Just a sneak peek at some of the new Player Exclusives I recently picked up, more photos coming soon.
After the Beasley Classic last week and a new countersuit, B-Easy aka Michael Beasley seems to be all over the place in the news. Which makes it good timing for my latest #TCA pickup, unfortunately they were a dollar and fifty cents more than my Dwyane Wade Converse PEs. $7.49 cents later, I have a fresh new pair of size 18 adidas player exclusives designed for “Mr. I Can’t Stay Out Of Trouble Or Conflict Even With Millions In The Bank” while he was down in South Beach playing for the Miami Heat. The troubled Beasley is one of my favorite players to watch in the league, despite his off court drama. He’s one of those guys that found the one thing in life that he’s incredibly good at and despite everything he’s gone through, is a solid player in the NBA.
The countersuit against his former agent is a sad step that has to be taken by Beasley, who was essentially stalked by Joel Bell as a teen. Ironically, had Joel not sued Beasley in the first place for signing with adidas after Beasley terminated their contract, all of his courting through Beasley’s teenage years would have probably been gone and forgotten. Sure, Bell probably helped Beasley by giving him a home. I can relate to that more than most people know but come on, 13 years old and you’re trying to position yourself to become the kid’s agent a decade later? Even if he was touring the area with Kevin Durant, that’s just wrong in my opinion. Maybe there should be some sort of statutory agent law?
I wouldn’t wish bad things upon anyone but I wouldn’t be surprised to see karma really play a role in the future of Bell an his company. It’s disturbing to think about how many people have done the same with other athletes. As stated by Dan Wetzel, “all in all it’s a wild, yet common tale.” My thoughts exactly, imagine if LeBron James had failed to become the icon that he is, Leon Rose would probably be in a similarly awkward position.
The only thing all of this really equates to is that the lockout needs to end because now even Allen Iverson wants to play in the league again!
For those scoring at home: 6 Degrees of Separation from an AI comeback. Bonus points for the Kevin Durant cameo.
Joel Bell->Curtis Malone->Michael Beasley->LeBron James->Leon Rose->Allen Iverson
Oh, those adidas PE’s are the TS Bounce Commander from 2009. Almost forgot the reason for my rambling.
Earlier this month I got my hands on my first of Chauncey Billups adidas shoes and it had me digging all over the internet trying to find out the various versions Billups has worn. I mentioned the difference between the “Mr. Big Shot” versions and the original adidas Player Exclusives that Chauncey wore in his first year with the Denver Nuggets. Today another variation was thrown into the mix.
This version is another home colorway, but instead of having White with Light Blue and hints of Yellow, it’s White and Yellow with hints of Light Blue. This is another version that was not available at retail and was only made in Chauncey’s size 13 and are tagged as samples. So that brings the total number of PE colorways of the TS Lightning Creator made especially for Billups to 6, if I am counting correctly.
Check out a few of the pictures below.