Tinker Hatfield is no stranger to creating cool sneakers. From the Air Jordan 3 to the Air Max 1 to the Air Jordan XX9, Tinker has had his hand is nearly every cool Nike shoe you can think of. This weekend, Hatfield's work once again came to life via the new Nike Air Max Zero.

The Air Max Zero was actually designed in 1985 -- before the Air Max 1. Hatfield's original drawing, which was ahead of its time in terms of what technically possible, was recently discovered in the archives at Nike. A team from Nike Sportswear led by Graeme McMillian was tasked with creating the shoe and bringing it up to today's standards.

Introduced as part of Nike's Air Max Day to celebrate that line, the shoe was unveiled in a special house-sized sneaker box in Los Angeles.

Erected in a week and glowing through the night, the Air Max Box featured memorable silhouettes from the line including favorites such as the Air Max 95, the Air Max 2015, the Air Max 1 and the Air Max.

Check out the video above for more details about the shoe and the pop-up sneaker-box venue that was on Third Street in Los Angeles.

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Every day is casual Friday for Andy Reid.

The Kansas City Chiefs coach, who may or may not own a suit, showed up to the NFL's annual meetings in Phoenix this week rocking shorts and a bright Hawaiian shirt.

See if you can pick him out from this photo:


Here's a better look at Reid's ensemble:


While almost all of his colleagues wore a nice shirt and pants, Reid went for comfortable with this outfit. And seeing as it was in the 80s and 90s in Arizona, Reid was probably the only one not sweating.

As one can imagine, Twitter users had a lot to say about Reid's clothes. Here's a sampling:




Reid, 57, wasn't the only one to go casual for the coaches' meetings. Bill Belichick, whose scowl and hoodies have made him something of an NFL fashion icon, wore sandals for the day. Belichick looks like he might have just gotten back from a Costa Rican vacation with Tom Brady and his family.

You can see Belichick below, seated second from right.


Reid is entering his third season as coach of the Chiefs. He's gone 20-12 in Kansas City, finishing second in the AFC West both seasons.

You might have heard the story about how Michael Jordan's first choice of sneakers when he was entering the NBA in 1984 was Adidas, not Nike.

After getting a strong offer from Nike, Jordan went back to Adidas, and (as he put it to sports business reporter Darren Rovell in a 2009 interview) said: "If you come anywhere close, I'll sign with you guys."

As we all know, Adidas declined to match the offer. Jordan took the Nike deal, and the industry was revolutionized.

Now, according to a Wall Street Journal story, we have the reason why Adidas passed on Jordan:

He wasn't tall enough.

At that time, Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the biggest star Adidas had under contract. The Adidas braintrust was looking for more big men like Kareem, who was listed at 7-2, and not the 6-6 Jordan.

Ouch!

Ellen Emmerentze Jervell and Sara Germano report in the Journal that there was a push within Adidas to get Jordan, but the power brokers at company headquarters in Germany overruled those sentiments:

Adidas distributors wanted to sign Mr. Jordan, says someone who was an Adidas distributor then. But executives in Germany decided shoppers would favor taller players and wanted to sponsor centers, the person says, adding: "We kept saying, 'no -- no one can relate to those guys. Who can associate with a seven-foot-tall guy?'"

Adidas did land 7-foot Patrick Ewing coming out of Georgetown the following year, and perhaps the Nike-Adidas dynamic could've been a little different if his Knicks had ever gotten past Jordan's Bulls in the playoffs and won a title.

There is still a legacy of Adidas' big-man mentality that led its missed opportunity with Jordan. Current NBA stars wearing Adidas include centers/power forwards Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and the Lopez twins. Its other top players include guards Derrick Rose, John Wall and Damian Lillard.

But the focal point of the Journal's story is how Adidas is trying to recover from a lengthy slump in the U.S. market. It had been No. 2 behind Nike in domestic sales, but slipped to No. 3 in 2014 when Under Armour surged past it.

Within Nike's empire, there is the Jordan Brand subsidiary, and it features players such as Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony (and Derek Jeter before he retired).

The other interesting footnote is the fate of Converse. Jordan had worn Converse in college at North Carolina because of the school's contract. Converse was a major player in the NBA shoe game in the 80s with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Julius Erving. But a lack of innovation was hurting Converse, and when Magic left the company in 1992, he delivered these parting shots: "Converse as a company is stuck in the 60s and 70s."

Jordan's rise with Nike and the subsequent phenomenon of Reebok's Pump put it in even deeper trouble. Converse filed for bankruptcy in 2001. Nike rescued it by buying the company in 2003, and the Converse brand has rebounded well since then.

Caroline Wozniacki has bounced back nicely since being dumped from her underwear modeling gig. Wozniacki had a partnership with JBS, but the company decided a few months ago that it wanted to focus its underwear campaign around soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since then, Wozniacki has modeled for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. And now, according to a tweet from Wozniacki, she will be in the upcoming issue of Vogue with pictures shot by Annie Leibovitz.


The cover of this issue features one of Wozniacki's best friends, Serena Williams:

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Last week, Dwyane Wade invited 15 local foster teens from the "Voices for Children" program into the Miami Heat locker room. While there, the lucky boys got to shake hands with Wade and ask him questions about life and success.

And each one of them walked away with a huge gift: A custom-fitted suit hand-chosen by Wade and his personal stylist.

