July 20, 2012 BY John Kim / 5
Nike Basketball has been playing around with a game of one-upsmanship with itself over the last two decades, redefining the perfect basketball shoe with heroic innovations and audacious designs. It’s been an entertaining and lengthy tale of Nike outdoing Nike, and from 1992 with the original 180-degree Air Unit to 2012’s revolutionary Nike Hyperdunk Sport Pack, Nike has served up twenty iconic basketball models that changed the game and rerouted the future paths of all that encapsulated basketball footwear. With 2012 serving as the 20th Anniversary of the original USA Olympic Dream Team, Nike has plans of celebrating the last two decades by re-telling twenty scintillating stories of Nike Basketball; you may not realize that Nike already began this crusade with the celebrated releases of the Nike Air Force 180, Air More Uptempo, Shox BB4, and Huarache 2K4, but prepare yourself for a history lesson that no brand has ever attempted before.
Beginning this Monday, July 23rd, Nike Basketball will reintroduce one iconic model a day up until the 2012 Olympic Basketball Semi-Finals on August 11th. You heard that correctly; twenty game-changing and court-busting models will see the spotlight again, like Aaron Cooper’s Nike Air Zoom Ultraflight of 2003, a supremely light-weight shoe that featured a unique clear outer shell and a synthetic stretch leather, and 2006’s Air Max 360 BB, which served as a precursor to the full-length Max Air unit seen on several top-shelf Basketball sneakers (LeBrons, for example) of the last few years. This is just a small helping of what’s to come, and our recap of the Nike Basketball Showcase from the World Basketball Festival may give you some hints at what may potentially arise, so stay tuned to Sneaker News for all the updates of this incredible recital of Nike Basketball heritage and get the discussion going on this amazing development by letting us know what classic models of the last 20 years you’d love to see.