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BIG3 Press Conference: Ice Cube, Allen Iverson, Roger Mason Jr. and more

Producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube, along with entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz officially announced today the launch of the BIG3 (www.BIG3.com), a new, 3-on-3, half-court basketball league that will feature some of the best players to ever play the game. Former National Basketball Players Association Deputy Executive Director and NBA player Roger Mason, Jr. will serve as the league’s Commissioner and President.

“The BIG3 was created as the ultimate basketball fan experience,” said BIG3 founder Ice Cube.  “We’re bringing some of the baddest names to ever play the game, and giving them a platform to not only showcase their skills, but to entertain their fans in a high-energy, physical and competitive environment.  As a diehard basketball fan, I personally can’t wait to see my favorite players back in action.”

The BIG3 will begin in June 2017, and will unite basketball greats and their biggest fans with an entertaining 3-on-3 basketball league played in arenas across the country. The new league will bring fans legendary NBA superstars competing against one another, in never-before-seen matchups and team pairings. Former NBA players who have officially committed to participate include Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Gary Payton, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby and George “The Iceman” Gervin. Payton and Gervin will serve as coaches, with Iverson serving as a player/coach – the rest are confirmed to play.

The BIG3 will comprise eight teams of five players, one head coach, and one assistant coach. Regular season games will take place each Saturday from June 24 through August 12, with playoff games played on August 19 and 26. The BIG3 will take place each week in a different arena and city across the country, with all four games happening on the same day in the same venue, creating the excitement of a Final Four or All-Star Game atmosphere.

“The BIG3 puts a special emphasis on the players, and they are an integral part of its function,” said Mason, Jr. “From the coaching, to the team selection and the games themselves – the league is player powered.  We’re excited for the players to have such an active role in the BIG3 and look forward to a successful partnership.”

The BIG3’s weekly festivals will be among the most exciting sports atmospheres in the world by intertwining competitive games featuring basketball legends and superstar entertainment and halftime shows. Adding to the highly energetic games will be individualized music and introductions and fan interaction with players and exhibits before and after the games.

“Three-on-three basketball is the most played sport in the world.  It is a universally beloved form of basketball that truly highlights a player’s technical skill set,” said BIG3 founder Kwatinetz. “The BIG3 will bring our favorite basketball stars to one of the most popular forms of the sport. The league promises to deliver fun, exciting and fast-paced basketball played by some of the game’s most talented players.”

Games will be played up to 60 points, with the first team to reach the 60-point mark the winner. Halftime will take place when the first team reaches 30 points.

BIG3 will introduce into play a 4-point shot with three 4-point circles beyond the 3-point line. Players can shoot for four points by touching any part of the circle.

Designed as a player-centric league, BIG3 will feature 40 players, with the players earning a 52 percent revenue share. The revenue split will be determined by the final league standings, including postseason results in order to maximize competitiveness between the teams.

Players will operate their teams, with a Player Captain designated to make personnel decisions. All coaches will be former NBA players.

For more information and to sign up for news updates, visit www.BIG3.com.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BIG3

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Reebok Re-Releases Iconic Question Mid OG

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The Year of the Question started with the Prototype, and as it nears the end, comes back with a classic.

For one of the final installments of the 20th anniversary of the Reebok Question Mid in 2017, Reebok is re-releasing the Question Mid OG Blue Toe, which Allen Iverson wore on the court regularly in his rookie year, and was the shoe he wore during his iconic “crossover” moment.

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The style of the shoe is emblematic of his game; the Hexalite midsole construction, bold shades, and ice sole complemented his game and team’s classic colors. The crisp white leather upper is the perfect canvas for vibrant red hits of the classic Vector branding on the tongue and side panels.

The Reebok Classic Question Mid OG Blue Toe is now available and is selling for $140 at Reebok.com and select retailers including Finish Line, Footaction and Champs Sports.

You can also go check out the full collection of 20 for 20 Year of the Question at www.reebok.com/2020.

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Allen Iverson’s Family Featured In Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani Ad

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The Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani is not just about Allen Iverson – it celebrates the strong women who have supported him throughout his career.

The most important women in Allen’s life – his daughters Tiaura, Messiah and Dream, and their mother Tawanna – were featured in an exclusive campaign to support the launch of this women’s version of the iconic Question Mid sneaker.  Creative directed by Melody herself and shot by Allen’s long time photographer Gary Land in Charlotte, NC, the campaign features an all over monotone aesthetic to go with the design of the shoe.

