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Written by Drew Hammell

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For NBA fans whose team hasn’t played a basketball game for several weeks, the NBA Draft Lottery has always been a small glimmer of light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. The lottery is a chance for a team with a bleak future to land a number 1 pick. Basketball is one of the few team sports where a top pick can help change the entire direction of a franchise. It’s happened before, and it will continue to happen in the future. Here’s a look at some of the greatest NBA Draft Lottery moments, and the players that drastically changed the direction of their franchises.

We’re back at it with Migos and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin. This time, the homie Zach Lavine makes a special appearance in the latest #ShoesSoFresh spot. You might have remembered him from our bracket challenge last month when he offered his custom Bimmer as a prize to anyone who had the perfect bracket.

To celebrate the launch of our newest spot, we are offering Free Express Shipping on all adidas UltraBoost. Now is definitely the time to get #boosted in the latest from The Brand with Three Stripes. Can’t go wrong with Ash Pearl and the Triple White colorway is the key to summertime fine ????.

Let us know what you think about the ???? spot and keep it locked on @finishline and at FinishLine.com for more on from Migos, Caleb, and Zach.

Nike and LeBron James are continuing the Kings ever-popular signature line with the new Nike LeBron 15. James has been very vocal about how this shoe is his favorite one to date from his line. This high-performance basketball sneaker features an evolved form of Flyknit, cushioning units that combine Max Air and Zoom Air, and a full bootie construction that offers a true one-to-one fit. LeBron signature shoes have always been creative with placement of the Swoosh, and the LeBron 15 is no different as it features the brand logo on the inner heel of the shoe and the tail end of the logo wrapping around to the lateral heel.

Back when the LeBron 4 dropped, Nike dropped a special ‘Fruity Pebbles’ pair to honor LBJs love of the cereal. The King’s favorite breakfast treat has inspired colorways of his signature sneakers all the way back to the LeBron 4, and now his new LeBron 15 will be the latest in the line to arrive in the cereal-inspired “Fruity Pebbles” colorway. The brightly-colored sneaker features a multi-color variant of Nike’s new BattleKnit upper with Black detailing on the tongue, heel collar, laces and pull tab. A Black midsole and translucent full-length Zoom unit and outsole complete the shoe’s contrast between light and dark.

Make sure you grab your pair of the Nike LeBron 15 ‘4 Horsemen’ on April 12th at Finishline.com.

Like we saw on the Travis Scott x Air Force 1 that dropped last year and the Nike Foamposite Pro that is dropping at ASW, the swappable Swoosh trend continues. Nike is dropping a collection of Air Force 1 Lows that give you the option of mixing up your look with these special AF 1s and their six color options. As the Air Force 1 has become a footwear icon over the years, Nike has had to update it with different style options to keep up with the changing trends. Like every All Star week over the years, Nike is packing the week full of releases that have everyone debating if they break the bank on every release or play it safe and save some cash by only buying their must-haves.

This Air Force 1 comes with six Swoosh design options in bold colors that pop. They connect to the shoe with a hook and loop fastener, and wrap all the way around the heel for a streamlined look and feel. Switch your Swoosh out daily to hook up with your look. With so many different color options you can have a new look each time you wear these, you can even double up and go with two colored swooshes at once.

You can grab both colors of the Air Force 1 Low ‘Swoosh Pack’ on February 15th at Finishline.com.

Like we saw on the Travis Scott x Air Force 1, the option to create your own look with interchangeable Nike Swooshes. Now, Nike is taking that creative option and applying it to one of their staple shoes, the Nike Air Foamposite Pro. Like every All Star week over the years, Nike is packing the week full of releases that have everyone debating if they break the bank on every release or play it safe and save some cash by only buying their must-haves.

This years Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘All Star’ edition is an exclusive iteration of the silhouette this season, and it’s highlighted with removable Swoosh and heel logos. Coming with the choice of four Swoosh options – black, silver, bronze, and turquoise. If a simpler look is preferred, he or she can rid the look of a Swoosh insert all together and leave it with a flattened out white Swoosh. The signature carbon fiber shank in the midsole and milky translucent outsole completes the design altogether.

Make sure you cop your pair of the Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Swoosh Pack’ on February 15th in SELECT STORES ONLY.

Kobe Bryant wore several different brands during his sneaker free agency season in 2002-03. One of those was Reebok and this ‘White & Purple’ Answer IV colorway that’s officially getting a release. During this time, Kobe surprised everyone by lacing up a different sneaker every game and had people wondering what he could be lacing up next. Now, this once-exclusive PE is releasing and is one that should entice both Kobe loyalists and Reebok Answer and Iverson lovers. Reebok is staying true to the original pair worn by the Black Mamba. This Reebok Answer IV sports a white and purple leather upper that is paired with grey detailing and Allen Iverson’s signature face logo on the outsole. If you’re a true Kobe lover, then you may remember that he also wore an all-white pair with the same purple detailing. Maybe Reebok has plans for another release down the line.

