It may be too early to do so from the perspective of a basketball purist, but one day, when it’s all said and done, Michael Jordan and LeBron James will be mentioned in the same conversation for the greatest and most revolutionary athlete the NBA has ever witnessed. Yes, LeBron has a whole lot left to accomplish both on and off the hardwood to even come close to overtaking MJ’s legendary status, but if there’s one baller on this planet that even has an outside shot at it, it’s King James.
On the court, it’s unlikely that LeBron will be able to recreate the same magic that MJ blessed us with night after night in his prime—we know this. Even if he racks up a couple more rings before the end of his career, the larger-than-life aura that surrounds No. 23 (the real No. 23) is just too much to handle for any human, even one as freakishly athletic and talented as LeBron James. Off the court, well, he probably doesn’t stand a chance there, either. After all, in addition to his acting and business pursuits, MJ single-handedly changed the trajectory of the sneaker world and is the reason why current pro ballers like LeBron, Kobe, and KD have signature shoe lines in the first place…although that doesn’t change the fact that LeBron has created his own legacy in the footwear department—a good one at that.
Not since the MJ era have we seen a basketball signature shoe line hit 12 successive iterations, as the Nike LeBron series has done. It’s not the 29-mark that the Air Jordan currently sits at, but there’s something to be said about a shoe that has been running strong for over a dozen years and counting. At the same time, there’s no telling what the future holds for the Nike LeBron, especially when he retires. So, for now, we’ll focus on the present.
The LeBron 12 was born in the lab following years of innovation from Nike and, just as importantly, insight from LeBron. It’s a shoe that’s built to the specifications of the best basketball player in the world, so you can expect nothing less than greatness. In honor of the latest release of the shoe, we take a look at 5 Design Aspects of the Nike LeBron 12 That Separate It From the Competition.
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