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Sole Access: Inside the Sacramento Kings’ Locker Rooms, Pt. 1

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On the last day of the 2013-2014 NBA season, we share with you the third installment of our Sole Access series. We saw Spurs equipment manager Travis Wade take us inside each player’s locker at the AT&T Center, in addition to the practice facility in January, and had Lakers equipment manager Carlos Maples walk us through the lockers of Nick Young and Kendall Marshall earlier this month. In today’s episode, Dwayne Wilson, the most tenured equipment manager in the NBA, gives us an exclusive tour inside the locker room, equipment room and weight room of the Sacramento Kings. Check out these walkthroughs, the sneaker-filled lockers of DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, plus more behind-the-scenes info from Wilson about his day-to-day duties over the years.

Signature Spotlight: Air Jordan XX8

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A little over a year ago, the Air Jordan XX8 was introduced to the world. Designed with advanced performance in mind, Jordan Brand created one of their most polarizing, and powerful, silhouettes to date. The look of the Air Jordan XX8 is tremendously different from anything previously seen from Jordan Brand, and the shoe’s most noticeably different feature is the stretch synthetic, Schoeller mesh-infused exterior shroud. Worn regularly by NBA superstars Ray Allen and Russell Westbrook, the Air Jordan XX8 has had a great run. With the unveiling of the Air Jordan XX9 scheduled for tomorrow, we wanted to spotlight the ingenious signature’s retail run. Look through our synopsis of the Air Jordan XX8 at retail, and let us know which colorway strikes your fancy by casting your vote in the poll on the last page.

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The 23 Best Air Jordan 4s of All Time

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With the anticipation of this weekend’s retro releases and restocks building exponentially, the demand for retro Air Jordans seems to be near its peak. Would you believe re-releases of Air Jordan signatures have not always been as coveted as they are today? Back in ’94, Nike attempted their first run of retros during Michael Jordan’s first retirement, with lackluster success, as many of these releases hit Nike outlets. Five years later, we saw MJ retire again, and more attempts to revive legendary Jordan silhouettes began again. This time, Nike started with the Air Jordan 4, a Tinker Hatfield-designed shoe, that took the world by storm in 1989. Soon after, Jordan delivered a career season wearing the AJ 4, adding to its legacy. The Air Jordan 4 featured many new design concepts. First, the straps on the side for increased ankle support. It was also the first shoe to incorporate a unique design element that we all have come to know and love as “Cement” print. The 1999 return the Air Jordan 4 is known more for its Nike Air branding, but thei shoe’s impact on sneaker culture is un-matched by any other Air Jordan silhouette. The return of the Air Jordan 4 proved that retros could sell in a modern market, and paved the way for future retro releases in non-O.G colors. To pay homage to the iconic sneaker, we ranked our 23 favorite Air Jordan 4 releases of all time. Skim through our list and let us know if you agree with our rankings in the comments.

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Win a Nike Basketball “Easter” Prize Pack This Wednesday from DraftKings

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Want to win a Nike Basketball “Easter” pack featuring the Nike LeBron 11 Low “Easter”, the Nike KD VI “Easter” and the Nike Kobe 9 EM “Easter”? DraftKings.com, a site which offers daily fantasy basketball contests, is currently hosting a special contest for this set of Easter kicks, and you could be the winner. The contest will be exclusively for Nice Kicks readers, and will start tomorrow, April 16th. Get your entries in now (max two entries per person), as the contest caps at just 150 entries and begins tomorrow night at 7pm ET. DraftKings contests fill early, so don’t delay!
To win, simply head to DraftKings, draft your team in this exclusive Nice Kicks contest, and watch the games live tonight. It costs a few bucks to enter, and remember, the contest will be capped at 150 entries. Drafting a team can be quick and easy – check out the screenshot below. DraftKings gives you a salary cap, and you try to pick the best team available for that night’s games. Enter the contest HERE. If you are the 1st place finisher in the contest, you get the Nike Basketball “Easter” pack (size depends on availability). The 2nd place finisher will win $300, the 3rd place place finisher will win $150, 4th place will win $100, 5th place will win $50 and 6th through 10th place will each win $25. 11th through 30th place in this week’s contest will win free entry into next week’s contest. Best of luck!

Jordan Future “Multicolor” Another Look

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We can now see the Future in color. After rolling out two different style codes that each featured a woven black upper, the Jordan Future is twisted up with a blast of color. The “Multicolor” rendition intertwines vivid orange with white, black and grey strands to create a checkered appearance up top. A white midsole and ice blue outsole from the iconic Air Jordan 11 keeps everything in line on this eye-catching makeup that is set to hit limited shelves this weekend. Get an up close and personal look from Wish ATL below, and tell us in the feedback space underneath if you’re a suitor of the “Multicolor” Future.

Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

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The Chuck Original x Radii The Jax sees printed styling taking on a low profile silo. Washed out shades of blue and white wear well on the upper, complimented by

Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” Detailed Images

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The Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” sees Shawn Kemp’s second signature shoe in its Sunday best, popping with pastels. Jade and teal tones take over the upper, set to suede in

ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

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The stacked roster of one of the most popular silhouettes juices up even more with a new member, the ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”. Taking the iconic ASICS Gel Lyte III and styling it with a historically refreshing theme, this general release colorway is a sure hit for the Summer. Multiple shades of grey dye the mesh base and suede overlays, tonally paired with white branding and hints of black. Teal and grape purple add the coloration throughout, most notably on the famous padded split tongue, inner lining, and half and half on the outsole. Detailing is brought with numerous 3M patches on these crisp “Grapes,” which are available now at END.

Nike Roshe Run “Hula Girl” Custom

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Keep it wavy in the Nike Roshe Run “Hula Girl” Custom. Crafted by AMAC Customs, this pair places floral print on the branding and back panel of everyone’s favorite Sportswear

Nike Fingertrap Max “Camo”

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Hide from any traps with the new Nike Fingertrap Max “Camo”. Taking the upper from the Nike Free Trainer 5.0 and integrating Air Max cushioning into the heel, the Nike Fingertrap Max presents a hybrid option for your running or training needs. This new fashionable style code drenches the entire upper in a modern camo print in reflective silver and an array of grey. Black contributes contrast on the Swoosh, laces, inner lining and visible Air unit. A jolt of color comes from a laser crimson heel tab, tongue branding, and heel outsole. Drop a line with your thoughts on this “Camo” Fingertrap, and snipe a pair today from Nike.