Adidas is honoring the legacy of former UCLA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a pair of shoes, and the Bruins will be sporting them on the court soon.
After interviewing some NBA players, Adidas came up with the perfect name for the shoes: "The Blueprint." When asked what Abdul-Jabbar meant to them, one player responded by calling him "the blueprint to greatness as a person, an athlete and as a philanthropist."
The legend, known as Lew Alcindor until May of 1971, played for UCLA from 1966-69, winning three NCAA titles and three National College Player of the Year awards.
Abdul-Jabbar played for the Bruins during their golden years, and now Adidas has created a pair of shoes to pay tribute to the NBA's all-time leading scorer.
Here's a little bit of information on the sneakers:
The upper is constructed of a single piece of synthetic suede with stitching and molded details that highlight the simplicity of the original model. Additional details include a custom tongue patch that displays Kareem’s iconic hook-shot and signature. Kareem’s number, 33, is stitched on the heel and toe of the shoe.
The shoes do a great job of paying homage to Abdul-Jabbar:
UCLA will wear "The Blueprint" Crazy 8 against Colorado on Feb. 13, and the shoes will be sold online and at an Adidas store in New Orleans—during NBA All-Star weekend—starting on Feb. 14.