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Nike Long Training Sleeve.
Wednesday , Jan , 15 , 2014 HoopsVibe News

Nike Long Training Sleeve.

Should definitely keep that shooting arm cozy.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: AI made them host and Kobe turned them into a must have.

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New KD 6 Gear Arrives.
Tuesday , Jan , 14 , 2014 HoopsVibe News

New KD 6 Gear Arrives.

New year. New colorway. Same classy Nike KD 6 gear. 

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: With Kevin Durant tearing the league apart again, it's a perfect time for this.

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Customized LeBron 11s Set Trends.
Friday , Nov , 08 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Customized LeBron 11s Set Trends.

Have it your way when it comes to the new LeBron 11s with NikeID.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: No excuse for your Nike LeBron 11s not having the look and feel you want.

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Top 5 Ways Michael Jordan Still Makes His Money?
Tuesday , Oct , 29 , 2013 Michael Brouillet

Top 5 Ways Michael Jordan Still Makes His Money?

Why Michael Jordan earns more money today than when he played in the NBA.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: With ballers going bankrupt left, right, and center, MJ shows us all how branding is king for long term success.

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What if: LeBron signed with Adidas
Wednesday , Oct , 02 , 2013 Joseph Sobczyk

What if: LeBron signed with Adidas

In 2003 LeBron was not far from signing with Adidas instead of Nike. 

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Would Adidas be the dominant shoe brand in the NBA today?

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KD VI Set to be Bamboo-tastic.
Friday , Sep , 06 , 2013 Hoopsvibe

KD VI Set to be Bamboo-tastic.

Bamboo themes running wild with Durant's new kicks.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The creative team over at Nike really went into overdrive on their love of bamboo on this one. Did we mention the KD logo on the outsole is derived from the Chinese character for bamboo? 

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Nike Looks to Reinvent “Just Do It.”
Thursday , Aug , 22 , 2013 Hoopsvibe

Nike Looks to Reinvent “Just Do It.”

On the 25th anniversary of "Just Do It" Nike challenges everyone to go further.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: LeBron teams up with Serena and others in a short film to push us all a little further.

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Kobe hits Venice Beach to promote the Kobe 8
Tuesday , Dec , 11 , 2012 Matt Formica

Kobe hits Venice Beach to promote the Kobe 8

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant hit Venice Beach this weekend to promote the release of his newest shoe, the Kobe VIII.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  While I prefer to wear high tops on the basketball court, I'd definitely rock the Kobe 8's.

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Nike Jacks Up Their Prices On Everything
Friday , Aug , 24 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Nike Jacks Up Their Prices On Everything

Nike jacks up its prices on just about everything.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I was reminiscing about the days shoes only cost $200. Yikes!

Has basketball fans and sneaker heads it's easy for us to get caught up in the freshness of new kicks and ignore pricetags. Well, the Wall Street Journal never ignores money and  this week they put out an article analysing the cost of kicks, especially a recent spike in Nike's prices. The first image below is probably the most telling. It's a cost and inflation adjusted chart of the price of sneakers. This means the WSJ factored in everything else that would affect the cost of these kicks and with all other things considered, Nike is simply charging much more for sneakers these days than in the past.

This is obviously seen in the new LeBron X kick that will retail for around $315, but is also impacting more affordable shoes like Chuck Taylors that went now go for $50 a pop (up from $45 last year). Analysists believe Nike is raising its' prices 5-10% across the board on most of its sneakers hoping the brand's popularity will overcome this price increase. 

Nike is "not arbitrarily taking up prices," said spokeswoman Mary Remuzzi. "We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the product line with new innovation and product attributes." 

Other brands are following suit too. adidas' signature basketball shoes are up 8% and their soccer cliets are up 15%. So much for prices coming down since we're in a recession. So much for companies feeling the pain the average American household and adjusting their absurdly expensive shoes.

This is capitalism 101. If they can bleed the money out of the basketball fans they'll do it. Don't expect these pricees to come down any time soon. People are still lining up around the corner for the top brands. Oh, and Nike stocks have soared to a near all-time highs this year peaking at $114.81 and curretnly hovering at a towering  $95.77. At least the recesion is good for someone. LIke Nike says, "Just Do It," although now I think that more closely means "Just Make a Profit."

For more info, updates, gossip and sneaker coupons follow @HoopsVibe (fyi we don't have sneaker coupons)

Full Wall Street Journal article here.

Photo Credit: WSJ and Nike

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Friday , Jul , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kobe Bryant World Tour lands in South Korea

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: First, it was ‘White Mamba’. Then came ‘Bow Wow’, now known as ‘little fella’ and/or ‘midget’. Yesterday was The Thrilla N’ Manila.

Today, Kobe Bryant arrived in South Korea, where he did the 'Nike-thing' and found another sacrificial lamb to manhandle in one-on-one.

Watch the video footage and get at us with thoughts on the latest stop in the Bryant World Tour.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jun , 26 , 2011 Wade Armstrong

Nike Digital Camo

 

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