By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
If Kevin Durant was ever in a Bizarro version of Space Jam, where he played for the MonStars instead of the Tune Squad, these strange green and turquoise kicks (above) are the ones I imagine him wearing.
But we won’t have to wait that long.
Durant, who was recently named an All-Star for the fourth straight time, will wear these shoes in the annual showcase game on Feb. 17 in Houston, Nike revealed on Tuesday.
The design, as a tribute to Houston’s ‘deep tie to space exploration,’ has a certain alien feel and, according to Nike, that’s on purpose.
Here’s the company’s (strange) description of this version of the KD V’s:
Identified as Dark Matter, the biological and molecular breakdown of this figure remains a puzzle for scientists. Early readings of its origin, NSP-KD35, have sent back conflicting reports of a planet that is simultaneously solid, liquid, and gas – properties that make his game adaptable to any situation…this KD V shoe is designed to the specifications of Kevin Durant’s Houston mission. The KD V features the combination of Nike Zoom (forefoot) and Nike Air (heel) cushioning along with Hyperfuse upper and dynamic heel support.
But Durant isn’t the only one dipping into the extra terrestrial market, a previously untapped group of consumers.
The shoes, scheduled to go on sale for earthlings on Feb. 15, will also have versions for Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Here’s Kobe’s version (which he will also wear on All-Star weekend):
And LeBron’s (who will do the same):