San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan’s signature Foamposites to make return
By Dylan Carter
A classic shoe from the early days of San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan’s career are making a return to the market in 2020, according to sources.
Flashiness and the San Antonio Spurs aren’t oftentimes paired together, but legendary power forward and newly-appointed assistant coach Tim Duncan came into the league with a little bit of swagger after going No. 1 overall in the 1997 NBA Draft.
At only 21-years-old, Duncan dominated the NBA as a rookie by posting an average stat line of 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest. As part of his flashy entrance to the league, Timmy sported some unique and flamboyant Nike kicks.
Sneaker-heads are fully familiar with Nike’s popular Foamposite shoes – a style of kicks established in the early-Nineties that are most often associated with Penny Hardaway. However, Duncan popularized the specific “Nike Total Air Foamposite Max” at the end of the millennium.
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Although they were never specifically designated as his signature shoe, these kicks were easily associated with Duncan and his cohort in the Twin Towers, David Robinson. These were a variant based on the original Foamposite model with increased ankle support and extra cushioning fit for a low post star of this caliber.
While clunky in both style and weight, this iconic style of foams nicely suited Duncan’s nature. The shoe was re-released as a retro in 2011 with a variety of colorways. As someone who owned this version of the shoe, I can personally attest to the blend of comfort and versatility provided by this shoe. It’s not a practical option for guards or forwards who are partial to speed over physicality and finesse in their play styles, but is an excellent option for bigs looking to bang in the low post or carve up defenses with fundamental play first.
Air Max expert and sneaker-head extraordinaire Bubble Koppe claims that the iconic shoe will be re-released as a retro once more in 2020. With the 2019-20 NBA season just around the corner, Spurs fans can keep an eye out for Timmy’s iconic style to return to shelves as their team looks to set the all-time record for consecutive playoff appearances.
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For all we know, Duncan could rock the new iteration of his old kicks on the sidelines next season.