The only thing flashier than LeBron James' play this season -- he averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists en route to his fourth MVP award in five years -- were the shoes he wore Monday night.
As is custom for the game after James is named MVP, the 28-year-old had a pair of custom shoes for the first half of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls. These kicks, Nike's special edition LeBron X MVP, were rainbow colored and incorporated a plethora of designs. The patterns were explained in a Nike press release:
"The design details, including MVP on the shoe tongue, weave the story of James's incredible journey over the past year. It's a path that has seen him striving for excellence by perfecting his shooting efficiency, assists and rebounds to cut through defense effectively as an individual and as a team. Along the way, James has traveled from the courts of London to the hardwood arena of Miami, achieving victory in an extraordinary 27-game winning streak."
Here are some more looks at the shoes:
Unfortunately for James, the shoes didn't seem to help, as he had just two points at halftime. James switched shoes after halftime to a pair of lighter and less flashy kicks. He notched 22 points in the second half, but that wasn't enough to put away the Bulls, who took Game 1 93-86.