words // Brandon Richard

If the constant speculation over his playing future bothers LeBron James at all, he does himself no favors by regularly showing his affinity for New York City. From his ties with Jay-Z to his allegiance to the New York Yankees, LeBron does not hide the fact that he's enamored with the Big Apple.

Speaking of the which, last year, Nike created a special version of his LeBron VI that was dubbed the LeBron VI "Big Apple." The shoe featured an all red leather upper with green accents and a speckled white midsole. Many thought we'd see a LeBron VII sequel to this shoe, but they never surfaced. At least not until now. What we see here in the LeBron VII "Big Apple" sample. Like the VI, it features a red leather upper, green accents, and a white midsole. Some sneakerheads think this pair salutes Christmas more than it does NYC.

It would be an early Christmas in New York if LeBron decides to convert that big city fascination into a Knickerbocker contract this summer.

via NikeLeBron