In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, players around the NBA are wearing special Black History Month inspired colorways of Nike’s kicks. Along with the previously revealed signatures including the Nike LeBron 15, which was released earlier today. Usually there’s also the Nike Solider counterpart in the form of another Player Exclusive version.
Among the players wearing the Soldier XI BHM were Atlanta Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon, Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jae Crowder. Like the other BHM kicks, this pair sports a black, green, and red colorway inspired by the Pan-African flag.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, Nike and NBA players around the league are honoring the holiday’s namesake with a slew of Player Edition sneakers that further the Swoosh’s Black History Month aesthetic. Equipped with the colors of the Pan-African flag, players the likes of Jahlil Okafor and Eric Bledsoe have been seen in the Nike Zoom Live 2 and the LeBron Solider 11 respectively for BHM. Similar to the pairs that released at retail, the Soldier 11 sports a significant date in African American history – Barack Obama’s election date. Nike’s Kobe AD – worn by Kyle Kuzma – was featured today as well, with a dipped in gold Swoosh that matches the rest of the drops.
Many of 2018 BHM colorways have a special date added onto the shoe. The Soldiers have “11-4-2008” printed on the side, which is a reference to the date that Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States.