This Week In Basketball: Where's The Love?

Did LeBron brush off Love's high-five?

Did LeBron brush off Love's high-five?

Was Love left hanging?

Things are bittersweet right now for Kevin Love. On one hand, he's finally playing in a finals series after spending years on the Wolves and missing last year's series with an injury. On the other hand, people are wondering exactly how much Love is contributing, most recently with a two-point, three-rebound game on Monday night.

To add insult to injury, the ever-alert folks on Twitter captured a moment last night that... well... just watch.

Ouch. We've all been left hanging on a high-five, but probably not on national television.

But Tom Ley of Deadspin has a different idea. "That Vine is very funny, but also false," he writes. "Love wasn’t looking for any affirmation from James, he was having a heated discussion about the previous play."

Take a look at Ley's article and decide for yourself.

 

Son of Shaq

Shaquille O'Neal's son Shareef just completed his sophomore year of high school and is already 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot wingspan. And although some children of superstar hoopers certainly haven't lived up to the hype recently, this one looks like his potential is through the roof.

Shareef recently chatted with Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, detailing his training sessions with Kobe, the advice his dad gives him and more. Check out these on-court highlights, posted in April:

You can see that Shareef has inherited some of his dad's size and length, but he's much slimmer and does things that Shaq would never, ever try, like catch-and-shoot 3-pointers and crossovers in the open court. 

Colleges like Arizona, Baylor, LSU and UCLA have already extended scholarship offers, and we can assure you that this won't be the last time you hear about the younger O'Neal.

 

Give your hoops game a Boost

Since 2013, Adidas has been producing footwear (mostly running shoes, some casual) with the Boost cushioning technology, and the reception from consumers has been very positive. Each shoe with Boost uses thousands of "energy capsules" packed into the sole to return energy to your foot. Complex named the Pure Boost as 2014's best sneaker, and 2015's Ultra Boost continues to regularly sell out of sizes upon re-release

I love my Ultra Boosts, and I've been personally waiting for an Adidas basketball shoe to feature Boost in more than just the heel or select other spots. Good news came through this week when Adidas announced that the new Crazylight 2016 would feature full-length Boost cushioning, the first of its kind for its basketball line. 

Check out the promotional video below, and expect to see Crazylight Boost 2016s in stores on July 2 with a very reasonable $120 price tag.