Twenty-three years ago New York won professional basketball’s very first draft lottery. With their first round selection in 1985, the blue and orange chose a player who would be the foundation of the team for the next fifteen years. Although that seven-footer did not ultimately bring New York City a championship, he injected energy and grit into a listless franchise and gave us a team that was worthy of New York’s passion for basketball. Twenty three years after winning the controversial lottery drawing that brought the city a center of gravity, New York once again finds itself in desperate need of some good fortune. Professional Basketball’s official drawing is on this coming Tuesday the 20th. On Monday, May 19th, we will gather to pray to the gods of the lottery balls at Classic Kicks and appease their spirits with the launch of a limited edition New York colorway of the PUMA X No Mas First Round. This drawing follows up on last year’s successful interactive art exhibition by No Mas founder Chris Isenberg who creates sports inspired art, apparel, and media equally devoted to “the thrill of victory and the ecstasy of defeat.”
Participants in the lottery will be eligible to win a seven foot portrait of New York’s former captain–the first ever lottery selection. To participate RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The New York Colorway of the PUMA X No Mas First Round will be available beginning at 5:00PM on May 19th at only at Classic Kicks.
298 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
Detailed images of the sneaker after the jump.