5 Reasons to Cop the Nike Basketball 4th of July Collection

  • Nike Kyrie 1 USA

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    The Kyrie 1 is popping

    The Kyrie 1 is probably the hottest new basketball sig to drop over the last few years, in part because the player is so much fun to watch but also because the execution was just flawless. I know friends who are already talking about collecting every colorway. The teeth are spectacular. The Australian influence is noticeable. And the silhouette, overall, just looks dope. This colorway is my favorite of the pack and might go down as one of the two or three best among all basketball sneakers this summer.

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  • Nike LeBron 12 USA July 4

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    Perfect timing

    Releasing only a week before the big day, these couldn’t have come at a better time. And it’s not just styling in these at your neighborhood cookouts that has us excited. While playing ball seems like it’s often the last thing on anyone’s mind right now, remember, the summer is important for all of the AAU and individual workouts. Make sure your feet are treated right so that when you come back in the fall, no one will be able to touch you.

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  • Nike KD 8 USA

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    First KD 8 to release

    While Kevin Durant barely played last year, the Nike KD7 was a success, becoming one of his best signature sneakers so far. The KD 8 has certainly received its fair share of criticism so far–doesn’t it look more like a running shoe than anything else?–but that’s par for the course for sig silhouettes these days. The fact is this is the first KD 8 to release, which means cats will be checking for it.

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  • Tradition

    Nike’s been pumping out summer “USA” colorways for all of their top players for a few years now and, generally, they are executed very, very well. The LeBron X “USA” joints, the ones he wore in the Olympics a few years back, are actually among my favorite sneakers ever.

    Last year’s collection featured a white-based KD7 and both a high and low-top version of the LeBron 11. But the real standout was the Kobe 9 that sported a print graphic across the upper that had the shoe looking like a beach towel.

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  • Nike KD8 Kevin Durant

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    Sneaker tech

    Nike has consistently pushed the envelope over the last few years in terms of sneaker tech and this group of signatures is no different. Kobe Bryant’s line is arguably the top performing sneaker on the market with improved traction and more flexible cushioning. The LeBron 12 offers Megafuse and Flywire lockdown, as well as Hyperposite wings and the now iconic hexagonal¬†Zoom Air pods on the outsole. The Kyrie 1 is laced appropriately as well.

    The upcoming KD 8 is one of a kind, though, as it’s expected to rock many firsts for Durant. There’s a¬†new Jacquard knit upper that also features returning Dynamic Flywire tech for a flexible fit. The whole thing was inspired by the saber-tooth tiger, and that comes through in the “teeth” units of Air on the forefoot.

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  • Nike Kyrie 1 USA
  • Nike LeBron 12 USA July 4
  • Nike KD 8 USA
  • Nike KD8 Kevin Durant

When you think about July 4, I can probably guess what comes to mind. Cookouts. Fireworks. Family and friends coming together for good food and good fun. I also see a lot of red, white, and blue. It’s one of my favorite days of the year, and on those years when the weather agrees with us, it’s a perfect mid-summer party-starter.

While this day is a time for fun and games, the ballplayers aren’t going to be taking a whole lot of time off this summer. The offseason is when you get better. It’s when you step up to the next level. And you need some sneakers to do that, preferably not the ones you wore into the ground during the season.

Growing up, I always needed a rotation of basketball kicks. Off the floor, I was a Timberland guy. I rocked those to school every single day. But for ball, considering I played basically every day of the year, I needed a minimum of three kicks to rotate. I suspect many of you are the same way. Luckily for you, dropping today at Champs Sports is the 4th of July collection from Nike, featuring USA-inspired colorways of four signature sneakers. We have the Nike LeBron 12 for LeBron James, which features a dope red upper with a unique graphic on the Hyperposite wings. There’s Kyrie Irving‘s Kyrie 1, which might be the best colorway of all. The Kobe X also gets some love for Kobe Bryant, even if the toe box stars are a little weird. Finally, we’re getting the first colorway of Kevin Durant‘s KD 8. The reaction to that one will be interesting.

Every July, you need to show out for your friends by wearing the best stuff you have in your wardrobe. That should include this incredible pack from Nike. Here are 5 Reasons to Cop the Nike Basketball 4th of July Collection.

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