The 2019 PBA Governors' Cup is finally underway. It's a jungle out there! Eleven teams are looking to end their season strong with a championship, while one team, the San Miguel Beermen, are looking to complete an elusive Grand Slam. One thing we can say is that players are also trying to look good while chasing their goals.
Check out the hottest sneakers from Week 1. Let us know what your favorite pair is in the poll below.
On April 13, 2016, Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA. To honor one of the greatest to ever play the game, Nike offered a special option in customizing Kobe's sneaker. This special Mamba Day ID lists down some of the most important dates in Bryant's legendary career - from his very first game in the NBA to his very last one. These are written loudly all over the sneakers, as loud as Kobe's career was. Last conference, Ray Parks kept it simple and sleek with his Jordan 13 'Cap and Gown'. This time, he went bold with his Mamba Day ID.
There's no doubt that James Harden is one of the best players in the world today. Best offensive player in ever? That will be met with more resistance. But his sneakers are also some of the toughest in the market. Recently, adidas unveiled his latest signature shoe in two colorways - the Barbershop and the Pink Lemonade. NorthPort's Kevin Ferrer showed out in the former when they played Magnolia on Friday. It's a game he's hoping to forget, though, after the Batang Pier lost, 96-80.
If there's one guy who has really stepped up his sneaker game lately, it's Paul Lee. Don't get me wrong, he's always had a solid pair. But just peep his Instagram and you'll get what I'm talking about. Lee shows out on and off the court. On court, he brought out customized Zoom Freaks. He initially had these made for the FIBA World Cup, which resembles the country's colors. Oh, and watch out for more customs from Paul. There's several of these. He even had a red and white-inspired one to honor his collegiate days with the UE Red Warriors.
Was there even any doubt that Chris Ross would make an appearance on the list? The San Miguel guard has cemented himself among the sneaker gods of the league. He digs deep in his Jordan collection to show us his Black Toe 14s. Others have verbalized their difficulty in wearing retro Jordans for hooping, but obviously Chris is not one of them. He has already paraded several Jordan 14s before including the Ferraris, Reverse Ferraris, Candy Cane and the Last Shot. I think we've identified what Ross' favorite Jordans are.
Kiefer Ravena waited 18 months before being able to play in the PBA again. Throughout his ineligibility, he made sure he prepared himself mentally and physically for his return. I'm pretty sure he also took a lot of time to think of what he wanted to hoop in in his return. It didn't take long for him to bring out fire with the Kobe 2 "Fade To Black". It's part of the collection that led up to the final game of Kobe Bryant. The collection starts out with a triple white Kobe 1 and ends with triple black Kobe 11 topped with a golden swoosh. Ravena hasn't been shy in expressing his fandom for Bryant. And after a 3-0 start to the Governors' Cup, it's clear that he's channeling his inner Mamba Mentality.