Sunday 23rd June 2024,
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THD Kicks Exclusive: Detailed Look At Player Exclusive AND1 Tai Chi Made For Lance Stephenson

During the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2012-2013 NBA Playoffs, Lance Stephenson rose to the occasion stepping up into a pivotal role with the Pacers while wearing his first Player Exclusive pairs of the AND1 Tai Chi. Being the only And1 Basketball player in the NBA at the time (now there are three), Stephenson didn’t always have Tai Chi PEs and had to add the paint splatter to the And1 Empire 2.0 sneakers himself by hand. That isn’t the case now.

White leather makes up the lateral side with a lux blue suede on the medial part of this And1 Tai Chi PE for Lance. Personalization that sets this pair apart from others include Stephenson’s LS1 logo on the heels used on past AND1 Player Exclusives along with his ‘Born Ready’ nickname in yellow on the outside. AND1 also made sure that there would be no question about who these Player Exclusive sneakers were for by emblazing the face of Lance Stephenson on the tongues of this personalized Tai Chi along with some choice words on the inside footbed. A deep translucent (icey) blue sole rounds out this true Player Exclusive pair of sneakers.

Those unfamiliar with AND1 kicks should appreciate this model more after learning that the Tai Chi Mid is one of the most popular silhouettes from a time where the mixtapes were everything in the basketball world. The Tai Chi is probably most popular as being the shoe Vince Carter wore when dominating the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Take a detailed look at this And1 Tai Chi Mid Player Exclusive sample made for Lance Stephenson that you won’t find anywhere else.

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