Lee likes 3.
This NBA season has been a mix of two types of footwear: current high performance models, and retros with outdated tooling and tech. Gilbert Arenas reinvented the art of retro balling and a few players have followed his example. Jordan Brand athletes like Joe Johnson, Ray Allen and Mike Bibby have taken turns wearing old school offerings, as has the likes of Wesley Johnson, Nate Robinson and, now, Courtney Lee.
Lee, who’s broken out White/Cement Air Jordan 3’s before, laced up Black/Cement 3’s from the 2008 Countdown Pack last night, notching 18 points off the bench in the Rockets’ road loss to the Clippers. Retro shoes aren’t exactly wooden planks but they clearly aren’t built for the rigors of the modern NBA. Yet these players not only play in them but actually perform at an elite level in them. Perhaps when you’re a professional athlete it doesn’t matter what you wear; you can afford style over substance, fashion over function. And, of course, if the retro shoes ever contribute to injury, you can afford the medical expenses to recover. Uh, bi-winning!
Lee’s 3’s, along with Aaron Brooks’ Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low, Jordan Evolution ’85’s from Ray Allen and Joe Johnson, and Nate Robinson’s Thunder debut shoe, ahead in NBA Kicks…