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“Aside from being one of the greatest players, Iverson to me more so was a cultural leader and game changer, so I made sure to embody some of those elements into the shoe,” says designer Melody Eshani.

The Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani uses three different types of color-matched leather to make up the upper, quarter and heel in order to create dimension on the tonal design.  The tongue has a replica emboss of Allen’s “Hold My Own” tattoo.  On the back heel, there is a Velcro spot that allows you to switch out different leather patch designs of 3 of his other tattoos.  The interior lining features an image of Allen’s cornrows, and the sock liner is a paisley print representing his iconic bandana.  The upper has a black patent toe box, the sole remains ice blue as a nod to the original Question, and there are two lace options – one in tonal vegetable tan, and another in black and vegetable tan bungee inspired lace.

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The Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani will go on sale on Friday, December 2nd for $160 at Melody Ehsani’s LA store at 424 1/2 N Fairfax Ave, at www.MelodyEhsani.com and www.Reebok.com.

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We Like: Sneakersnstuff x Reebok Question Mid Lux

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Twenty years in the game is a big achievement for anybody. So when Sneakersnstuff was invited to commemorate 20 years of the iconic Reebok Question Mid, one of basketball’s most important sneaker silhouettes and Allen Iverson’s first signature shoe, the designers looked to the tradition of gifting luxury items to MVPs, high achievers and people who have given their all to a cause.

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Applying an ostrich-inspired premium leather to the upper, as well as an ice outsole and SNS branding on heels and footbeds, the Sneakersnstuff x Reebok Question Mid “Lux” is a sneaker made for the very best and without a doubt a sneaker Mr. Iverson would be proud of.

The Sneakersnstuff x Reebok Question Mid “Lux” drops for $174.99 at Reebok.com, as well as all Sneakersnstuff locations and online on Friday, November 18th.

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Hall of Fame x Reebok Question Mid launching Friday, November 11th

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Hall of Fame is the next brand to collaborate with Reebok to help celebrate the Year of the Question, with their very own 20th anniversary edition of the legendary Allen Iverson signature shoe. Like many of the other collaborators throughout the Question’s big year, the Los Angeles-based sportswear label looks to an important piece of Iverson’s history and style on and off the court for inspiration for their colorway. In this case, Hall of Fame highlights one of AI’s most iconic style statements: his cornrows.

The shoe is constructed in a premium black nubuck upper with woven paneling referencing his braids, all in a deconstructed design with the usual padding removed to create a sleeker, lifestyle-minded silhouette. Further refinements to the Question by Hall of Fame include leather utilized for the lace gillies, inner lining, and sockliner, along with embossed leather branding throughout. Every pair will also come with multiple lace options in Philly’s alternate uniform colors.

The Hall of Fame x Reebok Question Mid launches at Hall of Fame’s LA store and on HallofFameLTD.com this week, and on Reebok.com and select Reebok Classic retailers this Friday, November 11th.

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Reebok introduces the Question Mid “Teyana T” designed by Teyana Taylor, Teyana Co-Hosts A “Ladies Night Out” at VILLA

As a native of Harlem, New York, Teyana Taylor’s childhood, teen years, and adulthood have been shaped by her passion for sneakers. With Reebok Classic and the inimitable Question Mid silhouette, Teyana shows the world just how her palate for sneakers has evolved.

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Designed by Teyana, this all-red concoction of Allen Iverson’s iconic Question Mid sneaker reflects not only her elevated taste in fashion, but her identity as a self-proclaimed “tomboy.”

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The full-grain leather upper is pressed with a luxurious reptile print to exude a level of luxury, while the solid-red midsole and Hexalite lends to her sporty nature. Above all, the bold red hue and the icy blue outsole is still a nod to Allen Iverson, the colors of Philly, and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Question Mid.

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It’s nothing new for Teyana to be in the spotlight, whether it be in a sultry music video or in a pair of eye-catching sneakers, and on today, she basks in the limelight once again thanks to the much-awaited release of this shoe, which SOLD OUT within minutes.

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The photo above and more shows Teyana’s appearance at the VILLA store in Chicago last night where she co-hosted a “Ladies Night Out” with Reebok for consumers, including meet and greets, hair braiding, manicurists and caricature artists.

The Reebok Question Mid “Teyana T” is available for $160 at select retailers including Reebok.com, Jimmy Jazz, Villa and DTLR.

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Mitchell & Ness and Enterbay Celebrates Allen Iverson’s Hall Of Fame Induction

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Just in time for Allen Iverson‘s Hall of Fame induction tomorrowMitchell & Ness x Enterbay have created a special Collector’s Box honoring the 11-time NBA All-Star — celebrating his incredible career in basketball.

