Skylar is also thinging about wearing #24 in honor of her favorite Player –
We know Skylar Diggins and Kobe Bryant are big fans of each other, and
as both are pure killers on the court, this particular clash of the titans
makes perfect sense. During a recent workout, Diggins posted a picture
to Instagram of her new player exclusives of the Nike Kobe 8.
The former Notre Dame star has had a busy offseason, becoming a top
pick of the Tulsa Shock (hence the colorway on this shoe), as well as sign-
ing with Nike and Jay-Z‘s sports agency. Hopefully, she can live up to the
hype during her rookie season in the WNBA.
Release Date: 05/25/2013
Some small retailers in the city say they’re getting the boot from Nike and
don’t know why.
The athletic apparel company is telling the Philadelphia stores that their
accounts are being terminated as of June 30, which means they will no
longer be able to sell any Nike gear.
“It’s like they’re slamming the door in our face,” said Keith Sherman, a man-
ager for 21 years at Real McCoy Sports, one of the stores being cut off by Nike.
“They’re hitting the mom-and-pops that were around from the beginning,
before they were the No. 1 brand.”
Real McCoy recently received an email notice from Nike Inc., which is based
in Beaverton, Ore., stating that it was terminating its account with the store.
Sherman said about 10 mom-and-pop stores were listed in the email, which
he could not immediately provide because it was sent to another manager
who was not in the store Friday.
“We’ve been wondering about what was going on for a while because our orders
were being cut,” Sherman said. “They’ve just been giving us none of the high-
end merchandise we normally sell. They just cut us out.”
Sherman said 75 to 80 percent of his store’s business is for Nike products, so
it could mean big trouble for the store, which is in the city’s Olney neighbor
Shoe Plus Athletic Footwear, which has been in business for 35 years in North
Philadelphia, confirmed it also was on the list of stores being cut.
Nike brands include Jordan sneakers and outfits superstar athletes such as
Tiger Woods and LeBron James.
Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with Edward Jones, said he has never heard of a
big company like Nike ending its relationship with a retailer that was doing
a great job selling its products.
“Usually you don’t see vendors cutting off a retailer unless there’s something
the vendors don’t like,” Jones said. “Things like the retailer not doing a good
job with their brand, pushing the brand, driving sales.”
Jones said he doesn’t think the move is part of a larger strategy on Nike’s part.
“Independents are very important to them, especially in urban markets,” he
said. “I don’t think Nike would walk away from independents, which usually
have more knowledgeable staffs and better customer service (than big-box
Sherman says his store does good business for Nike and wants some kind of
explanation from the company, the top-selling brand at his store for many
“They gave us no reason at all. None,” he said. “You talk about loyalty, where’s