Jordan Brand unveils retro lineup for Spring 2016 release (PHOTOS)


Jordan Brand is able to essentially print money with its continuous releases of retro edition sneakers, with every season’s lineup hotly anticipated by both collectors and casual fans alike.

We’ve already seen what the company has in store for later this year, and the iconic brand has recently unveiled what’s on deck for a Spring 2016 release.

The theme is three legacy collections this time around, all of which are meant to pay homage to some of Michael Jordan’s personal moments of greatness.

The Poster Collection

The Air Jordan II pays tribute to the “Wing It” ad campaign that coincided with the shoe’s original release in 1986, while the Air Jordan XII is inspired by Jordan’s “The Master” poster.





The Alternate Collection

Inspired by on-court colorways that were previously player exclusives, this group features the Air Jordan II, Air Jordan IV and Air Jordan V Low all bathed in Bulls-based colors.



The Dunk From Above Collection

This one’s all about Michael Jordan’s ability to fly. The Air Jordan 1 Nouveau was the first to feature the wings logo, the Air Jordan IV introduced the word “Flight” onto a shoe (and into the brand’s lexicon), and the Jordan V Low takes design inspiration from a World War II fighter plane.


Check out the slideshow below to view plenty of additional, detailed photos.

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to need a pair of those IVs.


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Jared Dudley apologizes for calling Carmelo Anthony the NBA’s most overrated player


Jared Dudley said players avoid playing with Kobe Bryant, called Carmelo Anthony the NBA’s most most overrated player and said there’d be something wrong with Kevin Love leaving the Cavaliers.

Now, the Bucks forward is walking back one of those controversial statements.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Dudley appeared on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “Hahn & Humpty Show” and apologized for calling Anthony the most overrated player in the league.

“I shouldn’t have said that that was my fault for saying that because it’s not the truth,” Dudley told hosts Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro. “… I apologize for saying that about Carmelo.

“You get kind of frustrated at times seeing because of him having to make his other guys better and defensively certain things, but for me to say he’s the most overrated that was wrong for me to say. He’s arguably a top 3 or 4 scorer, between him (Kevin Durant) and (Russell Westbrook). But if you see, that’s not enough in this league. If [you’re] a No. 1 guy and you’re a max guy, this is a superstar league, you have to be able to do certain things.”

Dudley is correct to recant on Melo being the NBA’s most overrated player.

Because Kobe Bryant is.

Jared Dudley on Kevin Love: ‘If you leave LeBron, there’s something’s wrong’


Kevin Love might leave the Cavaliers in free agency.

Cleveland fans, if history is any indication, wouldn’t treat him well if he does.

What would Love’s peers think?

Colin Cowherd asked Jared Dudley – whom you might remember from saying players avoid Kobe Bryant Bryant and calling Carmelo Anthony the NBA’s most overrated player – whether Love leaving would validate the perception Love cares about only money and scoring.


As players, we already know. We know that Kevin Love, his numbers are deflated to a fault. We understand when you play on a bad team and getting your guys. You heard J.J. Barea make certain comments about it.

I would say this: If you leave LeBron, there’s something’s wrong.

LeBron is the most unselfish superstar we have. You see they’re winning. You’re in the Eastern Conference.

You’re going to turn down an extra $25 million to go to L.A. because of the sun? I mean, we all love the sun. But you can buy some sun over there or a house over there and have all the sun you want.

At the end of the day, it would validate it.

I mean, you’re leaving a winner. Cleveland has the best facilities. I mean, you can go on how good it is there.

I can understand you might want your own identity. But, to be honest with you, man, he’s got to prove, hey, win one or two then opt out.

This is unfair.

Love has played out his contract, and he has the option to become a free agent and sign wherever he wants. He doesn’t need to win a championship to validate exercising that right.

Maybe Love wants to join the Lakers for the sunshine, but I doubt that’s the only reason. Even if it is, so what? Plenty of people choose their job based on its location.

I’m sure playing with LeBron James appeals to many players, probably most players. But it hasn’t exactly been heavenly for Love.

If Love wants to be a team’s No. 1 option, that’s his prerogative. That obviously can’t happen in Cleveland with LeBron.

I think Love will return to to the Cavaliers next year (after opting out). But if he moves on, I hope other players are more understanding.

