In January 2015, the NBA will return to London, with the New York Knicks taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at the O2 Arena.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on 31st October for the 5th NBA regular-season game to be played in the capital in as many years, and you can grab on the O2 website.
Historically, the Knicks are one of the most notorious teams in the NBA, and one of the most recognisable franchises worldwide.
This season, the team will be making the trip to London under the direction of newly appointed head coach, Derek Fisher, and will see 7-time NBA All-Star, Carmelo Anthony, leading the line-up.
The Knicks last played in London in 2013, where they took on the Detroit Pistons.
The Bucks might not have seemed like such an exciting match up earlier this year, but after the NBA Draft, the Bucks found themselves in possession of one of the most exciting rookie prospects of the 2014-15 season.
Drafted 2nd overall, Jabari Parker has got the potential to be a big star in the league, and for many die hard NBA fans, the chance to see him play in his rookie year is not to be missed.
Parker will be joined by Brandon Knight, who led the team in points per game, assists and steals last season and young Greek star, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Head coach for the Bucks is now Jason Kidd, who made the trip to London last January as the Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
The past few NBA games in London have been sell-outs at the O2 Arena, so make sure you get in quickly on 31st October to grab yourself a spot.
Hakeem Olajuwon is easily one of the greatest centres in NBA history. During his career, he led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA Championships (1994 and 1995), outplaying the likes of Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Dikembe Mutombo.
The Rockets won the 1994 NBA Finals in a seven-game series against the New York Knicks, who were led by Patrick Ewing, and like Ewing, Hakeem is coming back into the sneaker game this year with his original endorser, Etonic.
The relaunch of Etonic will see a return of the OG Akeem the Dream signature shoe, releasing in throwback Houston Rockets colourway, with new colourways expected towards the end of the year.
Speaking about the return of Etonic, and his signature shoe line, Olajuwon has said:
“When I became the Etonic Brand Ambassador during my rookie year, Etonic was fresh and new in the basketball arena. It’s been my ambition to continue my brand in the footwear and apparel industry. From product development to testing on the court is creatively satisfying. Teaming back up with Etonic is a natural progression for me. I’m thrilled about this new venture to reintroduce the retro Etonic Dream collection, as well as to develop and launch Brand Dream. The Dream Team behind this undertaking is a seasoned group of exceptional individuals and entrepreneurs. I respect Bruce Weisfeld’s willingness to invest in assembling the best team. I look forward to growing this revived union.”
The retroed sneaks feature a premium leather, high top construction, with all of the vibrant accents and design quirks that you'd expect from a 1980's sneaker classic.
Check out some of the pictures below, and watch this space for Etonic and Akeem the Dream landing at Basketball Megastore very soon.
Images via SneakerNews
In LeBron James' first encounter with his former team, the Miami Heat, LeBron seemed to forget which team he was playing for, as he screened for Heat point guard, Norris Cole.
Check out the Vine below.
The Cleveland Cavaliers came out in top, winning 122-119 in overtime. With LeBron only scoring 7 points in his 20 minutes of playing time.
Kevin Love scored a game high 25 points to go with his 7 rebounds, in his 26 minutes of playing time.
Chris Bosh top scored for the Miami Heat with his 19 points.
All of the biggest off-season buzz this year has been around the Cleveland Cavaliers. Firstly they saw the return of LeBron James to his home state, in a much talked about move away from Miami, after they lost the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs.
Then there was the Love-Wiggins saga, which ended in Kevin Love also heading to Cleveland, and 2014 No. 1 draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love nicely positioned himself to help form what might well be the most talented line-up in the NBA this season.
So the Cavs stole all of the column inches over the Summer, but the real question has been, how would this group of players perform together on the court.
The answer.... just as we would have hoped.
Check out the highlights below from the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers first NBA pre-season game, against Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.
LeBron might have only played the first half, but he picked up 12 points on some very clean looking shots, and was looking pretty sharp moving around the court.
Point guard, Kyrie Irving, added 16 points in an impressive performance that showed some of his diversity across the floor, and Love put up 8 points to go with 11 rebounds.
The team as a whole cruised to a 107 - 80 victory in front of a packed home arena.
The fully-fledged highlight factory might not be up and running just yet, but these guys are looking sharp, considering this is only pre-season. We might just have one helluva NBA season ahead of us, and we can't wait!
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Ivring, recently posted a video to Vine, showing that even he throws down like a monstar, when presented with a mini basketball hoop. (We all do it!)
Check him out throwing down a mean windmill on a mini basketball hoop at home, from the off-the-wall alley-oop from his buddy.
If you're missing out on that bedroom, livingroom, or office basketball action, check out the range of NBA mini boards from Spalding, or if you're SERIOUS, take a look at the Spalding Slam Jam Miniboard, with an NBA replica backboard and slam jam breakaway rim.
We've all tried to chuck up some half court shots at basketball practice, and we've watched our favourite basketball players make some pretty neat half court shots, but we haven't seen anything like this.
This is DJ Sackmann, an NBA skills coach who manages to do a push up on the basketball, then throw it behind his back to sink the half court shot.
So, we'll definitely be trying this the next time we're on the court! (And no doubt failing miserably.)
The new look Minnesota Timberwolves have a very athletic line up this year, with rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine being possibly two of best leapers in the league.
They love competing against each other to see who is the best dunker on the team, like they did last night at the Wolves' training camp scrimmages at Minnesota State University.
Check out these highlights from the 'Dunks After Dark' scrimmage game.
There might be evidence to suggest that guns don't kill people*, over-inflated basketballs do - or at least they make the same noise as a gun when they explode!
Check out the video, this is why you should never over-inflate a basketball.
*Nobody dies in this video.
The 20th September is always a good day for us, as it's the day that we celebrate Basketball Megastore's birthday!
This year, we celebrate our 3rd birthday, and we thought we'd invite Gerald Green over to help us blow out the candles on our cake, in his own special way!
Impressive dunks aside, we like to take this opportunity to thank family, friends, and all of YOU for your support over the last year, and for helping us to continue to grow and do something that we really love.
In the past 12 months we've had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people who are doing an outstanding job at growing and developing basketball in the UK. Through getting to know the community better, and working hard to address the needs of basketball players here, and across the world, we've been able to grow drastically ourselves.
We couldn't have done it without you! For all of our loyal customers, make sure to check your inbox, for a little birthday present from us over the weekend.
We might have had a great run up until now, but we've got even bigger and better things planned for our 4th year, so keep it right here, and help us to do good things in basketball for another year.
Happy birthday to us :)
With NBA 2K15 getting set for release, some great adverts are doing the rounds, and perhaps the best one is this gem featuring James Harden and Anthony Davis.
As usual, Harden's beard is playing a central role in the action, as Harden calls in his beard guru, before he thinks about scanning his face for the new game.
The advert is promoting the fact that you will be able to scan your own face into NBA 2K15, and finally have a player that looks just like you.
Check out some funny beard guru action: