Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets will head to training camp this month as they prepare to open the season at home against Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans on October 21. When they do, the Nets star will unveil the 15th edition of his shoe with Nike, the KD 15.
On September 4, Announcement of Durant’s company “Boardroom” that for one of the editions of the KD 15, he would team up with famous producers Boi-1da, Cardo & 9th Wonder for the Nike KD15 “Producer Pack”.
After the announcement, Durant thanked the producers for collaborating with him on the project.
My brothers [Cardo], [9th Wonder]and Boi-1da, always show up when called,” Durant tweeted September 4. “It’s no different, I appreciate it, guys. Producer Pack Vol.1 on the KD 15s!! Who should be next? »
The Nets wanted to extend star guard Kyrie Irving last summer, but his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot only allowed him to play 29 games last summer and stalled talks of a new deal between the Nets. two parts.
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Nike could end its relationship with Kyrie Irving
The repercussions of Irving’s absences begin to extend beyond the courthouse. ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported in May that due to “uncertainty” surrounding the Nets star’s future, Nike is unlikely to extend his current endorsement deal.
“Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has long owned one of Nike’s most popular and profitable basketball shoes, but uncertainties surrounding his NBA future have left the company unlikely to expand it. to a similar signing deal beyond the 2022-23 season, sources told ESPN,” Wojnarowski writes to ESPN.
“Irving has a new edition of his shoe set to debut in the fall, but this should be the last year in a lucrative signing streak he’s had with Nike since 2014, sources said.”
Nets drama ends as Durant prepares for revenge season
Durant will enter his 15th NBA season after an up and down offseason. For those who might be late to the party, the 12-time All-Star requested a trade from the Nets on June 30, before the start of the NBA’s free agency period.
The Nets initially agreed to honor his trade request, but insisted they would not move him unless they received a substantial enough transport for a player of his caliber.
After multiple trade talks that came to nothing, Durant and the Nets have agreed to move forward with their partnership as he will return to this franchise to start the first season of a $198 million deal on 4 years.
Now, he enters the 2023 season under perhaps the greatest pressure he’s had since his first season with the Golden State Warriors. After being swept by defending NBA champion Eastern Conference Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, and the debut of three-time All-Star Ben Simmons looming, along with co-star Kyrie Irving, there will be a lot of pressure on the nets to deliver the goods.
Perhaps, even more, the pressure will be applied to Durant after the Warriors won the NBA title without his services last season, and he has yet to win a title outside of Golden State. It will be interesting to see if he can deliver this season.
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