Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It Must Be the Shoes
The era of Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, and Larry Nance began my on-going love affair (you might even call it an obsession) with the Cleveland Cavaliers. I remember The Shot, forever burned on my brain along with frustrations and love/hate emotions towards all Cleveland sports teams. (I rooted for Michael Jordan and the Bulls, too, except when they played the Cavs.) Maybe it's nostalgia, but I've always liked the blue and orange Cavs uniforms best. It thrilled me this season to see the return of the Hardwood Classic throwbacks.
On January 10th against the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron James added a twist to his early 90's attire with a blue Nike on the left foot and an orange one on the right. The result, besides the buzz, was a stat line of 41-10-8. The Cavs won 106-94. The next night against the Golden State Warriors, he wore the blue shoe on the right foot and the orange on the left. The Cavs won again, 117-114, and LeBron's stats were 37-8-11. The numbers have spoken: It Must Be the Shoes!
I watched an interview on Access Cavaliers where LeBron said he wears a different pair of shoes every game. He keeps some of them (he estimated he has hundreds of pairs), but most he autographs and gives away (there is a pair on display from the collection of Perry Jordan at the Cuyahoga Falls Library). Shoes worn for "big" games go to his mother, Gloria James.
Incidentally, when I Googled "LeBron orange and blue shoe", not only did I find Mismatched and on a Roll. LeBron Again With Two Shoes, Cavs Win, several sites speculated that King James was sending an "I Love New York" message to the Knicks fans. The debate will rage until LeBron makes his decision when this season ends, but until then, I say the shoes speak to LeBron's ability to make anything, absolutely anything, cool.
You can find earlier posts about my favorite basketball player here and here.