Nike’s releases from the collection include both old classics from the past and some of the more advanced, modern day models.
Nike “Art Of A Champion” Releases
It is inspired by the furiously elegant performance of Rasheed Wallace of the Detroit Pistons on June 13th, 2004 during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Laced up in an Air Force 1 High pair, Rasheed performed rather dominatingly in the fourth and a half quarter, considering that he had been elbowed in the chest earlier in the game.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Retro “Fo’ Fi’ Fo’”
It is inspired by the 24 points, along with 23 rebounds, scored by Moses Malone of the Los Angeles Lakers on May 31st, 1983 during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The nickname is a reference to his prediction about his team’s stats in the Playoffs that year, which somewhat proved to be true, and the Lakers won their third NBA Championship that year.
Nike Air Maestro II “Trifecta”
It is inspired by the Sporting the Air Maestro II “Trifecta” worn by Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls on June 11th, 1993 during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Scottie scored a triple-double in the game, becoming one of twelve players who had done so in a Finals game.
Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Final Seconds”
It is inspired by the devastating and dominating performance of Kobe Bryant on April 30st, 2006 during Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs. The nickname of this iteration is a nod to that final shot that Kobe made during the last few seconds, despite the fact that there were two defenders blocking his path and the buzzer was about to ring.
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
It is inspired by LeBron James’ effort on May 31st, 2007 during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which ensured that the Cleveland Cavaliers actually made it to the NBA Finals. LeBron was not as well-known as he is today, yet rocking the LeBron Soldier 1, he scored all 29 out of the 30 points that the Cavaliers had by the end of that game. 25 of those were straight points.
Nike Air Force 270 “Gold Standard”
This iteration is not actually inspired by any previous historic NBA Finals moment; rather it is homage to all previous NBA champions and to the team that will win end up winning the championship this year. It draws inspiration from the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
The Nike Air Force 1 High Retro “Rude Awakening” will make its retail debut on April 26th, 2018
The Nike Air Force 1 Low Retro “Fo’ Fi’ Fo’” will make its retail debut on May 19th, 2018
The Nike Air Maestro II “Trifecta” will make its retail debut on May 10th, 2018
The Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Final Seconds” will make its retail debut on April 14th, 2018
The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight” will make its retail debut on May 31st, 2018
The Nike Zoom KD IV “Battle Tested” will make its retail debut on June 7th, 2018
The Nike Air Force 270 “Gold Standard” will make its retail debut in June 2018
Nike “Art Of A Champion” Collection