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2024 NBA Finals ‘The Toast’

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The NBA‘s 2024 Finals excitement is in full swing with “The Toast” campaign taking over NBA socials and the NBA App. Imagine this: NBA legend Dwyane Wade gathers a star-studded crew including Ray Allen, Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, and more, for a legendary toast “to the Finals.”

But wait, there’s more! The journey to the NBA‘s ultimate showdown heats up as the Boston Celtics clash with the Indiana Pacers on May 22nd at 10am AEST on ESPN, and on May 23rd, catch the Dallas Mavericks facing off against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10:30am AEST on TNT.

Now, picture this: Wade kicks off “The Toast” with style, honouring the season and the future champ at a glamorous event reminiscent of the Gatsby era. Creatively capturing the emotion of the Championship journey, Wade’s toast pays homage to iconic NBA moments, from Magic Johnson’s no-look passes to Ray Allen’s clutch shots, all while celebrating the essence of the game. Get ready to witness history in the making – this toast isn’t just a speech, it’s a tribute to basketball’s greatest moments, bound to go down in sports history!

The full cast includes:
NBA legend and two-time NBA Champion, Ray Allen
NBA on ESPN and ABC play-by-play announcer, Mike Breen
• Chicago Sky player, Kamilla Cardoso
• Actor and comedian, Ken Jeong
NBA legend and five-time NBA Champion, Magic Johnson
• Comedian and host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Kimmel
NBA legend and two-time NBA Champion, Isiah Thomas
• Actress and musical artist, Queen Latifah
• Chicago Sky player, Angel Reese
NBA Finals Championship Trophy, Larry O’Brien Trophy

For behind-the-scenes footage of the cast on set discussing the filming of “The Toast” click here.

The 2024 NBA Finals tips off on June 7 on ESPN Australia. The complete Finals schedule on ABC is below.
• Game 1: Friday, June 7
• Game 2: Monday, June 10
• Game 3: Thursday, June 13
• Game 4: Saturday, June 15
• *Game 5: Tuesday, June 18
• *Game 6: Friday, June 21
• *Game 7: Monday, June 24
* if necessary

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mita sneakers x Marquee Player x New Balance MT580

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Japanese sneaker powerhouse, mita sneakers, has teamed up with the sneaker cleaning authority, Marquee Player, and iconic footwear brand New Balance to unleash a weatherproof rendition of the MT580.

Crafted in homage to the ground breaking collaborative model of 2023, when the original creators reunited, this reinvented marvel draws inspiration from the vibrant hues of iconic training shoes from a distant land.

Featuring a bold splash print reminiscent of Marquee Player‘s iconic SNEAKER WATER+STAIN REPELLENT, and a tongue bearing a mysterious warning akin to messages found on the back of the 580 tongue.

Look underneath, and you’ll find the heart of these shoes—the insole adorned with mita sneakers‘ beloved “Chain Link Fence” and “Tokyo Kai” symbols, alongside a nod to Marquee Player‘s ground breaking water and oil repellent spray.

But there’s more. Engineered with state-of-the-art “GORE-TEX®”, “Vibram®”, and “FANTOM FIT” technologies, these sneakers offer top-notch performance. Plus, the quick lace system with stoppers ensures a secure fit in an instant, while the handy heel tab adds practicality.

Prepare to turn heads on the streets. The mita sneakers x Marquee Player x New Balance MT580 are now available exclusively through New Balance Japan, mita-sneakers.co.jp, and select retailers, priced at ¥33,000.

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XLARGE x SBTG Collection

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LA streetwear brand XLARGE and Singapore-based creative Mark Ong aka. Mr Sabotage have teamed up for an exclusive collaboration. Incorporating single-stitched hems and chain-stitched shoulders on top of an enzyme-washed heavyweight material that characterizes much of SBTG’s offerings, the XLARGE x SBTG collection offers durability while echoing the vintage tees of the era.

Particularly, the Global Limited Edition Mash Up tees are reminiscent of punk’s mosaic leanings, and like the letters and images clipped from magazines, two brands’ iconic motifs strategically come together to become one.

In an exclusive interview with the creative brain behind the XLARGE x SBTG collaboration, Mark Ong (Mr Sabotage) shares that XLARGE has been a source of inspiration for him when he worked at an XLARGE purveyor in Singapore back in 2000: “Things always have a way of coming full circle. It has happened so many times. I was pleasantly surprised but I wasn’t so taken aback. I knew it, I knew the day would come, even if it took 24 years.”

