In many ways this year's compressed 66-game NBA season is simply a prelude to the playoffs, in which the elevated stakes means that every single rebound, possession and blocked shot matters. Nike Basketball is recognizing the heightened postseason atmosphere by releasing the 2012 Elite Series, made up of three shoes: the LeBron 9 PS, Nike Kobe VII and Nike Zoom Hyperdunk. Each model was created with direct insight from the players, resulting in superior lightweight performance shoes constructed from premium materials, delivering advanced stability and protection. Midfoot shanks and heel counters on all three styles are crafted from carbon fiber, while Nike Pro Combat inspired protection are placed at the tongue and inner sleeves. Finally, the collar features molded foam that adapts to the individual anatomy of the wearer's foot for a superior fit. Available in home or away colors, the shoes are expected to land in stores starting April 28th.
Release Date: April 28th, 2012 (Saturday)