During the 2007-08 season NBA season, the league had a marketing campaign called “Where Amazing Happens”. It’s been fifteen years since commercials featuring Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming and Baron Davis aired, but the message still holds true.
After a disappointing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last night, the Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant makes a detour on his way to the visitors’ locker room. The All-NBA guard stopped and gave away his worn game Nike shoes to a young fan.
The video tweeted by @NBAKicks was nothing short of heartwarming. It was a reminder of the strong impact professional athletes have on children. Plus, it was a great time for sneakerheads. Below is everything fans need to know about the kicks Morant gave his young fan.
Nike Kyrie 1 ‘All-Star’
Last night Morant played in the Nike Kyrie 1 “All-Star”. The shoes were released in February 2015 for $130. According StockXold-school basketball shoes now have an average resale price of $286.
Like all other shoes in Kyrie Irving’s signature Nike line, the shoes are becoming increasingly rare. Earlier this month, Nike suspended its relationship with Irving and canceled the launch of its ninth signature shoe.
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While Irving remains suspended by the Brooklyn Nets, other NBA players continue to wear the controversial point guard’s shoes. Morant has a strong affinity for classic Nike models from the Kyrie, KD and Kobe signature lines.
Thanks to Morant’s stellar play and magnetic personality, Nike plans to release a signature line of sneakers for the 23-year-old. The Nike Air Ja 1 is expected to release in 2023. We know of at least one fan who will buy the shoes.
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