In a sense, they’re all in this together. Free agency is a collectively bargained right the players have fought for. A perception players should be vilified for changing employers serves only owners.

Rockets had an excellent season. Are they content with that?


After the Rockets just completed a surprisingly strong season – winning 56 games and reaching the Western Conference finals – their biggest stars were asked about keeping this group together.

“There’s been so many cases to where we could’ve folded, hung our shoes up,” James Harden said. “But they didn’t quit. I think, if you can have those guys around you, you’re going to be successful more than not.”

Howard, given two chances to answer similar questions, was much more vague.

“We just want to win,” Howard said. “I’m all about guys who want to get in there and fight and never give up.”

Put that quote in context with Howard’s comment after Game 3 – “I saw quit from everybody in the arena” – and draw your own conclusions.

Houston had a heck of a season. Houston might turn over large portions of its roster this summer.

These are both valid statements in Daryl Morey’s world.

The Rockets are always tinkering, always looking for edges. Lately, that has meant pursuing a third star – an effort that kicked into overdrive this summer.

But Houston missed on LeBron James, missed on Carmelo Anthony, missed on Chris Bosh, missed on Dirk Nowitzki and missed on Kevin Love.

The Rockets’ fortune didn’t improve from there.

Dwight Howard missed half the regular season due to injury, and Patrick Beverley and Donatas Motiejunas were sidelined the entire postseason.

Yet, Houston still secured the No. 2 seed and won more playoff series than the previous 17 years combined. By any reasonable standard, this season was a resounding success.

The Rockets proved they belong in the West’s second tier with the Clippers and Spurs and maybe the Grizzlies and healthy Trail Blazers. Houston just ran into an all-time juggernaut in the Warriors. Without Golden State in the picture, the Rockets might be on their way to their third championship.

Plenty of teams would love to be in that sub-Warriors group, a Golden State injury or two away from title contention. But I doubt Morey is content to leave his team’s fate in the hands of another team’s medical luck.

After Houston was eliminated Wednesday, the MVP-winning Curry hugged Harden, who placed second in voting.

“All year, dog, you pushed me,” Harden said. “All year.”

The Rockets were the secondary character in the Warriors’ story this year.

And that’s great!

The Rockets traded Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik and declined to match Chandler Parsons’ offer sheet in order to maximize their chances of landing another star. Morey was willing to take a step back this season.

Thanks to Harden, the year was a major step forward.

Houston can go a number of directions from here. Beverley and Josh Smith will be free agents, and Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry were backup options after the Rockets struck out on major free agents.

Morey, due to his nature and how it was created, might be less attached to his roster than any general manager ever has been with a team so successful. If he’s looking for change, he can point to this final loss. Harden had nearly as many turnovers (a playoff-record 13) as points (14), and Howard lost his composure a couple times.

Howard was asked what Kevin McHale told the team afterward.

“To be honest with you, I was zoned out, boss. I was zoned out,” Howard said. “All I heard was, ‘Great job this season.'”

There’s a lot for the Rockets to process, but Howard heard the most important part.

Jared Dudley calls Carmelo Anthony the NBA’s most overrated player


Jared Dudley apparently went to the Paul Pierce school of player relations.

Not only did he say players don’t want to play with Kobe, the Bucks forward called Carmelo Anthony the NBA’s most overrated player.

Dudley, on The Herd:

The reason why I say Carmelo is because Carmelo is viewed as a top-five player. He’s viewed in the NBA as a top-five.

Carmelo, he has the talent to be able to be able to facilitate – the triangle should fit him where  he’s got to make guys better, and defensively, he’s got to take the next level up.

But Carmelo, he’s got to get out. He’s got to get out of the first/second round. He’s got to get teams to the playoffs.

LeBron, with that roster, LeBron would have gotten them to the playoffs. They would have been at least the eight seed.

1. Kobe, not Melo, is the NBA’s most overrated player.

2. Melo is overrated, but the people who still consider him a top-five player are few and far between at this point.

3. It’s unfair to compare Melo to LeBron. Not matching LeBron doesn’t make Melo overrated.

Melo is overrated because, as Dudley said, Melo doesn’t do enough to make his teammates better and doesn’t play enough defense. I still think it’s possible to build a winner with Melo, but – especially considering his salary – it’s too difficult due to his limitations. He’s not the franchise-carrying player his contract and reputation imply.