The Los Angeles Lakers season may have just come to an unceremonious end, but that doesn’t mean Nike has forgotten about Laker fans. Before the Lakers called the glitz and glam that is LA home, they were based in the rural and humble city of Minneapolis, MN. The Lakers were actually named after the state of Minnesota which is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Stars like George Mikan and Elgin Baylor helped the Lakers to five championships (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954) before the team made the move to LA in 1960. Returning to the roots of the Lakers, the latest Nike LeBron XVI comes dressed in the colors of the Minneapolis Lakers.
The signature Battleknit 2.0 upper comes in Wolf Grey and is accompanied by University Blue and Gold accents. The ‘LJ16’ marking on the tongue, the insoles and the star print on the pull tabs are all direct nods to old Minneapolis Lakers jerseys. When the NBA made the switch to Nike last year, the Lakers brought back their classic Minneapolis uniforms back. Only time will tell when the uniforms make their way back to the hardwood.