Jason Petrie Discusses the Nike LeBron 8 V2
SN: Have you guys at Nike Basketball determined any correlation between the start of LeBron wearing the V2 and the Heat becoming pretty much unstoppable?
JP: (Laughing) It was all part of the master plan! Things are working out in a way even we couldn’t have planned so far, and it’s been great! I’m just happy that LeBron seems to be enjoying playing in the shoe and I’m looking forward to the remainder of his time in the V2 and the next transformation to come. After that, I’m just excited to see how everything plays out.
SN: When we last spoke about the v1, we were only a week or 2 into the season. Now that a few months have passed, what’s your reaction to what you’ve seen from the early days of LeBron as a member of the Heat?
JP: It was tough to watch and tough to hear so much bad stuff for a while at the beginning, just knowing that crew and what good guys they are and that they’re just trying to do what’s right for them. It was hard, but I knew that they (the Heat) were gonna get it. LeBron is too determined and just too damn good for that not to work and D-Wade is the same way. And there’s smarter people than the people writing articles and posting on message boards that work that out. At the end of the day, you have to believe in the player and I believe LeBron knows what he’s doing.
And if not, hey, it’s not my job to even worry about that. I just wanna make sure that he’s taken care of on-court, so it’s great to see him doing well and the shoe doing well. I never liked the Heat, but I sure do now, and it’s fun to watch them on this run right now. I’ve got the game tonight recording and I can’t wait to get home and see how they do against Blake Griffin! I’m just glad they made it through that tough time, but there’s still a long way to go. Once the playoffs hit, who knows? Because last year, Cleveland was nasty at this point in the year too, so…
SN: That remains to be seen, but we’ll revisit the topic when we sit down again in a few months to get the lowdown on the PS.