NBA Feet: The Biggest Stories of the 2012-2013 Season

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Nike Basketball Elite Collection debuts before the Playoffs

Nike introduced the Nike Basketball Elite Collection as a postseason-specific sneaker tailor-made for the faster, more rigorous battles of the NBA Playoffs. However, LeBron, KD, and Kobe debuted the sneakers prior to the start of the Playoffs – either to build energy around the shoes prior to the debut release (at $250 and $200, last year’s Elite models didn’t sell too well) or to give Kobe Bryant a shot at the shoes in case the Lakers missed the Playoffs. The latter theory proved to be moot as Kobe suffered an unfortunate injury that would keep him out of the Playoffs, but all in all, we got a taste of the Elite on-feet before they hit stores.

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jirougta
jirougta

What are those compression things lebron is wearing called?

FlaganPerez
FlaganPerez

What brand are those 3/4 compression tights that KD and Kobe wearing guys?


Cpack
Cpack

you gotta love Nate Robinson he realize there only shoes.

Enrik
Enrik

Ray Allen's 16s, Monta Ellis's 17s....*bow down*

NuttyKicks
NuttyKicks

Summary from other point of view:

1) Elites are overrated and way overpriced

2) Playing in customs are cool but is more about ego and self-absorbtion

3) XX8s look like boots zipped up and irritating flaps zipped down. Not a good casual look whatsoever

4) DWade has been a great player in his Way of Wades. But just like his level of play, DWades douche levels have grown. Constantly tweeting pics of shoes not availablein the U.S. ALL SEASON! More narcissistic than ever. Flat out cocky. Even giving self-naming nicknames .... "wow". Really?!!! Gtfo

5) Ray Allen PEs have always been nice, but dudes play has been very inconsistent. Switching from one shoe to the next doesn't help

6) Nothing bad to say about Hyperposites. A bit pricey. Rondo killed it in the gold joints

7) Raptors heat - More Bulls colorways, so not hard to wear 'Heat' with that team.

8) Stunting in rare kicks - Well, that's all it is. Not one of those players are 'Most Improved' a marquee player, or consistently good EXCEPT for Nate. Nate wearing Yeezys lasted 1 qtr of a game. That was purely for attention purposes. Hell, might as well wear Nike Marty McFlys, lights on and all.

9) iDs are all good. Love seeing matching colorways and creative designs

10) Melo going back to a previous model is telling. He was straight on fire in the M8 Adv. Keep wearing those.

Addl Notes: What LeBron did was wear the SAME shoe almost every game. He said it took some getting used to when he switched to the FairFax and then also to the Elites. But mostly, it was the same model in fire colorways. Dude was amazing this year. Hands down MVP. I have to think footwear played a large part of it.

Please stop wearing sissy tights. This isn't ballet.

Bring on the Playoffs. Gonna be fun

AlfonsoQuing
AlfonsoQuing

D-Wade Li-ning is going to be a collectors item


mr_ball210
mr_ball210

NateRob is killing it. The Hyperposite is an ugly shoe. Sit down DMV.

CalvinSosaSquad
CalvinSosaSquad

Bosh in my opinion has the best hyper posite color ways and nasty Nate Robinson is possibly one of the best little men to play the game

newsouth912
newsouth912

@Cpack He realizes he has money to spare. Yes, they are only shoes but if he was a normal person, he wouldn't be in your local gym hoopin in some of these shoes even though that's their intended purpose

newsouth912
newsouth912

@NuttyKicks you went on a rant about mostly nothing lol. The only points I agree with you on are 1 and 10. And those are "sissy tights" NBA players wear. They are for compression clothing used to improve blood flow and stamina

NuttyKicks
NuttyKicks

@newsouth912 It wasn't so much a rant. More of unhyped comments about each section.

Compression tights are still that. They may help with blood flow, but you never seen MJ wear them. Kobe did for a short while but dumped those quick

zheyuan9861
zheyuan9861

if you hate them so much why dont you tell them to quit wearin them? theyll listen to ya

newsouth912
newsouth912

@NuttyKicks @newsouth912 Didn't MJ wear compression shorts under his uniform? I think they were from his days at UNC (I could be wrong). Plus it's modern technology just like the shooting sleeve. Some players like it (LJ, Wade, Melo, KD) and some won't

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