Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at 11:07 am  |  23 responses

Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose x FreeDarko

by Lang Whitaker

Today adidas dropped two exclusive videos to celebrate Dwight and Derrick’s seasons. Adi partnered with highbrow hoops collective FreeDarko, which includes SLAM’s own Bethlehem Shoals, on an entirely new animated form highlighting both NBA stars. Using imaging that’s similar to their FreeDarko’s great book The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac, these videos are…well, they’re pretty FreeDarko. (And check out Jurassic 5′s Charli 2Na as the voice on both vids.)

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Really dope.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    the freedarko style is fresh as hell, but I have to be in the mood to dig it in the moment.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Luv it.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    (DRose) Voice over = 9; artwork=5; flash animation=2 – keep striving, keep improving

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Freed Darko are gods, the rest of us mere peasants, mortals.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Perhaps I meant Free Darko and not Freed (but I guess technically he is freed now!).

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Chali 2Na has a great voice. Dude could rap about what he had for breakfast this morning and I would still listen to it.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Every time I experience something Shoals does, I want to slap my weed dealer.

  • Cizzo

    Fly both of them, I really like the part od D.Rose when the dart goes thru the dime, digg that!

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Free darko is dope. I would be mad at them for selling the hell out, but, meh, money is good.

  • Roberto

    This is actually kind of boring.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Yeah I thought it was gay. I guess I’m the only one. Oh well.

  • Superman Osman

    This ish was crazy, even though it was mostly selling the shoe. Appreciate the effort

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre


  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Interesting. Although you might say Derrick Rose is looking like Super Mario with the nose and large eyebrows instead of his penciled in-looking thin ones. And Dwight like Eddie Winslow from Family Matters or something with that ‘stache. Good job all the same FreeDarko crew.

  • Andrew

    Reading Freedarkos archives nearly got me fired from my job a few years ago… good to see the collective is going above and beyond the blogosphere. Bad to see that it’s with Adidas -their basketball shoes suck.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    yeah this is boring as someone said. kobe and bron puppets > this

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    I feel asleep, put it back on, then fell asleep again.

  • neaorin

    These videos are so-so, but the Almanac was the sh*t.

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  • http://nba.com Daniel

    go Howad and Rose.