Not everyone will be friends in the NBA. The ultra-competitive league will turn the closest relationships into rivalries. However, basketball shoes can transcend any grudge.
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is known for being a tough player who can protect the rim. On the other hand, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James became arguably the greatest player of all time by ignoring defenders in his own way.
The two NBA veterans have a rivalry that goes back years. In 2016, Nurkic got the better of James with an authoritative block. Two years later, James put Nurkic on a poster (see video below). The following season, Nurkic called James a crybaby.
It is natural that the immovable object and the unstoppable force have a rivalry. But that didn’t stop Nurkic from kicking James down the field. Last night, Nurkic wore James’ new boots in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors.
Nike LeBron 20
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Nurkic wore the Nike LeBron 20 in the “Time Machine” colorway. We wrote about these exact shoes yesterday in regards to the old school viral video James posted on his Instagram.
The “Time Machine” colorway was the first iteration of the Nike LeBron 20 to release in September 2022. Unfortunately, the shoes sold out quickly. Fans who want a pair of green and pink shoes can expect to pay an average resale price of $262, according to StockX.
Fans won’t have to wait long for another clash between Nurkic and James. The Trail Blazers visit the Lakers on Sunday, October 23. It will be interesting to see if Nurkic wears his Nike LeBron boots when he takes on his former rival. Stick with FanNationKicks.com for all your footwear news.
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