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Nearly 30 years after the first Air Jordan model released, there’s still no feeling like lacing up a fresh pair of MJ’s finest. Let’s be honest, with the past winter we had, it didn’t seem like summer could come fast enough. We’re getting what we wanted because the heat is definitely here. Peep these Jordan enthusiasts and collectors and how they rock their J’s, and don’t be scared to hit that follow button.

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By Drew Hammell

20 years ago, two NBA stars were rising in Minnesota – Kevin Maurice Garnett and Stephon Xavier Marbury. “KG” and “Starbury,” as they were known around the league. Garnett was a 6’11” power forward/center from Greenville, South Carolina (but mostly known for his high school play in Chicago). Marbury was a 6’2” point guard from Brooklyn, New York. Garnett and Marbury seemed to be opposites in many respects, but the two became friends even before they entered the NBA, and that friendship influenced their lives forever.

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Kevin Garnett was raised in South Carolina and attended Maudlin High School for his three years. He would become a star, but during the summer before his senior year, he was arrested for allegedly being involved in a fight. He then transferred to Farragut Academy in Chicago and declared for the NBA draft in 1995 – the first player to do so straight out of high school in 20 years.

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Stephon Marbury grew up in Brooklyn and was already well known in the amateur ranks by 6th grade. He was a legend at Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island, and went on to play at Georgia Tech for one season before declaring for the NBA Draft himself – a year after Garnett.

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Garnett and Marbury knew each other before they ever became teammates in Minnesota. They were friends since their high school days – the first time they played together in a pickup game in Chicago there was instant chemistry. Once Garnett was off to the Timberwolves in ‘95, he kept pestering VP of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale to watch Marbury and go after him in the draft if he was available.

In 1996, McHale would listen to Garnett and trade up to get Marbury from the Milwaukee Bucks. The player Minnesota traded to get Marbury was Ray Allen. This was also the same draft where Kobe Bryant was drafted 13th by the Hornets (who traded him to the Lakers), and Steve Nash was picked 15th by the Suns.

Garnett and Marbury would gel together at first in Minnesota, but they never made it close to winning a championship. After Garnett was rewarded with a blockbuster deal in 1997, Marbury’s agent David Falk demanded a trade, since Marbury didn’t get the same kind of money as Garnett. Marbury ended up going back to the East Coast to the New Jersey Nets in a three-way trade that sent Terrell Brandon to Minnesota and Sam Cassell to Milwaukee.

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Garnett would stay in Minnesota all the way until 2007, when he was traded to the Boston Celtics for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, cash considerations, Boston’s 2009 protected first-round pick, and another 2009 pick.

The two players’ careers ended much differently than they began. Garnett would go on to have one of the greatest careers in NBA history and win a title with the Celtics in 2008. KG and Starbury would actually be reunited for a short time when Marbury joined the Celtcs in 2009, but he then went off to play in China shortly thereafter.

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Today, Garnett hosts a segment called Area 21 on TNT’s Inside the NBA. Stephon Marbury had so much success during his stint in China that he applied and received his green card and currently resides there. The two stars ended up on very different paths, but their chemistry on the court back in the ‘90s helped shape them into the legends they are today.

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Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) cannot catch a pass against Houston Texans strong safety Corey Moore (43) in the second half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) cannot catch a pass against Houston Texans strong safety Corey Moore (43) in the second half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The stakes are getting higher and higher with every win, and with only a couple games away from crowing the next Super Bowl Champion, it is all going to come down to who can finish in big situations. So far, the Packers have shown that they are never out and can win almost anywhere. The Patriots have everything clicking for them, and if Dion Lewis can stay in this form, then the Lombardi Trophy should be making its way back to New England. The Steelers got into a little bit of trouble early on, but they kicked their way to a Championship appearance, and Atlanta’s high powered offense is showing that nothing can stand in their way. Next week is sure to give us some of the best football we’ve seen this year, so let’s hope we are ready for the outcomes.

4.     dcy03myfhffbki5d7il3     Green Bay Packers

Last Result: W 34-31 @ Dallas

Just when Packer fans thought that Aaron Rodgers was being wasted in Green Bay, he goes and does something spectacular like win on the road against arguably the best team in the NFL. Rodgers and Jared Cook combined for one of the most memorable catches in post season history; one that will go down with the likes of Santonio Holmes in the back of the end zone or the David Tyree jump ball. Mason Crosby showed us that he has ice in his veins, hitting three field goals over 50 yards in the final minutes to give the Packers the win. Don’t take anything away from the Cowboys though, this was just two teams going at it for 48 minutes, but one team had to win. If Jordy Nelson can make a comeback this week, it would bring a much needed lift to this receiving core, but fractured ribs are tough to recover from in only a couple weeks and brings the risk of re-injuring himself and setting back his recovery even more.

3.    970    Pittsburgh Steelers

Last Result: W 18-16 @ Kansas City

The Steelers have faced their fair share of adversity this year and this game was no different. Neither Big Ben, nor Antonio Brown or even Le’Veon Bell were able to find the end zone, but luckily Chris Boswell was able to put up an NFL post-season high of six field goals in a game. The Pittsburgh defense held tight for the majority when on the field and were able to keep Tyreke Hill from becoming the playmaker that we saw the past few weeks. The Steelers have their toughest test of the year when they go to New England in January to play a red hot Patriots team.

