The 2013-2014 NBA season is winding down and teams are preparing for the stretch run into the playoffs. With the increased pressure and intensity that comes from the playoffs, Nike stepped up their game to create product to combat the rigor and stress and provide players with the best apparel to help them succeed when the games on the line. Nike unveiled the Nike Basketball Elite Series Team Collection, comprised of the signature sneakers worn by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant. Each sneaker in the collection is made using premium materials, advanced construction, and was specifically designed according to each player’s specifications.
The Nike LeBron 11 Elite Team was tailored to LeBron’s unique style of play by creating a sneaker that was lightweight and breathable, but also could withstand his powerful style. The Elite Team version features a lower cut, Hyperposite protection, additional Flywire for support and a combination of Lunarlon and Nike Zoom midsole to maximize performance.
Next, the Nike KD 6 Elite Team shed extra weight from the original model by incorporating additional Flywire material as well as Kevlar fibers to lock the foot down. Also added for the first time in Durant signature shoe history was the incorporation of a full length Nike Zoom unit that runs though the whole midsole for a more natural and comfortable feel.
Finally the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Team, which was already at the cutting edge of Nike tech, just got some added upgrades. The Kobe 9 Elite Team maximizes the use of Lunarlon technology with Dynamic Flywire and carbon fiber throughout to make the sneaker ultra lightweight and enables natural motion.
All sneakers in the collection feature the team colors of each respective team as they get ready for the playoffs. Unfortunately for Kobe and his Lakers, there won’t be a playoff run this year as injuries have tampered their progress and led to a abysmal 22-42 record thus far. We’ve seen other players in the league rock the Nike Kobe 9 Elite, so theres a good chance these will grace the court at some point this season.
The Nike Basketball Elite Series Team Collection will be available April 11 at Nike.com, and at select retailers worldwide.