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February 12th
Nike NOLA Gumbo League Collection

To pay tribute to the unique flavor of New Orleans, Nike Basketball has developed the Nike NOLA Gumbo League Collection which includes three shoes from three stars: LeBron James (Nike LeBron 11), Kobe Bryant (Kobe 9 Elite) and Kevin Durant (KD VI). Inspired by the flavors and stories of the Big Easy, Nike cooked up a bold mix of technical innovation, aesthetic flair and old-fashioned New Orleans traditions with these sneakers.

The LeBron 11 Gator King is inspired by the fearsome alligator — representing royalty and power in New Orleans culture. The graphic textures throughout the shoe which resemble the animal’s protective nature. The majestic color in deep purples, greens and gold are derived from the “Rex” — king of carnival celebrations.

The Kobe 9 Elite Maestro is reminiscent of Jazz and the incredible jazz musicians who have been influenced by/in New Orleans. Kobe’s game on the court is similar in nature with his free-flowing and improvisational prowess. The sneaker uses accents of brass in the upper, while a glow-in-the-dark outsole pops at night.

Last but not least, the KD VI Illusion is representative of defying perception: as a near-seven footer with the ability to score at will, the sneaker celebrates KD’s versatility and fluidity on the court. A glow-in-the-dark outsole also represents the “spark” of KD’s game.

The Nike NOLA Gumbo League Collection is available in stores and online Friday. Check out Release Locator for stores.