As the weeks have led up to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season opening tilt against the New York Knicks, there had been plenty of rumors circulating around how Nike Basketball would play a role. With the Cavs being two of the four active players with signature lines at The Swoosh, thoughts of a championship pack commemorating the team’s drought-watering curse began to swirl.
This week, with the season set to tip off this coming Tuesday, we get word that not only will there be a championship pack for both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, but there will be four separate packs commemorating each of the Cavs’ four wins against the Golden State Warriors this past June. Each pack, presented in one, elongated box, will feature the player exclusive shoes worn by James and Irving in each game won by the wine and gold—Games 3, 5, 6, and 7—in the way of the Kyrie 2 and LeBron Solider 10.
Both James and Irving hinted toward this being the case earlier this week with otherwise innocuous tweets.
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) October 20, 2016
This “something” would soon be revealed with Nike’s SNKRS arm posting the images above.
The first pack released, as an homage to Game 3, is subtitled “Homecoming” as it was the first home game in the seven-game series. It will be released in limited quantities this Saturday at the following locations:
- NEXT – Cleveland, OH
- NEXT – Akron, OH
- Exhibition – Cleveland, OH
- Nike Las Vegas
- Nike Chicago
- Nike Santa Monica
- Nike NTNY
- House of Hoops 34th Street, New York, NY
- House of Hoops Strongsville, OH
There is no word on how many pairs will be available or what the cost structure will be, but fans who are lucky enough to land the first-in-four set should expect to pay between $300-$400. Games 5 (dubbed “Forty-ones” after LeBron and Kyrie’s respective 41-point nights), 6 (“Unbroken”), and 7 (“Fifty-two Years”) are set to release at later dates with stops specifically set for Cleveland this Sunday and before Tuesday’s home opener.
James received a “Celebration” pack after winning his second title with the Miami Heat. After retailing at $500, this pack now fetches upward of $2,750 in the secondary market.