words & images // Nick DePaula
As Jason Kidd's Hall of Fame NBA career begins to wind down, Nike Sportswear looks to pay tribute to the legendary road he paved out of Oakland, California.
With perhaps his most iconic sneaker, the Zoom Flight 95, serving as the silhouette for the four-pair set, NSW's new Jason Kidd "Career Pack" highlights his stops at Cal Berkeley, Phoenix, New Jersey and Dallas.
As one of the nation's most heavily recruited players coming out of St. Joe's High School in the Bay Area after averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals per, Kidd decided to stay close to home for college, attending the nearby University of California Berkeley.
The Naismith High School Player of the Year immediately made an impact during his first season at Cal, a common theme literally everywhere he would play throughout his career. Cal was just 10-18 the season before he arrived, and as he once infamously said, he was always just trying to "turn this team around 360 degrees."
While he only played with the Bears for two seasons before turning pro, Kidd racked up a host of school records in his short time there and became the first-ever sophomore Pac-10 Player of the Year. He felt he had nothing left to prove.
With a yellow nubuck upper and navy accents throughout, you'll notice Jason's "JK" logo through the translucent outsole, along with his jersey #5 atop the tongue.
To check out some of Jason's best moments as a Bear, check out the "Kidd from Cal" series of interviews and highlights on YouTube. To get your hands on a pair of the "Career Pack" Zoom Flight 95s, you can check out your nearest House of Hoops location.