Was it the shoes? Sometimes you can make the case that it was or, at worst, that they at least played a part. Especially in the modern era, NBA players are constantly tweaking their sneakers to allow for better performance. Sometimes it’s injuries. Sometimes it’s circumstance. And sometimes it’s the brands. Nike and adidas both have an extensive history of upgrading and changing player signatures throughout the season, often releasing new, updated models for the NBA Playoffs.
You can find these silhouettes at Champs Sports. However, if the shoes didn’t have any historical implications no one would buy them. The “Last Shot” Jordans? They mattered because of what Michael Jordan did in them. The Answer IV? They mattered because of what Allen Iverson did in them. The Air Jordan XX8? They probably would’ve been forgotten had Ray Allen not made one of the most clutch shots ever in them in 2013.
With the NBA Playoffs starting this weekend, it’s anyone’s game. Golden State might have the probable MVP and the best record in the NBA, but San Antonio destroyed them recently and is looking as good as they ever did last year. Then in the East, ATL has been on cruise control for most of the season and yet the Cavs, with their three stars, look like the scariest team. You just never know. All you do know is that some dope sneakers will be involved, one way or another.
Over the years, there have been some amazing sneakers during the NBA’s most memorable playoff moments. Some of them were just greater than others. Here is a Recent History of Memorable Moments in the NBA Playoffs and the Sneakers That Blessed Them.
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