2013 NBA All-Star Game: Nike Unveils LeBron X, Kobe 8 System, KD V All-Star Editions

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Houston, we have a problem. The 2013 NBA All-Star Game will take place in Houston, Texas and the fine folks at Nike Basketball have tapped into their intergalactic inspiration.

The NASA mission control center is located at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, and that gave Nike their ideas for an extraterrestrial edition of some of their top sneakers. The LeBron X, Kobe 8 System and KD V will all receive an All-Star makeover inspired from outer space.

Here is some more info from a Nike release to explain the inspiration for the new designs:

LeBron X

An indestructible force originating from fictional Nike Space Program (NSP) planet NSP-LJ6, LeBron James’ dominance was born from the volcanic surface in the planet’s mantle. He is rumored to have journeyed to earth on a meteor made of the galaxy’s hardest substance – black diamonds.

Kobe 8 System

Engineered to the specifications of Kobe Bryant’s Houston mission, with origins rooted on a planet marked as NSP-KB24. The Ice Mamba circles the volatile surface as guardian of the five rings. The wise veteran is known to strike with moves that leave his opponents frozen.


Identified as Dark Matter, the biological and molecular breakdown of this figure remains a puzzle for scientists. Early readings of its origin, NSP-KD35, have sent back conflicting reports of a planet that is simultaneously solid, liquid, and gas – properties that make his game adaptable to any situation.

The All-Star editions of the LeBron X, Kobe 8 System and KD V will be available February 15 at select retail stores and at Nike.com. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know which intergalactic design is your personal favorite.

Here are more images of the LeBron X, Kobe 8 System and KD V All-Star editions via Nike Basketball:

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