2.     299    Atlanta Falcons

Last Result: W 36-20 v Seattle

The Falcons had this game from the first time they got the ball until the last kneel down. Yes, Seattle scored on their first possession, but the Atlanta offense is just too high powered to be stopped right now. Seattle couldn’t touch Matt Ryan all game and it allowed for him to have another typical 300 yard and three touchdown game that we have come to expect from him this year. The run game destroyed the Seahawks as Falcon running backs accounted for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons will stay at home as Aaron Rodgers comes to town this weekend.

1.     y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e0    New England Patriots

Last Result: W 34-16 v Houston

Tom Brady didn’t look as perfect as we normally see him, throwing two interceptions this game, while only throwing two all regular season. Dion Lewis was the star of the afternoon, accounting for a rush touchdown, a receiving touchdown and the Patriots first ever post-season kick off touchdown. The Patriots will face off against the Steelers this week as two veteran quarterbacks try to lead their teams to one last Super Bowl.

Every week we highlight the best Air Max kicks on #AirMaxMondays and Jordans on #JordanFridays and now you can peep the best adidas Boost pics on Wednesdays. If you think you’re sick with the camera and love your adidas Boost then make sure you snap a pic and tag us and use the #boosted hashtag. Each week we will highlight some of the dopest images on social media and show some social love to the boost fanatics out there. If you want to see your pic on the blog then grab your camera and snap a 🔥 pic and tag #boosted and check the blog each week. Get through hump day with a little social media glory.

Nearly 30 years after the first Air Jordan model released, there’s still no feeling like lacing up a fresh pair of MJ’s finest. Let’s be honest, with the past winter we had, it didn’t seem like summer could come fast enough. We’re getting what we wanted because the heat is definitely here. Peep these Jordan enthusiasts and collectors and how they rock their J’s, and don’t be scared to hit that follow button.

Make sure you post your best heat and tag @Finishline and use the #JordanFridays hashtag and maybe you’ll be featured here and gain some followers and have some sneaker blog glory! I mean, who doesn’t love some social media fame? Need to step up your game? Shop the latest Jordan Shoes now.

By Drew Hammell

In terms of music genres, rap is one of the youngest. The first recorded hip hop song was “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang in 1979. Heading into the ‘80s, hip hop would develop into different subgenres like conscious, party, and gangsta rap (among others). Just like the messages spoken through hip hop, there was also a definitive style that went along with the music. Tayannah Lee McQuillar’s described typical hip hop attire in her book When Rap Music Had A Conscience:

“Back in the day, it was the Triple FAT Goose coats, thick gold chains, leather bombers, Osh Kosh, Guess anything, aviator jackets, bamboo earrings, wallabees, fifty-four elevens, Ocean Pacific, polka-dots, Bally shoes, Troop, and four finger rings.”

Not mentioned in that description, however, were Air Jordan sneakers. In fact, most rappers cared a lot less about the brand that most artists are seen wearing today. There were some trendsetters, though – rappers who were ahead of their time in terms of footwear credibility. Here are five of the early influencers – artists who were rocking Jordans before the brand became a mainstream fashion phenomenon.

1. Kriss Kross

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The Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac – this young duo from Atlanta hit the scene in the early 90s and made it big with songs like “Jump,” and “Warm it Up.” Known for wearing their jerseys and pants backwards, they also wore Jordans – most notably the Air Jordan VII “Bordeaux” in the music video for “Warm it Up.” Sadly, Chris Kelly passed away at the age of 34 in 2013.

2. Fresh Prince

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Philly native Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. wore several different Jordans during his time on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air throughout the ‘90s. Now one of the most famous actors in the world, his children are also known for their cutting-edge sense of style. Here is the Prince rocking the Air Jordan V, sans the laces.

3. Ice-T

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Born and raised in Summit, NJ, Tracey Lauren Marrow moved to South Central Los Angeles when he was only twelve after both his parents died from heart attacks within four years of each other. He made it through the LA gang scene and a stint in the army to become a multi-talented rapper and actor. He wore the Air Jordan IV on his 1989 single cover for “What Ya Wanna Do?”

4. Kid ‘n Play

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New Yorkers Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin were also sporting Air Jordan IIIs on the back of their album 2 Hype. Aside from music fame, the two would also star in several movies, including House Party 1-3 and Class Act. They even had a Saturday morning cartoon called, appropriately enough, Kid ‘n Play. The series would air for just one season.

5. KRS-One

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The Bronx rapper rocked Air Jordan IIIs in his ’88 music video “My Philosophy.” He was nicknamed “The Teacher” because of his socially conscious and political lyrics. In 1995, KRS-One would be featured in one of the greatest Nike Basketball commercials of all time, called “The Revolution.”

