Championed by two-time League MVP Nikola Jokic, the inaugural edition of the Nike Zoom G.T. Jump has enjoyed a lengthy run of titular, energetic ensembles as its successor has surfaced in seldom previewed imagery. Tooled for the modern-day big man’s mobility and dominance, the high-top model is now dressing in a red-hot connection to another former Nike-endorsed center from back in the day; Yi Jianlian.
Currently the starting center for the Guandong Southern Tigers, Jianlian is receiving an updated on-court Player Exclusive more than 15 years after his last via the 2008 Hyperdunk. While his career in the NBA was short-lived, Jianlian quickly became one of The Swooshes’ staple athletes overseas in the gargantuan Chinese basketball market. Sporting his draft date “June 28th, 2007” and “Forged In Fire” at both of the fire red heel tabs, further connections to Jianlian appear via his logos placed at the upper tongue and lace dubrae while the numbers he wore in the League – 11 and 9 – appear at the lateral toe on each foot.
Further cementing the model’s connection to its namesake, a silver metallic treatment consumes the near-entirety of the upper while vibrant hits of red heat up the various branding embellishments and Flywire support before fully concentrating across the double-stacked Zoom Air unit underfoot and gradient sporting the Cushlon midsole.
While a release date has yet to be confirmed, the upcoming Sunset Dongdan Tournament and Jordan Brand’s consecutive collection of inspired footwear could hint at a release over the coming months. In the meantime, enjoy official imagery of the Nike Zoom G.T. Jump “Yi Jianlian” PE below.
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Nike Zoom GT Jump
Release Date: 2023
Mens: $180 Style Code: FJ7061-001