With his season-long #LeBronWatch campaign featuring two surprises this week, Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James once again continued his dominance both on the court and with his shoe game.
Nike has made more than 10 special editions of his latest signature model, the LeBron 15, highlighting everything from classic Nike brand stories to colorways and themes from past LeBron shoes, and even tributes to some of James’ favorite Swoosh sneakers from his childhood.
As the Cavs played host to the Washington Wizards earlier in the week, James caught everyone by surprise with a nod to his very first sneaker.
Last night, I had no choice but to go back to where it all started for me in 2003 with the Air Zoom Generation, James captioned on Instagram. Felt like I was actually back in the original while on the floor. Crazy!
Last but not least, Clippers center Montrezl Harrell has continued to have fun with his Kickstradomis-customized sneakers, donning a pair of red and blue Air Jordan 29s featuring none other than Homer Simpson in his classic WooHoo! pose along the side.
Check out all of the best sneakers spotted in the NBA this week, and vote for your favorite pair below.
Sometimes this talent distribution can change rapidly, reflecting a trend or a truth about what’s going on in baseball. For example, when home runs became a powerful point of differentiation among players after the end of the dead ball era, which had been mostly about batting average, the smaller players at second and shortstop didn’t add as many homers as the generally larger outfielders did. Same goes for third basemen, the hot corner being considered more of a defensive position than it is today.
Another trend is the decline in difference between players on the hard and easy side of the defensive spectrum. While the importance of talent up the middle to a team was always something you heard in baseball, it has been only since Moneyball that the WAR contribution from the middle positions (C, 2B, SS, CF) has finally caught up to the value from the corners.