Nike will release 16 retro sneakers during the NBA Playoffs to commemorate some legendary moments from Nike, Converse, and Jordan athletes over the years. The 16 sneakers represent the 16 wins necessary to take home the NBA title, and they will be rolling out the sneaker drops from April through June.
There are a variety of sneakers from the three lines that will be retroed for the occasion, from Air Force 1s to Jordan XX8s to Converse Fastbreaks, each of which representing a different playoff moment. The first release will be the Kobe Protro 1 “Final Seconds,” dropping on April 14.
The next drop is April 19, with “The Scoop” Converse Pro Leather Mids, representing Julius Erving’s famed layup.
The April 26 drop is probably my favorite, as they’re releasing a Rasheed Wallace-inspired “Rude Awakening” Air Force 1 High that, yes, has a strap that says Ball Don’t Lie.
Two days later, the Jordan 1 “Pass The Torch” will be released, with the Kawhi Leonard hand logo on the tongue and outsole.
On May 3, the Converse Chuck 70 Ox “30 and 40” comes out, commemorating Bill Russell’s Game 7 stat line from the 1962 Finals — also just an incredible reminder that basketball players once wore these for NBA games.
May 10 is the Air Maestro II “Trifecta” for Scottie Pippen in 1993.
The Ray Allen-inspired Jordan XX8 “Locked and Loaded” hits on May 12.
On May 17, the Converse Fastbreak Hi “No Easy Buckets” drop in a Kevin McHale-Celtics colorway, along with Wes Unseld inspired Converse Star Player Ox’s.
May 19 will see the “Fo Fi Fo” Moses Malone-inspired Air Force 1 Lows hit the market.
May 24 are the “Rook to Queen” Jordan XI Lows for Maya Moore.
The LeBron Zoom Soldier 1 “25 Straight” will drop on May 31.
June 7 will see the Zoom KD IV “Battle Tested” hit stores.
Finally, the “Last Shot” Jordan XIV drops on June 14.
The other two sneakers don’t have release dates yet, with the Air Force 270 “Gold Standard” dropping in June and another sneaker still not named to be announced as well (the guess based off the shrouded silhouette is a new 32, but that could be wrong).