In part as a “thank you” to the unwavering support from its Chinese fans, Nike and Nike Basketball will launch a China Exclusive Edition of its Nike Zoom Air LeBron 9 . Also known as the “Fire Lion” Edition, this newest LeBron James signature includes the best of what Nike Basketball has to offer. The first to incorporate Flywire and Hyperfuse, the lightweight basketball sneaker is yet responsive enough for any player, let along James’ 6-foot 8 frame. Support comes in the form, or forms, of both Max Air 180 encapsulated air cushion and the none obstructive Nike Zoom Air, the perfect combo for James’ 80-plus games schedule each season. Finally, the color blue and the ice-like outsole. Though counter intuitive at first, think back to your chemistry classes during secondary school and you will recall the hottest flame burns not with a reddish-orange hue but a steady blue glow. Hence, the bright colorway on the “Fire Lion” Edition, in reference to James’ explosive nature on the court and his team, the Miami Heat. As a reinforcement of that notion, a Chinese character for “fire” is embroidered on the heel tab, along with a fearsome motif of the Chinese Stone Lion embedded on the shoe’s tongue. Available only through Nike retailers in China starting on Saturday, October 1st, for ¥1599 RMB or $250 US.
Release Date: October 1st, 2011 (Saturday)