Naruto x Jordan Zion 1 Collection Revealed, Release Date AnnouncedRelease: 11 May 2022
News on this release was originally published on April 25, 2022.
Update April 26, 2022: Shortly after Zion Williamson and Jordan Brand teased a forthcoming Naruto x Jordan Zion 1 collection, the offerings have been revealed. In its entirety, the collection contains three special takes on Williamson's first signature sneaker – the 'Kyuubi,' the 'Sage of the Six Paths' and the 'Nine Tails' – plus an unnamed silhouette that looks like the Jordan Point Lane (a popular in-line model) and special apparel inspired by key pieces of Naruto lore.
The 'Kyuubi' will release on May 11, while the 'Sage of the Six Paths,' the 'Nine Tails' and most of the apparel will be dropping on May 18. Check out all three of the kicks above, and read the original article below for more info!
It's been quite a while since Zion Williamson last suited up for an NBA game – he fractured his foot in the summer of 2021 and has been working his way through an arduous post-surgery rehabilitation process. However, there are positive signs for the sidelined New Orleans Pelicans star: he was recently spotted throwing down an effortless 360 dunk before the Pelicans' play-in game against the Los Angeles Clippers, and he took to his Instagram to tease the release of a special Zion 1 collaboration between Naruto and Jordan Brand.
In his Instagram post announcing the collection, Williamson mentioned that the offerings are inspired by the 'parallel paths of overcoming adversity' that he shares with the show's titular character. Jordan Brand chimed in as well, with a tweet that shared the same graphic and simply said 'the Shinobi way' in its caption, nodding to the show's array of ninjas. There's a good chance that this collection will serve as the Zion 1's swan song, as the Zion 2 was revealed in recent weeks and Williamson has been seen training in it as well.
For his part, Williamson is an avowed anime fan. In a 2019 in-game interview while Williamson was dominating the collegiate ranks at Duke before being drafted #1 overall in the 2020 NBA draft, his mother Sharonda Sampson even revealed that she and her son watch Naruto together in their spare time!
In other Jordan Brand news, Zion's fellow Jumpman endorser Luka Dončić recently debuted his first signature shoe. Click here to check it out!