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Empire State Building an inspiration for new KD7 design

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street in New York City sits an icon of the city's skyline with a towering lightning rod, struck by lightning an average of 25 times per year.

KD7 Lightning 534 is inspired by lightning striking NYC's landmark at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, the Empire State Building. 

The KD7 Lightning 534 is the latest weather-themed colorway, inspired by Kevin Durant’s personal interest in meteorological phenomenon. Durant scorched the Harlem blacktop like lightning himself, scoring 66 points during a summer league game on Aug. 1, 2011.

The new KD7 Lightning 534 colorway captures the purple hue of the New York City sky evident when lightning strikes the city. Graphics on the Nike Swoosh and outsole visually represent weather patterns.


Ducati Weekend happening next weekend

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ducati Philippines will make raves as we once again bring the most exciting Motorbike event in Manila and Clark, the Philippine Ducati Weekend!

Hundreds of people are expected to witness this once in a lifetime “2-wheel” spectacular in the Philippines. Highlights of the Event will include a Ducati Diavel Drag Race, Motokhana, track-day for both Ducati owners and non-Ducati owners, Dunk Tank for a cause, Bikini Bike Wash and the much awaited viewing of the Ducati Scrambler. Superbike champion Carlos Checa will also be gracing the event. Aside from that, there would also be concessionaires for motoring, food, drink and games. The great thing is that there are different packages to choose from that will suit one’s preferred activities.

The Philippine Ducati Weekend is an event open to all, motorcycle enthusiasts and non-motorcycle enthusiasts alike. Save the date, see you all at Clark International Speedway on November 22-23, 2014, and let’s all be a part of this historical Ducati event in the Philippines!

For tickets, you may contact 09178691790 or you may visit Ducati dealership stores (Ducati Manila, Ducati Alabang, Ducati Bacolod & Ducati Davao).


Nike reveals LeBron 12 designs

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LeBron James has a rare skill set requiring footwear innovation tailored to his multidimensional game. Designed and engineered to enhance James’s explosiveness, the LeBron 12 features leading peformance benefits for his strength, speed and versatility.

The Nike Basketball design team took a provocative approach to the storytelling connected to James. In the month of November, three new LeBron 12 colorways will launch:

LeBron 12 Dunk Force
This colorway is inspired by the power of James’s trademark tomahawk dunk; the force of his dunk can be equated to the speed and force of a helicopter rotor blade. The gray and green shoe’s finishes are inspired by military hardware and equipment, including hazard stripes and matte surfaces with bold markings for high visibility.

Launch: Nov. 11 (North America and Greater China)

LeBron 12 Instinct
Hummingbirds possess an amazing ability to think ahead with pinpoint precision. James’s keen 20/20 eyesight combined with his uncommon speed and agility require instinctual decisions rivaling a hummingbird. The sheen of a hummingbird’s plumage inspired the purple and green toned colorway that features color-shifting.

Launch: Nov. 22 (North America, Greater China, South East Asia and Western Europe)

LeBron 12 Six Meridians
The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology releases energy to different points of the body, or meridians, by massaging pressure points in the feet and hands. A key component of James’s training recovery and preparation is massage therapy and that connection comes to life in this orange-based colorway. That flow of energy is reflected in the graphic and the colors are inspired by the actual reflexology pressure point maps.

Launch: Nov. 29 (North America, Greater China, South East Asia and Western Europe)

All three LeBron 12 colorways will be available in both adult and young athlete sizes globally on and at select retail locations. The LeBron 12 is available for customization now on NIKEiD.


Gilas Memories: Grading Gilas under Chot Reyes

Monday, November 10, 2014

What do I say about Gilas under Chot Reyes? FIBA (file photo)
The word is out. Chot Reyes offered his resignation as the coach of Gilas Pilipinas. Thus, an era for the Philippine national team came to an end. In his two years as Gilas coach, we witnessed history, in contrasting ways though. He brought the Philippines back to the FIBA World Cup and even pushed his team's opponents to the limit there. But later, Gilas slipped to seventh place in the Asian Games, the worst by a Philippine team in the basketball competition of the said mini-olympiad. So, how will I grade Coach Chot?

