We’re back with Issue 14 of the WearTesters Weekender. Be sure to read through and take note of any questions posed; we want to hear your thoughts and engage in discussion in the comments below. As always, thank you for all your support of the site. Enjoy!
This week’s NBA action featured two instances of slipping that have received a lot of attention and buzz all over the internet. One, because Chris Paul is a great on-ball defender but still got hit with the sauce that sent him for a fall he’ll never live down. The other, because Dwyane Wade is in the middle of an impressive, healthy resurgence as the Heat fight for a playoff spot, but took a hard hit to the knee as he slid to the ground. I’ll say my peace on each instance and then we want to hear your take in the comments below!
(Vine from NBA)
As someone who takes pride in defense over offense, I’ll say that if you are guarding legitimately good competition, or maybe one of the best players in the world (Curry), you’ll end up on skates at some point. I can’t say I remember falling in recent memory, but I know it’s happened to me. Chris Paul uses his tremendous strength and savvy to perform well defensively against the NBA’s best point guards game in and game out. He also was a great sport about his fateful slip up. In regards to Curry’s baseline shake’n bake, I have three observations.
1.) Those Under Armour Curry One PE’s are clean as hell and definitely give him a stable base for moves like that.
2.) Chris Paul clearly slips with about 3/4 of the CP3 VIII’s sole in contact with the ground, this is a product of the misdirection Steph served up for him, and also the traction on the CP3VIII. For more on that, check out Nightwing’s CP3VIII performance review here: https://weartesters.com/jordan-cp3-viii-performance-review/
3.) Paul may have been able to catch himself from falling entirely over had he not stepped on Steph’s shoe…he also could have injured his ankle. My ankle injury occurred when I stepped on someone’s foot in transition. A player in one of my runs last night had the same thing happen to him. Am I the only one who shudders and cringes when I see someone land on a foot while watching basketball? Nightmares, man.
(vine from Rob Perez)
Dwyane Wade’s slip was much more unfortunate, you never want to see pain and injury so we wish him the best. It has been a pleasure watching him step up and show more than flashes of the DWade of old, whether you’re a fan or not. Thankfully, it wasn’t his groin and thankfully reports say it looks worse than it was. Wade didn’t get crossed here, he just tried to plant and stop on a dime near the baseline and his WoW 3’s just never stuck. He is a 6’4″ world class athlete moving at near full speed so it’s amazing that any rubber compound or herringbone pattern can stop him.
What do you think of this one? Also, do you think Wade is bothered by the carbon fiber shank that drove Nightwing insane while performance testing these? Let us know.
15 Years Ago…
Fifteen years ago on April 3rd, 2000, Michigan State topped Florida 89-76 in the NCAA Championship game. In a clash of basketball shoe brands, MSU was rocking the Reebok Question Mid, while Florida was wearing the Nike Air Garnett 3 (one of my favorite sneakers ever, read why here–don’t mind the formatting due to the site revamp). Fast forward, Florida failed to reach the tourney this year and Tournament Tom has Michigan State back in the Final Four (I picked them, never doubt Izzo). Who do you have winning the tourney? Is anyone betting against Kentucky? Let us know!
WearTesters Shooting Shirts
We’ve brought you t-shirts, shorts from Point3, stickers, etc…now it’s time for WearTesters shooting shirts. Dri-Fit fabric, fitted like the warm ups you see any college or NBA player shooting around in these days. Yes, you read correctly, all of your WearTesters apparel dreams are coming true.
They will $30 a piece plus $8 shipping for both domestic and international orders. The thing is, it’s quite a commitment for for Nightwing to make a large order of shirts so they end up as limited (and coveted, of course) as a pair of Red October Yeezy’s. We need to know, who plans on picking up a shirt? If you want to hear a little more and check out how they look front, back and when worn, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XPuG5vFtmU
In Case You Missed It…
Complex published a piece on the Nike Flyknit highlighting how it’s transitioned from a game-changing performance sneaker to a staple in the fashion world. There is even a small section where I’m [Nghtwing2303] quoted.
People are fascinated by stories. Sneaker brands know this and put a lot of effort into nailing colorway stories, as well as the design stories. With that said, here is the first of a few in a video series I call “Sneaker Backstories.”
Yet another “remastered” Jordan Retro release, which gives us better quality, for a premium price, but does this Air Jordan X (10) live up to the $190 price tag? I go over my thoughts and reactions
WearTesters Wordplay of the Week
One, two, three
Mos Def and Talib Kweli
We came to rock it on to the tip-top
Best alliance in hip-hop, Y-O
I said one, two, three
It’s kind of dangerous to be an MC
They shot 2Pac and Biggie
Too much violence in hip-hop, Y-O
Seriously, if you’ve never heard Black Star, you’re missing out on some great music. Do yourself a favor: watch and listen to Definition below, then try and resist the urge to listen to the rest of the album. Talib and Mos Def are as smooth as they come; their unique voices and diction combine for a mesmerizing sound. It’s conscious rap with intelligent lyrics and beats to match. Don’t sleep.
That’ll be all for this week’s issue of the Weekender, thank you for reading. Again, be sure to respond to some of the questions in the comments below and please let us know if you plan on buying a WearTesters shooting shirt!