Tyrese Haliburton unveils player-exclusive Nike Kobe 4 Protro "USA" Olympics colorway

Haliburton, a Team USA basketball player, will wear exclusive Nike Kobe sneakers.
2023 FIBA World Cup - USA Men's National Team Practice - Las Vegas
2023 FIBA World Cup - USA Men's National Team Practice - Las Vegas / Ethan Miller/GettyImages

In just over two weeks, the 2024 Summer Olympics will kick off in Paris, bringing together athletes and spectators from around the world for a celebration of sports and international unity. As Team USA basketball prepares to take the Olympic stage, one of the most exciting players to watch is Tyrese Haliburton, the talented point guard for the Indiana Pacers. With his skills on full display, Haliburton is ready to make a name for himself on the global stage. For a grand occasion like this, it's only fitting to have a pair of high-performance sneakers that exude patriotism. We're talking red, white, and blue motif sneakers that are perfect for the hardcourt.

Look no further than the new, PE (or Player-exclusive) Nike Kobe 4 Protro basketball shoes available in two models that represent America's iconic colors. Haliburton previewed the models in images that surfaced on social media, showing the 24-year-old recent All-Star holding both pairs with a smile on his face.

Expect Tyrese Haliburton to rock the player-exclusive Nike Kobe Protro "USA" silhouette at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Although both models are supposed to be US-themed, it's the red, white, and blue pair that gives off a vibe and aura fit for an athlete getting set to represent his nation. This particular colorway boasts a predominantly blue upper, with a crisp white midsole that provides a striking contrast. A pop of vibrant red adds a bold touch to the iconic Nike swoosh logo, while the outsole also gets a splash of the same fiery hue. When gazing at the image of Haliburton, one's attention is drawn to the predominantly white sneakers grasped in his right hand. Although these sneakers may not immediately evoke an American aesthetic, there exists a subtle yet tangible connection.

For starters, get a zoom-in on Haliburton's USA Basketball snapback hat. Look at the USA logo for a second. The upper half of the writing is a bold red hue, much like the accents featured on the predominantly white silhouette. While blue may be synonymous with American identity, it's equally important to recognize the significance of red as an integral part of American imagery.

The upcoming Games in Paris, France, will mark Tyrese Haliburton's first appearance in the Olympics. However, it isn't Haliburton's first summer basketball rodeo. Last August, Tyrese Haliburton traveled throughout East Asia as a member of Team USA basketball in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Unfortunately, his Team USA squad fell short of expectations and finished in fourth place. Haliburton and company (with more elite castmates at that) look to dominate the competition and win gold once again, much like they did at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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