It’s a date that sneakerheads (and Bill Simmons) circle on their calendar every year.  It seems like a small blip on the NBA schedule even if LeBron James is involved, but those that really pay attention to the game of basketball and the kicks that the players wear on the court know that something special is about to go down whenever the King makes his way to Portland.

Whether it’s jumping so damn high the crowd skips a beat or averaging 39-11-8 in his last five games in the Rose Garden, LeBron James always seems to save a little something special for the Portland Trail Blazers.  And no, it has nothing to do with the fact that Nike is a little more than a half hour drive (with no traffic) away.  Absolutely nothing, right?

To the surprise of nobody, LeBron was rocking some new LeBron 10 PEs for last night’s game against the Blazers.  But it looks like Nike and Jordan Brand and even Li-Ning were not about to let James have all the shine, as Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade all rocked new colorways of their kicks from their respective brands.  Portland might have gotten the last laugh as they beat the Heat by two, but we were the real winners last night.

Photos courtesy of Rocky Widner, Sam Forencich and Cameron Browne of Getty Images/NBA Entertainment along with Frank McGrath of Pacers Photos, Darron Cummings, Rich Pedroncelli and Don Ryan of the Associated Press, SacBee.com and Brian Spurlock of USA Today. J.R. Smith gif courtesy of Knicker Blogger.

Chris Bosh – Nike Air Max Hyperposite