Sole Watch: NBA Media Day 2014 (Part 2)

words // Brandon Richard

Following Friday's small group, the NBA's remaining teams got back in uniform for their respective Media Day sessions yesterday.

With Cleveland's Media Day already a wrap, much of Monday's talk was centered on the new-look Chicago Bulls. Not only is the team bringing back a healthy (and gold medal winning) Derrick Rose, but they're introducing Pau Gasol into the equation. With the addition of the future Hall of Fame Spaniard, the Bulls will be a formidable contender in the East.

Later in the day, attention turned toward Los Angeles, where all eyes are still on Kobe Bryant. It doesn't seem that he has the help necessary to dethrone a team like the San Antonio Spurs, but you know he's going to give it his all, and break a couple records in the process.

Not many surprises on the sneaker front, but there were a few sightings worth noting.

-New Nugget Gary Harris paid tribute to Carmelo Anthony with one his older Jordan sigs.

-With the model rumored for a retro next year, Jordan Brand athlete Jabari Parker laced up the Air Jordan XX.

-Nerlens Noel may already be done with Reebok, as he brought back an old Nike PE from his days at Kentucky. 

-Rajon Rondo debuted a new ANTA shoe.

-Now a Washington Wizard, Paul Pierce broke out his Air Legacy 3 in a red and navy PE colorway. John Wall wore his new adidas signature shoe.

-Fresh off signing a new deal with Nike, Kevin Durant went with a new colorway of the KD 7.

-Paul George probably won't be playing this season, but he showed up in his Nike HyperRev 2015 PE.

-Kobe wore an unreleased Kobe 9 Elite 'Inline' PE.

Read on for a comprehensive look at the kicks worn for NBA Media Day in this special edition of Sole Watch.


JaVale McGee wearing Air Jordan XIV 14 Retro Sport Blue

JaVale McGee -- Air Jordan 14 Retro 'Sport Blue'


Nate Robinson wearing Air Jordan IX 9 For the Love of the Game

Nate Robinson -- Air Jordan 9 Retro 'For the Love of the Game'


Gary Harris wearing Jordan Melo M3

Gary Harris -- Jordan Melo M3


Ty Lawson wearing Nike Zoom Soldier VII 7 PE

Ty Lawson -- Nike Zoom Soldier 7 PE


Randy Foye wearing Nike Hyperfuse 2014 PE

Randy Foye -- Nike Hyperfuse 2014 PE


Goran Dragic wearing adidas Crazylight Boost; Isaiah Thomas wearing Reebok Kamikaze II 2; Eric Bledsoe wearing Air Jordan XIV 14 Retro Black Toe

Goran Dragic -- adidas Crazylight Boost
Isaiah Thomas -- Reebok Kamikaze II PE
Eric Bledsoe -- Air Jordan 14 Retro 'Black Toe'


Markieff Morris wearing Nike Air Foamposite One White; Marcus Morris wearing NIKEiD LeBron X 10

Markieff Morris -- Nike Air Foamposite One 'White'
Marcus Morris -- NIKEiD LeBron 10


Gerald Green wearing Reebok Blacktop Battleground

Gerald Green -- Reebok Blacktop Battleground


Amir Johnson wearing Air Jordan III 3 Doernbecher

Amir Johnson -- Air Jordan 3 Retro 'Doernbecher'


Kyle Lowry wearing adidas Crazylight Boost

Kyle Lowry -- adidas Crazylight Boost


Greivis Vasquez wearing Under Armour ClutchFit Drive Low Maryland PE

Greivis Vasques -- Under Armour ClutchFit Drive Low 'Maryland' PE


Blake Griffin wearing Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO PE

Blake Griffin -- Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO PE


Jamal Crawford wearing Brandblack Raptor PE

Jamal Crawford -- Brandblack Raptor PE


Chris Paul wearing Jordan CP3.VII 7 PE

Chris Paul -- Jordan CP3.VII PE


Carmelo Anthony wearing Jordan Melo M10 Knicks PE

Carmelo Anthony -- Jordan Melo M10 'Knicks' PE


Dame Lillard wearing adidas Crazylight Boost PE

Dame Lillard -- adidas Crazylight Boost PE


LaMarcus Aldridge wearing Nike Air Max Hyperposite 2

LaMarcus Aldridge -- Nike Air Max Hyperposite 2


Gordon Hayward wearing NIKEiD KD VI 6

Gordon Hayward -- NIKEiD KD 6


Dante Exum wearing adidas Crazylight Boost

Dante Exum -- adidas Crazylight Boost


Jabari Parker wearing Air Jordan XX 20 Home

Jabari Parker -- Air Jordan XX 'Home'


