Why Desmond Bane wears LeBron XXs despite rivalry

As Desmond Bane of the Memphis Grizzlies worked to recover from a frustrating toe injury earlier this season, he tested various Nike sneakers that could adequately support the nagging injury, including the LeBron XX. The shoe that ended up making the most sense for the 24-year-old was also the last edition of his first-round playoff rival.

After trying multiple Nike shoes, including Kyrie Irving’s signature Nike and the Nike Zoom GT series, the best and most comfortable for Bane were the LeBron XX, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

It was quite a decision for the Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer in 2022-23, especially after there was a diatribe between him and LeBron James during the Lakers-Grizzlies game on Jan. 9, 2022.

Bane has worn the shoe 46 times since returning from injury and told ESPN he felt anxiety wearing them for the first time against the Lakers on Jan. 20. But James broke the ice, asking Bane if he had had enough, and he said yes.

After the Lakers defeated the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday night, LeBron confirmed that his offer to assist Bane was genuine.

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