Season of Slam: Hooked on Classics

Get your throwback on with this killer gear.
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Get your throwback on with this killer gear.
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THE BOOK

FreeDarko Presents The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History is a highly graphic 224-page look at both well-and lesser-known moments in the pro game’s past, written by the sport’s most enter­taining bloggers. Get infotained with illustrated awesomeness, like a compendium of great superstar Hair Styles Over Time, pictured. Bathroom reading for the hoop­ster doesn’t get any better. $25, amazon.com

THE KICKS

Worn by players like Dr. J, Converse’s chevron-bedecked Star Players debuted in the ’70s, back when shoes were just shoes, without such fancy features as “air” or “ankle support.” And they were sweet. This fall John Varvatos gives the kicks a rock’n’roll edge in waxy suede and leather. $125, converse.com

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THE GAME

The best-ever arcade B-ball game is back. NBA Jam has returned for the Wii (and PS3 and Xbox 360 for owners of NBA Elite 11). Along with updated rosters and graphics come all the dunks, bobblehead players, and yo-yo-like scoring surges that made the original so addictive. $50, nba-jam.easports.com