Thursday, July 31, 2008
DEREK ROSE SIGNS WITH ADIDAS
I know this is old but...
Maybe these will get released... Congrats to adi. We'll see what happens with everyone else.
From Undrcrwn fam, Chris Littman at the SportingNews blog/First Cuts.
Score one for wild speculation! When Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley bumped heads in their first summer league games, I took a stab in the dark that, if the games were a sign, Rose would land with adidas while Beasley could end up integrating into Jordan Brand.
Rose actually went on to also wear Nike Hyperdunks in summer league play before shutting it down with a knee injury, but he has landed a deal with the three stripes after all. According to the article, Rose already has completed a photo shoot for adidas.
No word on financial terms of the deal at this point. The article also makes no mention as to whether Rose will be given a signature shoe, or if he'll be integrated into that whole team concept adidas has going. If that's the case, it won't be a surprise to see him wearing some version of the TS Pro Model. He wore it at Memphis and he's seen wearing it in this summer league picture to the right.
Even if this is considered a weak class, endorsement-wise, Rose could be one of the most marketable from the group. Guard shoes always are easier to sell than big man. Perhaps Rose's shy and quiet demeanor was a turn-off for other companies when it came to picturing this year's No. 1 pick as a pitch man for kicks. Perhaps that makes him an even better fit for adidas.