Is It Time for a New Women's Basketball Signature Sneaker?

Yesterday, Nike announced the signing of the top three picks in this year’s WNBA Draft. Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins are the new faces of Nike Women’s Basketball, and rightfully so. However, two other prominent rookies were also signed to Nike yesterday in Tayler Hill and Kelsey Bone of the Washington Mystics and New York Liberty, respectively. Hill and Bone just so happen to be the fourth and fifth selections in the 2013 WNBA draft, marking an epic day for Nike and women’s basketball. The mere fact that Nike felt compelled to announce the signing of the new “Big 3” speaks to the suggestion that something special is on the horizon. With the increased interest and expected reemergence of the women’s game, is it time for another women’s basketball signature to become a reality? Let’s explore. The careers of the top three selections are historic. They helped usher women’s basketball into a new stratosphere of popularity, and build unprecedented anticipation for the 2013 WNBA season. “I think that [anticipation] has been missing from the women’s game. I’m glad to see some of that is back,” remarks Shereka Wright, a current Assistant Coach at Texas Tech. After being named WBCA, Gatorade, and USA Today High School Player of the Year in 2000, Wright went on to star at Purdue University, where she was an All-American. Wright has been inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, and was drafted in the 2004 WNBA Draft. “I was a part of it when (Diana) Taurasi came in,” remembers Wright. “I was a part of that (2004) class. It was big talk when Diana came in. Our class was just a very good class. Diana was supposed to be the resurrection of the league because it hit a lull.” Nike released the Nike WMNS Shox DT, Taurasi’s signature shoe, back in 2006. Since then she has been wearing PE versions of the Nike LeBron line. Taurasi’s sneaker may not have caught on, but a decade prior to the Shox DT, Nike made history by creating the first sneaker to be named after a female athlete. The Nike Air Swoopes broke barriers, and was extremely popular among female athletes worldwide. “I owned all of Swoopes’ shoes. Our whole AAU team wore her shoes in 7th and 8th grade,” reminisces former college All-American and current Tulsa Shock Forward Tiffany Jones. Nike continued to be on the frontier of signature footwear diversity by following with signatures for Lisa Leslie, Dawn Staley, Cynthia Cooper, and Chamique Holdsclaw. The Nike Swoopes line released an astonishing seven models, with the last being the Nike Swoopes Premier in 2002. Over a decade later, even Jones, a new teammate of Diggins, says, “I haven’t worn a women’s (basketball) shoe in a very long time.” Why is that? Why has there been a gap in women’s signatures? You may be surprised to know that Los Angeles Sparks’ superstar Candice Parker had a signature in 2008 entitled the adidas TS Ace Commander. Due to injury and pregnancy, her next signature didn’t drop until the 2011 adidas Ace Versatility. It’s plausible you overlooked this shoe, because Parker’s name is not in the shoe’s name. Similarly, Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore became the first women’s basketball player to sign with Jordan Brand in 2011. “It was a big deal,” Wright says of the historic signing, “but was it something that you consistently heard about? There were a lot of people attending and watching WNBA games that didn’t even know she signed with Jordan.” She continues, “The only reason we knew about is through social media buzzing about the fact she signed with Team Jordan. Did you see a shoe for Maya Moore? Does Maya Moore have a shoe? No. As a female, we know that she’s with Team Jordan, but how do we know what she’s wearing? How do we know the shoes were made for her?”
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Toronto Film Review

