The newest colorway of Joel Embiid’s signature model is a nod to his alma mater
In today’s NBA, there are few bigger names — and even fewer bigger personalities — than Joel Embiid.
The 26-year-old Philadelphia 76ers forward had an injury-riddled start to his professional career, but the three-time All-Star quickly showed the league he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Hailing from Cameroon, Embiid initially had big dreams of playing professional volleyball in Europe. But after watching a videotape of Hakeem Olajuwon highlights, he set his sights on an NBA career, and was discovered at a basketball camp at age 15 by fellow Cameroonian hooper Luc Mbah a Moute.
Embiid was drafted by a Sixers organization bogged down in what then-GM Sam Hinkie called “The Process,” and as the old saying goes, the rest is history. Alongside fellow foreign-born phenom Ben Simmons, the Sixers have become a perennial postseason threat.
It’s only fitting that one of the NBA’s rising stars, from an unconventional basketball background, should carve out his own path in the sneaker world as well. In 2018, Embiid inked an endorsement deal with Under Armour, becoming the highest-profile NBA player not named Steph Curry to rep the brand.
And now the wait for his signature shoe is finally over, with the release of the Under Armour Embiid One.
The latest colorway, ‘Lawrence,’ is named for the college town that plays home to the University of Kansas, where Embiid attended for the 2013-14 season and posted a school record for freshmen with 72 blocked shots, helping him earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Dressed in Jayhawks colors with a predominantly red upper and blue highlights, these kicks will have you chanting “Rock Chalk!”
The ‘Origin’ of Embiid
We got our first look at the “Origin” colorway on Embiid’s feet during the restarted NBA season, and now we can bring it to your feet. The predominantly black upper is crafted from breathable mesh for comfort during even the most heated moments on the hardwood.
A TPU wing in flame-like shades provides lateral security for the foot, which rests on UA’s Micro G and HOVR cushioning technologies and a sticky rubber outsole for plenty of traction on the court.
Under Armour designer Reggie Wilson noted the outsole patterns reflect Embiid’s journey from Cameroon to the NBA, with outlines of Africa and the United States appearing in the tread in the colors of the Cameroonian flag.
Get a little closer to the outsole and you’ll see the words “Yaounde,” “Johannesburg,” “Kansas” and “Philadelphia” embossed in the rubber, a tribute to all of the places that played a part in Embiid’s his journey.
Cop the newest colorway of a new-school hooper’s signature model when the Under Armour Embiid One ‘Lawrence’ releases at FinishLine.com on 10/23.