Original Posting (03/27/2020): During the Summer of 2019, the Swoosh officially unveiled the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first signature shoe. Now, we have our first look at its successor model—the Nike Zoom Freak 2.
The Zoom Freak 2 looks to arrive with a completely new silhouette in comparison to its predecessor model. Materials look to be an upgrade, featuring a jacquard, woven mix, whereas the midsole is very aggressive with two green plates wrapping up above the midsole for lateral containment. Further details include an oversized Nike swoosh laterally with a Giannis signature logo stamped at the heel. The tongue material appears to have a glossy finish, hinting it may be a patent leather. Completing the look is a foam midsole that is likely to be decoupled due to the midfoot plate separating the heel and forefoot.
Let us know what you think of the Nike Zoom Freak 2 in the comments below. Keep it locked here for further updates as we learn more about the reigning MVP’s second signature shoe.
UPDATE (07/16/2020): Nike has officially unveiled the Zoom Freak 2. Read further below for the official press release.
“The jump to a second signature shoe is a case study in player observation. For Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Zoom Freak 2 is built on identifying his most unstoppable moves and creating ways to make them even more effective.
“What Giannis does in space is directly connected to his body proportions,” says Ross Klein, Senior Creative Director for Nike Basketball. “What’s different about his movements is that he’s causing so much pressure when he hits those steps, like the Eurostep, that we need to help propel him and contain him further near the toe.”
Much of the story in Nike Basketball’s signature line history is based on studying signature movement (take the Kyrie 2, a shoe that was born from studying the intense, banked angles of Irving’s cuts). Proportionately, Antetokounmpo is a unicorn, possessing the ability to control the ball like a guard and yet bruise his way into the lane with the physicality of a center. The combination of those two skill sets help make his secret sauce for the Eurostep, one of the most unbeatable moves in his arsenal.”
“Antetokounmpo’s mastery of the Eurostep begins with his ability to stride out to create space. His long limbs give the impression that he’s shrinking the court, and in a sense, that’s true: at full, open-court speed, he needs only a few dribbles to comfortably make it from basket to basket. The move starts on the “gather,” or the two steps after a player picks up the dribble. What happens next depends on the defender’s reaction. If defenders maintain their stance, Antetokounmpo moves straight ahead, outstepping them by clearing their open hips and getting past their upper bodies with his wide shoulders.
If a defender tries to cut off Antetokounmpo, the ensuing Eurostep — taking the two steps in different directions while transferring the ball across the body — often leaves the opponent behind, giving Antetokounmpo an easy dunk.”
The Zoom Freak 2 arrives with a decoupled storytelling outsole, along with a reinforced lateral forefoot outrigger, full length Phylon foam midsole which encases a forefoot Zoom Air bag, and a textile upper to complete the shoe.
The Nike Zoom Freak 2 officially launches on Saturday, July 25th in the “Naija” colorway on Nike SNKRS and select retailers worldwide. The Black/White will follow on Friday, August 7th, “Bamo” on Friday, September 18th, and White/Cement on Thursday, October 1st.
UPDATE (07/10/2020): Official photos of the upcoming Nike Zoom Freak 2 have been unveiled. Stay tuned as an official release date will be unveiled very soon.
UPDATE (07/08/2020): ESPN NBA reporter, Eric Woodyard, and Nick DePaula have revealed that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be wearing his second signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Freak 2 during the NBA Playoffs inside of the Orlando bubble where the season will resume in a few weeks.
h/t: Eric Woodyard.
UPDATE (05/22/2020): Detailed look at the upcoming Nike Zoom Freak 2 in its first surfaced colorway, Black, Neon, and White. New photos also reveal a look at the outsole, which uses a multi-directional nub forefoot with a pivot point, as well as a storytelling heel pattern. Stay tuned for further updates.
UPDATE (04/30/2020): An on-foot look at the Nike Zoom Freak 2 has surfaced. Details have aroused that they are rumored to feature double stacked Zoom Air bags the forefoot, and one bag at the heel.
UPDATE (04/22/2020): A new colorway of the Nike Zoom Freak 2 has surfaced, making this our best look yet.
New photos of the shoe reveal new angles of the shoe in real person photos. The outsole appears to use a similar pattern to the Adapt BB 1.0, utilizing a circular pivot pattern at the forefoot, and a story telling tread at the heel, to complete the decoupled sole design. In addition to seeing a better look at the tooling, the materials appear to be comprised of a tightly woven textile which is heavily fused at the forefoot.
Stay tuned as more details surface regarding Giannis Antetokounmpo’s upcoming second signature shoe. Let us know in the comments below if your thoughts have changed since the initial first look.
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