The Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to play their first playoff game since 2013 on Saturday, but due to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, they didn’t, and there’s no telling when or if they will at this point.
That uncertainty is probably why NBA 2K felt comfortable revealing the purple and gold Nike LeBron 17 colorway that James was going to wear for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs on Saturday, as opposed to the actual day of the postseason:
The LeBron 17 'Bron 2K Playoffs' Challenge starts now Win a MyPLAYER Nation playoff game to unlock access to buy an IRL version of these gamer exclusives— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 18, 2020
SNKRS App: https://t.co/5X30xrGRfn
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James confirmed that he planned to wear that pair in the Lakers’ first-round matchup via his Instagram story on Saturday:
Bron was going to debut a new purple and gold colorway of his shoes for the playoffs today pic.twitter.com/r1dFmrauVk— Lakers Outsiders (@LakersOutsiders) April 18, 2020
There are a few different purple and gold colorways of the LeBron 17 already, but these were going to be the sneakers that James was going to make his Lakers postseason debut in, which would have made them somewhat historic. Now, they might be remembered as just a promotion for NBA 2K20.
On the bright side, there’s a chance that James will still wear that pair for his first playoff game in a Lakers uniform, and the people that bought it today will have a nice piece of memorabilia to add to their collection, or to sell on StockX. According to StockX, the shoe is already re-selling for around $450.
To get your hands on a pair, you need to win a MyPlayer Nation playoff game between now and April 22. Once you’ve done that, you’ll get a code to buy the shoes on the Nike SKRS app. Your NBA 2K account has to be linked to the SNKRS app.
The retail price of the Nike LeBron 17 GE “Bron 2K Playoffs” is unknown, but the LeBron 17 usually hangs around $200. Best of luck to everyone, especially those that are still rocking the default grey sweatpants and brown shirt.
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