Regardless of what you think of LeBron James, there’s no denying the Miami Heat forward is having a career year in this strike-shortened season. LeBron is currently posting the highest single-season Player Efficiency Rating of all time, and his stellar defensive play has many arguing that he should win defensive player of the year accolades as well as the MVP crown. Of course, none of those individual accomplishments matter a whit if LeBron can’t continue his excellence into the postseason to secure his first NBA championship. Fair or not, anything short of that will be judged a resounding failure. Nike Basketball will help LeBron extend his regular season heroics into the playoffs by outfitting him in the LeBron 9 Elite. Like the upgraded Nike Zoom Hyperdunk and Kobe VII, the elite version of LeBron’s ninth signature features material enhancements and premium construction, highlighted by extra carbon fiber reinforcement from heel to wing, providing added lightweight support. Flywire technology and Nike Pro Combat-inspired padded collar and tongue, as well as special home and away colors in black or white with gold accents, complete the elite look. Look for the Nike LeBron 9 Elite to land in stores on April 28th.