Black History Month (the annual observance of the African-American heritage in the US) may not be relevant here in the Philippines, but who says we cannot commemorate with our African-American brothers? Certainly not adidas!
The brand with the three stripes collaborated with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) all-time leading scorer and one of the league's undisputable greatest players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to present the Black History Month Collection, which is essentially a timeline of the latter's illustrious, award-laden basketball career.
Inspirational quotes inscribed on the shoes themselves? Check. Sentimental sockliner colors and details? Check. Simply put, a Lew Alcindor (Kareem's former name) collection will never be complete without these commemorative elements!
adidas' athletes have already debuted this exclusive line during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day games and wore them in select matches throughout February to honor African-American role models like Kareem. Now, it's times for us here in the Philippines to take a crack at these killer kicks...
CRAZY 8—"Fundamentals are the Foundation for Excellence v—'61–'65"
adidas' eccentric shoe design takes us back to Kareem's basketball roots; from the blacktop courts of Harlem, where he first honed his game, to Power Memorial Academy whose high school team he literally powered to almost-invincibility (79-2 record!!!) and a national championship, the man was a phenom the first time he picked up a ball.
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J WALL 1—"Rules are What Make the Game Challenging—'65–'69"
You know you're a great player when the game's rules are modified to your disadvantage—which is the theme of this John Wall colorway.
Dunking was outlawed during Kareem's time at UCLA because HE WAS JUST SO FRIGGIN' DOMINANT. And if you thought a slight rule change would affect his college basketball career, well, think again. The Bruins brought home the hardware thrice with Kareem, who had an 88-2 overall collegiate record. Damn.
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D ROSE 5 BOOST—"The Hook Shot is Worth a Thousand Words—'69–'75"
What would be a Kareem shoe collection without one paying homage to his career-defining staple shot? The untouchable skyhook paved the way for this legend's first three Most Valuable Player awards, and more importantly, the 1971 NBA championship for the team that drafted him, the Milwaukee Bucks.
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D LILLARD—"When the Music Changes, so Does the Dance— 75–'89"
Damian Lillard's signature shoe got the privilege to represent perhaps Kareem's most celebrated years—as a member of the "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers. Five more rings, establishing the Laker dynasty, cementing his legacy as one of the league's greatest players of all time—need we say more?
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The Black History Collection will be available in very limited—and we mean VERY LIMITED—quantities in the Philippines on May 15 at 6 p.m. in the NBA Store and adidas Trinoma only. Also, Portion of the proceeds from this special edition will be donated to Kareem's Sky Hook Foundation, which fosters underprivileged youth.