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by Brandon Richard

From the onset of last season, it was clear that LeBron James didn’t feel comfortable playing in the Nike LeBron 11. "I could wear them, but they don't feel as great as I want them to feel," James told ESPN. "So we're redefining them, and I feel like this next round is going to be perfect."

However, Nike and James were never able to find that perfect round. He often reverted to the LeBron 10, before settling in the Zoom Soldier 7 by season’s end. In 77 regular season games and 20 in the postseason, James played in the LeBron 11 just 35 times, switching out of the model mid-game during 9 of those contests.

LeBron James wearing the NSRL Nike LeBron XII 12 in a Preseason GameJames’ unwillingness to wear his $200 signature shoe was a hot topic of discussion on sneaker websites and other media outlets like Esquire and the Wall Street Journal. In response, Nike issued a statement, saying, "The LeBron 11 is one of the most innovative Nike basketball shoes to date, and we look forward to LeBron stepping back on the court in his latest signature shoe soon.”

Of course, James never really stepped back on the court in the 11 and finished the season in his cheaper team model. Business didn’t take a hit, but the legacy of the shoe did. What will be most remembered about the LeBron 11 is that James didn’t care much for the shoe as a performer.

Whatever issues James had with the 11 were worked out when the design team rolled out the LeBron 12. Back in his signature model, James went on to wear the 12 or 12 Elite in almost every regular season and playoff game in his return season to Cleveland. Below is a look at what James wore in every game of the 2014-2015 NBA season, starting with his first game back at the Q.

October 30, 2014

LeBron James wearing Blue/Yellow-Red Nike LeBron XII 12 PE on October 30, 2014

LeBron James wearing Blue/Red-Yellow Nike LeBron XII 12 PE on October 30, 2014

Opponent: New York Knicks
Colorway: Blue/Yellow-Red & Blue/Red-Yellow PEs
Stats: 17 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists


October 31, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Heart of a Lion on October 31, 2014

Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: ‘Heart of a Lion’
Stats: 36 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists


November 4, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Red/BlackYellow PE on November 4, 2014

Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers
Colorway: Red/Black-Yellow PE
Stats: 11 Points, 7 Rebounds, 7 Assists


November 5, 2014

LeBron James Wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Black/Yellow PE on November 5, 2014

Opponent: Utah Jazz
Colorway: Black/Yellow PE
Stats: 31 Points, 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists


November 7, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Veteran's Day PE on November 7, 2014

Opponent: Denver Nuggets
Colorway: ‘Veteran’s Day’ PE
Stats: 22 Points, 7 Rebounds, 11 Assists


November 10, 2014

Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Red PE

Opponent: New Orleans Pelicans
Colorway: White/Red PE
Stats: 32 Points, 11 Rebounds, 9 Assists


November 14, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Black/Yellow PE on November 14, 2014

Opponent: Boston Celtics
Colorway: Black/Yellow PE
Stats: 41 Points, 4 Rebounds, 7 Assists


November 15, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Grey/Yellow PE on November 15, 2014

Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Colorway: Grey/Yellow PE
Stats: 32 Points, 6 Rebounds, 7 Assists


November 17, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Heart of a Lion on November 17, 2014

Opponent: Denver Nuggets
Colorway: 'Heart of a Lion'
Stats: 22 Points, 9 Rebounds, 5 Assists


November 19, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Yellow-Blue PE on November 19, 2014

Opponent: San Antonio Spurs
Colorway: White/Yellow-Blue PE
Stats: 15 Points, 6 Rebounds, 9 Assists


November 21, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Red/Yellow PE on November 21, 2014

Opponent: Washington Wizards
Colorway: Red/Yellow PE
Stats: 22 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists


November 22, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Red PE on November 22, 2014

Opponent: Toronto Raptors
Colorway: Red/Yellow PE
Stats: 15 Points, 1 Rebounds, 10 Assists


November 24, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Heart of a Lion on November 24, 2014

Opponent: Orlando Magic
Colorway: ‘Heart of a Lion’
Stats: 29 Points, 4 Rebounds, 11 Assists


November 26, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Black-Yellow PE on November 26, 2014

Opponent: Washington Wizards
Colorway: White/Black-Yellow PE
Stats: 29 Points, 10 Rebounds, 8 Assists


