Saving your best for the NBA Playoffs has a number of different meanings. Players can rest up to regain their physical edge. Others resort to staying off social media, reading more and adhering to a more strict regimen to acquire mental sharpness.
However, my favorite edge is digging in to the closet and pulling out the freshest sneakers possible. Many NBA players have custom shoes made for the playoffs. The adage, “Look good, play good,” comes to mind when you see some of the kicks reserved for playoff basketball.
Whether it be pregame or in-game action, NBA players are always aware of what is on their feet. From the latest Kevin Durant sneaker, to classics from the 90s, there are numerous ways to make the Neat Feet list. Here are a few of the best and why they made the list:
Isaiah Thomas – Boston Celtics
These shoes made the list for many different reasons. Thomas goes with a great color scheme on this one. Green and gold is perfect for the Boston Celtics.
The shoe itself is the Kobe A.D., the edition of Kobe’s sneakers that were released. Isaiah has been channeling his inner-Kobe Bryant all season long. The 5′ 8″ guard has played exceptional basketball, and worked his way in to the MVP discussion.
If you look closely you see a few messages written on the sneakers as well. A day before the NBA Playoffs started, his sister died in a car crash. He paid his respects by writing a message to her on his sneakers. With a heavy heart, Isaiah played an incredible game. He shot 10-18 from the floor and finished the game with 33 points.
Well done Isaiah.
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
Out for blood? LeBron James is a different animal in the playoffs. He is known to shut out social media and other people’s opinions. His laser focus is directed towards his play, his teammates and their ultimate goal of winning a championship.
He leaves it all out on the floor, and is ready to dispatch any opponent in his way. Oh, and he makes sure he looks good while doing it. His Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier XI are mostly all crimson red with a gold Nike swoosh to match the Cleveland Cavaliers colors. The four strap look has James looking suited up to go to battle.
We might also need check for a jet engine on the bottom. How does James continue to soar through the air 14 years in to his NBA career?
Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers
Next on the list is another Cleveland Cavalier. Kyrie Irving is the second player on the Cavs with his own signature shoe. The Nike Kyrie 3 is quickly becoming one of the most popular shoes to play in. It is lightweight which is crucial for guards, but with enough ankle support that forwards can feel comfortable in it as well.
The all-white look is very clean for Irving. The blue swoosh and the text “For The Fearless Only,” are the finishing touches that these playoff kicks needed. After hitting the game-winning shot in Game 7 of last year’s NBA Finals, Kyrie can put whatever he wants on his feet.
Mike Conley – Memphis Grizzlies
The main man in Memphis always keeps it real. From his style of play to his kicks, Conley is old school. While getting in to the zone for Game 1 in San Antonio, Conley displayed some of the freshest shoes in his collection, the Air Jordan I Retro ‘Royal Satin’.
Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers
Last but not least, Chris Paul comes in to the playoffs trying to channel his inner Michael Jordan as well. Paul is signed to Jordan, but has a signature shoe that is becoming more and more popular. Mostly red to match the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul’s shoes get bonus points for the platinum Jordan logo and the black laces.
Let’s hope his fresh kicks correlate to great play. For as successful as CP3’s career has been, it never translates in to playoff success. We’ll see if the Jordan CP3.X PO can do the trick.
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