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PHOTOS: adidas unveils bold, personal design of new J Wall 2s

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PHOTOS: adidas unveils bold, personal design of new J Wall 2s

In a Tuesday press release, John Wall and adidas officially unveiled the Wizards star's new signature shoe, the J Wall 2. 

The design is intended to be both functional for Wall's style of play and fashionable to suit his sartorial tastes. 

From the release:

Inspired by his highlight reel of signature 360 layups, no-look passes and smothering defense, the J Wall 2 is designed to enhance John’s elite speed on the court while reflecting his energetic, vibrant style off it. John collaborated with adidas to create a shoe that elevates his ability to penetrate the lane, create off the dribble and blow by the best basketball players in the world. 

“We wanted to create a shoe that helps my game and represents my style,” John said. “The shoe really shows what I love about fashion with loud colors and bold designs. Every part of the shoe is made to help how I play the game but it’s also made for fans who want to stand out on the court and represent with style off it.”

The home version (available October 31) is white with a pixelated camo pattern, while the away version (available Novermber 6) is navy blue with animal print. Both have red accents throughout to represent the Wizards colors. You can buy them for $115 at adidas.com, Foot Locker, Finish Line and Eastbay. 

Designers made a point of incorporating elements of Wall's personal life, such as his late father's initials in the tongue liner. On the underside of each pair of J Wall 2s, the outsole is engraved with one of several two-part phrases that hold special meaning for the point guard. 

• "Great Wall" - one of his nicknames that represents his aspirations to greatness

• "Mama's Boy" - a tribute to his mother, Francis Pulley, and her inspirational presence in his life

• "Five Deep" - the name of his group of childhood friends, with whom Wall remains close

• "Raleigh 919" - his hometown and its area code

The words are split onto two shoes. For example, the sole of the right shoe will say "Great" while the left says "Wall." Worn together, well, you get the idea. 

Check out some of the official J Wall 2 photos and let us know what you think.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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