 

 

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Every week we highlight the best Air Max kicks on #AirMaxMondays and Jordans on #JordanFridays and now you can peep the best adidas Boost pics on Wednesdays. If you think you’re sick with the camera and love your adidas Boost then make sure you snap a pic and tag us and use the #boosted hashtag. Each week we will highlight some of the dopest images on social media and show some social love to the boost fanatics out there. If you want to see your pic on the blog then grab your camera and snap a 🔥 pic and tag #boosted and check the blog each week. Get through hump day with a little social media glory.

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Jan 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) celebrates after a play against the Miami Dolphins during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) celebrates after a play against the Miami Dolphins during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The first round of the playoffs is over and for the most part, every team that was expected to move on, did. Rodgers started out slow, but turned into the old A-Aron that got his team to the playoffs in the first place and the Giants didn’t even stand a chance. Odell allegedly punched a hole in the wall which which is the only practical application of his brick-hands. Brock Osweiler changed his status from worst QB in the playoffs to game manager. Jadeveon Clowney is a monster, the size differential he had while standing next to the NFL analysts after the game made him look like a robot that was just fed whey growing up.  Seattle looked dangerous again and the run game looked like the good ole Beast Mode days. Pittsburgh made Miami look like a bunch of children, it seems like Ben Roethlisberger has been doing this since Ryan Tannehill was still trying to get all his credits in order. We have another great weekend of football coming up as we get one step closer to crowning this year’s Super Bowl Champs.

8.     570        Houston Texans

Last Result: W 27-14 vs Oakland

Brock Osweiler moves the Texans on to the AFC Divisional round to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this weekend. The last time the Patriots faced Osweiler was September 23rd of 2016 and Osweiler failed to put up a single point against the Patriots. Things have changed now and injuries have hobbled some players, while trades have sent key players to different franchises, but overall the main parts are still there and Osweiler looks like he is up against it this week. 

7.     pfiobtreaq7j0pzvadktsc6jv        Seattle Seahawks

Last Result: W 26-6 vs Detroit

The Seahawks looked a little better, but facing an injured QB and a WR core with bricks for hands doesn’t give the feeling of relief that Hawks fans were looking for. They go up against Atlanta this weekend and that team is seemingly out for blood after the way the game ended the last time these two teams matched up. If you don’t remember, it involves Julio, Richard and a missed PI call. Seattle’s offensive line held up well against the Lions’ defense, but traveling anywhere is a problem for this team and especially for the offense.

 

6.     dcy03myfhffbki5d7il3        Green Bay Packers

Last Result: W 38-13 vs New York Giants

Aaron Rodgers is a man on a mission and at this point it looks like no one is going to be stopping him. It’s easy to say that when he plays at Lambeau, but over the past seven weeks this man has torn up every single defense he has faced. The games have looked eerie, similar to the way the Packers’ season began; a slow start that leaves fans a little worried before Rodgers starts slinging fire and his team leaves everyone in the dust. The Packers are looking for a date in the NFC Championship game next weekend, but a tough Dallas team awaits them at home. 

5.     857        Kansas City Chiefs

Last Result: Bye Week

KC has a tough matchup this weekend, hosting the Steelers. The Chiefs made a late push this year to be able to end up with their conference title and that week off has historically been helpful to teams, but could this weekend be the monkey wrench in their plans? Alex Smith is going to have to keep his eyes open and his feet moving, because the Steelers have playoff experience and are going to make Smith’s life a nightmare if he gets off to a bad start.  

 

4.     970        Pittsburgh Steelers

Last Result: W 30-12 vs Miami

Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown is all that any team needs to be successful. It seems like you give the ball to either of them and they will do the rest for you. If the Steelers go up at all on you, expect the run and expect to not be able to stop Le’Veon Bell at all, at any point in the game. The man is just that, a man, and when he runs, it seems like he’s just playing with some college players on his week off. The Steelers are leading the NFL in sacks since Week 11 and unfortunately, the Dolphins were on the wrong end of that stick this weekend. Jay Ajayi rushed for only 33 yards on 16 carries, after the year he put up if you can’t lean on him in pressure situations, then this Miami team is going to need to better establish their passing offense if they want to continue down this road of success.

3.     299        Atlanta Falcons

Last Result: Bye Week

The Falcons finally have their shot at revenge after the last time they met Seattle. Matt Ryan is in full MVP form at this point and Seattle can’t stop the pass to save their life. Julio and Richard are going to be where all eyes are this week, but the difference maker is going to be how well the Falcons’ defense can get to Russell Wilson. My money is going to be on under three seconds almost every snap.

 

2.     406        Dallas Cowboys

Last Result: Bye Week

The Cowboys were lead to a first round bye by a rookie for the first time in God knows how long. Dak and Zeke are going to be going up against a talented and red hot Packers team. They play at home which is going to help them out a ton, but stopping Aaron Rodgers with the pass rush they have had this year could be a struggle.

1.     y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e0        New England Patriots

Last Result: Bye Week

The Patriots will face off against the Texans at home this weekend and it’s the best matchup that the Patriots could’ve asked for. The last time these two teams faced, the Patriots whooped the Texans 27-0 in Week Three, if you remember that was before Brady was even allowed to step foot back into a football stadium.

 

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