Kick Drop: The Nike LeBron 17 'Monstars' is one beautiful monstrosity

Jan 25, 2020

Space Jam is here — at least a pair of basketball shoes inspired by the villainous team from the 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy film.

More than a year before the release of the sequel starring LeBron James and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, Nike has introduced the LeBron 17 "Monstars" in time for February's NBA All-Star Game, where the Los Angeles Lakers superstar was recently voted as West captain for the second straight season.

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    The colors on the tongues of Nike LeBron 17 "Monstars" are direct nods to orange alien Pound (who stole Charley's Barkley talent) and purple Bupkus (Larry Johnson), while the number "0" and "galaxy" speckle are subtle Space Jam references.

    The pair is built for one of the greatest athletes in the world, so it carries championship-caliber specifications for optimal containment, support, and cushioning (impact support, repsonsive energy return). The LeBron "Monstars" is equipped with knit and heat-molded yarns, which is why doesn't only look but also feel almost indestructible.

    The King is set to debut the Nike LeBron 17 "Monstars" during the All-Star Weekend in Chicago, while February 13 is the scheduled retail release

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