May 27, 2011 BY John Kim
On July 8th, 2010, LeBron James made a public announcement on ESPN, wearing a red and white checkered shirt and some Nike Toki Mids, to make known his decision – one that would change the NBA horizon for the next decade. What resulted was a public backlash, labeling the player who was once a king as a Judas – a traitorous individual who would forsake his people without looking back. LeBron James has made it clear time and time again that his ‘decision’ was based on professional success, and recently apologized for the way the whole ordeal transpired, but in the end, what matters is that the decision was the right one, because LeBron James is back in the NBA Finals, joining his teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The road to the Finals was not an easy one; constantly under the eye of public scrutiny, the Miami Heat were not the record-breaking juggernaut everyone assumed they would be, as they managed to win an impressive yet underwhelming 58 regular season wins, a far cry from the 72 wins set by the Chicago Bulls in the ’95-’96 season. Still, the Miami Heat, who captured the number-2 seed in the Eastern Conference, steamrolled through the Playoffs and won when it truly mattered (up to this point), and a rematch of the 2006 Finals is now set. For this fifth and final game of the ECF, LeBron James debuted an all-new PE colorway of the Nike LeBron 8 PS, a two-toned black and red colorway that matched the Heat’s away uniform. Dwyane Wade wore the ‘Away’ PE of the Jordan Fly Wade, and Mike Miller switched over to the Zoom KD III ‘Blackout’. The 2011 NBA Finals are now set, so check out the Game 5 recap below and stick with Sneaker News for NBA Feet coverage of the Finals. via Yahoo!.