Ahead of the start of this year's NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, Nike has decided to take a look back at one of the golden eras of hoops, the '90s. From both a sneaker standpoint, and the players who wore them, the basketball during that decade was “larger than life,” as the game was full of talent and style like never before. For this, it was imperative that Nike provide its athletes with the proper sneakers to match their flare.

Such designs as the Air More Uptempo, Max2 Uptempo, Air Force Max and Shake Ndestruct took the court by storm, of course in large part thanks to the pro ballers who wore them, as well as the never-before-seen design aspects. To this day, these models, and various updates, are still undeniably influential.

The Air More Uptempo of course became well-known for the notable pop art-inspired "AIR" branding alongside, in addition to boasting a full-length Air Max bag.

The Max2 Uptempo and Air Force Max were a favorite amongst college players, while Charles Barkley then dominated NBA competition wearing the latter.

The Shake Ndestruct was in turn worn by the league's animated, blue collar warrior, Dennis Rodman. The shoe is highlighted by offset lacing and a beefy outsole.

To delve deeper into the history behind such key basketball silhouettes from the '90s, follow on over to Nike.

In other Swoosh-related news, $14,000 USD in Nike sneakers was recently stolen directly from a semi truck.

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