When one of the most underrated point guards ever signs with a Chinese athletic company that hasn’t made a big market splash in the US, does anyone care? They should.
Honesty is me and I am it – when Jason Kidd came back to Dallas, I was driving that bandwagon. I remembered the first go-round, and the Three J’s, and Toni Braxton, and the promise, but what I most remembered was those bug-eyed Nike Zoom Flight Vs that he got almost no games in before being shipped to Phoenix. What does this have to do with PEAK? Stay with me – goes to Phoenix, then Dirty Jersey for two Finals trips, then, look, older and mature, back to Dallas. But, what is he wearing? PEAK. Why would a player leave Nike, the almighty in b-ball worlds, to go to PEAK? Here is where it gets interesting – Tony Parker was once going to be traded for… Jason Kidd. And what did Tony Parker do last year in the playoffs? Traded Nike for PEAK. I think I just solved JFK. Anyway, back to the above question – a player would leave for a different company for many reasons, and usually performance is around number three or four. No worries, TP, PEAK has you covered and then some.
All that was a real convoluted intro to this fact – PEAK is making some BASKETBALL SHOES right now. Last year was a complete surprise, but the Lightning was F-Un. Loved the traction, fit, and transition, and the foam being zonal made the experience even better (the patterned insole showing the zones was even cooler). But even Lightning can strike a target once. What would come this year? This – the TP9-1. Here is what you get – a fused upper (PEAK calls it Hot Melt) with synthetic overlays around the heel, mesh vents on the medial and lateral side, Dual Gradient foam midsole, and translucent herringbone traction pattern. What you don’t get – that midrange floater and the supermodels. But do they play? Here we go…