Sleepy Floyd in the Nike Big Nike

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Sleepy Floyd Sets NBA Playoff Scoring Record in Nike Big Nike

Do you remember Sleepy Floyd? Born Eric Floyd, the retired NBA point guard played professionally from 1982 to 1995. He was selected as an NBA All-Star in 1987, and later that same year, in the playoffs, Sleepy put on a scoring performance unlike any since. On May 10, 1987, as his Golden State Warriors matched up against the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Sleepy finished by dropping 29 points in the fourth quarter. That number, along with his total of 39 points in the second half, stand as an NBA Playoff record for the highest amount of points scored in a single quarter and half.

During this record-setting game, Sleepy Floyd wore a pair of original Nike Big Nikes. The Big Nike was notable for its bold heel branding, which was also used around this time on the Nike Terminator. Nike Air cushioning and a Dunk-like outsole complete the old school package. Due to its age, the Big Nike model is considered a lifestyle shoe by Nike and isn’t recommended four the courts. If you’re looking to emulate Sleepy’s offensive milestones in a retro style, Sneaker Report recommends one of these instead.

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