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Early samples show a higher construction complete with a unique cut-out heel – something that would be scrapped for the Zoom Generation but could be found on Kobe’s first model with Nike a few seasons later. The overall Swoosh placement was experimented with as well, as early samples showcase the main heel Swoosh with the mesh side panel void of the logo. For more on that, read our Classics Revisited: Nike Air Zoom Generation Wear-Test Sample piece.Check out more detailed shots of early wear-test samples and sketches of the Zoom Generation below and head over to Nike SKRS for the full story on how LBJ’s first model came to be.

It’s crazy to think, but LeBron James has been in the NBA for 14 years. His longevity is unparalleled as King James is leading the NBA in minutes per game at 32 years old and is an MVP candidate once again. Nike Basketball is slated to release his latest signature model, the Nike LeBron 14, this weekend. But perhaps a bigger story in the sneaker world is the return of his debut silhouette, the Nike Air Zoom Generation, in limited quantities with a remastered of-sorts upper that transitions the performance model into the lifestyle realm with his “First Game” colorway. While Nike hosted their New York City raffle yesterday, select boutiques are surprising everyone with unexpected drops of the Zoom Generation First Game. KITH Brooklyn announced that they had limited quantities available today, so if you’re in BK, you still might have time to head to 233 Flatbush Avenue to secure your pair.

Other retailers stocking the Nike Air Zoom Generation First Game retro include UNKNWN Miami (the shop is even hosting a raffle to win an autographed pair, Nike Soho, NikeLab 21 Mercer, Undefeated, and Cleveland shops Xhibition and NEXT.Check out more detailed shots below and we’ll keep you updated on what other stores will be stocking this Nike Zoom Generation First Game retro throughout the week.Nike NYC is giving you a chance to grab the Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game” tonight at 6:00 PM ET when the @NikeNYC Twitter account will tweet out a link to The Draw.