Grab your pair of the Reebok Answer IV ‘Purple & White’ on February 16th at Finishline.com.

NBA All-Star Weekend is always an epic weekend and this year is about to be a movie in LA and you already know that Migos are gonna be the stars. Oh, there’s also an NBA Game going on but that can wait. Since we signed that star studded rap trio back in August we’ve been breaking records and pushing the C U L T U R E forward with photoshoots in the hottest footwear and helping Quavo gift his high school basketball team with custom ‘H U N C H O’ LeBron 15’s that the King himself wanted. Get at us ‘Bron.

Those shoes aren’t the only thing that they’ve dropped. The highly anticipated album, C U L T U R E I I hit airwaves back in January and have dominated the charts and every radio station in the world. One of the hottest songs on the album is ‘Stir Fry’ which features the music legend, Pharrell and is also the song of NBA All-Star Weekend if you haven’t heard.

Not only will the hiphop trifecta be stompin’ around the city, but they’ll be doing it in some of the hottest sneakers that are dropping that weekend. Don’t be surprised if you see ’em shutting the city down in a fresh pair of ‘Black Cement’ Jordan 3’s, ‘Gold Toe’ Jordan 1’s, Nike React, adidas BYW, and more.

Like they do every year, there’s a celebrity game that takes place on Friday night and H U N C H O is hitting the court this year. By now you’ve probably seen the numerous videos of Quavo hitting the court with some serious players and now he’s taking his talents to LA and looks to bring home that MVP hardware.

As he loves to brag about his style and flashy look, get ready to see some footwear that only Quavo could rock, and some that we can’t talk about yet, word to Mache275.

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Last night we teamed up with @UnderArmour and @CapitolRecords to host an event of epic proportions. With DJ Envy on the ones and twos to set the pace early in the evening and performances from the LA Leakers and Zaytoven, how much better  could it get? You know we had to do it the F I N I S H L I N E  W A Y and get the big dogs here and set it off the right way ???????????? aka D A T W A Y.  With the Culture II set up on the stage, everyone knew it was coming, but when Migos hit the stage, the atmosphere was electrifying beyond words. It felt like all of LA was vibin’ with us.

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Quavo went straight to the rack on Bieber!

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@quavohuncho can now add MVP to his resume.

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Make sure you stay tuned on our Twitter and Instagram to see what moves we make with Migos all weekend long.

When it comes to NBA All-Star Weekend, Nike never holds back on their story telling and sneaker releases that are usually some of the biggest of the year. 2018 is going to be no different from Nike Hoops as they look to drop special signature sneakers that will be worn in the All-Star game that is taking place in the ever popular, Los Angeles. As their big four of Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Kevin Durant and LeBron James look to dominate the game with their style of play and their signature sneaker style, Nike is getting extra creative for this moment. Each sneaker represents a part of the city through a special colorway or standout feature to really catch peoples eyes.

 

Kyrie Irving and Nike Basketball will be celebrating this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles with a special edition Nike Kyrie 4 All-Star as Kyrie makes his fifth appearance in the game. This Nike Kyrie 4 sports a black and white tie-dye pattern throughout the upper. What makes this sneaker really pop is the purple details that are used on the embroidered Nike Swoosh, while pink and blue appears on the tongue Kyrie logo and outsole. Like the KD X, this pair represents another specific location in Los Angeles, as the insoles have graphics of Venice Beach. They also point out that Kyrie is a “5x All-Star” on the insoles of the sneakers.

We will be dropping this very clean collection in our flagship stores ONLY. The three stores that will be carrying these shoes are:

CHICAGO:

Finish Line Shoe Store Woodfield Mall. Illinois.

Address: 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Los Angeles:

Finish Line Shoe Store Del Amo Fashion Center. California. 

Address: 3525 W Carson St, Torrance. CA 90503

New York City:

Finish Line Shoe Store Roosevelt Field Mall. New York.

Address: 630 Old Country Rd 1128. Garden City, NY 11530

Make sure you hit up these stores if you’re in the area to get the scoop on the release. You can grab a pair of these from the stores above on February 15th.

Adding to the adidas Crazy lineup is an all-new performance basketball inspired shoe, dubbed adidas Crazy BYW. If you remember, Nick Young and Brandon Ingram hit the court back in December in a hoops version that is very similar to this shoe. Continuing their “You Wear” tagline from the ’90s, this model portrays that these are “Boost You Wear” on or off the court. This next drop comes from adidas Originals as a lifestyle option that feature a three-part podular midsole that is equipped with BOOST technology. The upper features a soft breathable knit with hints of leather and embroidered details to maintain its modern aesthetic while still keeping its functional. Its unconventional lacing system keeps a strong connection to its 90’s roots while other elements of the design propel it forward into the future. The classic “Feet You Wear” face logo can be seen on part of the midsole and it adds some nostalgia to this futuristic silhouette.

You can add the adidas Originals Crazy BYW to your rotation when you pick up a pair on February 15th at Finishline.com.