The first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs has already kicked off on April 14th, 2018. Teaming up with Converse and Jordan Brand, Nike decided to celebrate the playoffs with a very special collection that is inspired by the number 16.
16 is a number that holds tremendous significance when it comes to the NBA playoffs, considering that it is the number of playoff victories a team is required to achieve in order to have a chance at potentially winning the NBA Championship. Thus, it is dubbed the “Art Of A Champion” Collection.
Converse “Art Of A Champion” Releases
Converse Fastbreak Hi “No Easy Buckets”
It is inspired by Kevin McHale’s performance in Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals that took place on June 6 that year. Kevin strong believed that there would be “no easy buckets” as the Boston Celtics were striving to win the championship.
Converse Chuck 70 Ox “30 and 40”
It is inspired by the dominating 30 points, along with 40 rebounds, that Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics scored on May , 1962 during Game 7 of that year’s NBA Finals. Hence, the nickname of this iteration commemorates and references his stat line from that game.
Converse Star Player Ox “Intangibles”
It is inspired by the shot made by Wes Unseld of the Washington Bullets from the free throw line on June 7, 1978 during Game of 7 of the NBA Finals. Wes was laced up in a pair of the Converse Star Player Ox when he made that shot and his performance not only enabled the Bullets to win their first championship but also earned him the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.
Converse Pro Leather Mid “The Scoop”
It is inspired by the brilliant dunk that was made by Julius Erwing of the Philadelphia 76ers on May 11th, 1980 during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. He literally soared through the air in order to make that impressively acrobatic shot.
All four of the above Converse releases 2018 from Nike’s “Art Of A Champion” Collection are going to hit the shelves on separate dates, namely:
The Converse Fastbreak Hi “No Easy Buckets” will make its retail debut on May 17th, 2018
The Converse Chuck 70 Ox “30 and 40” will make its retail debut on May 3rd, 2018
The Converse Star Player Ox “Intangibles” will make its retail debut on May 17th, 2018
The Converse Pro Leather Mid “The Scoop” will make its retail debut on April 19th, 2018
Read the other two posts here on SneakerExclusive to find out about Jordan Brand’s and Nike’s releases that are a part of this collection.
Nike’s “Art Of A Champion” Collection