When it comes to point guards in the NBA, my favourite pick is Rajon Rondo - mainly because I am biased, as Rondo is the point guard for the Boston Celtics (my team of choice to support). To be honest, if you watch NBA, you also have to notice Derrick Rose, from the Chicago Bulls. Once a super team, with Michael Jordan at the helm, the Chicago Bulls have been through a rebuild stage for over 10 years. They seem to be coming to the end of their transformation with the current lineup of players being contenders for the Eastern Conference champions in the NBA for 2011. Their record rivals even that of the Boston Celtics.
Over the course of the past 3 years, Rose has established himself as an exciting point guard with a different style to that of Rondo. Whereas Rondo will pass the ball first, Rose can pass and finish. At his feet are Adidas, and in this case, I am looking at the Adidas TS Supernatural Creators.
These shoes build on top of the soles used in other Adidas Supernatural shoes - namely the pods. These pods give good ground feel when it comes to heel to toe transition while running down the court. I do not think they feel as stable as the Nike Hyperfuse when it comes to quick changes of direction (known as "cuts"). The main difference is the lack of an outrigger component on the outside of the shoe.
The main downfall of this shoe is the enclosed upper with the zip. It retains heat, and makes your feet feel hot very quickly. Once again, I am making a direct comparison to the Nike Hyperfuse, which I believe is a great valued shoe. This shoe comes in more expensively in comparison to the Hyperfuse, but is currently being discounted in sports stores and on the internet.
The construction of the shoe feels solid, and it does feel like it will last longer than some of the other offerings from Nike. Saying all that, when it comes to the Adidas offerings I have experienced, I would prefer to wear Howard's Superman Beasts. While offering a similar ground feel (or "ride), Howard's require some breaking in, but are ultimately more comfortable, and slightly more breathable.
Visually, the Rose Creator looks as good as any other shoe, but the patent leather is prone to creasing, and the images here are of the shoes unworn.
The shoes were obtained on sale at the Adidas Factory outlet on Smith Street, Collingwood, in Victoria, Australia.