As the league’s top signature athletes continued to wear new colorways of their latest namesake models of sneakers, this week also brought with it a batch of surprises. LeBron James and Stephen Curry each wore a new version of their respective LeBron 15 and Curry 4 sneakers. James’ iteration took on a more bold grey-and-yellow makeup, while Curry’s donned his Under Armour with a clean, black-and-white look.
Langston Galloway and Stanley Johnson each sported pink-hued Nikes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Johnson’s pair of the Nike Kyrie 3 was an unreleased edition originally made for the EYBL summer-basketball AAU circuit. The message holds extra meaning for the third-year forward, as Johnson lost his mother, Karen Taylor, to breast cancer just before his rookie season in August 2015.
Galloway dug deep into his archives, breaking out a rare white-and-pink colorway of LeBron James’ debut Nike shoe, the Air Zoom Generation, originally made in 2004. The pink colorway is simply dubbed the “Gloria” edition. Fewer than 100 pairs were made more than a decade ago for friends at the request of LeBron’s mom, Gloria James.
"I knew we had a Breast Cancer Awareness game coming up, and I have a few family members that have been affected by breast cancer," Galloway told ESPN. "I had to do something special for them, but I wanted to find something different that I haven’t seen. I went on eBay trying to find some rare samples and ran across the AZG 'Gloria.' I had a friend check them out to make sure they were legit, and I knew they were something special!"
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Stephen Curry - Under Armour Curry 4