I’m sure you remember the day before your first day of school: picking your outfit up and down and laying it on the floor, eager to wear it the next morning. This kind of excitement quite possibly surrounds even the most seasoned NBA players ahead of their first comeback game of the offseason. And while they might not be able to choose what outfit they wear during the game, they can flaunt their distinct style and flavor with their sneakers.
How did the Clippers do? In their first game of the season, the Clippers suffered more than just a two-point loss to the Golden State Warriors – they suffered a massive blowout (I would say 25 points) in their sneaker game.
First, Reggie Jackson. Even for the first game of the 82 of a grueling regular season, he went back to the same pair of shoes he had lace up for a year: the PG 5s. His mix of PG 5 ‘Play For the Future’ and ‘Purple Orange’ was cool to begin with; this can I have lost its charm after its 749th wearing this colourway.
The Clippers’ starting center shouldn’t be excused either – although I understand how difficult it must be to look for shoes in their size. Ivica Zubac’s all-red Dame 7 are pop, but something is missing. Maybe a little metallic red? Or Clipper blue to contrast the red? I am not sure, but I know that the shoes, as they are, are not exactly breathtaking.
In my opinion, Paul George’s selection of game day sneakers is the most underwhelming of the bunch. Not necessarily because the shoes themselves are the the least attractive but more so because he decided to wear a pair of General Release PG 5s on opening night. He could have easily – as he always has in his career as a Clipper – turned around with never-before-seen player exclusives or older models that we have forgotten like the PG 1. But he decided to wear a pair. multicolored MLSs we all saw sitting on the shelves at the local Foot Locker.
Now, I don’t think all the Clippers and their shoes have had a disappointing start to their long season. Marcus Morris Sr.’s “1 World 1 People” Kyrie 7 color plethora brought me closer to the TV screen, squinting to see the fun of the shoes better. I’m all about these sneakers: heart and peace emblems engraved in the eyelets of the shoes with the message of this design: promotion of love and peace.
Admittedly, the Clippers weren’t complete. They missed Kawhi Leonard who has his own signature shoe with New Balance and Nicolas Batum, a Jordan brand athlete with eye-catching Jordan PE. So while the Clippers may have started off on the wrong foot, we know what lies ahead.
Leonard understood the mission. On the sidelines. he went with the bread and butter wearing a stylish pair of New Balance 992. Much like his basketball game, these sneakers are simple yet so effective (I mean, look at the soft suede and the perfect shade of gray!).
Looking ahead, expect to see unique PG 5s at George’s feet or eye-catching Lebrons on Bledoe; The Clippers’ shoe game is known to be one of the best in the league, after all.
The Clippers are looking to bounce back from their loss – both the 48-minute basketball game and their sneaker game – when they face the Grizzlies in their second game of the regular season.