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Super limited, with only 100 units produced, the premium black box set includes the Mitchell & Ness Allen Iverson Sixer’s Jersey 2 and Enterbay’s museum-like sculpture representation of Allen with authentic likeness.

The Mitchell & Ness Jersey is identically to the actual jersey Allen worn in his prime and is an officially licensed product. The collector’s jersey is made from polyester mesh body and features an embroidered gold NBA logo on left shoulder.

Additionally, included in the collector’s box is Enterbay’s newly developed Allen Iverson body with 30 points of articulations, the height is according to Iverson’s actual height; 9 pieces of newly developed Allen Iverson signature interchangeable hands, Spalding basketball, Official Number 3 NBA Philadelphia 76ers, Team Home Jersey with shorts, THE ANSWER” Arm Band, Basketball Sleeves, Head Band with NBA Logo, NBA socks, Iverson player edition sneakers. Special developed figurines stand which can be easily twist and curl with base printed with Philadelphia 76ers logo.
Limited edition, only 100 units produced.

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MSRP: $550

The Mitchell & Ness x Enterbay Special Collector’s Box honoring the 11-time NBA All-Starwill be available on Mitchellandness.com and Enterbay.com beginning tomorrow, September 9th @ 8AM ET.

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Reebok and Jadakiss Launch Question-Mid “A5”

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Reebok, Allen Iverson and Jadakiss have had a long and colorful history together. In 2001, the three parties came together to shoot a game-changing commercial for Iverson’s Answer V sneaker launch. Shot entirely in black-and-white, Jadakiss penned an original song for the commercial, which showed Iverson displaying his basketball skills while Jadakiss rapped along in beat to Iverson’s performance, cementing Reebok as the first brand to truly fuse hip-hop with the sportswear industry.

The classic ad further emphasized Iverson’s place in hip-hop culture and has become one of the most iconic sneaker commercials ever, and also began a relationship between Reebok and Jadakiss that continues today with the all-new Question Mid “A5”.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Question Mid this year, Reebok has created the new Question Mid “A5,” which is inspired by the OG Answer V sneaker, with a tumbled black leather and ballistic nylon upper accented by reflective silver piping and toe cap. Hits of translucent red adorn the sole as well as a distinctive red Question logo at the collar and “Y” and “O” on either heel which represent Jada’s hometown of Yonkers.

Reebok and Jadakiss, along with Cam’ron, celebrating the launch of the shoe with an All-Star event in Rucker Park last week.

The Reebok Question “A5” will be available for $139.99 on Friday, August 12th, at retailers including Reebok.com, Jimmy Jazz, Footaction, Finish Line and Champs.

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Reebok Classic launching new iteration of Allen Iverson’s Question Mid sneaker “Only The Strong Survive”

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Reebok’s “Year of the Question,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of Allen Iverson’s landmark signature model, is showing no signs of slowing down yet, as another strong colorway hits the market in early July.

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Dubbed the Question Mid “Only The Strong Survive” in reference to Iverson’s lifelong mentality, the vibrant orange colorway of the Question Mid is inspired by his toughness and attention-grabbing style on and off the court.

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The Question was designed with Kevlar fibers in the atomic red woven upper with reflective toe caps and tongues referencing his flashy play and ball handling skills. In place of the usual #3 embroidered on the midsole’s heel are two pieces of Iverson’s body art: a bulldog and diamond.

The Question Mid “Only The Strong Survive” will drop for $139.99 on Friday, July 1st at Reebok.com, Jimmy Jazz and Finish Line.

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Art Credit: Mike Giant, a top tattoo artist coming out of Boulder, CO, provided his signature artwork for the below graphic for the Question Mid.

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We Like: Reebok 20th Anniversary Question Mid ‘MAJOR’

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To honor the latest release of the iconic AI shoe, DC boutique MAJOR took inspiration from AI’s college team in impeccable form. The bold colorway combines an all-reflective material for the upper—inspired by Iverson’s flashy style of play—with the recognizable kente cloth graphic print from the uniforms of Iverson’s era with the team.

Below the icy blue outsole, you’ll find a graphic of AI’s bulldog tattoo, his first of many more that decorated his frame over the years. Further special detailing includes insoles printed with the zip codes of the Georgetown area of D.C.

The MAJOR x Reebok Question will be available in limited quantities for $180 in-store at MAJOR on March 18th at 11 AM followed by an online release on the 19th.