When the movies deal with Alzheimer’s, they nearly always approach it from the vantage of the family members who are painfully forgotten as loved ones lose their memories. “Still Alice” shows the process from the victim’s p.o.v., and suddenly the disease isn’t just something sad that happens to other people, but a condition we can relate to firsthand. Julianne Moore guides us through the tragic arc of how it must feel to disappear before one’s own eyes, accomplishing one of her most powerful performances by underplaying the scenario — a low-key approach that should serve this dignified indie well in limited release. Based on the novel by neuroscientist Lisa Genova, “Still Alice” gives new meaning to the phrase, “It happens to the best of us.” Columbia professor Alice Howland is the sort of character who, even without Alzheimer’s to contend with, is accomplished and interesting enough to warrant her own movie. She has achieved much in her 50-odd years, both as a respected scholar and mother of three grown children, played by Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish. For the otherwise healthy Alice, there’s no good reason why Alzheimer’s should strike now, nearly 15 years before it traditionally occurs, although, as her doctor points out, the condition can actually be harder to diagnose in intelligent people, since they’re capable of devising elaborate work-arounds that mask the problem. Genova’s book hit especially close to home for husband-and-husband helmers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (“Quinceanera”), since Glatzer suffers from ALS — another degenerative condition that systematically attacks one’s sense of self. At first, it’s just a word that goes missing in the middle of one of Alice’s linguistics lectures. But the situation gets scarier when she loses track of where she is during her daily jog. Since Alice’s disease involves short-term memory loss, a number of the tests she faces are ones the audience can take alongside, with the inevitable result that we start to reflect on the blind spots in our memory. Forgetting things isn’t unusual even among perfectly healthy adults, making it easy to identify with Moore, who plays her initial concerns quite casually. It’s not until Alice learns that the disease is hereditary that the severity of her situation sets in: As if it weren’t bad enough that she will eventually cease to recognize her own children, Alice may also be responsible for passing the condition along to them. This is a tragedy, pure and simple, and yet the directing duo refuses to milk the family’s situation for easy tears. Instead, the idea is to put us inside Alice’s head. We experience disorientation as she would, suggested by a shallow depth of field where things shown out of focus appear to be just beyond her comprehension. Alice’s diagnosis calls for a form of grieving, during which she tries coming to terms with the fact that life as it had previously existed is now over. She tells the department chair at Columbia U., where she taught, about her Alzheimer’s and is promptly dismissed from her position. She gets lost in her own home and is easily overwhelmed whenever she steps out of it. Though her husband John (Alec Balwin) aims to be supportive, he refuses to let her condition derail his own professional life. Alice begs him to take a year off work so they can be together before she’s too far gone to experience her own life, making visits to retirement homes and making contingency plans (a bottle of sleeping pills stashed at the back of a dresser drawer) for the day when she can no longer answer a series of personal questions about her life. The directorial couple must have gone through something very similar when Glatzer’s ALS kicked in, forcing him to accept that his body had become his greatest enemy. The pair bring that personal connection to the writing process, emphasizing Alice’s emotions over those of her various family members — although Stewart, whose character steps in as caregiver at one point, gets several intimate, unshowy scenes with Moore. The helmers have made a conscious decision to keep things quiet, commissioning a score from British composer Ilan Eshkeri that doesn’t tell you how to feel, but rather how she feels: lost, emotional and anxious most of the time. Clearly, Glatzer has not yet given up, and neither does Alice, despite her relatively rapid degeneration. It’s a devastating thing to watch the light of recognition dwindle in her eyes, to see the assertive, confident lecturer that she had so recently been reduced to the nervous, scared woman we see delivering one last speech at an Alzheimer’s society confab. After the stiff lifelessness of “The Last of Robin Hood,” the helmers have made a near-total recovery, shooting things in such a way that activity is constantly spilling beyond the edges of the frame, giving the impression that characters’ lives continue when they’re not on camera, even as Alice’s seems to be closing in around her. Just as her kids look for ever-fainter signs of their mother behind those eyes, we lean in to watch Moore the actress turn invisible within her own skin.

Zachary Quinto and the All-Star Cast of THE SLAP on Their Controversial New NBC Drama « Nerdist

