NBA-Insider David Aldridge Writes About Us!

On January 27, 2010, in Business, Community, Culture, Gear, Goodwill, History, NBA, Race, by Claude Johnson

Did you see what “NBA-Insider” David Aldridge wrote about me and in his column on

These Nike Retros Are Hot Right Now

On March 23, 2009, in Culture, Gear, by Black Fives Foundation

The New York Rens have been in the news a lot lately, so that might explain why these Nike retros are hot right now.

My Adidas

On September 11, 2008, in Gear, Humor, Photos, Youth, by Claude Johnson

I recall that during college, my favorite basketball kicks were the original Adidas Shelltoes.

Special Basket Ball Pants

On August 25, 2008, in Gear, History, by Black Fives Foundation

Here’s another look at some early “basket ball” pants. These ones are “special.” I mentioned this style before in an earlier post that includes a photo of Howard University’s 1911 varsity basketball team wearing joints similar to these. And you thought the N.B.A. dress code was rough?

Official Jock Straps, Basket Ball Picnics, And More!

On August 22, 2008, in Gear, History, Humor, by Claude Johnson

Spalding once supplied the official “jockey suspensory” for all of basketball.

Early Laced Basketballs

On August 15, 2008, in Gear, History, by Black Fives Foundation

Did you know that early basketballs had laces? They had to be unlaced, pumped up, tested, and re-laced repeatedly until the air pressure of the rubber bladder inside was just right. These balls evolved to include external air pump holes, but the laces remained until the 1930s, when laceless designs were first introduced. The version […]

Quote of the Month

“The wonder-player of ten or even five years ago lives only in the memory of contemporary worshipers of his brief scintillating days in the limelight. His picture hung on the walls of his Alma Mater, his name on a cup, a book of clippings, and the record of his team connect him with the string of those gone to live only in reminiscences.”
– Edwin Bancroft Henderson, 1939

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