As the regular season of the Megacity Basketball League begins to wrap up I can’t help but reflect on some of the unique and rare sneakers that MBL players have pulled out from their closets. Seeing old school Adidas Kobe’s, appropriately designed Nike ID’s, and Air Jordan’s that are both classic and timeless have definitely made this MBL season even more enjoyable than it already has been for myself and other sneaker fanatics alike. So, as we head into the playoffs let’s take a look at some of the shoes that MBL players laced up in the ending weeks of the regular season.
This isn’t Michael Husbands’ first appearance on Sneak Peek and it’s become known around the league that he has a diverse collection of basketball sneakers. Here, Husbands is seen with a pair of the exclusive AdiRose 2.0 - the ones that Rose debuted in the season opener verses the Los Angeles Lakers. What makes these shoes so special, aside from being available only at select Footlocker accounts in Chicago and available online in limited quantities, is the story behind them. Given multiple nicknames, this version of the AdiRose 2.0 is the epitome of Chicago, IL - hometown of the reigning NBA MVP. It’s predominant red upper partnered with black accents have given it the nickname the “Windy City’s”, while it’s subtle blue L logo on the back would indicate the nickname the “L-Train” and/or the “Blue Line.” While all nicknames of the shoe are appropriate, perhaps the shoe represents something else to Husbands. Much like Rose, who constantly and willingly carries his team on his shoulders, serves as inspiration for Husbands to do the same for his struggling United team.
In their debut season in the MBL the Monstars have not only made noise in the standings but also do so with their arsenal of basketball sneakers. Adding to that arsenal is Devon Ojo. Ojo is off to a great season, averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds per. In addition to his impressive numbers his athleticism and ability to run the floor are also worth noting. But let’s keep it real. We’re really here to talk about his shoes. Ojo is seen here throwing it down in a pair of Air Jordan Retro 2 “Carolina’s” - a version of the shoe that many believe pays homage to MJ’s college days at the University of North Carolina.
For the first time this season the REC division of the MBL makes an appearance on Sneak Peek - and they do so in a heavy way. Oscar Vasquez of team Flight appropriately wears a pair of shoes that coincidentally represents “flight” and every other word synonymous with it. Vasquez is seen here with a pair of Air Jordan Retro 13’s - a shoe that is inspired by MJ’s nickname: “the panther” or “the black cat.” Jordan wore this shoe during his first NBA comeback and second NBA tenure as he routed the Chicago Bulls to their second 3-peat of championships.
Once again Dynasty wingman Nathan Ho shows us that he has some sweet shoes to go with his sweet jumper. We’ve seen a variety of different shoes on the feet of Nathan Ho this season - from old school Adidas Kobe’s to classic Air Jordan’s. But here, Ho is wearing a pair of shoes that possess no other name except his own. Yes, the shoes itself are the Zoom Kobe 5’s, however, this specific pair was not available in stores but was designed on Nike ID. The shoe is predominantly black and features both gold and purple accents, paying homage to arguably the greatest basketball in the world, Kobe Bryant. However, they also feature Nathan’s name embroidered under the tongue and his number (3) stitched on the side.
We’ve seen Sunny Oromitan lace up some shoes before that have made us (or just me) look twice. But this time he does so with a pair of shoes that totally caught me off guard. Sunny is seen here with a pair of shoes that once graced the feet of former NBA player Allen Iverson (remember him?). The Reebok Answer IX was the 9th installment in the Allen Iverson sneaker line (10th if you include the Reebok Question) and, much like Allen Iverson, I was very close to thinking I would never see these shoes on the court again. However, Sunny’s choice of sneakers brings back many memories for myself. Aside from these shoes representing Reebok’s attempt to revive the once-innovative “Pump It Up” technology, it also includes memories of spectacular moments from arguably the most dominant “small guy” in NBA history. The same memories that made all of us believe that underdog could somehow will his way to victory.
And finally we end off this edition of Sneak Peek by revisiting the REC division of MBL. It can be said that the 2010-11 NBA Season was the best season of Kevin Durant’s young career. He was named an All Star, won the 2011 Scoring Title and almost knocked out the Dallas Mavs (who would eventually go on to win the NBA championship) in an intense and memorable playoff battle. And one moment, one still shot, and one momentary snapshot of life basketball fans alike are reminded of Kevin Durant’s breakout season with this sing picture of Purple Crush. Here we see Lau wearing the Nike KD III “Christmas Day” edition - the pair KD wore on Christmas Day during his battle against the Denver Nuggets. We also see Yan wearing a pair of the Nike KD III “Scoring Title” editions - a pair that was created by nike to commemorate Durant’s achievement of winning the 2011 scoring title.
And that wraps up the final entry of Sneak Peek: MBL for the regular season. Next up: PLAYOFFS! I’m looking forward to seeing what MBL players lace up for the most exciting part of the season. Keep bringing the heat!