The eight-episode The Slap is an American adaptation of an Australian series of the same name about a group of Brooklyn-based friends and acquaintances whose lives are turned upside down when one of them (played by Zachary Quinto) slaps the child of another. At last month’s TCA winter press tour, writer/executive producer Jon Robin Baitz and executive producer Walter Parkes spoke to us about the show alongside its stars — Quinto, Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, and Melissa George, who reprises her role as Rosie, the mother of the slapped child, from the series original incarnation… Zachary Quinto: It was a big scene. There were a lot of technical elements to it because there were so many of us in it. The thing that was the most important for everybody was the well-being and the safety of the kids. So I was really impressed with how our AD team handled that. Obviously, we had to do it repetitively, but we isolated the moment of the slap. There was really clear communication with the kids, and then all of the explosive anger and emotion that exists around that actual incident was all done without the kids there, of course. So I think it was really well-handled, really well-executed, and, oddly, for all of us, because we spent so much time shooting that sequence, kind of enjoyable. It was a time of bonding and getting to know each other. Even though it was in the context of this horrific act, we all had as good a time as we could. Jon Robin Baitz: The narration offers the delusion of the character’s thought as fact. In the first episode a lot of the narration is about how how great Hector feels. That’s an illusion to some extent. People either like narration or they don’t habitually. As the show progresses, that voice of irony, becomes valuable in places where the behavior is saying one thing. Walter F. Parkes: In the weeks to come, each hour is sort of a little short story about one of the characters, not so much Rashomon looking back, but really looking forward and seeing the extent to which the slap has had an effect on their lives. Borrowing from the same first eight chapters that take place in the novel, we’ve sort of adapted the literary voice as a way to kind of create a wholeness in each of these little short stories. We’ll see if it works. On the way characters will be presented from different viewpoints over time… WP: The slap is a catalyst for a whole lot of things that happen in these people’s lives. One of the metaphors we used working on this show [was] sometimes you have to break something to put it back right. So what you’re seeing over the course of the eight hours is a kind of working out of these relationships and actually breaking through some of the lies upon which these relationships were built. On bringing the kind of subject matter usually reserved for cable TV to commercial television… WP: This came about because NBC network and NBCUniversal saw this as an opportunity to do a kind of event that usually we do associate with cable. At the end of the day, because it doesn’t have the rigors of twenty-two episodes, because it’s closed-ended, an opportunity for people, both behind and in front of the camera, to really commit to do something a little bit different, a little bit special. It begins with what’s on the page, and it goes through the director and to these actors, who are really the story here. If, in fact, that’s the way all of television is evolving, I think it’s a good thing, because we’re kind of in a moment of some of the greatest television being made in the history of the medium. Melissa George: As actors, we get a cable script, and we’re excited because we know its producers are not ripping out pages, saying, “You can’t say this, you can’t say that because the advertisers are going to not like you to say that.” As an actor, you want freedom of speech. On the other side of that, [you] get less viewers if you’re on cable. We always say, “If I could do this script on a network with the millions and millions and millions of people that are going to tune in every week…” We have this luxurious poetic dialogue from Robbie Baitz and the direction of Lisa and Walter and all these great actors, and we’re on network TV. There’s no excuse for this to not deliver. For once, I feel, wow, we might get the viewers, and we’ve got the beautiful dialogue. So I’m hoping that the two roads meet. Thandie Newton: I did a cable show; I’m still doing one, and there is the tendency there to… maybe it’s more gratuitous than it needs to be because that’s what people are expecting from cable. Actually, working on this, one of the things that was so beautiful about it [was] that, because we had certain restrictions, which weren’t crazy, it meant that we had to dig deeper into the performance… It’s so much nicer for an audience to have to imagine the extremes where you can go in performance. Peter Sarsgaard: In cable somebody would have shot someone else’s child. And then had sex with the child’s sister. [Laughs.] TN: The whole family, gone. On the significance of the show’s titular act… ZQ: The interesting thing is it’s not really about the slap, and all of these characters come to the table with a tremendous amount of internal conflict and struggle about different aspects of their lives and relationships. The slap is just this codifying incident that puts all of that into clear relief; and so I think all of us were more interested in the psychological dynamics that are going on outside of the incident of the actual slap. It was very difficult for me personally, obviously, so I [didn’t] understand how anybody could be motivated to this until I really got into the idea of what Harry believes he’s defending, the people that he loves, protection, honor, teaching his son what it means to be a man even if that’s a really misguided concept. There’s just so much else going on, and the great thing about the series, the miniseries, the event of it is that it’s a launching point, but what you’re going to see is a lot of very little black and white and a lot of gray. MG: Everyone gets slapped in some way. Uma Thurman: Being brought up in the ’70s, we got hit all the time, and friends were hit, and you saw their parents hitting their children. There was a lot of hitting, and hitting was acceptable. One of the things I love about the piece is it’s a very interesting cultural exploration of the changing face of how to treat a human being, of compassion, of family, what’s acceptable, what’s not acceptable. Robin explores this in the old world, like who can blame their parent who is lashed in the woodshed if they slapped you a few times, and they think they did nothing to you because they were brutalized? So they’re blinded by their own trauma from even how they may have behaved. I think Robin explores this on a cultural level in a way we really do understand. My daughter is very smart and says, “There’s two types of people. There’s reactors, and there’s repeaters.” Which one are you going to be as a person, as a parent? Are you reacting against it? Or are you going to repeat what happened to you? It’s very elusive. I think it’s very beautifully explored from many points of view in this piece. The Slap debuts tonight on NBC and airs Thursdays at 8/7c.

