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Throwback Thursday: Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze IIA brief while ago we listed the Top 10 Signature Basketball Lines where Shawn Kemp snuck his way onto the list thanks in large part to this shoe – the Reebok Kamikaze II. Following the success of The Pump that first made its way to Reebok basketball sneakers in 1989, the brand did have some successful years between the days of the Pump and DMX (which came with the Reebok Answer I). The Kamikaze II featured the lightweight and quite comfortable Reebok Hexalite cushioning in the heel and forefoot.

Shawn Kemp experienced what many would argue to be his best season in 1995-96 averaging a double-double, putting up 19.6 points per game while snatching 11.4 rebounds. Kemp made his way to the 1996 NBA All Star Game and lead the Sonics to the NBA Finals but fell victim to the 72-10 regular season Chicago Bulls.

Reebok bought back the Kamikaze a few years ago in disappointing fashion with an added Pump that was not on the original and little-to-no marketing to support its release. One can only hope that Reebok will grant us a return of the Kamikaze II, but for now we will have to just sit, wait, and beg.

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Shawn Kemp wearing All Star edition Reebok Kamikaze II in 1996 NBA All Star Game
Shawn Kemp dunking in 1996 NBA All Star Game wearing All Star edition Reebok Kamikaze II

Shawn Kemp defending Michael Jordan in 1996 NBA Finals wearing Kamikaze II
Shawn Kemp defending Michael Jordan in 1996 NBA Finals wearing Kamikaze II

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Comments

  1. Bugs says:

    Daaaamn, I wish I still had these!

  2. timmy says:

    very nice ball kicks

  3. Timbo says:

    what went wrong with reebok, they usto be sooo good

  4. Billy Sunday says:

    wow i had a pair back when i was little. this is a must if they come back out

  5. Billy Sunday says:

    ….i even remember the commercial for the first kamikaze

  6. solesaved says:

    These was hot when they came out Kemp was doing his thing in seattle before he gained all the weight in cleveland and orlando

  7. g says:

    do you guys remember the shaq’s that looked similar to these i cant remember which year they came out

  8. Nice Kicks says:

    g,

    Yes indeed! Those were featured a few months ago on Throwback Thursday as well. Another one of my favorites from this era.

    Reebok Shaqnosis

  9. kstate says:

    i remember these like it was yesterday… possibly one of reeboks best kicks, & yes it was kemps best season

  10. NPF 65 says:

    I would rather buy the shaqnosis, thats just me

  11. zack says:

    one of the few reeboks i like. the shaq kicks in questions were called “shaqnosis”

  12. Huey says:

    Yea i remember i used to rock these 2 private skool snapping necks haha!!

  13. nyek says:

    i like this coz its adidas

  14. Tj says:

    Say what? Can you read? Its def a REEBOK shoe

  15. kfa$hdaalien says:

    grail status

    if i get my hands on these ill probably cry

    TWICE

  16. terrell says:

    Pure genius design.
    i keep seeing these popping up mad cats have the og’s up for sale on myspace. Never my size though.
    Reebok just needs to retro these and the shaqnosis, reebok needs to backtrack to the 90′s -_-

  17. BxBomber says:

    kemp was a monster on the court..!!! 96 finals by far on of the best ever played…u had pippen,jordan,kukoc,kemp,payton,schrempf,and many more all stars..
    but why is it that these havent been retroed..!!!!REEBOK GET ON IT !!!!!

  18. Jedi_23 says:

    1 of only 2 reeboks i ever had….didnt help me score with the ladies like kemp…lol

  19. swanson says:

    NICE KICIKS YOU GUYS SHOULD PUT UP A PICTURE OF SHAWN KEMP DUNKING ON SOMEBODY WITH THESE JOINTS ON !

  20. columbiaj says:

    hands down one of the top 5 reebok sneakers of all time. so many of my friends had these, and they would wear the kemp sonics jersey with them. i’d like to see some kamikazi I’s pictures too