words_Brandon Richard While Americans get over the disappointing exit of the U.S. Men's National Team from the FIFA World Cup, we turn our attention to a game that is more our speed. At the end of August, the 2010 FIBA World Championship will tip off in Turkey. This will be the first time that the U.S. Men have competed since the "Redeem Team" took home the gold medal in Beijing. Only, several key players from that team are not expected to make the trip to Turkey. Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the tournament as he continues to recovery from various injuries. Dwyane Wade has already confirmed that he'll miss the games to tend to personal business. LeBron James and Dwight Howard have both expressed uncertainty about playing. However, Kevin Durant will suit up in those familiar red, white, and blue colors. If all of the aforementioned players do indeed miss the tournament, we'll need every one of Durant's league leading 30.1 points to prevail in Turkey. In preparation for FIBA 2010, the Jordan Brand has released a special colorway of their Rare Air model. The Rare Air, of course, features inspiration from Jordan models II-VI. This particular pair boasts a boldly colored navy blue base, consisting of both perforated nubuck and smooth leather. Red hits the inner liner and elephant print on the toe and heel. Minimal hints of grey are seen on the tongue and midsole, while a white outsole completes the look. No word on a release date for these shoes yet, but Sole Collector will keep you updated. via fatboykickz @ Kenlu