Iverson Graces Slam Cover, Plus A.I. Sneaker Gallery

Iverson Graces Slam Cover, Plus A.I. Sneaker Gallery

Allen Iverson celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday and to help him celebrate, the hoops heads over at Slam Magazine put him on the cover of their 150th issue. It's not just any cover shot though, it's the classic Iverson with the afro popped out from back in the day.

Not only do they have an interview with Iverson by Tzvi Twersky, in which A.I. says he hopes to return to the NBA some day, but they also put together a photo gallery of A.I.'s footwear through the years.

My favorite is clearly the original Reebok Question. Perhaps I'm a bit biased because I owned the originals, in the baby blue variety, back in the day, but they're a sneaker that bring me back to playing ball at Bailey Park in Havertown.

I lost interest in the sneaker game once I stopped playing on a regular basis, so many of the kicks after the original Questions just don't register with me. But those Reeboks pictured below were up there with my original Penny Hardaway Nike's that were basically all white with a splash of blue and black as my favorite basketball sneakers I ever owned. Maybe the original Dee Brown Pumps were up there as well.

(I think I may have had some Grant Hill Fila's or something too.)

But the entire Iverson sneaker gallery is worth checking out here.

6 years after last appearance, Eric Lichaj's crucial goal lifts U.S. in Gold Cup win

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6 years after last appearance, Eric Lichaj's crucial goal lifts U.S. in Gold Cup win

Six years after his last appearance with the U.S. Men’s National Team, Eric Lichaj finally opened up his international scoring account in a 2-0 win over El Salvador in Wednesday night’s Gold Cup quarterfinals match (see story).

Lichaj earned his first international appearance under previous USMNT coach Bob Bradley, only to fall out of favor with Jurgen Klinsmann during his tenure. Now with Bruce Arena at the helm, Lichaj has been given an opportunity to prove himself throughout the Gold Cup.

Despite getting off to a rocky start Wednesday night, the defender found himself streaking up the field into the opposing third, getting his foot on the receiving end of a Clint Dempsey assist.  

“I wasn’t having the best of times in the first half. I think I ended up going forward and having a good run. It was a good play down the left and Clint ended up turning and slotting me in and it was just a good goal, and I needed it because my performance in the first half is something I don’t want to repeat ever again,” Lichaj said. 

A full body slide celebration soon followed, along with congratulations and hugs from teammates.

“I’m delighted for him”, roommate and Union midfielder Chris Pontius said. “I told him he’d get one this tournament, he ventured forward a couple times in the first half. I don’t know how he ended up the left side as a right back, but it was a great finish though.”

A finish his family was able to enjoy with him, as Lichaj had 10 family members in the stands on Wednesday night. His wife and two daughters have traveled across the country over the last couple weeks, attending every game this tournament. 

The Lichaj’s will once again be packing their bags as they follow their favorite defender and the USMNT to Texas this weekend. Up next for the Red, White, and Blue is a semifinal match against Costa Rica on July 22nd. It’s a showdown that will certainly bring up some past emotions, for players and coaches alike. 

"Certainly they're a good team, we know that," Arena said of Costa Rica. "They beat the U.S. by four goals in November, right? Hopefully, we can remember that."

First tease of Sixers' new Nike uniforms pops up on Twitter

First tease of Sixers' new Nike uniforms pops up on Twitter

Nike kicks off an 8-year exclusive partnership with the NBA and will be the official provider of all jerseys, shorts, and basically the classic parts of the basketball uniform.

A number of team's have already released what their new jerseys with a Nike swoosh will look like. The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings have shared images of their new jerseys.

Notice the swoosh on one side with the sponsorship logo on the other. The Sixers will have StubHub on their new Nike jerseys.

Chris Heck, the Sixers' Chief Sales and Marketing Officer best known for tweeting images with only a #OnBrand hashtag, shared what appears to be the first look at the new Sixers' gear with a Nike logo.

As you may or may not be aware, Nike is doing away with a traditional "home" and "away" uniform, instead producing four different uniforms for each team that they can choose from. Here's how NBA.com describes it:

Another significant change coming this fall involves adjusting the nomenclature of what were formerly known as “home” and “away” uniforms. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, home teams are not automatically assigned to wear white uniforms, and instead will be allowed to choose which uniform they want to wear for each home game. Visiting teams will then choose a contrasting uniform from their available options.