Player Profiles: The Legendary, The Past & The Present

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The 2009-2010 NBA season is steadily approaching, therefore, your favorite column Kicks On Court will be making its return soon. Until then, we have created a column dubbed Player Profiles: The Legendary, The Past & The Present in which we showcase some of the better shoe lines from past and present.

Today, we dig into our archives and compiled signature sneaker lines of three of the best small forward to ever play the game including James Worthy, Scottie Pippen and LeBron James. With that said, click here to compare/contrast the extensive signature lines of these three superstar small forwards.

In case you missed it, check out our Point Guards Player Profiles: The Legendary, The Past & The Present involving Magic Johnson, Gary Payton and Chris Paul and our Shooting Guards Player Profiles: The Legendary, The Past & The Present including Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway and Kobe Bryant

Could there be a more felicitous player for clutch games? If you check his r?sum?, or were around to witness his performances, you?ll know that James Worthy is definitely apt for his moniker, ?Big Game James.? The trend that backed the nickname began when Worthy suited up in Carolina blue. In the 1982 NCAA Championship James scored 28 points on 13-for-17 shooting and stole a pass from Fred Brown to seal a Carolina victory. After viewing his collegiate success, the Lakers decided to pull the trigger and select him first overall in the 1982 NBA Draft. With teammates, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Big Game James was able to continue to prove his reputation as he posted incredible numbers in the 1985, ?87, and ?88 championship victories. Worthy remained with the Lakers throughout his career of 12 seasons. Two years after retiring in 1994, James was honored with the title of ?One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.?

In 1985, New Balance decided to sign James Worthy to endorse their sneakers. This partnership brought a James Worthy signature line to fruition. Under Worthy?s name, New Balance released the 590, 785, and BB800. Unfortunately, New Balance was unable to compete with Nike although the public did enjoy their basketball sneakers. Once New Balance shut down their basketball operations, Big Game James moved on to Adidas and then Nike.

New Balance 590

New Balance BB800

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