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From July 6-9, the nation’s top 80 high school players and top 20 college players will convene in Las Vegas for the annual LeBron James Skills Academy. The event had been in James’ native Ohio but has relocated this summer as James and the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team train in Las Vegas. Featuring many of the elite instructors in the game, the skills academy is hosted by King James for four days of intense skill development work and competition in front of hundreds of members of the media and scouts from every NBA team will be on hand. The attendants are usually hooked up with some exclusive gear from Nike Basketball and this year it’s no different. I’m not sure about the shoes, but other than that they got some exclusive t-shirts, polos, and an amazing duffel bag!Read the rest of this entry »
The Zoom Soldier IV has just been released and we’re already seeing the first Player Exclusive. Most of the attendants of the 2010 LeBron James Skills Academy wore the regular Soldier IV’s, including LBJ himself, but Nike created a special version to commemorate the event. Unlike the Zoom Soldier I and Zoom Soldier II LJSA PEs, which were personalized GRs, the Soldier IV gets its own colorway. This also gets me thinking it might be one of the special make ups for one of LeBron’s affiliated teams, f.e. the Shooting Starts. For now let’s roll with the previous assessment. Continue reading for more photos. There’s no word on a possible release, but like in most cases these SMUs are reserved for King James and his friends.
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LeBron James is a community man. Numerous sponsorships, basketball skills camps, community events (f.e. the annual Bikeathlon), etc. The LeBron James Skills Academy is back at the University of Akron, which was also the stage of unveiling both… Zoom Soldier IV and Air Max LeBron VIII. When you play under the name of LeBron James, whether it’s the Skills Academy, or the King City Classic, or LeBron James Shooting Stars… you’re bound to have nice kicks. Take a look at some of Nike LeBrons created for his special teams/events. Too bad they never release to public. Courtesy of Zach13g.Read the rest of this entry »
LeBron James has joined Twitter. Check out his official channel @KingJames. Apparently, his buddy Chris Paul convinced LBJ to join the social media fun. He had been reluctant to join Twitter or Facebook and had even joked in the past about how other athletes discussed their personal lives online. At this moment, in less than 24 hours, he’s surpassed 200,000 followers. James has yet to announce where he’ll play next season, a decision that could affect the future of several franchises and the city of Cleveland’s economy. Apparently, he will announce his future NBA plans during a one-hour special on ESPN network at 9 p.m Thursday. It is not known which team James will join or where the announcement will take place. Finally, James was late for the second day of his Skills Academy on Tuesday, but he did play along several Cavaliers teammates. He was spotted wearing an all black colorway of the upcoming Nike Air Max LeBron VIII.Read the rest of this entry »
The LeBron James Skills Academy features the top 80 high school players in the country, hosted by “King” James – one of the greatest players in the NBA. The 20 high school players who attended each of the previous four NIKE Skills Academies will be invited to Akron to improve their game and play against the top competition in the United States. The top 30 players from the LeBron Academy will then be invited to the NIKE Global Challenge in Beaverton, OR to play against some of the elite international talent from around the world. The even is held at University of Akron, James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio (July 5-7, 2010). The buzz around the LeBron James Skills Academy is much different than last year as the basketball world awaits the final decision of the biggest free agent in the history of sports. As a result, there was a large media contingent at the camp that probably had more interest in what LeBron was wearing than scouting any college or high school players. With the LeBron VII P.S. taking the center stage during this year’s Playoffs, the Zoom Soldier IV received much less attention than usual. LeBron’s fourth installment of the Soldier line is about to make its debut in the U.S. (already released in Europe and Asia). King James wore the launch colorway during Day 1 of the 2010 LJSA.Read the rest of this entry »
So far we’ve have had about 1 good photo of the Nike Zoom Soldier Skills Academy PE. Obviously these one-event shoes are pretty hard to obtain so finding pictures is not an easy task either. Fortunately, our readers and friends from all over the globe help us every way possible. That’s why today, courtesy of Akron-native KDogLBJ23, we give you a closer look at the Skills Academy Player Exclusive from the ’07 season. There’s also a 2008 version. Read more on that here. The LeBron James Skills Academy PEs are usually GR models with a special logo on board. That’s also the case this time with a special Skills Academy logo on the insole and on the ankle collar.
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One year ago when the LeBron James U.S. Skills Academy took place a special Zoom Soldier Player Edition was made exclusively for that event. This year when we recapped the ’08 LBJ Skills Academy it was unclear if the Zoom Soldier II has been granted the same honor. Fortunately, browsing through ebay an answer has been found. The primary Soldier II colorway has been customized for the attendants, who participated in this year’s camp. The difference that sets the GR and this Promo Sample apart is lack of the Lionhead logo on the back. It got replaced with a Skills Academy logo, which is also present on the insole. More photos after the jump.
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The Nike Lebron James Skills Academy kicked off in Lebron’s hometown at the University of Akron back in July. In addition to continuing to stress the mission of the Academy (make this a once-in-a-lifetime overall experience for the nation’s best basketball players), introducing the staff (which is the best youth basketball camp staff in the world), the overall purpose of the academy was stressed several times – teach work ethic, the vital skills per position to compete in college and the NBA, and how to appreciate unselfishness and team play (learn to play effectively with 4 other guys). For the record, Nike and it’s mission and purpose at this Academy, represents what is right with youth/grassroots basketball – teaching kids how to work hard (many of them don’t know how), the fundamentals of the game (many of them aren’t being taught at their high schools), and how to play the game the way it supposed to be played (team concepts, no “And 1 Mixtape” crap!). Read the full recap from the academy at BallersNetwork and check out more pictures after the jump.Read the rest of this entry »