Classic LeBrons continue to appear on court as the 2013-2014 NBA season unfolds. Fresh off of Nick Young's 40-point performance in the "Wheat" Nike Air Zoom Generation, we see two other vintage LeBrons on the hardwood during the NBA's 13-game schedule last night. Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams surprisingly laced up the white, navy and gold Nike Zoom LeBron IV, a shoe that released in 2006. Although we've recently seen King James' fourth signature shoe on court thanks to Michael Beasley, this particular colorway hasn't been seen since LeBron himself wore it.
Earlier in the night, we spotted Suns guard Eric Bledsoe facing his former team in the original colorway of the Nike Zoom LeBron III. Check out these kicks on court, plus Nick Young's new Kobes, LeBron's exclusive Soldiers, John Wall's impressive Crazyquick PE and Courtney Lee's latest LeBron iD, below.
In today’s episode of Kicks On Court Weekly Recap, DeMarcus Cousins and the reigning Kicks On Court Champion Derrick Williams serve as spokespeople for the Sacramento Kings, one of the top Team Kicks On Court rosters in the NBA. Plus, we give you a preview of our brand new, upcoming video series called Sole Access.
Vintage Kobes have been one of the major storylines of the young season so far, especially with Nick Young making his presence felt with the Prelude Pack. However, last year's Kicks On Court Champion, Derrick Williams, has quietly brought out a couple of the rarest Kobes we've ever seen on court. Following his wear of the "Aston Martin" Nike Zoom Kobe V earlier this season, Williams surprisingly laced up the "MLK" version of the Nike Zoom Kobe IV in last night's win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The "MLK" Kobe IV was a Quickstrike release in 2009 and is one of the most limited colorways of Bryant's fourth signature shoe. If you recall, Kobe Bryant himself debuted this sneaker, which features Gold reptile print and a gradient effect on the toe box, on MLK Day in 2009. View these kicks on court, plus Jason Thompson's new NIKEiDs, below.
"The team change has my kicks on court all messed up, but I'm back now." - Derrick Williams
Middle-of-the-season player transactions can be a hindrance in terms of kicks on court, but it seems as if the recent trade to Sacramento has revived Derrick Williams. Last year's Kicks On Court Champion began this season in a couple of gems here and there but mostly general released product. However, much of it went unnoticed due to playing time.
Williams will see much more court time in his new role with the Kings, so we should definitely be seeing more creativity in regards to his kicks on court. In last night's 31 point performance against the Mavericks, Williams wore the "Flint Grey" Air Jordan 7, a shoe that released in the spring of 2006. These particular 7s, which feature multiple Varsity Purple hints, proved to be a perfect fit with the Kings' Home uniforms. View these kicks on court, plus Antawn Jamison's Crazy 8s, below.
The 2013-2014 NBA season is now two days away, and it's sure to be extremely entertaining from a basketball and kicks on court standpoint. In attempt to gear up for the upcoming season, we shared with you five Kicks On Court-themed stories just last week. From Matt Bonner's plea for a new shoe deal to NBA experts sharing entertaining locker room stories, check out a recap of Kicks On Court Diaries 2013 below.
The champ is here.
Before last season began, we predicted the Nick Youngs, the Nate Robinsons and the JR Smiths of the NBA would contend for the Kicks On Court crown, as they do each and every year. But a former Arizona Wildcat - Derrick Williams - quickly emerged a wild card in the race seemingly out of nowhere. Williams went from the surprise of the last season's first month to winning the Kicks On Court Champion award and garnered everyone's interest along the way.
We briefly caught up with the reigning Kicks On Court Champion to discuss his new shoe deal, his stiffest competition for this upcoming season and what we can expect from him on court in the coming months. Let's catch up with the champ.