June 21st, 2013 by John Kim / 12
From the first time LeBron James laced up his new shoes and stepped on an NBA court to the exact moment the game clock hit 0:00 late last night, the King has amassed quite a stash of valuable hardware over the last decade. The last ten-plus years have been an up-and-down ride for the one named King James, who at the start reveled in the praise of being the next Michael Jordan and later immersed himself into the dark as a villain of sorts for his decision to leave his hometown behind. There’s no doubt that LeBron’s been the most beloved and hated-on professional athlete in the history of the industry, but there’s no denying his greatness and legacy in the game of basketball and his firm impression in the sneaker game thanks to his successful signature shoes.
With LeBron James just completing his second NBA Title, we’ve summarized LeBron’s career achievements with the help of the Nike LeBron kicks that were directly tied to that moment. NBA Titles, Gold Medals, All-Star Games – all of the accolades that MJ, Russell, Kobe, and the other greats have compiled over their respective careers – have been at primary focus for LeBron, who is slowly inching his way to legitimate consideration as the greatest ever. Some of these stories have a rather straight-forward story to them, while others are actually clouded by a bit of controversy (which, in fact, only made the shoes in question more coveted by sneaker collectors). Enjoy this Sneaker News feature below, and be sure to chime in by mentioning your personal favorite sneaker of this bunch.