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The People’s Republic of Carmelo Anthony

By / 07.29.11

The true measure of an NBA star is how he handles his downtime. While players like Ron Artest are staying busy with a stand-up comedy tour and proposed appearances on “Dancing With The Stars”, Carmelo Anthony has gone above and beyond: He’s in China, holding panda bears and doing Chinese Opera Mask Dances with Chris Paul. Which would you rather do, hold a panda toddler or wear glitter tights and fox trot with Casper Van Dien?

Anthony, Paul and Dwyane Wade (who coincidentally all have white guy first names for last names) are on a Nike-sponsored tour of China to promote “specific editions of their signature products that takes inspiration from the Chinese culture as well as the athlete’s style of play”. More specifically,

To celebrate the tour, Jordan Brand created three special edition colorways for Anthony, Wade and Paul’s signature shoes. The shoes were based on Chinese Opera Masks and incorporated the characteristics of each athlete to pay homage to Chinese culture. Each colorway is tied to a specific story that is connected to Jordan Brand athlete’s Fly Around (Quick), Fly Over (Air), and Fly Through (Explosive) silos.

I challenge you to find quickness, explosiveness or air in this video. Well, finding air might be easy.

I want a shoe that takes inspiration from the Chinese culture of holding panda bears.

[h/t Sportress of Blogitude]


TOPICS#NBA
TAGSBASKETBALLCARMELO ANTHONYCHINAChris PaulDWYANE WADENIKEPANDAshoes

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