It's pretty easy to feel bad for the city of Cleveland. None of their sports teams can manage to win anything, and everyone seems to believe that LeBron James is headed to New York in 2010. So that's why, when he debuts a new line of Nike shoes called the "LeBron VI Big Apple" on the night the Cavs play the Knicks, you kind of have to chuckle at the general paranoid aura floating out of the city that rocks! (Via Nike Press Release)
The Zoom LeBron VI performance basketball shoe represents the essence of LeBron James: team, toughness, passion and vision. James worked with Nike designer Ken Link to create a shoe that meets his performance needs and the needs of players with a powerful, dynamic style of play.
[...]The shoe's collar has been engineered with a wider opening so it's easier to slip on and wear while maintaining a full-length fit feel. On the collar, graffiti art highlights LeBron's mantras-passion, family, winning, fearless and vision.
So, yeah, pride. Family. Passion. New York!
Kidding. Kind of. There's certainly more at stake tonight -- one would presume -- than just the matter of the shoe. There's the fact that the Knicks just punted on a would-be great conundrum of Mike D'Antoni, Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph to drag Al Harrington and Cuttino Mobley's expiring contracts into town. Oh yes. And the fact that LeBron has a decent history of blowing up in the Garden. Couple that with any number of Knicks writers begging for New Yorkers to treat Bron like he'll be there in a few years and you should probably tune in, if not only for the shoes.