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Warriors' D'Angelo Russell unveils apparent signature Way of Wade shoe


Warriors' D'Angelo Russell unveils apparent signature Way of Wade shoe

A little over a month after signing with Li-Ning's Way of Wade shoe brand, D'Angelo Russell appears to have his own signature shoe. 

The Warriors guard posted a video of him admiring two pairs of Way of Wade sneakers (H/T Let's Go Warriors), with both featuring the phrase "...Loading" -- in reference to his social-media handles.

The namesake of Way of Wade, of course, is Dwyane Wade, who said in November that it was a "no-brainer" to sign Russell to the sneaker brand. Wade said at the time he was "excited to pass the torch to" Russell, and the Miami Heat legend backed that up with three pieces of art literally saying as much on his Instagram story on Friday night. Below is what all three images look like next to one another. 

Image: Instagram/Dwyane Wade (@dwyanewade)

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The Warriors acquired Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets this summer when Kevin Durant opted to go east at the onset of free agency. With superstar guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson injured, Russell is averaging career highs in points (23.2), field-goal attempts (18.8) and free-throw attempts (4.7) per game, and he currently has a career-high 32.4 percent usage rate. 

Russell's name has been in trade rumors ever since the Warriors acquired him, but he made it clear he wants Golden State to be his home for at least three years. For now, though, his signature shoe will be in the Warriors' colors.

Why Dwyane Wade, Matt Barnes think Warriors' down year is bad for NBA

Why Dwyane Wade, Matt Barnes think Warriors' down year is bad for NBA

It has been a season to forget for the Warriors.

After undergoing a roster shuffle in the offseason, the Warriors entered the season with high hopes they still could contend for a playoff spot and perhaps the NBA title if they could get Klay Thompson back for the playoffs.

Unfortunately for them, Steph Curry broke his hand four games into the season and the Dubs plummeted to the bottom of the NBA. Now 5-24, the Warriors are looking at a year at the bottom, one the rest of the NBA surely will enjoy. 

In the long run, though, a year as a bottom feeder won't be bad for the Dubs, according to Dwyane Wade and former Warriors Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. 

"I love Steph man," Wade told Barnes and Jackson on "All The Smoke." "One of the greatest human beings that you will ever meet. He definitely helped change the wave and culture of this game and it don't stop for him. Like if he was playing right now ... it would have been a show."

That show will continue next season.

"People don't understand, this is a bad thing for the NBA," Jackson said. "They are getting some rest and everybody is going to come back. Oh lord!"

"Klay and Steph get to rest," Barnes interjected. "Draymond is playing 20 minutes a game. If they end up being a bottom-feeder, D-Lo is still doing is thing. Unfortunately, he might be a casualty, but then you package that get a superstar and they are right back in the mix."

Sorry about it, rest of the NBA.

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Enjoy kicking the Warriors while they are down. It will be short-lived.

Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell signs with Dwyane Wade's shoe company

Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell signs with Dwyane Wade's shoe company

D'Angelo Russell no longer is a free agent when it comes to the shoe game. The Warriors guard officially will be the on-court face of Li-Ning's Way of Wade shoe brand. 

Future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade announced the news in a video through B/R Kicks on Thursday. 

Wade called the decision to sign Russell a "no-brainer."

"I am passing the torch, and I am welcoming D-Lo to the Way of Wade brand," Wade said. "I am excited to pass the torch to him, man." 

The former Heat star went on to congratulate Russell on Twitter. 

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While he currently is sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb, Russell has been enjoying a career-year in his first season as a Warrior. Through 10 games, the former No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging a career-high 24.3 points per game. 

Russell also is averaging 6.7 assists per game for the injury-ravaged Warriors while shooting a career-best 45.5 percent from the field. While Golden State is searching for wins, D-Lo certainly has done his part offensively.