The XLARGE x SBTG collection are now available exclusively on the SNKRDUNK App and at the SNKRDUNK Singapore Flagship Store.

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ASICS Novalis GEL-TEREMOA

Let’s Explore the second seasonal colorway of the new Asics Novalis Gel-Teremoa, a collaboration between ASICS and Kiko Kostadinov studios.

This iteration debuts in Snow White/ASICS Blue, a striking departure from its previous Midnight Black and Dahlia color scheme. Featuring a futuristic vacuum-molded upper with embossed blue ASICS tiger stripes overlaid with white mesh, accented with hits of grey and blue.

Grey TPU eyelets secure the matching laces, while embossed Novalis logos adorn the tongue and side panels. The heel showcases a large ASICS ‘a’ logo, while the grey TPU Trusstic plate offers both torsional stability and houses the blue GEL jewel for unparalleled cushioning.

Responsive FF Blast plus midsoles incorporate blue gel pods, complemented by blue rubber soles designed to resemble seismic tremors for exceptional traction.

Retailing for $380 AUD these kicks are now available now at ASICS, Above the Clouds, and Up There Store.

For more sneaker news check-out our last featured kicks HERE.

Adidas AE 1 Georgia Red Clay

With all the hype surrounding Anthony Edwards and his basketball kicks, I had to get a pair. It wasn’t easy, as they sell out almost immediately due to Ant-man’s amazing highlights and incredible playoff run. 

Today, we’re reviewing the Adidas AE1 in the Georgia Red Clay colorway, that pays homage to the unique red soil of his birthplace in Georgia, USA.

Let’s start with the standout feature: the honeycombed TPU uppers. Taking design cues from heritage Adidas kobes and Yeezy designs, These not only provide excellent foot containment but are also highly breathable. The rest of the upper is crafted from ballistic mesh, with synthetic suede on part of the toebox.

The unique rope lacing system and a carbon fiber-like TPU cupsole on the heel ensure great lockdown. The full-length Jet Boost Foam tech offers amazing cushioning, while double TPU shank plates, which sandwich the Jet Boost, handle stability and energy return. The bottom plate is X-shaped for added support. 

Traction is delivered by a translucent rubber outsole with a herringbone pattern, enhancing grip and flexibility. 

Priced at $180 AUD, the Adidas AE1 is packed with top-notch performance tech! Right out of the box, these shoes are playable with impressive step-in comfort.

The hype is definitely justified. They run true to size, but if you have wide feet, consider going half a size up. 

For more sneaker news check-out our last feature HERE.

Reebok Court Victory Pump New Colorway

The Reebok retro train charges ahead, delivering a stream of vintage silhouette releases. On it’s 35th Anniversary let’s check the fresh new colorway of the Reebok Court Victory Pump

Following the original colorways of the Reebok Court Victory Pump, we’re now treated to a fresh new colorway in white/nightblack and Ultimapurple.

This release boasts a thick white leather upper with grey and neon yellow accents and a magenta TPU side panels. A standout feature is the black leather side panel with an elephant print pattern, reminiscent of the same material used on the OG Shaq Attaqs. The heel counter padding sports purple, white, and magenta stripes, reminiscent of a barber’s pole.

The iconic fuzzy neon yellow tennis ball pump provides a custom fit, supported by EVA midsoles and Hexalite cushioning technology.

I am happy to announce that Reebok brought back the stitching on the midsoles, staying true to the OG design. Traction meanwhile is provided by a multi-directional herringbone pattern traction rubber outsole.

This release exudes 90s vibes with its neon accents, promising a nostalgic style revival geared up for 2024. These fresh take on the Reebok Court Victory Pump is now available at REEBOK.COM.AU and REEBOK Concept Stores retailing at $280 AUD.

Check out the original colorway of the Reebok Court Victory Pump HERE.

Way of Wade Slides ‘Avocado’

The Way of Wade Slides makes a comeback with three fresh colour options, and today we’re excited to showcase the green variant. Let’s delve into it. The green Way of Wade Slides essentially retain all the beloved technology and specifications found in the original white pair.

The durable and tear-resistant EVA body remains intact, along with the reliable responsive and comfortable Boom cushioning technology in both the forefoot and heel. Details such as Wade’s signature and the Way of Wade logo are also present, as well as the breathable vamp holes in the forefoot, ensuring our feet stay fresh.

However, I’ve observed two new details. Firstly, the Wade logo on the forefoot is no longer a solid black piece but shares the same green color as the entire slide, adorned with textured drawings or writings inside, which adds a cool touch. Secondly, the icy podular soles on the forefoot and heel have been replaced with a tough, durable rubber outsole in a contrasting beige color, which enhances the overall aesthetic of the slides. Despite these changes, the slides remain incredibly comfortable.

