NBA Players Are Already Wearing LeBron James’ Old Sneakers

LeBron James’ first signature sneaker, the Nike Air Zoom Generation, makes its return later this month, but Houston Rockets guard Bobby Brown isn’t waiting for the official release date to get in on the action.

On Sunday, as the Rockets bested the Brooklyn Nets 137-112, Brown broke out the black colorway of the Air Zoom Generation. Despite playing just three minutes, Brown stole the sneaker show in the LeBron kicks, which were first released in April 2004 during James’ rookie season. The kicks were captured and shared on Instagram by photographer @geminikeez.


Although the Air Zoom Generation will soon be returning to shelves, this specific colorway has not been confirmed, making it likely that Brown’s kicks were from the original release.

The “First Game” Air Zoom Generation ($175) returns on Jan. 25 at select Nike Sportswear retailers including Kith and Undefeated.

On Thursday, James confirmed in an Instagram post that the Air Zoom Generation was coming back. “This shoe changed my life, my family’s life, and we’ve been lucky enough to change the lives of people around us,” he wrote. “This shoe is for EVERY SINGLE person with a dream and a passion.”

Nike Air Zoom Generation
The Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game,” which will be released on Jan. 25.

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Had to wear these to game tonight and Man I'm still shook over this moment in time in my life! Thinking back to that 18 year old kid from Akron Ohio when this journey begun. So damn emotional right now just thinking about where I've come from. What moms had to go through to keep her only son happy, feed, clothed, etc etc when she didn't have the means to do so! You're incredible and that's why you're God to me in my eyes no matter what's happened throughout the years. Nobody is perfect but the support we get from loved ones will get us through anything. Nike thanks for taking a chance on a skinny kid from the inner city with out of this world dreams and aspirations!! #StriveForGreatness🚀 #TheKidFromAkron #Blessed🙏

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