Kendall Marshall wearing Air Jordan XX3

Kendall Marshall -- Air Jordan XX3


Jeff Green wearing Air Jordan XI 11 Low Green Snake

Jeff Green -- Air Jordan 11 Retro Low 'Green Snake'


James Young wearing Air Jordan Future

James Young -- Air Jordan Future


Marcus Smart wearing adidas Crazylight Boost

Marcus Smart -- adidas Crazylight Boost


Rajon Rondo wearing ANTA

Rajon Rondo -- ANTA


Joel Embiid wearing adidas D Rose 773 III 3; Nerlens Noel wearing Nike LeBron X 10 PE; Michael Carter Williams wearing Nike Zoom HyperRev

Joel Embiid -- adidas D Rose 773 III
Nerlens Noel -- Nike LeBron 10 PE
Michael Carter-Williams -- Nike Zoom HyperRev


Dirk Nowitzki wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE

Dirk Nowitzki -- Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE


Monta Ellis wearing Jordan Prime.Fly Tech

Monta Ellis -- Jordan Prime.Fly Tech


Stephen Curry wearing Under Armour ClutchFit Drive PE

Stephen Curry -- Under Armour ClutchFit Drive PE


Anthony Davis wearing Nike Air Max Hyperposite 2 PE

Anthony Davis -- Nike Air Max Hyperposite 2 PE


Tyreke Evans wearing Nike Hyperfuse 2014 PE

Tyreke Evans -- Nike Hyperfuse 2014 PE


Jrue Holiday wearing adidas Crazy Ghost 2014 PE

Jrue Holiday -- adidas Crazy Ghost 2014 PE


Kemba Walker wearing Under Armour ClutchFit Drive PE

Kemba Walker -- Under Armour ClutchFit Drive PE


Al Jefferson wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2014

Al Jefferson -- Nike Hyperdunk 2014


Gerald Henderson wearing Air Jordan II 2 Dark Concord

Gerald Henderson -- Air Jordan 2 Retro 'Dark Concord'


Kevin Durant wearing Nike KD VII 7 OKC Home

Kevin Durant -- Nike KD 7 'OKC Home'


Russell Westbrook wearing Air Jordan X 10 PE

Russell Westbrook -- Air Jordan 10 PE


Paul George wearing Nike HyperRev 2015 PE; Rodney Stuckey wearing adidas Crazy Fast 2

Rodney Stuckey -- adidas Crazy Fast 2
Paul George -- Nike HyperRev 2015 PE


George Hill wearing PEAK

George Hill -- PEAK


Paul Pierce wearing Nike Air Legacy 3 Wizards

Paul Pierce -- Nike Air Legacy 3


John Wall wearing adidas J Wall

John Wall -- adidas J Wall


Michael Beasley wearing Air Jordan VII 7 Olympic

Michael Beasley -- Air Jordan 7 Retro 'Olympic'


Marc Gasol & Zach Randolph wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PE; Mike Conley wearing adidas Crazylight Boost

March Gasol & Zach Randolph -- Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PEs
Mike Conley -- adidas Crazylight Boost


Jeremy Lin wearing adidas ZX Flux

Jeremy Lin -- adidas ZX Flux


Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 Elite Inline

Kobe Bryant -- Nike Kobe 9 Elite PE


images via David Butler II (Celtics), Robert Deutsch (Knicks), Isaiah J. Downing (Nuggets), Russell Isabella (Jazz), Jayne Kamin-Oncea (Clippers, Lakers), Peter Llewellyn (Raptors), Crystal LoGiudice (Pelicans), Jerome Miron (Mavericks), Craig Mitchelldyer (Blazers), Mark J. Rebllas (Suns), Trevor Ruszkowski (Pacers), Sam Sharpe (Hornets), Benny Sieu (Bucks), Bill Streicher (Sixers), Kyle Terada (Warriors) for USA Today Sports