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LeBron gets special edition shoes from Nike honoring his latest MVP award

May 13, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT


LeBron James was named league MVP for the third time in his career on Saturday, and despite those who would point to his lack of postseason success to date as a counter-argument to his greatness, the fact remains that he’s deserved every single one of those trophies for his regular season performances.

To commemorate the occasion, Nike gave James a special colorway of the LeBron 9 to showcase, which he did during the first half of the Heat’s Game 1 victory in the second round of the playoffs over the Pacers on Sunday. Here are some details, from the official release:

“To celebrate LeBron’s MVP win, Nike took a “work-in-progress” look at the award and dubbed the basketball superstar “Employee of the Year.”  The ad additionally acknowledges what LeBron has repeated over and over – that he’s a man on a mission, focused on his team and capturing his first world championship.

“Nike further salutes the three-time MVP with a special edition LEBRON 9 MVP shoe.  Designed for elite performance and crafted with style, the LEBRON 9 MVP features striking Miami team colors. Gradient fades from red to black to comprise the upper with pops of yellow while details including an MVP logo on the heel and trophies printed on the sockliner mark the award.  This special LEBRON 9 MVP shoe was made specifically for James, but a very limited amount will be brought to market next month.”

They certainly feature Miami Heat colors, though with the yellow being prominent and the red being a darker shade, they definitely reminded me of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ wine and gold color scheme, which might not have been an accident.

Check out the photos below and let us know if you’re planning on copping a pair in the comments.

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  1. asublimeday - May 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    The more games the flamers win, the funnier it’ll be for the rest of the basketball world when they choke. I’m thinking against Boston, and hopefully Boston mocks their embracing and crying from last year.

  2. mrrayda - May 13, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Hopefully he breaks both his ankles while wearing them!

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - May 14, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      I don’t like LeBron. I’m no Cavs fan. I hated the way he handled leaving Cleveland. But I will never wish him ill like you did.

  3. youngmachete - May 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Haha love the press release: ” This special LEBRON 9 MVP shoe was made specifically for James, but…[we’ll generously let you guys overpay for some ugly kicks.]

  4. isujames - May 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    People on PBT smoke the best, they gotta be smoking some of that Obama judging by the things they say,I gotta get a pair of those MVP nikes and definitely cop me a pair of those Lebron special edition championship nikes after they beat OKC for the title this year.

  5. virusgvr - May 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    I can’t wait to spend 110.00 buck and run right the store and get them!!! What am I doing, I should be in the car already!!!

  6. jsmayer181 - May 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    The shoes don’t remind me of Cavalier colors as much as Maryland Terps colors. Maybe we can start a rumor that LeBron is planning to opt out in Miami in two more years to go to college. Randy Edsall’s got to have a football sholly free so LBJ can play tight end, right???

  7. 700levelvet - May 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    They look like clown shoes…….Oh wait………

  8. abchome - May 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Note: No shoe RING included!

  9. 11jlacy - May 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Congrats lebron u did ur thing this yr but on the real k d should have got it.

    • soflasfinest - May 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Please explain why? Remember KD plays zero D

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