What a time to be alive and recapping NBA Kicks. It’s not often that the stars align and Nike Basketball’s Big 3 (sorry, Kyrie) all wear new kicks on the same day, but that’s what happened last night in the association (technically the Lakers played on October 6 Hawaii time but everybody is counting that as a October 7 game so we’ll roll with it).
Kevin Durant was making his return to action after a bummer of a season when foot injuries kept him off the court for long periods of time. Hopefully his new Nike KD 8 will keep his feet in check. LeBron James made his preseason debut in a yellow and black Nike LeBron 13 PE while taking selfies with the fans. You know, because that’s what King James does. And Kobe Bryant continues the tradition of wearing last season’s signature shoe right up until they reveal the new one sometime between December and February by rocking another Nike Kobe 10 Elite Low that I wish that I had.
As for the rest of the night in kicks, I mean, it’s there if you want to see it, but when these guys all show up, it kinda sorta doesn’t matter, right?
Photos courtesy of Barry Gossage, Christian Petersen, Bill Baptist, Hannah Foslien, Jeff Reinking, Joe Robbins, Jay Metzger of Getty Images/NBA, Jim Mone of The Associated Press.
1Kobe Bryant – Nike Kobe 10 Elite Low
2LeBron James – Nike LeBron 13
3Kevin Durant – Nike KD 8
4Russell Westbrook – Air Jordan XX9
5Shabazz Muhammad – adidas Crazylight Boost 2015
6DJ Augustin – Jordan CP3.VIII AE
7Dwyane Wade – Li-Ning Way of Wade 4
8Chris Bosh – Nike Hyperposite 2
9Goran Dragic – adidas D Rose 773 IV
10Gerald Green – Li-Ning
11Darren Collison – adidas D Rose 773 IV
12PJ Tucker – Nike Kyrie 1
13T.J. Warren – Nike Kobe 10
14Jon Leuer – Nike KD Trey 5 III
15Eric Bledsoe – Nike LeBron 12 “Six Meridians”
16Tyson Chandler – Nike Hyperdunk 2015 PE
17Markieff Morris – Nike Air Foamposite One
18KJ McDaniels – Nike Zoom Soldier 8 BHM
19Corey Brewer – Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2
20Denzel Livingston – Nike Zoom Rookie “Matte Red”
21James Harden – adidas Crazylight Boost 2015