March 10, 2010
This Nike Air Max Lebron VII Low "Rumor Pack" has me conflicted, you guys. On one hand, the shoes all look really nice. I like them all quite a bit.
On the other hand, isn't the whole concept of the line kind of gross? I mean, we all know LeBron James(notes) is a free agent this summer, but it's kind of weird that Nike is rubbing that in everyone's face.
But let's go back to the first hand, the one that really likes the look of these shoes. There's four versions, one each for the different places LeBron might end up — the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets, the Cleveland Browns (?) and CSKA Moscow (??). I'm partial to the Browns colorway, but I can't see that looking great on the basketball court.
Now, back to the other hand. Yuck, right? I understand that Nike is heavily invested in where LeBron ends up, and there's that rumor that there's a huge increase from Nike if LeBron signs with the Knicks, but it just feels wrong to have Nike profit off of Cleveland's misery.
There's not even a Cavaliers-themed version. You can argue that the Browns version is the nod to Cleveland, but would it have been so bad to have made the Russia shoes just a little darker and said they were for the Cavaliers? At least throw the team a bone, Nike.
Currently, the shoes are only available in China, where they retail for about $130 U.S. Surely, they'll make their way to our shores soon. When that happens, we can all use our feet to figure out where LeBron James is playing next.
BDL Rating: Two (out of five) Muggsy Bogues
(h/t Waiting for Next Year)