January 28th, 2014 by John Kim / 144
In two weekends, the best and brightest of the NBA will convene for the annual All-Star Game, with the great city of New Orleans, LA playing host to the celebratory event. Highlighting the sneaker side of things is the Nike Basketball 2014 All-Star Collection dubbed the “NOLA Gumbo League Collection”, which pays tribute to one of the city’s fine food staples as well as speaking on the diversity of the culture. Nike has prepared three styles for the occasion – the Nike LeBron 11 “Gator King”, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Maestro”, and the Nike KD 6 “Illusion” – all of which are presented below. The release date for all three stands as Friday, February 14th, so enjoy the official gallery below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for more on the Nike Basketball 2014 All-Star Collection.
Nike Basketball is paying tribute to the unique flavor of New Orleans with the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection, including three shoes: LEBRON 11, KOBE 9 Elite and KD VI. A “gumbo” in the cultural sense, New Orleans is an eclectic mix of characters, music, cuisine and art.
You can’t rush gumbo… It requires an instinctive balance of heat, spice and creativity. Inspired by the flavors and stories of the Big Easy, Nike cooked up a bold mix of technical innovation, aesthetic flair and old-fashioned New Orleans traditions for some of the world’s best basketball players: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
Inspired by the fearsome alligator, the king of the bayou, the LEBRON 11 Gator King is a bold expression of royalty and power. Gators, often a symbol of protection in New Orleans culture, influence graphic textures throughout the shoe. Invisible to the naked eye, hand-drawn patterns come to life as the Hyperposite bucket of the shoe glows in the dark. The musings of majestic color in deep purples, greens and gold are derived from the “Rex” – king of carnival celebrations.
Nike Basketball pays tribute to the masters of Jazz in its birthplace. Like great jazz musicians who play instinctively, Bryant brings a similar improvisation to his game. Paying homage to this classic genre and some of its greatest musicians, the KOBE 9 Elite Maestro uses accents of brass in the upper. A glow-in-the-dark outsole pops at night, just as the jazz clubs swing into action. The upper includes additional, secret glow-in-the-dark symbols.
Not everything is what it first appears to be in New Orleans. Similarly, Durant defies the perception of a near seven-footer – an illusion of sorts. His limitless scoring range is redefining the perception of a forward. Celebrating the magic of KD’s versatility, the KD VI Illusion showcases hand-drawn patterns on the upper emulating Durant’s fluidity on the court. A glow-in-the-dark outsole also represents the “spark” of KD’s game.
The remarkable, collective basketball skills on display in New Orleans Feb. 14-16 are as eclectic as this internationally beloved city. Leading the charge for Nike Basketball with special interior lining graphics are the LEBRON 11 Gator King, KOBE 9 Elite Maestro and KD VI Illusion; each including a commemorative tarot card and special edition box with purchase of each shoe.
The 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection will be served up on Nike.com and at select retail locations on February 14.
As they say in New Orleans, Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Let the good times roll!
@sneakernews i neeed those bronz
@sneakernews KDs , Yes
@Rondokyza_ can't be true
@sneakernews wait...what? Lol
@sneakernews lol air force one's ??
@sneakernews LMAO WRONG
I live in NYC. Where I am from, buying kicks is not about determination. It is about who you know.
Where are you from?
Please stop the hype!!!
The majority of you are not getting these kicks for a retail price.
With all this hype, Nike is gonna sell'em via tweeter stupid links. Only the assholes with bot programs will get them. Same situation with Internet sells.
The rest of the retail stores will do the bullshit raffle that only employees, friends and family will win and maybe some lucky random people.
Most likely, you will buy these kicks from resellers on Ebay and those sneakers hyperbeast stores like Flight Club for double price.
@sneakernews gotta cop the kds.
@Jayr_mudvillain My KIK is chocogirl90 I want to talk to you and I think you cute. add me
@Antbeck1 nigga those are cold AF
@sneakernews FIRE! getting them one way or another. Best outta the whole pack
@ChiefRito ew doe
@justbrandonG they fucked their tweet up lol
NYC got l 100 spots to buy Kicks from they like literally on every corner and u complaining about shoes being hard to come by I'm from Charlotte NC we got a lot of places to buy shoes who u know does help but if u determined like I said u will get wat u want
Really? Where do u live and y do u think obtaining sneakers is so hard? I know online is a piece of work but where I'm from if you're determined u can get Allstate any shoe for retail
@iSmurfedHer shit them Kobes is wet
@DeeMartin_27 my nigga, these are ugly af
@classygarasu not even!
@Ron_The_Ruler nah. They both trash. You gotta fall back and let the inner real nigga come out and not listen to the hypebeast in ya
@fad_drew I like them nig
@Ron_The_Ruler I am like gotti say
@iSmurfedHer Cuz I'm crying
@Ron_The_Ruler just sayin
@iSmurfedHer chocogirl90 is my kik name talk to me if you are ready for fun