If the Cleveland Cavaliers, down 0-2, hope to even have a chance against the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals, the team will need more than superhuman efforts from LeBron James. Nike must have realized this, and tapped into the supernatural beliefs of Filipinos in following up on last year's LeBron 14 "Agimat" release.
Check out the Nike LeBron Soldier 12 "Agimat":
This version is equipped with a simplified strap, lower collar, and circular knit upper, which Nike Senior Footwear designer Jason Petrie says is a symbol of toughness. The sneaker is "LeBron's gift to Filipino warriors on the basketball court," hence the tagline, "Mula Mandirigma Sa Mandirigma."
The LeBron Soldier 12 is replete with details that not only stand out aesthetically, but also sum up the deep relationship between the country and the King:
MNL, 330 - Manila and Akron Ohio, LeBron's hometown, respectively
Blazing flame - Volcano-filled Philippines and James' intense passion
Four stars - LeBron's four Most Valuable Player awards
Steep mountain - "a subtle nod to the terrain of the Philippines and James' relentless drive to be the best to ever play"
LeBron is no stranger to pre-game rituals—chalk toss and "Zero Dark Thirty-23." And with such a daunting task ahead of him, a little help from unseen forces might just be what he needs to exorcise those superteam demons in the form of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
The Nike LeBron Soldier 12 "Agimat" will be available starting June 15 in key Southeast Asian markets like the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. It will retail for 6,745 PHP and will be available at select Nike Park and Titan branches