Court is in Session: '09 Releases for the Hardwood

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1. Nike Air Max LeBron VII, $160, nike.com A down-to-earth force with out-of-this-world capability—equally descriptive of LeBron James and his latest signature shoe, the Nike Air Max LeBron VII.

2. Reebok Answer XIII, $100, reebok.com Memphis Grizzlies explosive guard Allen Iverson will slip into the Answer XIII this season, but he won't be slipping around, thanks to the shoe's antifriction material lining around the ankle area, which helps keep the foot intact. The Answer XIII also features HexRide in the forefoot, providing added cushioning for on-the-toe play. The shoe's midfoot arch is sculpted so weight is reduced. Profile the kick, and you'll notice a low midsole, which allows you to feel the ground as much as possible.

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1. Nike Air Max LeBron VII, $160, nike.com A down-to-earth force with out-of-this-world capability—equally descriptive of LeBron James and his latest signature shoe, the Nike Air Max LeBron VII.

2. Reebok Answer XIII, $100, reebok.com Memphis Grizzlies explosive guard Allen Iverson will slip into the Answer XIII this season, but he won't be slipping around, thanks to the shoe's antifriction material lining around the ankle area, which helps keep the foot intact. The Answer XIII also features HexRide in the forefoot, providing added cushioning for on-the-toe play. The shoe's midfoot arch is sculpted so weight is reduced. Profile the kick, and you'll notice a low midsole, which allows you to feel the ground as much as possible.

3. And1 Tai Chi Mid, $70, and1.com Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis will lace up the Tai Chi this season, along with Boston Celtics G/F Marquis Daniels and Portland Trail Blazers' G Steve Blake. Featuring a mesh sockliner for breathability, the Tai Chi also helps avoid slippage with an outsole made of high-abrasion rubber and traction pads in an updated herringbone pattern.

4. Pony UL-38 $80, pony.com New York Knicks G/F Wilson Chandler will be booting up in the UL-38. The low profile facilitates speedy reaction. And while you're charging up and down the court, a forefoot strap and exoframe provide support. The shoe's midsole is ventilated for optimal breathability, and the kick also features seamless construction.


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