November 29, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Red PE on November 29, 2014

Opponent: Indiana Pacers
Colorway: White/Black-Yellow PE
Stats: 19 Points, 2 Rebounds, 7 Assists


December 2, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Grey/Yellow PE on December 2, 2014

Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks
Colorway: Grey/Yellow PE
Stats: 26 Points, 5 Rebounds, 10 Assists


December 4, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Data on December 4, 2014

Opponent: New York Knicks
Colorway: ‘Data’ PE
Stats: 19 Points, 5 Rebounds, 12 Assists


December 5, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Black/Yellow PE on December 5, 2014

Opponent: Toronto Raptors
Colorway: Black/Yellow PE
Stats: 24 Points, 7 Rebounds, 13 Assists


December 8, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Red/Yellow PE on December 8, 2014

Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Colorway: Red/Yellow PE
Stats: 18 Points, 4 Rebounds, 7 Assists


December 9, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Yellow-Blue PE on December 9, 2014

Opponent: Toronto Raptors
Colorway: White/Yellow-Blue PE
Stats: 35 Points, 2 Rebounds, 4 Assists


December 12, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Yellow/Black-Red Taxi PE on December 12, 2014

Opponent: New Orleans Pelicans
Colorway: ‘Taxi’ PE
Stats: 41 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists


December 15, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Red PE on December 15, 2014

Opponent: Charlotte Hornets
Colorway: White/Red PE
Stats: 27 Points, 7 Rebounds, 14 Assists


December 17, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Black/Red PE on December 17, 2014

Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Colorway: Black/Red PE
Stats: 21 Points, 3 Rebounds, 2 Assists


December 19, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Black-Yellow PE on December 19, 2014

Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Colorway: White/Black-Yellow PE
Stats: 22 Points, 4 Rebounds, 9 Assists


December 21, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Red PE on December 21, 2014

Opponent: Memphis Grizzlies
Colorway: White/Red PE
Stats: 25 Points, 1 Rebounds, 11 Assists


December 23, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Red-Silver PE on December 23, 2014

Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves
Colorway: White/Red-Silver PE
Stats: 24 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists


December 25, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Christmas on December 25, 2014

Opponent: Miami Heat
Colorway: ‘Christmas’
Stats: 30 Points, 4 Rebounds, 8 Assists


December 26, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Yellow-Black PE on December 26, 2014

Opponent: Orlando Magic
Colorway: White/Yellow-Black PE
Stats: 29 Points, 5 Rebounds, 8 Assists


December 28, 2014

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Black-Yellow PE on December 28, 2014

Opponent: Detroit Pistons
Colorway: White/Black-Yellow PE
Stats: 17 Points, 10 Rebounds, 7 Assists


January 13, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Red/Black PE on January 13, 2015

Opponent: Phoenix Suns
Colorway: Red/Black PE
Stats: 33 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists


January 15, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Black/Yellow-Red Bruce Lee PE on January 15, 2015

Opponent: Los Angeles Lakers
Colorway: Black/Yellow-Red PE
Stats: 36 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists


January 16, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Red/Blue-Yellow PE on January 16, 2015

Opponent: Los Angeles Clippers
Colorway: Red/Blue-Yellow PE
Stats: 32 Points, 11 Rebounds, 7 Assists


January 19, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Black-Yellow PE on January 19, 2015

Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: White/Black-Yellow PE
Stats: 26 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists


January 21, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Grey/Yellow PE on January 21, 2015

Opponent: Utah Jazz
Colorway: Grey/Yellow PE
Stats: 26 Points, 7 Rebounds, 9 Assists


January 23, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Yellow Red PE on January 23, 2015

Opponent: Charlotte Hornets
Colorway: White/Yellow-Red PE
Stats: 25 Points, 6 Rebounds, 9 Assists


January 25, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 White/Red-Yellow PE on January 25, 2015

Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder
Colorway: White/Red-Yellow PE
Stats: 34 Points, 7 Rebounds, 6 Assists


February 2, 2015

Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers
Colorway: Black/White
Stats: 18 Points, 3 Rebounds, 11 Assists


February 5, 2015

Opponent: Los Angeles Clippers
Colorway: “BHM” 
Stats:
23 Points, 3 Rebounds, 9 Assists


