16 is the number of Playoff victories it takes for an NBA player to lead their team towards potentially winning the Championship. Converse, Jordan Brand and Nike have teamed up to commemorate sixteen historic NBA Playoff milestones from the past by whipping up an “Art Of A Champion” Collection. Out of those sixteen sneakers, four happen to be Air Jordan models.
It is inspired by Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals that took place on June 10, 2014, in which Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, ensuring victory for the San Antonio Spurs. Ultimately, Kawhi Leonard received the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.
Its leather uppers of this iteration are dressed up in a combination of Chrome and White, while Black covers the ankles, inner lining, laces, Nike “Swoosh” logos and the tongues. The right tongue features the Jordan “Jumpman” branding, while Kawhi’s “Claw” logo can be spotted on the right tongue.
It is inspired by Maya Moore’s dominating performance in Game 3 of the 2011 WNBA Finals that took place on October 7th, 2011, which helped the Minnesota Lynx win their first of four championships.
Its uppers are made up of nubuck and covered entirely in sleek Black, while its mudguards are made of a textured crackled material, dressed up in a seemingly iridescent Fuchsia Blast hue. Additionally, it is also equipped with all-Black midsoles, Gold lace aglets and translucent, Fuchsia Blast-colored outsoles.
It is literally inspired by that last, final shot that Michael Jordan made on June 14, 1998 during Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals when just 10 seconds were left for the game to end. That shot enabled the Chicago Bulls to defeat the Utah Jazz and win the NBA championship, and MJ accomplished this while laced up in the Air Jordan 14.
It is sporting the original color scheme of the pair that Michael Jordan wore, so its nubuck and tumbled leather uppers are predominantly dressed up in sleek Black. Additionally, some Red- and Yellow-colored detailing can also be spotted.
Air Jordan 28 “Locked And Loaded”
It is inspired by memorable corner 3-pointer that Ray Allen made on June 18th, 2013 when just 19.4 seconds were left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The shot resulted in a tie between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, and Ray was laced up in the Air Jordan 28 at the time.
It is overall dressed up in a combination of Black and White with some Metallic Gold-colored accents throughout. The highlight of this iteration is that folding the model’s signature extended ankle support down reveals “9” and “5” on each shoe, i.e. 95, which is the number of points scored by the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
All four of the above Air Jordan releases 2018 from Nike’s “Art Of A Champion” Collection are going to hit the shelves on separate dates, namely:
The Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Pass The Torch” will make its retail debut on April 28th, 2018
The Air Jordan 11 Low “Rook To Queen” will make its retail debut on May 24th, 2018
The Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot” will make its retail debut on June 14th, 2018
The Air Jordan 28 “Locked And Loaded” will make its retail debut on May 12th, 2018
Nike’s “Art Of A Champion” Collection