words // Brennan Hiro Williams

During most NBA seasons, Christmas day provides a lineup of big games between rivals and possible playoff foes. With the lockout-shortened schedule, however, this Sunday carries extra significance as “opening day” for the NBA. The festivities include a Finals rematch, the 2011 MVP and the official debut of “Lob City.”

A wise man once said it best, when he calmly exclaimed, “CAN’T WAIT.

Let’s take a look back at the preseason sneaker selection in the latest edition of Sneaker Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports.

Black Griffin hits a fadeaway on Pau Gasol – both wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2011.


Mike Brown looks on as Clippers poing guard Chris Paul runs the show in the Jordan CP3.V.


Newly signed Under Armour Basketball athlete DeAndre Jordan with a huge block at the rim.


“Charlee Redz” reaches in on Kevin Durant, who is wearing the “Blackout” Nike Zoom KD IV.


Toronto point guard Jerryd Bayless attacks the rim in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.


LBJ drives baseline in the Nike LeBron 9.