Kicks Analysis 2016 #6: The Final Four

Whoa, what happened to the 2016 Kicks Analysis parts 1-5? Starting at the sixth installment? Well, I have some catching up to do after a #palms16 vacation. So in the meantime, let’s fast forward.

The 2016 Final Four was an all Nike affair. Oklahoma was primarily decked out in Kobe Bryant’s signature line in the form of the X (Buddy Hield) and the 11, possibly the newest Lower Merion colorway. Villanova players wore a variety of Nikes like the Kobe X Elite high top, the Hyperrev 2016, Kyrie 2, and a LeBron XIII.


From Getty Images

The East-Midwest matchup featured the North Carolina Tarheels and the surprising Orangemen of Syracuse. No surprise that Carolina wore Jordans although a variety of models including the CP3 line worn by Brice Johnson. Surprisingly, last year’s Jordan XX9 low top was a popular pick.


From Getty Images

I did not see retros like in years past, but old player signature lines were apparent. Buddy’s Kobe X, Malachi Richardson in KD7s, and Carolina favoring Jordan 29 instead of the latest Jordan 30.

So the analysis is easy – Nike wins again with all Final Four teams swooshing.


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