Jordan is a Nike company though so it doesn't really matter.
I destroyed my ankle in Rose 2.5s thus adidas sucks??
Checkout running market share and what kicks all of the casual runners in large cities are rocking... Nike is killing it.
True, Jordan is a Nike company, no doubt. However, Jordan Brand carries the Basketball brand, not Nike basketball. Jordan himself knows this, thus the Jumpman, not the swoosh, on the back of his shoes. Trust, Jordan leaves Nike, it's over. He has threatened to do so in the past, but didn't. Perhaps a nice little restructuring would put things in their proper perspective.
In regard to making the claim that all Adidas being bad due to Rose's injury, well, you are correct. Knowing how de_conditioning occurs in athletes that weren't properly conditioned in the first place, many injuries are simply structural, then coming from fatigue, but that wasn't my point with the gif.
The current crop of Nike Basketball shoes are so second rate, that they breakdown as quickly as toilet paper if they are hit right, thus the clip up above, and stuff like this...
These are Lebron's PERSONAL pair, not the GR, and you mean to tell me that you guys could not get the swoosh right, keeping it on, at least on his pair???
You've got to be kidding me!
I guess you can claim consistency at two hundred fifty dollars....
but not quality.
BTW, in regard to those casual runners, you are really describing mall walkers. So you aren't saying much there...but a sale is a sale!
I've got no argument about the quality/durability issue. This year I've bought 2 adidas basketball shoes and 1 pair of Nike basketball shoes. The Rose 2/2.5's both hold up really well, though I'm not a fan at all of the stability. I thought 2011 was a weak year for basketball products in general, though I haven't tried on the Fly Wade's or Melo 8's, which I've heard good things about. LeBron IX is an extremely mediocre basketball shoe, and the Kobe VII is awful.
I don't think MJ is really worried about his $30-$50m annual annuity stream from Nike.
As for the casual runner, I'm referencing the hundreds of people I see running down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago every day. These are people, like myself, who run 10-15 miles per week (I'd say this is the majority of "runners"). Now, whether or not these 45 year old moms should be running in Nike Frees...I don't know. What I do know is they are wearing Nike hats, Nike jackets, Nike shoes, and Lululemon pants or Tempo shorts.
From Matt Powell over at SportsOneSource
“Running remained a strong category even as sales
improved about +10% in units and dollars. Nike Running sales grew in
the low singles and took 54% share. Reebok Running doubled and share
nearly doubled to 11%. Asics grew in the low singles as share hit
11.5%. New Balance declined in the mid singles while Adidas grew in the
high singles. Under Armour Running doubled and share hit 1.3%. The
Core Running brands (Saucony, Mizuno and Brooks) all had solid
As we have seen for a while
Lightweight is now cannibalizing the traditional Running categories.
Stability declined in the high singles and Cushioning in the low
singles. Lightweight Running grew about 75% and represented 30% of all
Running shoes sold for the quarter. In Lightweight Nike has a 45% share,
Reebok 32%, and Adidas 5%.
(a subset of Lightweight) grew more than double for the quarter, and
represented about 9% of all Running. Nike has 71% share of minimal
driven by the Free franchise. Vibram, Merrell, New balance, Asics and
Saucony each have about a 5% share.”