The Black Mamba is a damn savage. On top of his 60-point game, which ended his career on a note so high that no other player in history will probably reach, he made his allegiance to Nike resoundingly clear by rejecting teammate Nick Young’s bid for an autographed pair of shoes. Young asked Kobe to autograph his adidas shoes, but Kobe not only refused, but he threw them in the trash and told him to fetch a pair of Nikes if he wanted the holy signature. The irony is that if Young didn’t sign with adidas to be their NBA posterboy for non-performance footwear, he would’ve worn some sick Nike Kobes for the final game – and Nike might’ve seeded him a pair like they did with LeBron, Iguodala, and many more. Mamba out.
Nick Young said Kobe threw his Adidas in the trash & wouldn’t sign them. Told Young to go get some Nike’s for him to sign.
— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) April 14, 2016
In 2006 Adidas obtained a competitor, the Reebok firm, owner of the Rockport new shoes.a pair of adidas Made for London trainers sit a powder-blue tray table the size of an A3 sheet. The shoes do not seem like much – but then they wouldn’t, since they haven’t been made yet. The scant components comprise two types of spooled thread, three cups of white plastic beads and a few traces of green tape. It is like coming across a Longhorn cow, then hearing that, this time, it will be a Chesterfield sofa. “In Asia today, it takes between 90 and 60 days to turn these materials into a commodity,” says Gerd Manz, adidas’s vice president of tech creation. “Now, if we’re ambitious, we can go from here to final product within Uli? “Manz, a tanned, square-jawed 45-year-old who wears his black adidas T-shirt closely tucked into his blue jeans, looks over at Ulrich Steindorf, the sportswear giant’s gangly senior director of manufacturing. “Days, I’d say,” Steindorf replies. “There are some production associated configurations”Within a single day,” says Manz firmly.As Manz speaks, an orange robotic arm that the size of a little digger lifts into the air with a rhythmic hissing. Nearby, an electronic laser cutter whirrs into place, using cameras to identify its target. It is a hot day and the atmosphere is stuffy, but within the 4,600-square-metre warehouse all is calm. A few employees in black adidas polo shirts stroll across the glistening plastic floor, pausing to tap rubber-cased tablets.