This NBA season has already been one for the ages. The rebalanced Eastern Conference is fun again, shedding its reputation as a drag toward an inevitable outcome. LeBron going west hasn’t exactly yielded competitive plutonium, but every Lakers game is basically a major studio rom-com: Dazzling highs, reflection-inducing lows and moments of inspiration with plenty of laughs along the way.
However, one trend in particular caught my eye. While the tunnel to the locker room has always been the NBA's version of the runway—thanks to Russell Westbrook, more fans are watching that walk more than ever—players have been increasingly toting one accessory I hadn't seen them make the walk with before.
Their game shoes.