The event was done in partnership with Hublot, and Wade took some time to emphasize the importance of presenting yourself well in the world. He said those prom suits were a "first step" but that they would go a long way in helping the boys make strong impressions in the future.

Wade also talked about being motivated by the poverty and tough living conditions he was in as a child. He was determined to get out and make a better life for himself, and he said that group of teenagers had similar opportunities if they worked hard.

"My message to you guys is don't give up," Wade told the group. "Don’t quit on whatever your dreams and your hopes and your beliefs are, if you really want it bad enough."

It would appear Wade has a thing for high school prom as a special occasion for high schoolers. A couple of years ago, he responded to a young fan's video invitation to prom by surprising her at her house and accompanying her to the dance -- along with her date, who knew he stood in Wade's large shadow.

Here's a news recap of that surprise:

The sleeved jerseys that NBA fans love to hate may be coming to an end after the 2016-17 season.

Adidas announced Monday it wouldnot attempt to renew its 11-year, $400 million apparel deal with the NBA when the current contract expires at the end of the 2016-2017 season. While that is two years away, the news has prompted many spectators to wonder about the future of the poorly-selling, oft-trashed jerseys.

Paul Lukas, the notable sports uniform blogger, thinks there is a chance the NBA will do away with the sleeves.

"It's worth keeping in mind that Nike and Under Armour are just as capable of producing a sleeved jersey as Adidas is. Still, Adidas has made the sleeved look part of its signature style in recent years, not just in the NBA but in the NCAA, as well. When the company leaves the NBA, the hunch here is that the sleeves will probably leave, as well -- unless the league ends up wanting to put corporate advertising patches on the sleeves."

The jerseys have been trashed by fans and players, like LeBron James, who say the jerseys affect their motions.

"It's definitely a different feeling," James said in 2013. "Every time I shot I felt a little tug."

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki wasn't a fan either.


One of the primary reasons for the sleeved jerseys was retail potential, but reports indicate they weren't living up to expectations.

The NBA will most likely receive lucrative offers from Nike and Under Armour, but there's a chance fans may not be able to see the new uniforms in 2017. That's because the NBA's CBA ends in 2017 and, if past negotiations are any indication, there may be another labor stoppage.

The line between high fashion and preschool art is closing, fast.

Houston Rockets star James Harden, who many believe is the frontrunner for this season's NBA MVP award, donned a shirt Sunday that appeared to have been drawn on by numerous toddlers.

Twitter's fashion police were quick to jump on this questionable wardrobe decision:






Harden is no amateur when it comes to dressing well, and he even took part in the NBA's first All-Star weekend fashion show. But wearing something like this takes some confidence, and Harden certainly has that.

The 25-year-old is second in the NBA with an average of 27 points and is the main reason why Houston is averaging 103. He was instrumental in Houston's victory on Sunday over the Clippers, tallying 34 points and going 17-of-18 from the free throw line as the Rockets picked up a big win in Harden's hometown of Los Angeles.

In the 90s, the Reebok Pump was one of the most popular sneakers in the world. Shaquille O'Neal, Dominique Wilkins, Allen Iverson and Michael Chang were among the athletes pumping it up. To mark the occasion of the Pump turning 25, Reebok is releasing a new version of the shoe that has some tweaks in how the inflation process works.

Sneaker expert Jacques Slade joins the panel on this episode of "The Rundown," a collaboration between TYT Sports and ThePostGame, to discuss the latest with the Pump as well as its historical context and impact.

Next month, SCP Auctions will sell off a pair of Michael Jordan game-worn sneakers from his rookie season in 1984. But the interesting story is actually how the current owner came into their possession.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Khalid Ali was a 15-year-old ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1984. That December, the Bulls came to town.

Ali remembers asking Jordan during pre-game warmups if he could have the pair of shoes he was wearing. Jordan explained that those were just warm-up shoes, and that he would be switching into a different pair during the game.

Sure enough, Jordan changed into a pair of white-and-red basketball shoes. Those shoes would later be known as the first line of Air Jordan shoes.

After the game, Ali found Jordan in the locker room and asked for the shoes. Jordan complied, even autographing the pair.

Thirty years later, Ali is putting them up for sale. He says the decision to sell wasn't hard because he didn't think about the shoes all that much. They are the only collectible he has from his years as a ballboy -- he never received any similar gifts from any of the Lakers players. For years, Ali said the shoes just sat in his mom's closet, gathering dust.

A representative of SCP Auctions believes the shoes could fetch more than $50,000 at auction. Another pair of Jordan sneakers worn during his rookie season sold for $31,070 in 2013.

That same year, the shoes Jordan wore during his now-famous "Flu Game" sold for a whopping $104,765. Amazingly, those shoes were also owned by a former ballboy.

The star of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao press conference was not one of the fighters.

No, the man who gained the most publicity from the boxers' Los Angeles meeting with the media was someone who most sports fans had never heard of before Wednesday.

Richard Sturm, the President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM International, stole the show. Specifically, Sturm's luscious hair set off a Twitter firestorm.

Here's why:



As one can imagine, the memes to come out of the press conference were as funny as they were numerous.








Anyone who follows boxing knows the sport is full of hype and hot air, and while it would be nice to believe Sturm's hair is the real deal, there were some naysayers on Twitter.


Sturm knows a thing or two about theatrics. He's scored numerous big ticket acts for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is considered responsible for booking Barbara Streisand in 1993 after her 20-year absence.

Here's to hoping Sturm doesn't get a haircut before May 2.

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