When Nike Basketball invited us to a four-week training program to wear-test new product and work with some of the world’s best basketball trainers, we couldn’t say Yes fast enough. Little did we know that over the past month, we’d get worked out 1-on-1 by the likes of Tim Grover, Jerry Powell and Idan Ravin (trainers to greats like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Paul George, LeBron James and just about every big-time hooper in the L right now) and get a chance to run in the Kobe X, KD 7 and more of the latest Swoosh sneakers to hit retail.
At All-Star Weekend, Nike transformed an otherwise forgettable New York City block into the Zoom Arena—where we got to hoop in the Nike Zoom City Classic with Common, J.Cole, Stalley and Ansel Elgort, among other celebrities on an epic LED basketball court, and the festivities were hosted by James Harden and Anthony Davis.
During All-Star, we also got a sneak peek at Nike’s brand new “SNKRS” app (which is dope, by the way) and a chance to hear from Nike designer Leo Chang, Scottie Pippen, JR Smith, Odell Beckham Jr. speak about sneaker culture live from the Zoom City Bank in Brooklyn.
Scroll through the photos above to get a sense of what Zoom City Training was all about. Big thanks to Nike for inviting us along the #ZoomCity journey over the past four weeks, and for allowing Editor-in-Chief Ben Osborne and Associate Editor/KICKS Abe Schwadron get out on the court!
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