The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns 114-104 on Tuesday night.
It was a meaningful game for several reasons. One, it marked Phoenix’s official move into the upper echelon of the West, as the team now boasts the second-best record in the conference. Two, it featured a truly bizarre moment between LeBron James and Devin Booker that will undoubtedly be scrutinized by social media. And three, it reaffirmed that the Lakers are in trouble, as the defending champs are now 4-6 in their last 10 outings.
Of course, none of that got the most attention on Tuesday night.
Rather, the thing that stole the show was James’ choice of kicks.
The photos largely speak for themselves:
LeBron James in a “FAMU” Nike LeBron 18 PE tonight on TNT! #NBAKicks #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/j2sesL6OlU
— 🏀 #NBAKicks 👟 (@NBAKicks) March 3, 2021
Reactions were almost overwhelmingly positive:
Full circle. The first Black Laker ever played for FAMU pic.twitter.com/RbKZjLRh0q
— DJ R-Tistic (@DJRTistic) March 3, 2021
Love this! @KingJames Thanks for your support to HBCU’s. I also want to thank you for your support to struggling communities in our country that are often overlooked. You are awesome both on & off the court.
— PrettyPoodleGSU (@GsuPoodle) March 3, 2021
These look like some runaway reptar kicks pic.twitter.com/iZ9TVdRcPl
— Skip Baymore (@LITTYSKITTY808) March 3, 2021
Man, LeBron gotta have the worse shoe collection of All Time. Uau! W.S.C.O.A.T
— Victor_BlackMetal_ Miranda (@BMetal87) March 3, 2021
— Pretty.Girlz.Riot!! (@Neka_Nostalgia) March 3, 2021
Boo to this shoe
— Franco (@Franco47120468) March 3, 2021
James’ shoe game is widely regarded as one of the best in the NBA. Only Charlotte Hornets star Gordon Hayward has a better one. James’ Lakers teammate Alex Caruso also comes close.
What will James’ Nike team ultimately come up with next? Time will tell.
LaMelo has found a nifty trick for picking up Instagram models. https://t.co/4y9uyWxlAe
— Game 7 (@game7__) February 25, 2021
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