LeBron James is back in Nike LeBron 11, and all appears well in the land of high performance basketball footwear.
Over the weekend, LeBron James not only stepped onto an NBA court in Nike LeBron 11 for the first time in 18 days (November 27 at Cleveland), he played the entire game — all 41 of his minutes — in the LeBron 11, something he hasn’t done since opening night of the 2013-14 regular season.
LeBron scored 25 points to go with nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals, ticking Miami’s record up to 17-6, good for second place in the Eastern Conference and fifth best overall record in the NBA.
The return of LeBron 11 to active duty has to be a welcome sight for Nike, who saw fit to formally address the mysterious absence of its highest-profile sneaker on its highest-profile athlete earlier this month amid speculation swirling LeBron James’ reliance on last season’s Nike LeBron X Elite for this season’s games.
LeBron also touched on the sneaker mini-controversy publicly, hinting eagerness to play full-time in his $200 signature shoe.
“I just want to be able to wear them,” James told ESPN.com on December 5. “It has been a frustrating process. But obviously, I know that Nike wants to do what’s best. They’re not going to put me out there in harm’s way. So we’re redefining the shoe to fit what’s best for my foot.”
Sneaker eyes will be watching to see if LeBron continues the LeBron 11 trend when the Miami Heat host the Utah Jazz tonight.
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