Words and images by @IamJeffreyJason
Today’s installment of ‘Is it The Shoes?’ here on Inside The Sneakerbox highlights the footwear of various NBA stars as well as a couple of those whose names you don’t hear too often. Although no one had an 81 point, Kobe-esq, game last night we did see decent numbers put up by people like Chris Bosh and LeBron James and not so decent numbers put up by Lamar Odom and Nate Robinson. Keep in mind Odom and Robinson were wearing two favorites among sneaker lovers so we know it couldn’t have been the shoes…right?
Chris Bosh laced up his usual Nike Air Max Hyperposite “Away” PEs on Saturday as the Miami Heat took on the Phoenix Suns in Arizona. In addition to choosing some nice footwear for the night Bosh put up some nice numbers that included 24 pts – 9 rbs – 3 ast as the Heat beat the Suns 97-88.
LeBron James put up similar numbers to that of the previously mentioned Bosh with 21 pts – 7 rbs – 3 ast but much unlike Bosh, LeBron wore a pair of his ever so popular “Pressure” Nike LeBron X+s.
Rashard Lewis may have had a poor outing with only 5 pts – 2 rbs – 0 ast but his choice of footwear was great. In the Heat’s 97-88 win over the Suns’ Saturday Lewis wore a red/black-white Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2012 PE.
The Suns’ Goran Dragic my not be a household name but he is definitely someone you want to keep your eye on. His game is comparable to that of the Spurs Manu Ginobili and his footwear choices are similar in that they both love to wear their fellow colleagues signature shoes. Dragic has been wearing this white/orange-purple colorway Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD as of late, with the most recent time being Saturday in the Suns lost to the Miami Heat. Dragic had an ok night with 12 pts – 5 rbs – 8 ast.
It is no surprise to see the final score of and NBA game that features Monta Ellis end 117-113. Ellis is known for putting up hefty numbers in the points column but Saturday’s game against the Hornets wasn’t one of them as Ellis put up a modest 22 pts – 3 rbs – 9 ast in a 4 point win for the Bucks. In addition to being known as a pure scorer, Ellis is also known for wearing a large variety of Jordan Brand models with the latest being the “Midwest” Air Jordan 19 you see here.
Like Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings can fill up a score sheet any given night. It is always fun watching Ellis and Jennings put on scoring clinics but I am sure it is even more fun for Milwaukee fans and those affiliated with the organization to see their two stars put up numbers like Jennings’ 22 pts – 2 rbs – 9 ast when it is followed by a W. Again, like Ellis the Bucks guard went back a bit in his closet and laced up an Under Armour Micro G Bloodline Low for Saturday’s game.
Last night the Cavalier’s Kyrie Irving donned a white/yellow-red colorway of the Nike Lunar Hyperdunk 2012 PE in the Cavaliers 103-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Irving had a rather odd night as he put up an unexpected 26 pts – 0 rbs – 0 ast.
Last night Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the defensive minded Chicago Bulls by 21 points with the final score being 101-80. Although Paul’s numbers of 8 pts – 3 rbs – 10 ast weren’t amazing he, as always, controlled the flow of the game for the Clippers and guided them to their 7th win of the season. Paul once again wore a PE version of his latest Jordan Brand shoe which is of course the CP3.VI.
Chris Paul wasn’t the only Clippers star in Jordans last night as you can see Mr. Lamar Odom broke out his pair of “Motorboat Jones” Air Jordan 9 Retros again. Odom contributed slightly to the Clippers victory with 8 pts – 3 rbs – 10 ast.
Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls took to the court against the Clippers Saturday in the “Fire Red” Air Jordan 5 Retro. Although Robinson is capable of putting up decent numbers he didn’t do so this time. His 11 pts – 0 rbs – 0 ast weren’t quite enough to help the Bulls pull out a win in Los Angeles.