The NBA All-Star Game is going international for the first time since it kicked off in 1951. The NBA expanded to Canada 1995 when they added the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. The dynamic duo of Bryant Reeves and Mike Bibby could only do so much for the city of Vancouver. The time couldn’t be better for the city of Toronto with the team playing its best basketball in franchise history and being put on the pop culture map thanks to Drake.
Nike Basketball always goes all out on their signature shoe for the All-Star collection. We’ve seen some dope themes over the years like the “Galaxy”, “Area 51”, “NOLA Gumbo League” and now we get the “Royalty” collection. Thirteen of the selected All-Stars represent the Swoosh, and three of them are among the ten that were selected by fans across the globe. The pack is inspired by the origins of the city’s royal structure and the colorful essence of the people of Toronto.
LeBron James will be starting his twelfth NBA All-Star Game with another signature shoe to add to the collection. The Nike LeBron 13 colorway is inspired by the neutral tones of Toronto’s winter. Kevin Durant will also hitting the hardwood in the Nike KD 8. The inspiration for the KD 8 colorway is by the international flags that fly throughout the city. Talk about creative.