The NBA is officially back. Teams have started playing pre-season games and some players are already fit mid-season. A notable example is All-NBA point guard Ja Morant.
Last night the Memphis Grizzlies improved to 2-0 after beating the Orlando Magic 109-97. Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant led the way with 22 points, seven assists and three steals in 22 minutes of action.
It is always safe to bet on Morant playing in the field. But we knew he wasn’t going to play fair last night after seeing the heat on his feet. Below is everything fans need to know about the loud basketball shoes Morant wore to the Grizzlies’ preseason game.
Nike Kobe 8 ‘What is the Kobe’
During the Grizzlies’ second preseason game, Morant wore the Nike Kobe 8 “What the Kobe”. The multicolored shoes were launched on December 6, 2013. After retailing for $140, the average resale price is now $1,252, according to StockX.
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Back in 2013, when Morant was in college, Nike took element designs from previous colorways and blended them into one version of the shoe. It was called the “What the” series, and each player with their own line had a few colorways in the series. For example, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had “What the Kobe” colorways in his 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th shoes.
The limited-edition shoes worn by Morant feature a dynamic combination of nearly 30 colorways from previous Kobe 8 releases. The right shoe features an orange base with a volt Swoosh logo, and the left shoe comes with a dark blue base with a volt Swoosh logo. orange Swoosh logo, plus oversized “NIKE” branding to medial side.
Morant is getting his own signature sneaker with Nike next season. Until then, the exciting young player will continue to wear designs from the legends that came before him. Stick with FanNationKicks.com for all your sneaker news.
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