As LeBron James traversed the Nike World Head Quarters, ten years of Nike LeBron greatness were up for viewing. Each of LBJ’s signature models were individually encased, dressed in an all-black colorway, leading all the way to his latest model: The Nike LeBron XI. With all the accolades LeBron has required recently, it won’t be odd for the folks at Nike to retro his signature line. In the case of Michael Jordan it took him 10 years before we saw a retro for his first sneaker. With two NBA Titles, two Olympic Gold Medals, four NBA MVPs under his belt, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched. But will the technology of old hold up on the basketball courts today?
One can say that if they do retro they won’t be something to play in – more for casual wear rather than on the court. At the end of the day it is a basketball shoe. When we play in it we would hope it performs the way it was made out to in the first place. MJ’s sneakers although considered made for “collectors” has been worn on the courts. Nate Robinson for instance played his past season in a lot of Retro Jordans even ones that should be considered collectors.
It will be good to see those sneakers hit the court again when they retro. Tell us what you think – should these sneakers be used for what they are made for or just another collector’s item?