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Sunday marked the release of Derrick Rose's 4th signature shoe release with adidas — simply the #DRose4 — and what better way to launch the shoe than back home at the United Center. adidas put on the event featuring a half-full United Center of mainly Chicago youth, who were treated to free tees, and a lucky few with the shoes themselves. Plus, quite the extravagant event!
Rose was introduced like it was his first game back, complete with Bulls P.A. announcer Tommy Edwards and the legendary Bulls theme music. It was a chilling sampling of what we can expect during the Bulls home opener in a little over a month. Shortly after Rose's introductory words, he got to do the introducing — and it was for none other than Big Sean. Sean flew into Chicago and performed his biggest hits at the beginning and end of the event. In between, he and Rose judged an amazing slam dunk contest (with the best amateur dunkers flown in from throughout the country), as Rose partook with a few alley-oops, as well as in a shooting game with the youth. All in all, it was quite the memorable event and we were happy to cover it courtside.
Enjoy the series of photos from the event above and see the shoe in detail with my earlier photo post and commentary here. And finally, stay tuned for our video recap going live soon!
#Salute adidas for putting on a great event and on the new shoe...
This is always an exciting time of the year. The refreshing Fall weather always cools down a sizzling summertime Chi. Football season is underway (and the Bears are good). TV Season is transitioning from finales (like Breaking Bad and Dexter) to the start of new seasons. And, what takes precedence over all of the above: the NBA is right around the corner!
An annual sign of basketball's return is the release of our hometown hero Derrick Rose's new signature shoe with adidas. The #DRose4 was revealed in grandiose fashion here in Chicago yesterday at the United Center as D. Rose was back home to showcase the shoe to thousands of Chicago youth. We'll have more coverage coming from the event today. This post is purely about the #DRose4 shoe.
The away and home editions were released as the customary Bulls color scheme of black, red, and white were mixed for these versions that Rose will be wearing on the court upon his long-awaited return.
The #DRose4 — Away
As you'll notice, the signature three stripes are on the back heel and there is an abrupt contrast in materials and color between the heel and the forefront of the shoe. After seeing this in person, I can attest that this contrast looks great from far away and give the #DRose4 a unique feature for any casual basketball fan watching the Bulls this year. While it's distinctive, the Bulls color scheme doesn't make it too flashy. Overall, the #DRose4 aestetically possesses a nice balance of unique features, materials, and color placements. I'm excited to see five other colorways to be released throughout the year.
The #DRose4 — Home
For more information on the technology behind the #DRose4 visit adidas.com and you can cop the shoe and Rose's new collection on October 10th (the shoe retails for $140).
Lastly, we're a big fan of the creative process and so it was also great to see adidas unveiling three sketches of the Rose 4 in development. Take a look at these behind the scenes photos and even more on our tumblr, where we also gave you a sneak peak of photos from yesterday's event at the United Center. More photos and video to come!
And thus it begins! adidas unveils it's first marketing campaign for Derrick Rose and his all new #DRose4 set to be released this Fall. The one-minute spot features a mix of motivational highlights and naration from Rose himself. The first glimpse of the shoe was smooth, and this feels like a nice transition from #TheReturn series and documentary this time last year. D. Rose is ready! October 29th at Miami.
Guys, we're less than 40 days away from Bulls vs. Heat to start the regular season! (39 to be exact...)
As such, the timing seems just right for us to get irrationally excited about our Chicago Bulls and #TheReturn of D. Rose. Today it was revealed that he's covering the upcoming November issue of the basketball mag bible, SLAM. His bold quote on the cover, as The Bulls Show pointed out, rings similarly to D. Rose's bold quote on the cover of SLAM prior to his MVP season (see: below). This, plus excerpts of Rose's interview with the mag, are all reasons why I'm especially anxious today for October 29th when it's official "'Go Time".
On goals he has headed into the season:
“It’s only one goal that I have, really my whole team has, and that’s to win a Championship. All the individual goals, of course we appreciate ‘em and we love to get ‘em, but our No. 1 goal is to go out there and play as hard as we can so that we can be raising that trophy at the end.”
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Sometimes, basketball is more than just a game. For some, it’s an outlet. For the most fortunate, it’s a livelihood.
For professional athletes and Chicago natives Will Bynum and Nazr Mohammed, basketball has become an opportunity and platform to give back to their community.
