The Los Angeles Dodgers and L.A. Lakers have been a bit intertwined of late, and not just because of enjoying an overlap of fans. When the Lakers were facing the Houston Rockets in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, the Dodgers were hosting the Astros for a two-game series.
Now in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010, the Lakers are facing the Denver Nuggets. They played Game 1 on Friday night, when the Dodgers played the second of a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies.
The Lakers tipped off one hour after first pitch at Coors Field, and although James wore a Nike LeBron 18 to the arena, he switched to a LeBron 7 for the game. James has previously worn that model from his signature line in the playoffs, but his Game 1 pair featured an ode to the Dodgers.
The predominantly white upper was accompanied by blue around the bottom of the shoe and over the toe box, along with red accents throughout.
Some initially took James’ pair to be a subtle shot at the L.A. Clippers for blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Nuggets and falling well short of expectations. However, James’ shoe incorporated red stitching to represent laces on a baseball.
It was not the first time James showed his support for the Dodgers, as he’s worn a cap with their logo on multiple occasions, and a Jackie Robinson jersey to celebrate Black History Month earlier this year.
LeBron partners with David Price, Dodgers
While James is working to lead the Lakers to a championship inside the NBA bubble, he has remained active on the social front. Included in that was recently joining forces with David Price and the Dodgers to use Dodger Stadium as a polling center for the Presidential general election in November.
“I may still be new to LA but didn’t take long for me to learn how special the relationship is between the Dodgers and Lakers. We are all in this together,” James said in a statement.
“I’m really proud we were able to help the Dodgers become the first MLB stadium to open for voting. This is exactly why we created More Than a Vote. A lot of us now working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting.”
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