The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played next year at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18th, 2018. However, it seems that the NBA has changed the All-Star Game format for the 2017–18 Season. For the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, players will be selected into one of two teams by each captain, regardless of the conferences they play in. The captain of each conference will be the player who receives the most fan votes. While 2017 has yet to end, Jordan Brand is already ready to commemorate next year’s All-Star Game with one of their Jordan releases 2018.
As per the new format, two players that are voted captains will then select 12 players from each conference for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. 5 players, who will be starters, will be selected from each conference, based on a 50% fan vote, 25% player vote, and a 25% media vote. The head coaches of each conference will also select 7 reserves for the two teams. As a result of this new format, players who are currently teammates in their respective conferences may end up playing against each other in the All-Star Game. The All-Star voting is scheduled to kick off on December 25th, 2017, i.e. Christmas Day.
2018 will not only be the year of the 67th annual NBA All-Star game, it will also mark the Air Jordan 9’s 25th anniversary. In commemoration of both these occasions, Jordan Brand seems to have whipped up a Los Angeles-themed iteration of the Air Jordan 9, which has been dubbed “LA (Summit White).” Boasting premium aesthetics, its uppers appear to be made up of sleek Black-colored suede and classic White-colored tumbled leather overlays. The branding on its heels and tongues are apparently overed in Metallic Gold. Since this colorway is inspired by and reflects Los Angeles, the insoles sport graphics based on the city’s map, and the sneaker is also equipped with milky, translucent outsoles.
As mentioned, the 2018 NBA All-Star Game will take place on February 18th, 2018, but this sneaker will end up joining the Air Jordan releases 2018 scheduled to arrive at retailers earlier that month. It has already been confirmed that the Air Jordan 9 “LA (Summit White)” will hit the shelves next year on February 3, 2018 and will retail at a price of $190.
Air Jordan 9 “LA (Summit White)”