The 25 Greatest Sneaker Years in NBA History

16. 2001-02

Significant Sneakers: adidas KOBETWO, Reebok Answer V, Air Jordan XVII, Nike Jet Flight, Nike Shox Stunner, adidas T-Mac, Nike Shox BB4, Nike Flightposite 2, Nike Zoom Turbine, Air Jordan III Retro

Before the turn of the millennium, NBA players wore old styles, but primarily because they never changed to the new ones. Larry Bird probably had to be pried out of his Pro Canvas when the Weapon came out in 1986. But in the 2001-02 season, players began wearing old models on purpose, despite the fact that they may have been wearing up-to-date styles not long before. This was of course due to the increasd availablility of Air Jordan retros, as worn by - Michael Jordan himself, who returned as a member of the Washington Wizards. The funny thing is that new technology was presenting itself in incredible sneakers, from the Nike Shox BB4 to the much-maligned adidas KOBETWO.

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