Collector Opportunity! The term Black Fives usually refers to basketball leagues that thrived in the United States in the period between 1900 and 1940, when racial segregation was institutionalized, in which African-American players in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Pittsburgh, and later other cities, engaged in community-based and inter-city leagues and rivalries. this special collectible Nike Dunk pays tribute to one of the earliest black professional basketball teams in America, the New York Rennaissance, known as the Rens. The Rens, who are considered by experts to be as important in the development of black basketball as the Harlem Globetrotters, began in 1920, and their first victory over the white world champion Original Celtics in 1925 was a watershed moment in both basketball and race relations in the United States.
The Nike Air Legend was originally designed with professional basketball players in mind. It was the first to have coloured soles and linings, first to have a perforated toe, and on the high top the first to have a lacing system flexpoint which had only been used on Nike running shoes until that time. The Legend came in low and high editions, but only the high top had the hinged eyelet design to support the ankle and prevent the ankle collar from buckling and digging into the wearer's ankle. Retired NBA star Patrick Ewing wore the Nike Legend high-top while playing for Georgetwon in the NCAA league. The Nike Air Legend debuted in 1983.