This time, I recommend going down two sizes from your usual size; for instance, I opted for a size 7 instead of my usual size 9, which fits perfectly even with socks on. The Avocado Green variant, along with black and beige options, is now available at Throwback Store, Hoopsheaven and WAYOFWADE.COM for $100 AUD.

Don’t miss out—they’re still the ideal lifestyle and post-workout recovery slides.

For more dope footwear news, check out our last feature HERE.

Kodama Apparel x PlayStation ‘Rise of the Rōnin’

Japanese streetwear brand Kodama Apparel has landed a unique collaboration with PlayStation to enhance and celebrate the highly-anticipated release of the upcoming action-packed game ‘Rise of the Rōnin!’

The collab between Kodama Apparel and PlayStation sees authentic kimono jackets drawing inspiration from ‘Rise of the Rōnin.’ These distinctive jackets were made by hand exclusively for selected Australian game influencers in time for the game’s release. They feature intricate embroidery of the main character of ‘Rise of the Rōnin‘ on the back, and a small PlayStation logo embroidered in red on the front.
If you want to get your hands on your very own genuine kimono jacket, there are similar styles available online. It will have you feeling like a real Japanese warrior, as you get ready to shape the fate of Japan.

KODAMA APPAREL

Kodama Apparel offers a range of unisex styles fusing contemporary fashion with Japanese culture. You’ll most definitely stand out in the crowd with its unique pieces! The creator, Natsuko Kondo, is also dedicated to a zero-waste philosophy. It’s no surprise then, that the name of her brand ‘kodama’ comes from the word for ‘tree spirits’ in Japanese folklore. She uses only high-quality, organic, sustainable materials. It’s also worth noting that the environmentally-friendly, Australian brand proudly designs and makes their pieces in Melbourne.

RISE OF THE RŌNIN

PlayStation‘s ‘Rise of the Rōnin‘ centres around Japan in 1863. The Bakumatsu era was a time of war, disease and political unrest. Amidst the chaos, you will face critical decisions – all with far-reaching consequences. Will you assassinate, or protect, prominent figures? Who will you ally with? As a ronin, a masterless warrior, your destiny is your own. Every choice you make will shape your dynamic story in different ways. Immerse yourself in deeply engaging combat, with layers of complexity suitable for any playstyle. Face your foes with a selection of close-quarter weaponry or attack from afar with authentic period firearms.

Get your hands on Kodama Apparel‘s authentic kimono jackets, available exclusively online. Rise of the Rōnin is now available at The Gamesmen, JB Hi-Fi, EB Games and at your local retailers. Also available online on the PlayStation website.

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ASICS Novalis GEL-TEREMOA Obsidian Black/Dahlia

I love when brands collaborate to create a new sneaker silhouette, showcasing their commitment to each other and their fans.

Introducing the ASICS Novalis GEL-TEREMOA, a fresh collaboration between ASICS and Kiko Kostadinov studios, featuring the Obsidian Black and Dahlia colourway. This sneaker boasts several notable details.

Firstly, the mesh-covered side panels sport embossed ASICS tiger stripes, adding a cool touch. Additionally, a TRUSTTIC plate extends to the heel, forming a cage for the ruby jewel-like GEL cushioning tech.

The forefoot features an exposed gel pod encased in the ever reliable and cushy ffblast foam. The upper combines black synthetic materials with a textile mesh tongue, adorned with embossed and debossed ASICS Novalis logos. Speaking of which, The heel counter showcases a striking embossed ASICS ‘A’ logo.

The traction design mimics seismic waves, adding another unique element. This sleek, futuristic silhouette not only offers aesthetic appeal but also unparalleled comfort, support and performance. Priced at $380 AUD, these sneakers are now available at Above the Clouds and Up There Store.

For more sneaker news, check-out our last feature HERE.

Mufasa: The Lion King Teaser Trailer

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Mufasa, The Lion King is a prequel to the 2019 remake live-action movie The Lion King. A story about the most adored king of the pride lands Mufasa (Aaron Pierre) told by Rafiki (John Kani) to Simba (Donald Glover) & Nala’s (Beyoncé) daughter Kiara (Blue Ivy Carter).

With the always iconic and hilarious duos to grace the silver screen Timon (Billy Eichner) & Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) add their comedic and fun commentary throughout the film.

Laugh, cry unravel in the thrill of the story. The anticipated film is due to release later in the year late 2024.

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