Blazers Celebrate Black History Month With New Colorways
February is Black History Month, and as a way to recognize and celebrate the occasion, many NBA players have taken to wearing special Black History Month (often times abbreviated as "BHM") colorways of their respective game sneakers. Here's a sampling of some of the BHM sneakers the Trail Blazers have been wearing throughout the month of February.
Damian Lillard in adidas D Lillard 2 "Black History Month"
Adidas chose to celebrate the track and field star and civil rights pioneer Jessie Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, with their 2016 Black History Month colorways. Some detail about the elements of the BHM colorway of the D Lillard 2...
"Inspired by Owens' track uniform at the games, the D Lillard 2 is designed with an off-white color palette, while the upper's cracked, gold foil texture and accents echo the medals won. The upper is also color blocked with cream suede and mesh paneling for clean, comfortable style on and off the court. The silhouette pairs Oak Print hits with a fresh coat of vintage-white at the midsole, eyelets and heel cap that seamlessly blend with a clear outsole."
Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis in Nike Hyper Audacity "Black History Month"
One of the newer options of the Nike Basketball sneaker roster, the Nike Hyper Audacity has become popular with a number of NBA bigs, including Pelicans' power forward Anthony Davis. Here, we see that both Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis in Nike Hyper Audacity in the Black History Month colorway that features "a vivid Pan African-inspired color palette, with custom geometric motifs."
Al-Farouq Aminu in Nike HyperLive "Black History Month"
There aren't a lot of players wearing the Nike HyperLive, which Swoosh claims offers "a low-to-the-court feel, while its responsive midsole and cage combine to wrap the forefoot for locked-in stability." So Al-Farouq Aminu wearing the BHM colorway of the HyperLive on occasion means he's one of the few players to do so, though I doubt he's noticed.
Maurice Harkless In Nike Kobe 11 "Black History Month"
Outside of Damian Lillard, Maurice Harkless is the only player sporting BHM colorways in signature sneakers, as he's broken out the Black History Month version of the Nike Kobe 11 a few times in February. It's a less dynamic look than the non-signature Nike BHM colorways, but it's still arguably the best of the bunch. Easily the most expensive, too.
Tim Frazier in adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5 "Black History Month"
Along with the BHM colorway for the D Lillard 2, adidas also made Jessie Owens-inspired models for Derrick Rose's signature shoe, the D Rose 6, and the CrazyLight Boost 2.5, which Trail Blazers point guard Tim Frazier has been wearing along with the D Lillard 2 this season. Some additional information from adidas...
"The Crazylight Boost 2.5, worn by James Harden and Andrew Wiggins, features a mix of materials in the upper including off-white, gradient Primeknit and genuine leather with gold foil treatment. The 2.5 also includes a 'Jesse Owens' graphic print lace jewel and the sprinter's name embroidered on the inside of the tongue. Gold accents on the silhouette's lace tips and signature details deliver a true gold metal tribute."
Luis Montero in Nike HyperRev 2016, Cliff Alexander in Nike Zoom Soldier 9, Pat Connaughton in Nike Hyperdunk 2015
Portland's rookies haven't seen much court time this season, with the combination of Pat Connaughton, Luis Montero and Cliff Alexander combining to play 113 minutes total through 54 games. But even if they don't get much playing time, or even make the active roster on a regular basis, they're still able to rock the new BHM colorways at practice and during their pregame workouts, which they have done on numerous occasions since the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Above (from left to right) we have Montero in the popular Nike HyperRev 2016, Alexander in the even more popular Nike Zoom Soldier 9 and Alexander in the 2015 edition of the Nike Hyperdunk, which is a standard option for NBA players and possibly the most worn shoe in the league.