Two months ago Nike released a pack of Nike Huarache Basketball 2008s and Air Force 25 Lows dedicated to the most famous outdoor courts in NYC, this month Nike has released two Dunk Hoops and an Air Force 25 low dedicated to up and coming Basketball tournaments, Tri-Cities and Conrad McRae. Though the “Conrad McRae” tournament is known now as a Basketball tournament, the name behind the tournament is much more important.
Conrad McRae, a native New Yorker who attended Brooklyn Tech, was a legend in New York, he earned the nickname “McNasty” while playing in the Rucker Park Entertainer’s Classic, was selected as the PSAL player of the year three years straight, and was a McDonald’s All-American in 1989. After graduating High School, McRae stayed in New York to play under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse. Though he was drafted into the NBA, McRae never played in the US, opting to become an international star for several squad overseas. In 2000, at the age of 29, McRae collapsed and died during a practice session with the Orlando Magic’s Summer league squad.
In his memory, the former Dean Street Park tournament, a tournament that Conrad McRae helped develop, was renamed the Conrad McRae/McNasty tournament shortly after his death. The Conrad McRae tournament serves the young 11-15 year old junior high school player at Dean Street Park Playground on Bergen Street between Carlton and 6th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
With all of this in mind, Nike recently released the “Conrad McRae” Nike Air Force 25 low. The “Conrad McRae” AF25 features a White leather upper, Blue Contrast stitching, Yellow accents at the tongue and laces, a Blue translucent midsole/outsole with a Yellow accent as well.
The “Conrad McRae” Nike Air Force 25 Low is available now at the House of Hoops by Foot Locker in Harlem
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