…And we thought Nike's All-Star offering was huge! The Swoosh have announced the 'Art of a Champion' collection, commemorating some of the most legendary plays and players in NBA Playoffs history. The collection consists of 16 shoes, representing the number of wins required to secure the Championship.
The first three to release are a Kawhi Leonard-inspired Air Jordan 1 'Pass the Torch, a ' Rasheed Wallace Air Force 1 High 'Rude Awakening,' a Julius Erving Converse Pro Leather Mid 'The Scoop', and a Kobe Protro 1 'Final Seconds' — in honour of the Black Mamba himself.
In May we'll see a Kevin McHale Converse Fastbreak 'No Easy Buckets', a Scottie Pippen Air Maestro II 'Trifecta', a Bill Russell Converse Chuck 70 Ox '30 and 40', a Maya Moore Air Jordan 11 'Rook to Queen', a Wes Unseld Converse Star Player Ox 'Intangibles', a Moses Malone Air Force 1 Low 'Fo' Fi' Fo', a Ray Allen Air Jordan XX8 'Locked and Loaded', and a LeBron Soldier 1 '25 Straight'.
Coming in June are the Kevin Durant Zoom KD IV 'Battle Tested', as well as a retro of Michael Jordan's immortal Air Jordan 14 'Last Shot' — the latter of which will release on June 14, the same day MJ secured victory for the Bulls in '99.
Rounding out the collection are a 'Gold Standard' Air Force 270, inspired by the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, and a mystery shoe that 'will be defined by this year's NBA Champion.' Both will be released following the Championship in June.
The 'Art of a Champion' collection will release gradually from April 14 through to June, when the Championship is decided. Check back for release dates for your favourite make-ups.