10.17.11

Eastbay Memory Lane: ’98 Basketball Gems

words // Luis Sanchez

Before there was LeBron James, Kevin Durant or even Kobe Bryant representing for Nike Basketball, there was Kevin Garnett, Penny Hardaway, Scottie Pippen, as well as ‘The Glove” Gary Payton. Creating what many call the “Glory Days” for Nike Basketball shoes, KG, Pip, Penny and The Glove had some of the most memorable signature sneakers Nike Basketball has ever put out. As part of our latest trip down memory lane with Eastbay, we bring you a look at the memorable signature sneakers worn by these stars.

We get a look at everything from KG’s first ever signature shoe with the Swoosh, to the Gary Payton endorsed Air Zoom Flight. Fan favorites at the time, we take a look back at the original Air Jordan XIII and the Air Jordan Trainer. Of course Penny Hardaway was also one of the biggest stars at the time, with the Air Penny III just having been released by Eastbay. We also take a look back at Pip’s memorable Air Pippen II, as well as the often-forgotten Jumpman Team Jordan and the iconic Air Max Uptempo

Continue below for our latest trip down Memory Lane with Eastbay.

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28 Comments

  • NDP:

    This page is perfection.

    That Black / White Team Jordan is an amazing color-block too.

  • Alex:

    i want the pippen 2’s in black and white!

  • Kicksaholic:

    I’ll take one of each even the Jordan training shoes which are more wrestling shoes than training.

  • CharlesT:

    This page is ridiculous! I’m really at lost for words…

  • Air Max Uptempo forever !

    And the XIII’s too (because i’ve got the orginal black/red one).

  • David:

    I had all those in 8th grade except the Jordan trainer and KGs.

  • bluedragon:

    nike then 100x better than nike today. they dont care anymore. its all easy money now

  • MP23:

    Nike never brought out that Pippen II in that original black/white-red CW; I need that one. They brought out every other CW save for that one!!!

  • Reddgrant:

    The Nike Air Zoom Flight!!! I would pay a arm and a leg for them shoe’s.

  • 4DRUMZ:

    Those Team Jordan’s were the truth! They SO needed to retro those instead of the re-vamped version! I NEED both CWs in those! This page is amazing!!!

  • PlaiO:

    ITS CRAZY! all these kicks are awesome!

  • Lem:

    Total Nostalgia!

  • NDP:

    MP23 — they sure did!! Great original colorway that he wore all through the ’98 Finals.

    And have to agree with everyone…I’d love for the Black / White Teams to come back out. Amazing shoe.

  • siber:

    one of best years for basketball shoes imo

  • prince olie:

    Thats the best eastbay page I seen in a while those where th days those zoom flights where the truth to………..

  • ongitsnorie:

    wow

  • bmoney:

    this year was sick…why did i think the jumpman pro quick dropped in 98??

  • omg brings back memories

  • jordan junky:

    i want those pippen II’s

  • Xav Diesel:

    Man look at those prices! I wish I had those GP shoes two of my cousins had them in seattle. I wore the foam pros but I envied those more.

  • jk:

    middle school memories.

  • jk:

    “I had all those in 8th grade except the Jordan trainer and KGs.”

    you were one spoiled kid. that’s what? a grand in shoes?

  • kb8thekid:

    Man!!!! i feel old…lol. I remember this issue and loved all the shoes. Managed to get those Gloves and i still have the trainers(driving shoes now) and the 3.0’s loved them. But putting those shoes on today, i can’t believe how heavy shoes were back then compared to now. It was like playing with bricks on our feet.

  • Gary:

    my dad has those black zoom flights

  • Nike4Lyfe:

    This page is actually amazing! 13s, Pennys, Pippens, Garnetts and Air Zoom Flights? HOT!

  • Creating what many call the “Glory Days” for Nike Basketball shoes, KG, Pip, Penny and The Glove had some of the most memorable signature sneakers Nike Basketball has ever put out?

  • jordan junky:

    spoiled

  • MH43:

    woow i wish they would bring back those pippens and zoom flights.. this page exemplifies the glory days of nike

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