Nike is getting even more ambitious than usual with their new ‘Extraterrestrial’ Houston All-Star Pack. The inspiration ostensibly comes from the Texas NASA center in Houston (also the home of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game), but it actually comes from a much higher place – outer space.
The out-of-this-world premise has LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant reinterpreted as fictional planets discovered by the “Nike Space Program.” Each of the sneakers in the pack, the LeBron X, the Kobe 8 System and the KD V, will be available from select retailers and from Nike.com starting on February 15th.
As for those fictional planets, you can check out the press release detailing them below. Maybe if this takes off Nike will finance a remake of Space Jam starring LeBron, Kobe, and KD as planets.
An indestructible force originating from fictional Nike Space Program (NSP) planet NSP-LJ6, LeBron James’ dominance was born from the volcanic surface in the planet’s mantle. He is rumored to have journeyed to earth on a meteor made of the galaxy’s hardest substance – black diamonds.
Technical benefits of the LEBRON X include full-length visible Nike Zoom cushioning, dynamic Flywire technology and Hyperfuse construction – a trilogy set to unleash its fury in Houston.
KOBE 8 SYSTEM
Engineered to the specifications of Kobe Bryant’s Houston mission, with origins rooted on a planet marked as NSP-KB24. The Ice Mamba circles the volatile surface as guardian of the five rings. The wise veteran is known to strike with moves that leave his opponents frozen.
Built for Bryant’s lightning speed and precision, the KOBE 8 SYSTEM is Nike+ Basketball enabled for the first time and this shoe also features Nike Zoom in the midsole insert. Nike Engineered Mesh upper and tactile traction complete the shoe.
Identified as Dark Matter, the biological and molecular breakdown of this figure remains a puzzle for scientists. Early readings of its origin, NSP-KD35, have sent back conflicting reports of a planet that is simultaneously solid, liquid, and gas – properties that make his game adaptable to any situation.
Joining with Bryant for their quest to lead the West to victory, this KD V is designed to the specifications of Kevin Durant’s Houston mission. The KD V features the combination of Nike Zoom (forefoot) and Nike Air (heel) cushioning along with Hyperfuse upper and dynamic heel support.