With me doing most of the chores for our news site recently, this blog post came a bit late because I was planning to do this right after the Asiad. But now that he offered to be removed from the consideration list for the Gilas coaching post, I'm gonna broaden the scope.

First up, 2012 and 2013. Gilas participated in two major competitions in that span. The team showed its "puso" tag in the 2012 Jones Cup, coming back from a late deficit to beat Team USA (not composed of NBA stars) for the title. The year after, the real test on whether the all-PBA Gilas project is a success or not came. The FIBA Asia Championship came to the Philippines. Despite a really hectic pro schedule preceding the tourney, Gilas showed that it's one team in delivering the goods, taking the silver and an automatic slot in the World Cup. Gilas' campaign in FIBA Asia was highlighted by the team's breakthrough semifinal win against South Korea. With that, I think Gilas deserved a grade of 1.

Now, the road to Spain. With another hectic PBA season taking place, it was expected that there will be times that less than half would show up in training, and I witnessed that in the two times I came to the practices (well, a majority showed up in those two). I think it took toll for Gilas in the pre-World Cup tune-ups. Despite placing third in the FIBA Asia Cup highlighted by the rise of Paul Lee, the preparation for the World Cup was somewhat a whirlwind type of one. While the team pushed France to the limit in one friendly, the rest of the way was somewhat a barometer that the team had to gel up further. Another proof of the chemistry concern was that a new reinforcement came in former Brooklyn Net Andray Blatche. But despite the cramming, Gilas still managed to deal its opponents in the FIBA World Cup close fights. Unfortunately, Gilas could not finish the job in the end. The coaching staff, led by Reyes, admitted that they were not able to chalk up clutch plays for Gilas because of the lack of time. The team would end up winning its last game against Senegal. It would have been huge if Gilas won the close defeats, but for surprising the world, I gave Coach Chot and the crew a 2.

But the next tournament was where the critiques, from harsh to harshest, came. Gilas, tagged as favorites to win it all, flunked to a seventh place finish in the Asian Games in South Korea. The harshest of the comments came when Coach Chot opted in the dying moments of Gilas' final quarterfinal match against Kazakhstan to go for an own goal just to get a chance to rebuild the needed winning margin to qualify for the semis via overtime. But come to think of it. Gilas' quarterfinal group was some sort of a "group of death". Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, and Kazakhstan--these are four known Asian basketball strongholds. So a win meant everything and so did a loss. Another thing: Blatche was barred from playing this year's Asiad due to the OCA's three-year residency rule for naturalized players, so imagine if it was Blatche instead of Marcus Douthit. Finally, the short resting period also became a factor. You may say, "Iran and South Korea were also in the World Cup." But seeing the results, Gilas gave its all in Seville. Probably, Gilas' last group stage match versus Iran was the decider. Iran, which won in that game, ended up facing Japan and Mongolia in the quarterfinals. Imagine that! Well, I would honestly say that Gilas was somewhat tumultuous in the Asian Games. I gave the national team a 4, though.

I gave Coach Chot a GWA of 2.25 (rounded to the closest grade to be written in the grading sheets). That's 75% if you will use the 100% max grade rule (this is per the UP grading system). Gilas may have been good in two years under Chot Reyes, but it is not that as good for me. But again, other factors played a role here. This should serve as a challenge to the next Gilas mentor.

PS: My take on the controversial own goal? Gilas should have not done that. While it's saddening that the team failed to win by 11, a win is a win for me and I'll take it.


Nike releases LeBron 12

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LeBron James embodies a rare skill set that requires innovative footwear tailored to his multidimensional game. James’s latest shoe, the LeBron 12, is designed to enhance his explosiveness while combining three key benefits: superior cushioning, harnessed support and natural flexibility.

The LeBron 12 narrative connects to the shoe’s precise engineering and unique connection to James’s skills. Each LeBron 12 colorway is inspired by James’s game, physical attributes and the analysis that drove the development of his latest signature footwear.

James has demonstrated the courageous heart of a lion while being tested both physically and mentally over his professional career. That grit and determination inspired the LeBron 12 HRT of a Lion colorway.

The LeBron 12 HRT of a Lion shoe is available on and at select retail locations in North America and Greater China on Oct. 30. The LeBron 12 is available now for customization on NIKEiD.

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