by Brandon Richard

Perhaps more important than championships and personal achievements of athletes are the bonds they form along the way. For most NBA players, the path to becoming a pro begins in high school, where they audition for the next level while still living a relatively "normal" life.

Over the years, it's been clear that the biggest stars in the league hold their high schools close to their hearts. In fact, Nike recently released Kyrie Irving's first high school-inspired signature sneaker, and Jordan Brand unveiled a refurbished gymnasium at Michael Jordan's alma mater.

Almost every signature athlete eventually gives a sneaker salute their old high school. Read on for a look at the best.

Michael Jordan for Laney High School

Michael Jordan Laney High School

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 1 Laney
via Sneaker Politics

Air Jordan 1

 

Michael Jordan Air Jordan V 5 Laney

Air Jordan 5 Retro

 

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 14 Low Laney

Air Jordan 14 Low

 

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 2010 Team Laney

Air Jordan 2010 Team

 

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor Laney

Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor


LeBron James for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

LeBron James Nike Air Zoom Generation SVSM

Nike Air Zoom Generation

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 2 SVSM Home
via Supplied

Nike LeBron 2 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 2 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 2 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 3 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron 3 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 3 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 3 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 4 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron 4

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 4 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 4

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 5 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron 5 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 5 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 5

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 6 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron 6 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron VI 6 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 6 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron VII 7 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron 7 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron VII 7 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 7 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 8 SVSM Home
via Zach13g

Nike LeBron 8 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 8 SVSM Away
via theSYNDICATE

Nike LeBron 8 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 8 V/2 SVSM PE

Nike LeBron 8 V/2

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron IX 9 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron 9 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron IX 9 SVSM Away
via Stickie213

Nike LeBron 9 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron XI 11 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron 11 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron XI 11 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 11 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 12 SVSM

Nike LeBron 12 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 12 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron 12 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 1 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron Soldier 1 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 1 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron Soldier 1 PE

 

LeBron James Nike Soldier 2 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron Soldier 2 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 2 SVSM

Nike LeBron Soldier 2 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron 3 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron Soldier 3 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 3 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron Soldier 3 PE

 

LeBron James Nike Soldier 4 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron Soldier 4 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 4 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron Soldier 4 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 4 SVSM Alternate

Nike LeBron Soldier 4 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 5 SVSM Home

Nike LeBron Soldier 5 PE

 

LeBron James Nike LeBron Soldier 5 SVSM Away

Nike LeBron Soldier 5 PE

 

LeBron James Nike Soldier 6 SVSM Home
via Kenlu

Nike Zoom Soldier 6 PE

 

LeBron James Nike Soldier 6 SVSM Away
via Kenlu

Nike Zoom Soldier 6 PE

 

LeBron James Nike Soldier 8 SVSM Home
via kenny23forever

Nike LeBron Soldier 8

 

LeBron James Nike Soldier 8 SVSM Away
via kenny23forever

Nike LeBron Soldier 8


Kobe Bryant for Lower Merion High School

Kobe Bryant Lower Merion High School

Kobe Bryant Nike Kobe 3 Lower Merion

Nike Kobe 3

 

Kobe Bryant Nike Kobe 4 Lower Merion Home

Nike Kobe 4

 

Kobe Bryant Nike Kobe 4 Lower Merion Home

Nike Kobe 4

 

Kobe Bryant Nike Kobe 5 Lower Merion Home

Nike Kobe 5

 

Kobe Bryant Nike Kobe 5 Lower Merion Away

Nike Kobe 5

 

Kobe Bryant Nike Kobe 5 Lower Merion Aces

Nike Kobe 6

 

Kobe Bryant Nike Kobe 7 Lower Merion Away

Nike Kobe 7


Penny Hardaway for Treadwell High School

Penny Hardaway Treadwell High School

Penny Hardaway Nike Air Penny 5 Treadwell

Nike Air Penny 5


Kevin Durant for Montrose Christian Academy

Kevin Durant Montrose Christian Academy

Kevin Durant Nike KD 1 Montrose Christian Academy

Nike KD 1 PE


Kyrie Irving for St. Patrick High School

Kyrie Irving St. Patrick High School Academy

Kyrie Irving Nike Kyrie 1 Letterman St. Patrick

Nike Kyrie 1


Carmelo Anthony for Oak Hill Academy

Carmelo Anthony Oak Hill Academy

Carmelo Anthony Jordan Melo M4 Oak Hill

Jordan Melo M4

 

Carmelo Anthony Jordan Melo M6 Oak Hill

Jordan Melo M6

 

Carmelo Anthony Jordan Melo M8 Oak Hill PE

Jordan Melo M8 PE

 

Carmelo Anthony Jordan Melo M8 Red Suede Oak Hill

Jordan Melo M8 PE


Chris Paul for West Forsyth High School

Chris Paul West Forsyth High School

Chris Paul Jordan CP3.V West Forsyth

Jordan CP3.V PE

 

Chris Paul Jordan CP3.VI West Forsyth
via Winston Watch

Jordan CP3.VI PE


Allen Iverson for Bethel High School

Allen Iverson Bethel High School

Allen Iverson Reebok Answer VII 7 Bethel High
via mingsing

Reebok Answer 7


John Wall for Word of God Christian Academy

John Wall Reebok Zig Encore Word of God

John Wall Reebok Zig Encore Word of God

Reebok Zig Encore


Derrick Rose for Simeon Career Academy

Derrick Rose Simeon Career Academy

Derrick Rose adidas D Rose 2 Simeon

adidas D Rose 2

 

Derrick Rose adidas D Rose 2.5 Simeon

adidas D Rose 2.5

 

Derrick Rose adidas D Rose 4 Simeon

adidas D Rose 4

 

Derrick Rose adidas D Rose 773 Simeon

adidas D Rose 773


Tracy McGrady for Mount Zion Christian Academy

Tracy McGrady Mount Zion Christian Academy

Tracy McGrady adidas TMAC 1 Mount Zion

adidas TMAC 1


Robert Griffin III for Copperas Cove

Robert Griffin III Copperas Cove

Robert Griffin III adidas RG3 Energy Boost Copperas Cove

adidas RG3 Energy Boost

 

Robert Griffin III adidas RG3 Cleats Copperas Cove

adidas RG3 Cleats


Brandon Jennings for Oak Hill Academy

Brandon Jennings Oak Hill Academy

Brandon Jennings Under Armour Micro G Black Ice Low Oak Hill

Under Armour Micro G Black Ice Low

 

Brandon Jennings Under Armour Micro G Bloodline Oak Hill PE

Under Armour Micro G Bloodline PE