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Frank the Butcher, D Rose 3.5 Kamikaze 2, Air Jordan 3 Retro | Quickstrike S1 E3

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Clark Kent:

Hey everybody, I'm DJ Clark Kent.

Russ Bengtson:

I'm Russ Bengtson:

Clark Kent:

And this is Quickstrike. Russ

Bengtson:

Okay. We're going to get right into it here with the drop with a Reebok retro that made some noise when it first came out...

Clark Kent:

...Some...

Russ Bengtson:

...in the mid '90's. The Reebok Kamikaze II. The original...

Clark Kent:

...Nice...

Russ Bengtson:

...first colorway already came out, but there are a few more coming.

Clark Kent:

Right. And they originally dropped in 1996 while Reign Man was going crazy.

Russ Bengtson:

While he was allegedly, according to some, the best player in the '96 NBA Finals.

Clark Kent:

Allegedly.

Russ Bengtson:

Sorry, M J. Sometimes it's crazy to me thinking Reebok, back in that era you had Iverson, Shaq, and Shawn Kemp on the same roster.

Clark Kent:

People weren't going crazy for the Reign Man as they were going for Iverson's questions...

Russ Bengtson:

...Yeah yeah... ...yeah I mean the Kamikaze, it was serious, but I don't know if it was quite that question Shaq level.

Clark Kent:

Then we have the Adi Rose 3.5.

Russ Bengtson:

We can go from retired guy to guy everyone is waiting to come back.

Clark Kent:

Exactly, because D. Rose is an incredible player. It's a shame he hasn't come back yet, but that new 3.5 shoe is dope...

Russ Bengtson:

... the 3.5 is...

Clark Kent:

...the smart colorway...

Russ Bengtson:

...It is... Clark Kent: ...the smart colorway... Russ Bengtson: ...hot. It's literally hot.

Clark Kent:

Yeah it's very hot.

Russ Bengtson:

I'm sorry for making...

Clark Kent:

...It's a dope color...

Russ Bengtson:

...that joke. Probably shouldn't...

Clark Kent:

...It's not even funny...

Russ Bengtson:

...have said that...

Clark Kent:

...but that's the drop.

Russ Bengtson:

So there's this Air Jordan 388 retro dropping.

Clark Kent:

Yeah.

Russ Bengtson:

But, there's obviously that big difference.

Clark Kent:

Whoa, whoa, let's just talk about it.

Russ Bengtson:

You know what, before we do that let's start the shot clock. The question is, are people willing to pay more for a properly done retro. You would, right?

Clark Kent:

I would, because I respect business.

Russ Bengtson:

And I would.

Clark Kent:

Business says this is the jump man brand. Now, if you're going to bring back a Jordan with a Nike Air on the back that means you're giving back the Nike Air which you already did for Jordan. You should...

Russ Bengtson:

...What's up with doing anyway?...

Clark Kent:

...pay extra for that. Because you're going to have to pay extra for the Nike Air.

Russ Bengtson:

People are already paying, like what, 220, 250. I mean you've got the LeBron Elite at 250, you've got the foams at 220.

Clark Kent:

This shoe should be 160 dollars, but the people are screaming so loud about Nike Air, you have to let them pay for it.

Russ Bengtson:

But people are going to flip this for 300...

Clark Kent:

...Well what people...

Russ Bengtson:

...or 500...

Clark Kent:

...are going to do after they buy the shoe...

Russ Bengtson:

...But I'm just saying...

Clark Kent:

...doesn't even matter...

Russ Bengtson:

...given the significance...

Clark Kent:

...it doesn't matter...

Russ Bengtson:

...of the shoe and the design and everything else, people would probably pay 400 dollars for this shoe.

Clark Kent:

Yeah they would because they're not as smart as they should be. If you wear these shoes and if your jeans are covering it you can't tell which is which.

Russ Bengtson:

But you know. You still know it's there.

Clark Kent:

That's you know personally.

Russ Bengtson:

But it's nice to know it's there. :

Clark Kent

They're the same shoe. Alright, cool, whatever man.

Russ Bengtson:

So, for sneaker of the week we've got something completely different this week.

Clark Kent:

What have we got?

Russ Bengtson:

We've got the New Balance 1600 Liberty Justice and Freedom.

Clark Kent:

Last year that was the best New Balance I saw. We want to know why they never released it.

Russ Bengtson:

For those answers I think we should go to the man himself, Frank the Butcher.

Clark Kent:

Frank the Butcher, can we get you on the feed, Frank.

Frank the Butcher:

What up.

Clark Kent:

Tell me why the shoe wasn't released.

Russ Bengtson:

Tell us why. Tell all of us.

Frank the Butcher:

Well, first, appreciate you having me. Thank you for recognizing the shoe even though it really never made it to retail, so I appreciate that. Things are never really easy, you know what I'm saying. This, unfortunately, was caught up in just the local politics of retail in Boston, you know what I'm saying.

Clark Kent:

Can you clarify the politics in which you speak?

Frank the Butcher:

I think that a lot of customers, a lot of people that buy sneakers don't realize that there's so much that goes into distribution of shoes. There's a delicate balance in Boston. Obviously, it's a really small city. It was felt that it would interfere with other retailers that

were in the game longer. Clark Kent:

What was the main inspiration?

Frank the Butcher:

You can't go wrong with, you know what I'm saying, stars, stripes, red white and blue, that whole motif. It's American. It's clean. It's classic. I thought I could really flip something different in Boston. The toe was an important feature. I really pushed for that. I think that was the feature that made it a home run.

Russ Bengtson:

Can Barack Obama step in and get these done. I mean come on, man.

Frank the Butcher:

If anybody could, he could.

Clark Kent:

I appreciate you coming through. I'm glad the people got to hear the real story.

Frank the Butcher:

Yeah yeah yeah. Good luck you all. I appreciate you having me as always, peace.

Clark Kent:

Thank you all for joining us for another episode of Quickstrike. From me, DJ Clark Kent, and.

Russ Bengtson:

Me, Russ Bengtson.

Clark Kent:

We'd also like to thank Frank the Butcher for coming through. Quickstrike, you all. Peace. Wear your kicks.

Russ Bengtson:

We out.


We're back with a new episode of Quickstrike featuring DJ Clark Kent and Russ Bengtson. In this week's episode, Clark and Russ discuss comebacks from Reebok Classics with styles like the Kamikaze II, and Derrick Rose's potential return to the NBA before season's end. Then they jump into one of the biggest sneaker debates of the year, the controversial Nike Air vs. Jumpman logo on the upcoming Air Jordan III '88.

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