Significant Sneakers: Nike Air Zoom Generation, adidas T-Mac III, Air Jordan XIX, Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4,
LeBron James joined the NBA at an opportune time, as Michael Jordan was finally retired for good (we think) and Kobe's off-court legal issues kept him out of a signature shoe for the time being. LeBron's Zoom Generation, which was designed in part by Tinker Hatfield, was a modern-day classic - it fit in with the Pennys and the Paytons from years past, but also looked forward as a shoe designed for an entirely new style of player. The Air Jordan line was carried on by the exotic Air Jordan XIX, worn by the likes of Jason Kidd and fellow rookie Carmelo Anthony. And while Kobe had left adidas for good, Tracy McGrady was there to carry the mantle. Kobe's first unofficial Nike shoe, the Huarache 2K4, was one for the ages.