At a modest 6 feet, Will Bynum looks more running back than NBA guard. Now entering his 7th year in the league with the Detroit Pistons, Bynum overcame much more than his size to arrive where he is at today. As a product of the grueling and gang-infested west side of Chicago, Bynum describes his inner city childhood as an experience he “wouldn’t trade for anything, but at the same time wouldn’t wish on any kid either.”
This polarizing perspective acknowledges a difficult upbringing that created a mental and physical toughness Bynum has channeled into a productive basketball career. Undrafted out of Georgia Tech, Bynum currently holds the Pistons’ franchise record for most points by a player in a quarter. In 2010, he became the first Piston since his childhood idol and fellow Chicagoan Isiah Thomas to dish out at least 20 assists in a game. When asked if he has any reservations about his team’s crowded backcourt this upcoming season, Bynum expressed his confidence with a focus on the team while still relishing the competition. “It’s going to be hard for somebody to physically outplay me, (but) it’s not me battling another person. It’s who is going to produce out there on the court… It’s about developing that chemistry” said the Pistons’ back-up point guard.
This perseverance and attitude are just some of the principles Bynum is trying instill in today’s youth through his annual summer basketball camp. In its third year, the event hosted at Chicago State University last week allowed the area’s elite talent from 7th through 12th grade to showcase their abilities on the court and learn on the sidelines – but the education extended far beyond the game. In addition to training and drills, nearly 60 campers attended breakout sessions focused on leadership, mentoring and a healthy lifestyle. The comprehensive and exclusive 3-day program was a deliberate effort by Bynum to better the lives of camp participants and their communities. Bynum admitted the motivation behind the camp was to create a unique outlet and opportunity for underprivileged adolescents that he never had himself growing up in Chicago.
The camp culminated in all-star games that featured select players not only recognized for their basketball skills, but also for their academic and humanitarian achievements. Immediately following the players’ display of sharp shooting, lightning-quick crossovers, and tremendous athleticism, the camp concluded with Illinois Governor Patt Quinn taking center court to sign state legislation implementing a new anti-violence task force. Bynum also required campers to sign the Norm Van Lier non-violence pledge, which documented an individual’s promise to abstain from violent acts in Chicago.
A little over 48 hours later and approximately 15 miles north, Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed hosted his own philanthropic event at Pazzo’s, an upscale Italian restaurant located in downtown Chicago. The 2nd annual Nazr Mohammed Foundation fundraiser aimed to benefit Chicago-area students, teachers, and learning institutions through the financial support of educational initiatives. While the aesthetic of the venue and the demographic of its guests presented a stark contrast to a youth basketball camp, the objective and message remained the same. Mohammed’s foundation is dedicated to serving and improving the community.
The fundraising gala, emceed by Bulls’ radio voice Chuck Swirsky, featured a silent auction and raffles of highly coveted prizes ranging from autographed sports memorabilia to gift packages to artwork. Those in attendance enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar to the backdrop of live entertainment. The six hour party also witnessed appearances by current and former NBA stars, Rajon Rondo, Ben Gordon, and Antoine Walker.
Proceeds from the event helped subsidize a number of local organizations, including Mohammed’s alma mater Kenwood Academy High School and “The Village Project” – a program concentrated on mentoring adolescents to become positive role models amongst their peers. The 15 year NBA veteran and southside product also spent the evening selecting three grassroots organizations that would receive donations from his foundation. The beneficiaries included CircEsteem, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, and Sue Duncan’s Children Center. All organizations are committed to creating opportunities in academics, athletics, art, and/or religion to foster the growth of children in their communities.
These acts of kindness and charity may surprise some Bulls fans who revere Mohammed most for his infamous shove of LeBron James during last season’s playoffs. However, the emotional outburst was uncharacteristic and practically ironic for someone that ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell described at the event as “one of the nicest and most genuine guys in the league.” Despite the infraction, it’s evident from his foundation and fundraiser that Mohammed strives to be remembered for his efforts off the court as much as on it. While the former NBA and NCAA champion looks to help bring a title to his hometown in a supporting role for the Bulls this season, Mohammed has already brought hope to the city through the support of educational programs.
Will Bynum and Nazr Mohammed have never been NBA teammates, yet still play for the same team – the community. These Chicago natives have managed to each use their resources and standing in the community to preserve and inspire the city’s future. Their work and dedication is a welcomed initiative for a city ravaged by crime and violence. These charitable endeavors may not receive front page headlines like an NBA title, but with more professional athletes like Will Bynum and Nazr Mohammed, basketball becomes more than a game and leaves a positive impact well after the final buzzer.