As much fun as it is to tune in during the NBA season and watch the world’s greatest athletes, I find the glimpses of their high school days even more entertaining. We all know players like LeBron James as these oversized, almost superhero-like celebrities, so it’s almost impossible at times to envision them as high schoolers goofing off in the classroom and coming out to old school rap music in warmups during Friday night games in their tiny gymnasiums. Better yet, it is impossible to imagine what they were like as kids.
Before he was a 6-8, 250-pound unstoppable freight train who somehow doubles as perhaps the game’s fastest and strongest player for his size, James was just a little kid who loved to play on his adjustable hoops set. As part of a Nike collection celebrating our commonality–who didn’t do this growing up?–the latest Nike LeBron 13 available at Champs Sports is the “Mini Hoop,” a kids release outfitted in a color scheme reminiscent of the basketball set’s own hues. The faded graphics used throughout also point to the set’s adjustable height, and the inner lining actually sports a graphic mimicking a small basketball net. The shoe includes all of the advanced tech that helps make the LeBron 13 one of the best basketball products on the market.
LeBron James and his sneaker line have released a new colorway meant just for the kids. Officially called the “Mini Hoop,” it’s honoring ‘Bron’s childhood in a way that all of us can relate to, whether we were athletes or not.