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Stephen Curry On Scalabrine’s Comments & Paul George’s Injury

It was hard for us not to ask Stephen Curry to pose back-to-back and see if maybe we had a fraction of an inch on him. We’re 6-3, but Steph seemed slightly shorter, even though his ropey arms, made taut with coiled muscles, made our reluctance to work out more obvious as our morning with him wore on. Perhaps that’s also why he was so easy to talk with, even after he’d gone through the paces a few times before chatting with Dime during a DEGREE Men event earlier this week. The 26-year-old son of former NBA sharpshooter, Dell Curry, is married and has a two-year-old daughter you can tell he adores just from the beaming smile that flits across his countenance any time he mentioned her to us. Despite being a family man, Steph consistently gets asked to show ID during the offseason (he doesn’t really drink during the season) even as he’s become one of the more popular players in the NBA and last year was voted in as a starter in his first — of many, likely to follow — all-star appearances. Curry’s Warriors finished last season as a six seed in a brutally competitive Western Conference, and pushed Chris Paul‘s Los Angeles Clippers to the brink in the first round before losing a hotly contested Game 7 on the road at Staples Center. Despite all the success and Curry’s very public support for him, coach Mark Jackson was let go and a former player with no head coaching experience, Steve Kerr, was signed to a five-year, $25 million deal as their new coach in the offseason. We talked with Steph about the coaching chance, his busy summer with USA Basketball, the affect of Paul George‘s injury on the mindset of the men’s national team and former Dubs assistant coach Brian Scalabrine‘s comments about his defense and his former coach. [RELATED: Stephen Curry tries to teach us to shoot] [RELATED: Dime Q&A: Stephen Curry on Mark Jackson, 4-Pointers, sleeved jerseys and more] Dime: When do you find time with your family and time to rest and recover for next season? With the playoffs, then Team USA, you don’t really get much time off before training camp opens in October. Stephen Curry: I got a good chunk of time after the season’s over with and the playoffs. It was nice. We live in the Bay area full-time now. You know it hasn’t been that bad. Obviously we did travel a lot during the summer, there’s a lot going on. Family gets to travel with me. I got a two-year-old daughter and I get to spend time with her. Team USA stuff, that’s the biggest commitment, obviously, going overseas and being so close to training camp when we get back, but it’s all fun stuff. Dime: So you did have a couple weeks when the season ended? SC: Oh yeah, I took a little vacation, played a little golf, spent time with the family. I’ll get one more vacation in before training camp and then we’re ready to go. Dime: Talking about this summer, there have been some changes, most notably at coach. Don’t want to get into the Mark Jackson-Steve Kerr stuff, but your former assistant coach, Brian Scalabrine, went on a radio show and talked about you and your defense. He said you wanted to match up against the best opposing guard, but Mark Jackson wanted to preserve your energy for the offensive end. Looking at film, you took on Tony Parker and obviously would switch onto the lead guard sometimes. Going into next season, is that something you’re going to go to Steve, and say, ‘I want that challenge. I want that lead guy’? SC: One of the things, he [Mark Jackson] made the decision some games to put Klay [Thompson] on the main ball-handler because Klay is a great defender, obviously. He’s long and athletic and can hound quicker guys. I definitely want that challenge and I expect that challenge coming into next season. Dime: Has that possible change in defensive assignment affected your workout regiment at all? SC: No. I always prepare for that. And regardless this is the NBA, so they say you put me on the weakest guy and he’s still in the NBA for a reason, so it’s not like I can just take night’s off. I might not have to chase Chris Paul off a hundred pick-and-rolls, but you still gotta hold your own and play team defense and figure out where you can impact a game. But I go into every game expecting — there’s not a game where I don’t guard the opponent’s point guard or whoever their best guard is at some point during games, you always — you can’t take breaks is all, you know. I might not have that, last year I didn’t have that responsibility to start most games, but you have it at some point. Click to hear his thoughts on Team USA’s mindset after Paul George’s devastating injury…

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