Launch Locator.
ONLINE RELEASE DETAILS
Both releases will be available on Footlocker.com starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, November 1st.
*Our customers are our priority and we encourage everyone to follow the procedure outlined above in an orderly and safe manner. We thank you in advance.
During the ‘90s, the game of basketball experienced rapid globalization. Basketball fans around the world tuned in to watch the top talent in the game. Michael Jordan became the face of the basketball surge, rising to global super-stardom and inspiring a legion of fans — including Japanese manga artist, Takehiko Inoue.
In 1990, Inoue introduced the world to the fictional Hanamichi Sakuragi – the protagonist in his popular “Slam Dunk” manga series. Sakuragi began as an outcast at his high school with a reputation for causing trouble. After a girl rejected him, he tried out for the basketball team, where he showcased his natural athleticism and helped turn his previously unknown high school team into an all-star contender in Japan. “I have been hugely inspired by Michael Jordan’s game, as well as his attitude. It’s been a great honor to have this opportunity,” said Inoue. “At first, he was someone from a different planet — he could stay in the air longer than anybody else. Then I began to see him as someone who always encourages you to set a vision and challenge yourself to achieving it.”
IN THE DETAILS
Inoue focused on details to continue the narrative of Sakuragi’s story, which hasn’t been in development since 1996. When readers last saw Sakuragi, he was sidelined with injuries. During the past 18 years, Inoue has said he’d imagine Sakuragi was still alive somewhere, recovering from injury and working out while continuing to think of himself as “the genius” he once was in high school basketball. Those days inspired the illustration — which will never be published — on the Jordan Super.Fly 3, part of a new Jordan Brand collection created in partnership with Inoue.
The number 10 is present throughout the collection, replacing the standard 23. The number is a nod to Sakuragi’s player number and establishes the Jordan Brand x Slam Dunk collaboration as the character’s very own player-exclusive line. “Using a legacy shoe like the iconic Air Jordan VI, as well as our latest performance model in the Jordan Super.Fly 3, served as the perfect vehicle to highlight the past and present — both in the product and the manga storyline,” said Gemo Wong, Energy Director for Jordan Brand.
Air Jordan 6 Retro
The limited Slam Dunk edition has an interesting take on the iconic silhouette. An all-red upper features the iconic imagery fans of the 31-volumed manga series have grown to love. The images highlight moments from the series, paying tribute to the legacy of Sakuragi’s personal growth and on-court talent.
The Jordan Brand’s latest performance model — the Jordan Super.Fly 3 — is the canvas for the new sketches of the “Slam Dunk” world. The all-black upper provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the continued on-court legacy of Sakuragi. Even the shoebox serves as an additional platform to tell Sakuragi’s continued story.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Foot Locker and SLAM Magazine teamed up for the third annual Foot Locker X SLAM Draft Suite to welcome incoming NBA rookies to New York City and help get them prepped for their big day – the Draft! This year’s Suite was an unbelievable success as we welcomed 19 incoming rookies and one current NBA player who just couldn’t help but come back for a second year – thanks Mason Plumlee! Below you’ll find some of the interviews we conducted over the past two days, but you can find the complete set of interviews here and watch the guys talk about their kicks and hoops histories, as well as a new rapid fire interview we added for each guy this year.
Jabari Parker – Duke
Andrew Wiggins – Kansas
Aaron Gordon – Arizona
Noah Vonleh – Indiana
Shabazz Napier – UConn