Friday, December 7, 2012

Reebok Pumps still exist?

When I walked into the locker room at my work yesterday, these shoes were sitting there on the floor:

Apparently Reebok is making Pumps again.  Or maybe they never stopped.  I just know that I hadn't seen them in a long, long time.  Twenty-some years ago they were the coolest shoe on the planet, and my adolescent years were mildly traumatized by being unable to afford them.  The second I saw this pair I instantly though of Dee Brown.  In 1990 the Celtics rookie was my favorite basketball player, and he wore Pumps just like these.  Dee gained national fame and stardom (while also becoming Reebok's #1 salesman in the process) later that season by winning the 1991 All Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.

He pumps his shoes at the :42 second mark of this clip, and does the famous "no-look dunk" at 4:28.  If you have time, I highly recommend watching the whole thing.  Rex Chapman got robbed, he had no business not making the finals (despite his spandex):

This led to Dee being featured in a major Reebok commercial shortly thereafter:


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