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Kevin Durant's latest shoe design fully inspired by being a '90s kid

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Kevin Durant's latest shoe design fully inspired by being a '90s kid

Are you a '90s kid?

No, I'm not saying you had to be born in the '90s to appreciate the gems like "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" or the fuzzy posters Lisa Frank introduced into our lives, but you remember the timeframe. And Kevin Durant wants to take you back down memory lane with his latest shoe design.

Introducing the Nike KD 12 -- the shoe inspired by the '90s. Durant is a big fan of the era and made sure that was the theme behind the kicks.

“Kevin, we had a meeting with him,” Leo Chang, head designer, told SLAM Magazine. “He was like, ‘I’m this millennial who has this love and respect for the 90s. I want the 12 to be about that.’ Without saying it so eloquently, I had been thinking about that same thing in terms of designing the shoe.”

These shoes stretch beyond feeling like a kid again -- the feeling of comfort was essential:

"[Durant] wanted it to feel broken in."

That's where the quad-axial comes in. Don't know what that means? I didn't either, so let's learn together.

Quad-axial means "four directions."

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“The idea is this upper, I really wanted to get after the sensation of broken-in-feel but still have this adaptive, on-demand kind of lockdown," Chang said. "KD, since the 1, has worn shoes forever, more than we’ve wanted him to wear a shoe.

And if you're not into the colorful aspect design of the shoe, that's fine -- there are Black/White versions as well.

 

Charles Barkley leaves Steph Curry off his list of top five NBA players

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Charles Barkley leaves Steph Curry off his list of top five NBA players

Surprise, surprise. Charles Barkley overlooked Steph Curry.

Again.

Yes, the same man who said a jump-shooting team could never win an NBA championship, the same man who predicted the Trail Blazers would represent the Western Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals (that one's still up in the air), drew the ire of many basketball fans Monday night when he listed his top five players currently in the NBA ...

... and left Curry off it.

His list?

Now, to be fair, it'd be tough to leave any of those guys off the list. But perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that he ignored Curry, the most diminutive -- physically, at least -- of the bunch.

Not that it matters, really. This isn't close to the craziest claim Chuck has ever made, and if you're expecting him to stop, well, don't hold your breath.

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Curry's next opportunity to prove Barkley wrong comes Wednesday when the Warriors attempt to close out the Clippers in Game 5.

Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments about media attention

Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments about media attention

Kevin Durant has the opportunity to become a free agent this summer, and if he hits the free agent market, he wants to be able to craft his own narrative.

The Warriors forward has been irritated with the media at various points this season, and he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock that the media's constant attention on his upcoming free agency has irked him because, at the end of the day, it's his life and his story to tell. 

“That’s a hot topic,” Durant said of his free agency. “But you don’t have to talk about it. And then you don't have to get mad when I don’t want to talk about it. And then you don’t have to get mad when your little brain is roaming around, but you can’t find the correct answers. That’s bad journalism. That's not doing your job well.”

The two-time NBA Finals MVP also said he believes media is upset with the players who choose to tell their own story through various platforms rather than going through them.

Durant's comments were a hot topic across the sports world Tuesday, and they didn't sit particularly well with FOX Sports 1's Skip Bayless or Shannon Sharpe who went at Durant on "Undisputed," calling the Warriors star "uninteresting" and claiming no one would notice if he were out for the playoffs.

"So, Kevin says, 'They need me,'" Bayless said. "No. Seriously, we don't. Do we need LeBron (James)? Yeah, I'm going to give you LeBron because trust me on this Kevin Durant, LeBron James is 100 times more interesting than you are. I don't know what it is about LeBron James, born on Dec. 30, 1984, he and Tiger Woods have this in common. There's a forcefield that revolves around both of them and I can't explain it because it's inexplicable. But stuff just keeps happening to both of them that is highly interesting. On a nightly basis, there's a subplot of every LeBron James game and I miss him greatly. If Kevin Durant were out for the playoffs nobody would really care -- I know he's been out for the playoffs and nobody cared. Life goes on.

"The only thing interesting about Kevin off the court is, on a daily basis, what is he mad about today? What little unimportant thing is he mad about now and why? That's all that's interesting about him because he always seems so sour. It's always downbeat with him."

Sharpe then went at Durant for his condescending tone in the interview.

"Skip, the thing with me is the talking down," Sharpe said. "I mean, now Kevin Durant wants to be a Nobel Laureate. He wants to make people feel that he's so much smarter than you, that your brain is so small, you can't even begin to possibly imagine what's going on in my world with what I'm thinking about and what I'm feeling. I don't like the condescending tone."

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Durant's irritation with the media's questions has been somewhat puzzling. By signing a two-year contract with an opt-out after the first year, Durant left the door open for his exit. As a two-time NBA Finals MVP, it's only natural the media would be interested in whether Durant will decide to stay or leave.

Also, the questions Durant has faced are no different than the volume of questions faced by any other marquee star before they head into free agency. While there has been an excessive number of rumors swirling around Durant, it's the same situation faced by James prior to last offseason. It's the same thing that Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard have faced this season before they hit free agency. 

As the Warriors continue their march to a third straight title, the future of the dynasty will continue to be a topic of conversation with Durant's future in doubt. That's just the way it is.