I love sneakers. I always have. Recently I even started a project that sells kicks and donates the money to help treat clubfoot in developing countries. It may come as no surprise to many of you the Lebron has his own signature line with Nike. This line started when he was a rookie and is now on its 10th model.
Last night I was at the game and I noticed that Lebron laced up an old model. I've never seen Lebron do this before.
This is the Lebron 6 "Fairfax Away PE". This is the model that he wore during the famed 2008-2009 season.
After the first quarter Lebron switched back to this years model, the Lebron X.
It's not uncommon for players to switch shoes during games depending on their performance. So why did Lebron bring these back? Was it a sign that he's on his way back? Probably not. The most likely explanation is that the Cleveland court plays a little different than the court in Miami and Lebron had that shoe designed specifically for Quicken Loans arena. After his slow start he decided to switch back to his current model.
All the same, the practice raises questions. I'm quite sure Lebron has never done this before. If he was so concerned with his performance on this court why wouldn't he have done the same thing in other meetings?
During the February 5, 2010 matchup in Cleveland, Lebron rocked the Lebron 8 V2 (released in 2010).
I also noticed that before the leak from the scoreboard, Lebron stood in center court facing the cameras and fans almost as if he was going to make a statement.
I have to be honest, when I saw him standing there in those old shoes, a tribute to a great season in Cleveland, I really thought he was coming back. This game was hard to watch. I wanted to boo and I wanted to cheer. I truly believe Lebron will return and I will welcome him back gladly.
Note: all photos from www.nicekicks.com