Before the world’s best basketball teams tip off at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Nike Basketball has presented a new silhouette dubbed the Air Zoom BB NXT and sustainably crafted uniforms for multiple countries. Commandeering the forefoot Zoom Air from Nike Running‘s Olympics products like the Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% and surrounding it with court-ready cushion and construction, the Air Zoom BB NXT is a potent piece of performance footwear. Meanwhile, the jerseys combine past and future with a mix of recycled materials and heritage-inspired detailing.
With running-inspired energy return tech, the Air Zoom BB NXT is designed to keep ballers feeling fresh and invigorated into the fourth quarter and beyond. Presented in a familiar black and volt color scheme — although there will be several country-specific PEs as well — it mixes a full-length React foam footbed with a duo of TPU-encased Zoom Air pucks in the forefoot. A thin plate is placed above this setup for a more responsive feel. Uppers are focused on comfort, with a lightweight mesh construction, textured print that adds support and soft foam tongues/collars, the latter of which has a notch to secure the Achilles tendon.