June 24th, 2014 by Patrick Johnson
Nike basketball was in a strange place in the mid-2000s. Today the brand dominates the hoops scene thanks to inking contracts with a trio of the most marketable players on the planet in LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past when Vince Carter resided on the top of the Nike mountain. That could’ve been due to a number of variables – his high flying marketability after the 2000 Dunk Contest and a post-Jordan basketball landscape that was desperately looking for its next star to emerge. The list of potential signature stars was seemingly endless, but one thing was for certain – the sneaker was going to include Nike Shox technology.
The unique, almost alien tech advancement has been missing in action for the most part in regards to courtside models today, but for almost a decade Nike championed the feature until blowing it off for a preferred Air Max or Zoom base. Be sure to stick with us after the click to get the latest NINE@NINE rundown of 9 Nike Shox basketball models that helped expand the reach of the famed Swoosh technology and be sure to check out the latest addition to the Shox family, the Shox TLX Mid SP.
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October 12th, 2012 by John Kim
NIKE BASKETBALL 2000′s WEEK
Welcome to the original “What The?” shoe. The Shox Stunner of 2002 was in fact every major basketball technology that Nike had come up with meshed into one outstanding design utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art cushion technology in the spring-boarding Nike Shox. Take a good look and you’ll begin to notice all the qualities of Nike Basketball history rising to the surface; an ankle strap (Air Force 1), a inner-sock design (Air Jordan VII), a zipper (NDestrukt and late 90′s Zoom Flight), the bottom Shox plate from the BB4, and the center outsole from the Zoom Flight Five.
The Shox Stunner might as well be a ‘What The Basketball’ because it encapsulated all that was right and ready about Beaverton Hoops, spun together with daunting attitude and flair that only Nike has achieved. This 2002 release fell smack in the middle of the streetball craze and the Nike Battlegrounds campaign (the shoe actually came with those baller bands). The Stunner was popular among the unequivocally lithe forwards of that era – the Shareefs, the Jermaines. This is what Classics Revisited is all about – giving honor to the sneakers of the past that pave the way for today.
Nike Shox Stunner
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