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Biggest Sneaker News From NBA All-Star Weekend

Date: February 19 2018

By: Cesca Benson

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NBA All-Star Weekend is done and dusted for another year. The main event saw Team LeBron come out on top in a nail-biter against Team Stephen, and Snoop Dog won out over 2 Chainz in the Hip Hop All Star Game. The weekend was a flurry of sport, music, celebrities and, most importantly, sneakers, with all eyes across the word turned to LA. In the 30 years since Michael Jordan slammed his famous dunk in Jordan 3s, All-Star Weekend has become as important to sneakerheads as it is to basketball fanatics. 

There are almost too many events and too many shoes to keep track of, so we've handpicked the best sneaker news to keep you up to date.

Nike's Maker's Headquarters

For Swoosh devotees, the weekend was all about the Maker’s Headquarters. Nike’s All-Star Weekend hub had fans lining up in hope of scoring some of the weekend’s hottest sneaker releases. 

The retail space was choc-a-block with hotly anticipated drops. The ‘Big Bang’ Foamposites and Undefeated x Kobe 1 Protros topped many a wishlist, while the 90/10 pack offered five silhouettes in white, 90 per cent completed, ready for Ablohs-in-the-making to customise the rest. Whether you wanted to Hydro Dip some new Air More Moneys, dye your Huaraches candy floss pink, or add a couple of extra Swooshes to your AF1s, the Makerspace had you covered.

Nike Releases the Cortez Kenny II

Kendrick Lamar took to the stage on Friday night to kick off the weekend's revelries. He then kicked things into overdrive by revealing that his second Nike colab would drop over the weekend. The Cortez Kenny II, which released exclusively to those in the LA area via the SNKRS app, features a red nylon upper with white leather panelling. Like KDot's first Cortez, the shoe declares 'Damn' across the foot, this time in Chinese characters. 

If you're like us and weren't in the City of Angels over the weekend, you'll have to nurse your disappointment and wait for Kenny's next outing.

adidas' 747 Warehouse Street Event

Not to be outdone, the Three Stripes held their own celebrations. The 747 Warehouse Street event celebrated basketball culture and everything that comes along with it, and the lineup read like a music festival: members of the Three Stripe family, Stormzy,  Pusha T and Playboi Carti all took to the stage. And that was even before surprise performances by Kid Cudi and Kanye West! 

The Hip Hop All-Star event was the Three Stripes' own exhibition event. The inaugural game saw Snoop Dogg come out victorious against Team 2 Chainz. Attendees were treated to various installations including the Brooklyn Creative Farm, which invited visitors to rebuild classic silhouettes, and the Sound Lab, where budding rappers could lay down some bars. 

Plenty of weekend-exclusive sneaker releases were on offer, and raffles were held for Crazy BYW X, Dame 4 Bapes and Futurecrafts, among other highly sought-after make-ups. Of course, no adidas event is complete without an appearance by Skateboard P. Not only did Pharrell perform with N.E.R.D., but debuted his Crazy BYW PW.

Jordans All Over the Court For The Celebrity All Star Game

Close behind the main event, the Celebrity All-Star game is the weekend's most popular spectacle. Who wouldn't love to see Justin Bieber lose out to Quavo for the MVP trophy? But the game isn't just about rappers taking down pop stars; it's also about looking closely at what's flexing on-foot. So what was the hottest shoe on court? The answer has to be the Jordan 32 'MVP', which was released in January to celebrate 30 years since the GOAT winning his first MVP in 1988. The new Jay was worn by nine different players, including Team Lakers Captain Justin Bieber - unfortunately it couldn't bring Biebs the W, his team lost to Team Clippers, 75-66.

LeBron and Ronnie Fieg Unveil 'Long Live The King Collection'

Okay, so this wasn't officially an All-Star Weekend event, but it was in LA and it did involve basketball, so we're counting it. This weekend saw King James and Ronnie Fieg launch their long-awaited 'Long Live The King' collection. The launch coincided with the opening of Kith's first LA outpost and was celebrated with an invite-only event. James then debuted the shoes on court, and they did their magic, seeing him and his team to victory in the All Star game.

The collection, which we've been drip-fed for months, features four luxuriously embroidered LeBron 15s that are, unsurprisingly, inspired by a king's cloak and battle armour. Whether you're a fan of the rose-embroidered, gold-zipper embellished versions, or the monochrome make-up, be warned, these are a Kith-only cop.

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