February 6, 2015

Opponent: Indiana Pacers
Colorway: Black/Yellow - Red PE
Stats: 25 Points, 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists


February 8, 2015

Opponent: Los Angeles Lakers
Colorway: “Grammy” 
Stats:
22 Points, 10 Rebounds, 8 Assists


February 11, 2015

Opponent: Miami Heat
Colorway: White/Red
Stats: 18 Points, 9 Rebounds, 7 Assists


Feb. 12, 2015

Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: Black/Yellow - Red PE
Stats: 31 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists


February 15, 2015

Opponent: Western Conference
Colorway: “All Star”
Stats: 30 Points, 5 Rebounds, 7 Assists


February 20, 2015

Opponent: Washington Wizards
Colorway: Red/Red PE
Stats: 28 Points, 5 Rebounds, 6 Assists


February 22, 2015

Opponent: New York Knicks
Colorway: Black/Red 
Stats: 18 Points, 7 Rebounds, 7 Assists


February 24, 2015

Opponent: Detroit Pistons
Colorway: White/Red - Yellow PE
Stats: 19 Points, 7 Rebounds, 11 Assists


February 26, 2015

Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Colorway: Blue/Yellow (Nike LeBron Ambassaror 7) 
Stats: 42 Points, 11 Rebounds, 5 Assists


March 1, 2015

Opponent: Houston Rockets
Colorway: Navy/Red PE
Stats: 37 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists


March 3, 2015

Opponent: Boston Celtics
Colorway: White/Yellow - Red PE 
Stats: 27 Points, 3 Rebounds, 5 Assists


March 4, 2015

Opponent: Toronto Raptors
Colorway: Black/Red PE
Stats: 29 Points, 6 Rebounds, 14 Assists


March 6, 2015

Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Colorway: Black/White & Black/Yellow - Red PEs
Stats: 18 Points, 6 Rebounds, 8 Assists


March 7, 2015

Opponent: Phoenix Suns
Colorway: White/Red - Yellow PE
Stats: 17 Points, 6 Rebounds, 8 Assists


March 10, 2015

Opponent: Dallas Mavericks
Colorway: White/Navy PE 
Stats:
27 Points, 7 Rebounds, 8 Assists


March 12, 2015

Opponent: San Antonio Spurs
Colorway: White/Red - Yellow PE
Stats: 31 Points, 5 Rebounds, 7 Assists


March 15, 2015

Opponent: Orlando Magic
Colorway: White/Red PE
Stats: 21 Points, 8 Rebounds, 13 Assists


March 16, 2015

Opponent: Miami Heat
Colorway: Red/Blue - Yellow PE
Stats: 26 Points, 2 Rebounds, 4 Assists


March 18, 2015

Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Colorway: Black/Yellow - Red
Stats: 16 Points, 3 Rebounds, 7 Assists


March 20, 2015

Opponent: Indiana Pacers
Colorway: White/Red - Yellow PE
Stats: 29 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists


March 22, 2015

Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks
Colorway: Black/Red “23 Chromosomes PE” 
Stats: 28 Points, 10 Rebounds, 6 Assists


March 25, 2015

Opponent: Memphis Grizzlies
Colorway: “Green Week PE” 
Stats: 20 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists


March 27, 2015

Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Colorway: White/Navy - Yellow PE
Stats: 24 Points, 5 Rebounds, 9 Assists


March 29, 2015

Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers
Colorway: “Double Helix PE”
Stats: 20 Points, 11 Rebounds, 6 Assists


April 2, 2015

Opponent: Miami Heat
Colorway: “USA” (LeBron 12 Low) 
Stats: 23 Points, 8 Rebounds, 7 Assists


April 5, 2015

Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: “Easter” 
Stats: 20 Points, 10 Rebounds, 12 Assists


April 8, 2015

Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks
Colorway: Black/White - Red
Stats: 21 Points, 9 Rebounds, 8 Assists


April 10, 2015

Opponent: Boston Celtics
Colorway: “All Star PE” (Zoom LeBron 3) & White/Red PE
Stats: 14 Points, 3 Rebounds, 7 Assists


