Nike Replaces “Ducking No Smoke” On Ja Morant’s Upcoming Sneaker Release

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Updated September 27th, 2023: Nike has officially changed the upcoming Ja 1 by covering the “We Ain’t Ducking No Smoke” with Ja’s signature.

In his third year in the League ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies opening round playoff matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ja Morant uttered a legendary phrase in response to Patrick Beverly’s previous smack talk; “We ain’t ducking no smoke. We run up the chimney.” With the Nike Ja 1 well into its life cycle on the market and a handful of titular colorways having already been established, Morant’s synonymous saying now serves as the latest inspiration for his signature silhouette.

Taking a sleek, pitch-dark approach, the Zoom-assisted silhouette echoes the smokey, charred surroundings of an inner chimney. Jet-black tones consume the near entirety of the mesh upper, save the mismatched yellow and grey tongue tabs and insole logos. A cloudy grey marbling takes hold of the TPU profile swooshes, animating the murky surroundings while Ja’s phrase sits in his handwriting across the lateral side of the near-white heel counter. What’s more, the sole unit is injected with a clad-cream treatment underfoot, much like the Off-White-inspired Nike KD 15 PEs.

The Nike Ja 1 “We Ain’t Duckin’ No Smoke” is scheduled to release on October 6th for a retail price of $110. In the meantime, the pair can be seen in detailed imagery below.

For more basketball offerings, the adidas AE1 recently surfaced out in Atlanta.


UPDATE (10/06/2023):
The shoes are available now on Nike.com.

Nike Ja 1 "We Ain't Ducking No Smoke"

SKU: DR8785-002
RELEASE DATE: Oct 6, 2023

US 10/06/2023 Friday

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