About Nike Basketball
Although Nike started as a footwear running company, the Swoosh’s impact on hardwood can’t go unnoticed.
From Michael Jordan and the beginning of the Air Jordan line to the golden age of performance basketball in the mid to late ’90s, Nike Basketball has been at the top of the food chain.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, known best as the Greek Freak, entered the league in 2013. In just a few years, Giannis garnered the attention of basketball fans everywhere and even the attention of Nike.
Nike Basketball announced the Greek Freak’s first-ever signature shoe in 2019 with the release of the Nike Zoom Freak 1 in the summer of 2019.
The shoe’s enlarged reverse Swoosh and intricate logo made the Zoom Freak 1 a standout. Due to Giannis’ unbelievable speed, power, and ability to change directions in a blink of an eye with his signature Eurostep, the traction pattern of the Zoom Freak 1 was designed to keep up with Giannis’ game-changing play style.
The Nike Zoom Freak 2 took key pieces and attributes from the first iteration and enhanced it as more fluidity and flexibility in movement was a marquee upgrade in the second model.
The Nike Zoom Freak 3 brought back the reverse Swoosh aesthetic and introduced a forefoot strap for extra security and lockdown support for Giannis and his freakish moves.
A more simple design carried into the Nike Zoom Freak 4 as the reverse Swoosh made its way onto the shape again, making it a staple in the shoe line.
Through the years, Giannis’ journey and family has been at the center of the shoe line with family members’ names on the outsole design and even as a part of the colorways, including the Nike Zoom Freak 1 “All Bros” and the Nike Zoom Freak 4 “Letter Bros” among other colorways, including the Nike Zoom Freak 2 “Naija” – inspired by his Nigerian heritage.
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