Produced by: Dan Hwang
Written by: Jesse Carr
When recalling landmark models from the glory years of Nike Basketball, some models, like the Air Foamposite One, which we detailed in this segment months ago, have reached iconic status because of their future-forward designs and their pop culture impact. In our seventh installment of our RE-Fresh columns, we get a look at a shoe that has seen very few retro releases and still enjoys a cult following, especially in this silver and black colorwayâ€”the Total Air Foamposite Max.
If you’re not familiar with the history of the shoe and went by its aesthetic alone, maybe you’d guess that it belonged to a flamboyant player like Dennis Rodman or Ron Artest, with its raised pattern of flames or smoke through the molded upper. But, surprisingly, the wearer of this model is as cool as they come, as clutch as any player in the last decade, and as successful as any superstar in the NBA in the last decade. That man is the San Antiono Spurs center, Tim Duncan.
Recently, on a sports-talk radio show the discussion turned, as it often does if you tune in even sporadically, to the questions of top 5 players in an era. The sport in question was basketball and the question was top 5 of the new millennium. A caller posed this question to the talk show host, who fired off two names immediatelyâ€”Shaq and Duncan, players at opposite ends of the spectrum both in personality and style of play. One shattered backboards, beat his chest, and rapped with the Fu Schnickens on the Arsenio Hall Show while the other recoiled from the spotlight and hit 10-footers off the glass all night long. Duncan was a man whose game was throwback in its suavity and consistency. He was the straight-laced foil to Shaq’s bravado, but four titles, two league MVPs and two Finals MVPs almost match the accolades of the decade’s other monster center who seemed to hog the spotlight.