Preparing for the 2009 Dunk Contest, NBA Guard Nate Robinson had the perfect stunt in mind. Thanks to input from Jamal Crawford, a plan was set in motion for Robinson to dunk over ‘Superman’ Dwight Howard. Robinson knew it would be an eye-catching spectacle but there was just one element missing… a custom pair of Nikes.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Robinson detailed his discussions with the shoe brand leading up to the All-Star festivities. After detailing his plans for the dunk contest, Nike came to Nate with his custom kicks. The Kryptonate Nike Air Foamposite was born and ready for it’s spotlight moment.
But before the contest could take place – the unthinkable happened. While Robinson was speaking with the media, a thief snuck into his hotel room and stole the new custom kicks.
“Somebody put them on eBay,” Robinson told Bleacher Report. They were stolen and listed online within the same day.
The shoes were found the next day and from that point forward Nate ensured the sneaker’s safety. “I gave em to my mom,” said Nate in his interview.
The Nike Air Foamposite is still one of the most sought-after sneakers around. Looking for a pair? It’ll set you back thousands of dollars on StockX.
Ultimately, Nate wore the sneakers during his Dunk Contest performance, which went on to be one of the most memorable Dunk Contests of all time.