words // Luis Sanchez

Over the holiday weekend, NBA owners and players finally agreed on a new CBA to end yet another unfortunate NBA lockout. The news was huge to both sports fans and sneaker fans alike, immediately creating an unmatched amount of anticipation for the season opener on Christmas Day. Similar to the last time a lockout struck the NBA in 1998-99, fans are also just as excited to see the signature sneakers that were once thought to never be worn on an NBA court.

These days we can expect everything from adidas basketball shoes to Under Armour basketball shoes, but back in the day, Nike basketball shoes were everything that mattered on the court. Despite no on-court presence during the lockout back in ’98-’99, Nike Basketball released plenty of classics including the Air Flightposite and the Air Pippen III, both seen today for Eastbay’s latest trip down memory lane.

A number of other basketball sneakers like the Air Vis Zoom Uptempo made a name for themselves during the ’98-99 lockout, all revisited today during our latest trip down memory lane with Eastbay.