April 13, 2015

Opponent: Detroit Pistons
Colorway: White/Red - Yellow PE
Stats: 21 Points, 10 Rebounds, 11 Assists


April 19, 2015

LeBron James wearing the 'Team' Nike LeBron XII 12 Elite
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Opponent: Boston Celtics
Colorway: "Team" Elite
Stats: 20 Points, 6 Rebounds, 7 Assists


April 21, 2015

LeBron James wearing a White/Yellow-Navy-Red Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Boston Celtics
Colorway: Navy/White-Yellow Elite PE
Stats: 30 Points, 9 Rebounds, 7 Assists


April 23, 2015

LeBron James wearing Navy/White-Yellow Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Boston Celtics
Colorway: Navy/White-Yellow Elite PE
Stats: 31 Points, 11 Rebounds, 4 Assists


April 26, 2015

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Elite Navy/White-Yellow PE
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Opponent: Boston Celtics
Colorway: Navy/White-Yellow Elite PE
Stats: 27 Points, 10 Rebounds, 8 Assists


May 4, 2015

LeBron James wearing a 'Cavs' Nike LeBron XII 12 Elite PE
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Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: "Cavs" Elite PE
Stats: 19 Points, 15 Rebounds, 9 Assists


May 6, 2015

LeBron James wearing a 'Double Helix' Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: "Double Helix" PE
Stats: 33 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists


May 8, 2015

LeBron James wearing a White/Navy-Yellow-Red PE
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Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: White/Navy-Yellow-Red PE
Stats: 27 Points, 8 Rebounds, 14 Assists


May 10, 2015

LeBron James wearing White/Yellow-Red-Navy Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: White/Yellow/Red-Navy PE
Stats: 25 Points, 14 Rebounds, 8 Assists


May 12, 2015

LeBron James wearing the 'LeBron's Mix' Nike LeBron XII 12
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Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: "LeBron's Mix"
Stats: 38 Points, 12 Rebounds, 6 Assists


May 14, 2015

LeBron James wearing a Navy/Yellow-Red Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Colorway: Navy/Yellow-Red PE
Stats: 15 Points, 9 Rebounds, 11 Assists


May 20, 2015

LeBron James wearing a White/Navy-Yellow-Red Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Colorway: White/Navy-Yellow Red PE
Stats: 31 Points, 8 Rebounds, 6 Assists


May 22, 2015

LeBron James wearing a Red/Navy-Yellow Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Colorway: Red/Navy-Yellow PE
Stats: 30 Points, 9 Rebounds, 11 Assists


May 24, 2015

LeBron James wearing a 'Double Helix' Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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LeBron James wearing a Black/Yellow-Red Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Colorway: "Double Helix" & Black/Yellow-Red PE
Stats: 37 Points, 18 Rebounds, 13 Assists


May 26, 2015

LeBron James wearing a White/Red-Yellow Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Colorway: White/Red-Yellow PE
Stats: 23 Points, 9 Rebounds, 7 Assists


June 4, 2015

LeBron James wearing a White/Gold-Navy-Wine PE
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Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Colorway: White/Gold-Navy-Wine PE
Stats: 44 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists


June 7, 2015

LeBron James wearing a Black/Red-White Nike LeBron XII 12 Elite PE
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Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Colorway: Black/Red-White Elite PE
Stats: 39 Points, 16 Rebounds, 11 Assists


June 9, 2015

LeBron James wearing a White/Black-Gold Nike LeBron XII 12 Elite PE
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LeBron James wearing the 'Witness' Nike LeBron XII 12
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Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Colorway: White/Black-Gold Elite PE & "Witness"
Stats: 40 Points, 12 Rebounds, 8 Assists


June 11, 2015

LeBron James wearing a Wine/Gold-Navy Nike LeBron XII 12 PE
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Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Colorway: Wine/Gold-Navy PE
Stats: 20 Points, 12 Rebounds, 8 Assists


June 14, 2015

LeBron James Wearing a Black/Red-Yellow-Navy PE
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Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Colorway: Black/Red-Yellow Navy PE
Stats: 40 Points, 14 Rebounds, 11 Assists


June 16, 2015

LeBron James wearing a Nike LeBron XII 12 Gold Finals PE
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Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Colorway: Gold/Wine-Navy Finals PE
Stats: 32 Points, 18 Rebounds, 9 Assists