Once upon a time, the NBA was a strict place where people looked at you weird if you didn’t show a little leg — thank God that era is over — and the league powers that be would fine you if you tried to sport a little originality. Michael Jordan came knocking on the door and while the league initially resisted, it eventually gave way. It had to. Jordan was special, an icon. He was different. But that didn’t necessarily mean everyone else would follow along. MJ wore baggy shorts and a sweatband, and rocked revolutionary kicks on the court. However, things didn’t really start to change for everyone else, for all of us, until the crossover. Hip-hop and basketball.
That’s when Allen Iverson came along and basically told the institution to leave off because he was coming to do his thing and no one was stopping him. He brought with him an entire legion of restless kids ready to make waves and ride change. The league saw the power in promoting the individual, saw that it was okay to embrace a culture that corporate America still wasn’t down with. Eventually, that individuality shifted all the way to the sneakers on the court and now half the fun of watching the NBA season is checking out what sneakers everyone is wearing.
We’re just a few shorts weeks into the NBA season and while it’s already clear which teams can play and which ones can’t, we have no idea which players will rock the best shoes this year. For now, we’re highlighting the best so far. Here are The Hottest On-Court Sneakers Worn in the NBA This Season.
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