By this time next year, we could be wondering about what “Ring Ceremony” player exclusives Jordan Brand athletes Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge will be wearing when the San Antonio Spurs raise their sixth (holy crap!) championship banner. With the additions of Aldridge, David West and Jimmer Fredette (no, seriously, Jimmer Time lives and my rookie cards have hope again), the Spurs have reloaded in a major way as they look to give ageless wonders Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker even more support. How coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs front office have managed to pull this off without sucking for a year or five is just phenomenal.
What’s also phenomenal is that the Spurs have transitioned from that team nobody likes to watch because they’re so “boring” to one of the most beloved squads in all of sports. This happens to apply to their sneaker game as well, thanks to a diverse group of players that represent practically every major brand out there. The Spurs will be a team to watch on the court for their play and their kicks. Oh, and when Pop feels like trolling a poor sideline reporter.
Brand: Jordan Brand
Kicks: Retros, Air Jordan XX9, Air Jordan 30, Jordan Super.Fly 4
Much like his play on the court, you won’t always notice Kawhi Leonard’s kicks all the time, but when it’s time to take over, he’s on par with the very best the league has to offer. I’m still hoping we get a retail release of his “Claw” Air Jordan 6 exclusive, which features one of the most creative personal logos I’ve seen in years.
Now that Leonard and Aldridge are on the same team, are they the bizarro version of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin? While the latter Jordan Brand duo loves the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, the former are two of the most lowkey dudes ever. And Jordan Brand now has both duos. Geez, they just keep on winning, huh?
Kicks: adidas Crazyquick, adidas Crazylight Boost 2015
At this point, the race to see which active legend can still go is down to Duncan and Dirk Nowtizki (sorry, Mamba… and Paul Pierce I guess). Duncan has two years on Dirk so you’d think it would be the former that would be the first to breakdown, but with Aldridge and West helping him out, we could see Timmy in adidas Crazyquicks for the next four to five years. And if Duncan ends up wearing Boost (he wore the Futurestar during All-Star Weekend and the Crazylight to Media Day), LeBron James might retire before he does.
Brand: Jordan Brand
Kicks: Retros, Jordan Super.Fly 4
I can’t wait to update one my favorite tongue-in-cheek posts ever, “LaMarcus Aldridge Shooting Jumpers On The Left Block In Jordans” at the end of the next season. But he wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t one of the game’s most effective weapons, so expect plenty of NBA Kicks recaps to feature Aldridge in that pose. It won’t be exciting, but at least they’ll do a good job of featuring the kicks on his feet since they create so much separation.
Kicks: Nike Kobe 10
So if Ginobili plays more games in the Nike Kobe 10 than Mamba, does that mean we rename it the Nike Ginobili 10 like when he wore the Nike LeBron 11 way more than LeBron ever did? It’s a honest question since it’s not like regular Nikes are that reliable for him.
Kicks: PEAK TP9-III
Much like his NBA Finals MVP Award in 2007, Tony Parker and his PEAK signature shoes are just flying under the radar nowadays. Something tells me he’s ok with that as long as he’s winning rings and hanging out with good buddy and fellow Frenchman Boris Diaw.
Kicks: adidas Crazylight Boost 2015
Word to the Red Mamba. We need a “Red October” style Crazylight Boost for Bonner – complete with personal logo – to wear for one of the many special day games, like Christmas or All-Star. Those would sell out faster than a pair of Yeezys. Ok, maybe because I’ll probably be buy 200 pairs for myself, but still…
Brand: Under Armour
Kicks: Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2
Jimmer Time, baby, whoooo (Ric Flair voice). He started wearing Under Armour last season even though we all assumed he was still with Spalding, as evidenced by his covering up of the UA logo. Looks like there’s no such issue this year as he’s wearing the ClutchFit Drive 2 without any covered up logos. Man, I can’t wait until the season starts and we can get game photos for real…