Sneaker Showcase: NBA All Star Game Debut Sneakers

With the NBA All Star 2013 weekend upon us, all eyes are on the players who will be participating in the festivities. But as fans of players and kicks, one can’t help but focus on the sneakers these ballers are rocking. Every year there is a slew of different models (new and old) with fresh colorways to keep the average sneaker fanatic happy with this year as no exception. With an incoming class of 7 new players representing their individual clubs in the big game on Sunday, the exclusive sneakers each will wear will definitely turn heads and break a few necks. The stars of today may have their signature exclusives now, but the kicks they wore for their very first game will always be remembered, in the fan’s minds and in sneakerholic’s hearts.

LeBron James 2005 All Star Game

Lebron James

Lebron Jame’s first All Star sneakers, as with other players on this list, didn’t actually appear in the All Star game. Though many people may remember the Zoom Generation All Star colorway (which he also did not wear during any All Star festivities in 2004), the first debut colorway to show up in the 2005 NBA All Star Game was the Lebron II’s. In a colorway of Cool Grey, Royal, and touches of white, this sneaker was made to match the colorway of the jerseys. The shoe itself came with a mid-cut and timeless strap. Also featured was a drawn Lion, representing the king of the jungle and future king in the NBA. In his very first start (of many to come) he performed admirably. Though he didn’t win MVP honors, that of went to Allen Iverson, he’s a near lock-in as one of starting forward for the East for years to come.

Nike Zoom LeBron II uploaded by jrock6820

Nike Zoom LeBron II uploaded by jrock6820

Kobe Bryant 1998 All Star Game

Kobe Bryant

The Black Mamba has been seen in many different Nike models, with his Kobe 8 being the latest. Though he’s rocked the Nike brand since the early 2000’s people forget he started out as one of the face’s of adidas. He even got his own signature sneaker, the KB8’s. Of course, what player wouldn’t want to wear his own name on his own pair at his very first All Star game? His debut in the 1998 All Star Game saw him as the leading scorer with 18 points for the Western Conference. Unfortunately for him though, there was this wall named Michael Jordan that just wasn’t quite ready to pass the torch. The KB8’s he rocked though was the same pair he wore throughout the season, with a pre-dominantly black/white colorway with hints of the Laker gold and yellow.

adidas Crazy 8 aka KB8 uploaded by Wayne141

adidas Crazy 8 aka KB8 uploaded by Wayne141

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