January 29th, 2016 by John Kim
For the first time ever, the NBA All-Star Game heads to international waters. Ever since the star-studded exhibition kicked off in 1951, the All-Star Game was strictly a domestic affair, but things changed when the NBA expanded North in 1995 to Toronto and Vancouver and the possibility of All-Star festivities in Canada were a big possibility. It’s all happening at the right time for Toronto; the franchise is playing its best basketball in its twenty-year history, but the city itself, already a well-known cultural and ethnic melting pot, was put on the pop culture map thanks to Drake and his efforts in the world of hip-hop.
Nike, of course, will play a huge role yet again in the upcoming All-Star Weekend. Thirteen of the selected All-Stars represent the Swoosh, and three of them are among the ten selected by fans across the globe. To reflect the international nature of the game, Nike Basketball presents a quintet of footwear inspired by the origins of the city’s royal structure and the colorful essence of the people of Toronto. The entire Nike Basketball Royalty Collection for All-Star Weekend launches on February 11th on Nike.com at select stores, so check the individual breakdown below.
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