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A Detailed Look at the Nike LeBron 12 Elite

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For the fourth year in a row, Nike Basketball has elevated their top-tier signature models to the Elite level; this upgraded collection of the LeBron 12, Kobe 10, and KD 7 was made specifically for the rigors of the postseason while adjusting to the wear and tear of the 82-game season. However, LeBron James will be the lone member of the legendary Big Three to partake in the quest for the trophy, but the level of competition that he’ll have to face in order to reach his sixth career NBA Finals is in no way diminished. While he’s displayed an effortless ability to soar above the competition with his high-flying dunks, there’s no doubt that he’s had to adapt to the inevitables that come with age. Still, the leader of the Cleveland Cavaliers has managed to stay at the elite tier with his talent, physique, and evolving style of play, but the need for an Elite basketball shoe has never been so dire.

As usual, the fate of LeBron’s team relies solely on his performance during this “second season”. Defenses will go full octane on #23 and his movements around the court will be that much more emphasized. Nike is well aware of what LeBron needs in order to be effective at a Championship level, and the upcoming LeBron 12 Elite aims to achieve all that he needs to be the explosive, unpredictable, and dominant force that is required to win a coveted ring. The 2015 NBA Playoffs will commence this April 18th, and you can count on King James to lace up the battle-ready LeBron 12 Elite when the Cavaliers take on their first-round opponent. Today, Sneaker News brings you an exclusive detailed look at this game-changing basketball sneaker, so flip through the gallery for an intense, in-depth look.

The Nike LeBron 12 Elite “Team” releases on April 17th with an MSRP of $275.

A newly crafted lace-lock features the roped laces being locked down by the lion’s jaws.

The same Hex-Zoom comfort will be the primary base for Elite cushioning.

A molded TPU heel-counter features triangular cut-outs to reduce unnecessary weight.

LeBron’s signature is found pressed into the back of the tongue.

LeBron’s “23” jersey number is featured prominently on the heel.

The ankle collar adapts a Huarache-like design aesthetic.

New insoles feature “ELITE SERIES” printing on the right shoe.

A small Swoosh is firmly placed on the medial sidewall.

The sock-liner features a unique padding pattern resembling biological netting.

Zoom cushioning provides ample support at the heel.

The same mid-foot shank from the LeBron 12 will propel players when exploding.

The new lacing structure features a slight skew to the medial side.

Five hexagons are featured at the top of the tongue (commemorating five NBA Finals appearances?).

A new TPU lace loop features the LeBron crown logo.

A side view of the lateral side showcases the exposed mesh in the polygonal cut-outs on the TPU.

The ankle collar features a swift inlet as it approaches the heel.