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It's a brand new year and that means we'll have a bunch of brand new on-court options. Which ones are we most excited about? Find out as we list our The 10 Most Anticipated Basketball Releases of 2014.
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No. 10 - Nike LeBron 11 Elite
The Nike LeBron 11 Elite has leaked and after we saw them, they had to be on the list. There weren't any intense changes which is what we received with the LeBron 10 Elite as well so while it'll be anticipated... It's not a priority.
No. 9 - Nike Kobe 9 Low EM
Similar to the LeBron 11 Elite, the Kobe 9 Low leaked and has sparked interest. However, it's basically a Kobe 8 with a Kobe 9 midsole/ outsole so once again... Not something that is uber important but still has us anticipating their release. Now if there was official confirmation of the Kobe 9 Low with Flyknit... then those would be featured a little higher on the list.
No. 8 - Nike Hyperdunk 2014
Every year the new Hyperdunk impresses us in areas that you thought they couldn't improve upon. This is why the annual Hyperdunk will always make a list such as this... It's the most well rounded team shoe of all time. Can't go wrong when it comes to the Hyperdunk.
No. 7 - Nike Hyperposite 2
We thought that the Hyperposite would be a 1 and done type model but Nike has plans for a second installment... yeah... freaking sweet, right? Not much is known about the actual tech involved - other than the Hyperposite part - so if these have 360 Zoom vs 360 Max Air then they'll be a must have this season.
No. 6 - adidas Crazyquick 2
The adidas Crazyquick was not only a pleasant surprise on-court but they were also a favorite amongst Guards and those that prefer court feel over bulk. With the Crazyquick 2 starting thing off with a visually appealing design, we can't wait to see what improvements have been made compared to the original.
No. 5 - Nike KD VI Elite
The one Elite model that we know absolutely nothing about... If that doesn't sky rocket your curiosity and anticipation then we don't know what will. There is no info on tech so there is nothing to go off of at all other than the original KD VI... and if they don't take the opportunity to improve the few flaws that model had then our anticipation will turn into disappointment rather quickly.
No. 4 - adidas Crazy Light 4
Boost foam... yes, it'll be featured on the Crazy Light 4! Maybe you didn't catch that... BOOST will be on the Crazy Light 4!!!
No. 3 - Air Jordan XX9
For the first time in what seems like forever, a new Air Jordan will not release during All Star Weekend. There is no info, tech specs or anything of the sort. All we know at this time is that we're looking at a possible October release. Let the anticipation begin.
No. 2 - Nike Kobe 9 Elite
We've all been waiting since they first showcased the Kobe 9 Elite in LA back in December. Ever since, all we've had is one prelude after the other. The countdown to the Masterpiece is soon upon us... and we couldn't be more excited.
No. 1 - adidas D Rose 5
Before we see it featured in the Crazy Light 3, Boost will debut in a basketball shoe; starting with the adidas D Rose 5. Boost could revolutionize adidas Basketball and it could even revolutionize foam cushions in general. A foam that has more energy return properties than any other cushion source available... We're all in.