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LeBron & Kobe Get “Elite” Versions Of Their 2013 Post Season Nike Shoes… And Kevin Durant Too


What began with the Nike LeBron VII and its playoff positioned LeBron VII P.S. shoe has now become an annual thing for Nike Basketball. CounterKicks has acquired some early details on next year’s product wave…

LeBron James’ signature line has crafted a uniquely tooled “Post Season” model in each of the last three years and will do so again in 2013 with the Nike LeBron X P.S. Elite and higher priced LeBron X P.S. Elite+ editions.

Kobe Bryant launched a playoff model last year for the first time in the $200 priced Kobe VII System Elite. With the addition of Dwight Howard to the Lake Show, Kobe and the likely playoff bound Nike Kobe VIII System Elite and higher priced Kobe VIII System Elite+ models will accompany the journey.

The added surprise this year is Kevin Durant. For the first time, his Swoosh signature line will officially take on second season duties in the Nike KD V Elite and higher priced (hey-what-happened-to-keeping-the-shoes-below-$90-Nike-oh-that’s-right) KD V Elite+.

Also fueling the 2013 signature products is the addition of Nike Plus into the hoops line as launched by the recent Nike Hyperdunk+ 2012 this past summer and current Nike LeBron X+, all of which house digital sensors in the footbed of the shoe, relay data to a removable Nike+ sensor chip, and ultimately displays in-game statistics like distance run in game and how high your vertical really is straight to your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device.

You’ll see the triple threat Nike Basketball Elite 2013 signature pack in the NBA Playoffs come next spring and running retail game into the summer months.

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People need to start boycotting this higher priced crap.

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I’ve said it before and will say it again; the KD V’s max air bag is strictly there to jack up the price, and pave the way for a higher priced KD sig down the line. Leo Chang has said in multiple interviews that KD’s heels barely touched the ground throughout a game, wtf is the max air for then?! The KD V Elite is only natural extension…smdh. I think people took his “below $90″ clause a lil too literally. No way Nike doesn’t put in an escape clause that’ll allow them to circumvent it.

KD is technically an employee of Nike’s, when your boss tells you he wants to increase the price of a product theyve developed, albeit with your name on it, can you honestly say no?

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I don’t think there was ever an official “below $90″ clause in the contract, it was just something KD wanted and his people and then Nike played up early on. You’re totally right on the last part: if Nike really wants to increase the price on your shoe and they’re giving you a bunch of money for it, they got the juice and you don’t. (No Chris Webber.)

Here’s what I think is the funny part about KD’s shoe prices rising so quickly and going well above $100 this year. I’ve said for a couple years now I thought the “$90 talk” was a lot of nice BS but the way KD is playing as a superstar athlete and next generation talent, Nike is going to raise the price on that one above $100 at some point whether KD likes it or not. When the line launched a few years ago, they probably just said whatever on price and played up the low cost idea publicly cuz for all we know KD coulda went bust or not been as big as he became. Then you could get away with that $88-90 price and it wouldn’t have mattered in the long run. Now that KD is one of the top players in the league, of course Nike is going to jack the price up. Sure, some of the costing and Hyperfuse and other materials factor in, and general labor and materials rising too, but honestly I saw this coming for years now and just thought it was funny how KD team all chatted up the more “affordable” price when it was sort of a given a year or two ago that KD is a bonafide star and stars typically have expensive price point product. Kobe is on the way out. LeBron is in his prime right now. KD is the next wave. It was going to happen and look where Nike is taking it now…

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Uhh please Nike. They are doing this only because they can. I bet the Lebron X Elite will easily be $400 with the Nike+ sensors (Hopefully not)
Either way I most likely will not buy them. Regardless of how well they market it and try and convince the average person that you need kevlar and carbon fiber.
I’m sure Nike wants to up the ante compared to last year.
Is it all really necessary?
Who knows they might come up with some cool

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what are they gonna do to a shoe for it to justify its 300/400 dollar price tag? Put a real diamond on the shoe? damn. this is precisely the reason why i haven’t bought nike in a while.

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The KD-line joining in is sad, they could’ve really showed some integrity here, unfortunately they didn’t.

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Well, we had the first 4 KDs, which were pretty decent performance-wise and going for peanuts (my personal fav was the IV), and like JB said, it’s only a matter of time before the bandwagon rolls along. And Nene, integrity is probably not high on Nike’s “must do” list, lol

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well goodbye to seeing Lebrons retail in the 100′s

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