Reebok besmirching Shawn Kemp classic shoes

Reebok besmirching Shawn Kemp classic shoes

Reebok re-releasing the Kamikaze II's February 15th. They were Shawn Kemp's signature shoe during the 1995-96 season.

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by JOEL KNIP / KING 5 SPORTS

KING5.com

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 9:33 PM

Reebok is re-releasing the Reebok Kamikaze II's. The basketball shoes were Sonics great Shawn Kemp's signature shoe. He wore them during the 1995-96 season when Seattle went to the NBA finals. Reebok is also re-releasing the shoe in the color scheme of the OKC Thunder.

Can Reebok get away with such blasphemy? I can't imagine anyone in OKC that would want to buy it.  Unless they would want to rub it into Sonics fans' face that they have our old Sonics team.  It would be like Nike re-releasing Chris Webber's old Nike Air Max Uptempo in the Green & Gold (assuming the Kings move to Seattle). I doubt any Sonics fan would buy 'em.

Just a few months ago, I noticed Comcast aired ads on channel menu screen to order the movie "Thunderstruck" starring Kevin Durant. That was a harsh reminder.

It just makes you wonder who are the marketing "geniuses" who come up with the idea to promote a product that would hit a nerve to a particular clientele. Seeing the new/old Kemp shoes makes me want to buy a pair of the Green & Gold.  But that memory of seeing Kemp flying in for a dunk loses some luster, knowing that Reebok is re-releasing the shoe in colors fashioned by "Bubba" Bennett's club in OKC.

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