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11/15/10 Junk Drawer

So, since I promised to make a Junk Drawer after tblazers roughly 92 months ago, I decided there's no better time to do it than right now. Now that the season is in full swing and we have plenty of things to be worried about, it seems like it would be a good time for a JD about something really awesome. Hear me out after the jump.

Everyone knows I love shoes (if you didn't already know that, I question your Bedger knowledge), so this is the perfect opportunity to make an Official Shoes JD. However, instead of going on and on about my own shoes -- which are obviously in a league of their own  -- I will educate you on who has the best and worst kicks in the NBA. This is very serious business so pay attention!

Now, even though I often love/hate players irrationally, I will not let those feelings effect the scores of their kicks. Shoes deserve respect and dammit, that's what they will get. They will be scored on a scale of 1-10.

My first victim is rookie John Wall with his new signature shoe, the Reebok Zigtech Slash. Whuck?

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Yeah....First of all, the zigtech is terrible and so is the pattern on the side. I think a little less blue would help, but the design would still be hideous. If you thought they couldn't get any worse, you were wrong. Although I just made much better ones for this contest.

Score: 2/10

Second is Brandon Jennings and his Under Armour Micro G Black Ice kicks

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I'm not entirely sure how I feel about these. I don't really care for the strap across the toe. The other colorways might be a little better, but I'm just not a big fan.

Score: 4/10

Here we have Derrick "MVP" Rose's Signature AdiZero

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I like the three stripes down the heel instead of the side and the shine is cool. Overall I think they are decent...for Adidas.

Score: 6/10

Here are Dwight Howard's Beast kicks

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They look kind of bulky to me even though they are a very light shoe. The all black is definitely the best colorway, while the all blue is....very blue. Smurf-like, even.

Score: 5.5/10

Here are Kobe "My face is so very punchable" Bryant's Nike Zoom Kobe V

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Sigh. It pains me to say this but....I really like his kicks. These ones are purty cool lookin’. They are simple and low tops are rare, which I like. That's all I can say about his shoes without wanting to punch myself for complimenting him more than I need to.

Score: 9/10

Nic Batum is next with his new...interesting kicks

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Oh, Nic. It's a good thing you are adorable 'cause these shoes are not. The stitching hurts my eyes and there are too many different shades of red. The blue shell toe is a major turn off as well. Too gaudy! Not a good look. Sorry, Nic. The white ones are better, but the old Frenchy 88 ones are the real winners.

Score: 4/10

Here we have the league's savior, Kevin Durant. These are the Nike Zoom KD III

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Harumph. I like KD's shoes quite a bit as well. The punchout on the tongue is a neat touch and they aren't too busy. This colorway is much better than the dorky orange clown shoes the entire OKC team wore during a game last season. The less orange on these kicks the better. Kudos to Durant for having cool shoes and scoring a lot of points.

Score: 7/10

Next, we have our very own Brandon Roy

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B-Roy can (still) do no wrong in my book and these shoes are no exception. It’s too bad BRP didn’t steal some from his locker for me.

Score: 9/10

Last and certainly least, we have Lebron "King D-Bag" James. It’s basically impossible to pick a pair, since he pretty much wears a different one every other game. Here are the LeBron 8's

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Man alive. The shoes are pretty cool, but the dumb lion on the tongue ruins them. That prevents me from being able to score these any higher.

Score: 7/10

 

Bonus: Steve Nash's kicks

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite NBA kicks? How about favorite pair that you own? Ones you would kill to own? Ugliest shoes you’ve ever seen?

 

OK gang, you know the rules.

The daily Junk Drawer (JD) fanpost is the place for true off-topic conversation and people's random thoughts.  Its purpose was simple from its infancy; a place where people could come and chat about all of the "whatevers" that didn't fit with the rest of the site and even be loose in terms of byplay and humor.  The goal was to foster community...to let people who wanted to get to know each other outside of what they could discern from the strictly basketball posts.  We've had happy JD's, sad ones, drawers that looked like a sharing circle, drawers that resembled open mic night at the comedy club... and people have really become a family here.
 
So if you have a one-off thought, consider posting it here. Everyone else is doing the same, so you will find the JD an eclectic place where you might read something interesting, pointless, profound, or just funny within a few moments. The rules about importance and significance of the topic are suspended in each JD but keep some of these basic rules in mind:

 

  1. Be mindful that every image posted slows down the JD, so use discretion in how many you post (you can also link to images you want to share so that they will not overwhelm the JD). When you do post images, put something in the subject line of the comment so that the image can be minimized.
  2. Ad hominem attacks and swearing will never be tolerated
  3. No pictures or talk of spiders of any kind
  4. Talk of the Miami Heat is forbidden.
  5. Remember everything you write is visible publicly
  6. Mentioning of baseball is not allowed unless it's to say it sucks and you're glad it's finally over.
  7. Any comment containing the words "Kevin" and/or "Durant" will be deleted and you will be banned for the rest of this blog's existence; no exceptions.
  8. Don't use the JD to call out or talk about users from other BEdge threads.
As you try and navigate through the junk drawer, remember that you can use 'Z' on your keypad to mark a comment as read and move to the next one and hitting shift-A will mark all comments as read.

 



Happy junking, everyone!

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