If you’re a sneakerhead, there’s no better day to watch the NBA than on Christmas. All of the best players are playing and all of the best are bringing with them the heat from their closets. Whether it’s LeBron James, Kevin Durant, or Kobe Bryant getting laced with holiday-specific colorways on their new shoes, or a bench player unleashing some heat that no one saw coming, this is it. This is the ultimate showcase.
Over the last five years, just as the sneaker culture has exploded, so too has the obsession everyone associated with the league has around these games. As recently as 2008, there were only three games scheduled. Now? In 2014, there are five, featuring title contenders like San Antonio, Cleveland, Chicago, Golden State, the Clippers, and Oklahoma City. We all know Nike’s top athletes will get laced with some nice holiday themes in their signature kicks, but some of the league’s biggest sneakerheads, the guys you might have to pay close attention to, also figure to debut some gems on the hardwood. Back in 2011, Monta Ellis wore a pair of custom white-and-red Air Jordan VIIIs while with Golden State. The following year, Nate Robinson went hard with the retro “Bred” Air Jordan XII. And last year, Jason Terry unleashed a killer black-white combo with the Reebok Kamikaze II, complete with some zebra-styled socks.
Get yourself geared up for this year’s marquee matchups by making sure you’re primed. You need to know what to look for. Here are The NBA’s Sneakerheads to Watch on Christmas Day.
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