The rise of the game of basketball started back in the early 90s and has since become one of the most recognizable sports on the planet. From Los Angeles to Japan you can find mini Jordans, James, and Bryants pounding away on the pavement. One place that may not get the notoriety that other places get is Western Europe, including Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Along with the advent of the sport, players such as Tony Parker, Luol Deng, Boris Diaw, Dirk Nowitzki, and Pau Gasol carved their own lane and brought their own flavor to the sport…Euro Step anyone? As with any player, your tools, or kicks play an important role and Nike has led the charge and currently provides the most popular shoe in the area, the Nike Hyperdunk 2012. For more on the Nike Hyperdunk 2012 and the history of basketball in Western Europe, hop on over to Nike Insider for the full article.