It’s safe to say that the sneaker game has changed. Just as NBA players want to play in big markets, guys are bucking the trend and joining up-and-coming sneaker companies in order to make a name for themselves. First we saw this with the influx of Chinese brands such as Li-Ning, PEAK and ANTA, and have recently seen it from the likes of Under Armour and Above The Rim. Now, getting back in the game, is Spalding.
Established in 1876, Spalding developed the very first basketball at the request of Dr. James Naismith. In 1983, the Spalding basketball became the official ball of the NBA. But a Spalding basketball shoe? Those haven’t hit the NBA hardwood since the days of Hakeem Olajuwon.
That will all change this season.
Although an official announcement is set for the near future, it’s been confirmed to Dime that three NBA players will wear Spalding basketball shoes this season: Jimmer Fredette, Mario Chalmers and Chris Singleton.
Fredette was first spotted wearing his new kicks at Donte Greene‘s Goon Squad Classic in late November. This week, with training camps and Media Days going on, new photos have surfaced as to what exactly Fredette and Chalmers will be wearing.
Here’s what Fredette has been wearing:
Here’s what Chalmers has been wearing:
Here’s what Olajuwon wore and an old ad:
While Fredette, Chalmers and Singleton will be wearing Spalding basketball shoes on the court starting Christmas Day, they will not be available at retail until Spring 2012.
Stay tuned to DimeMag.com for more information as it becomes available.
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