The rivalry between LeBron James and Kevin Durant – initially sparked with Durant’s “second best” comments in a Sports Illustrated interview last year – also transitions off of the court. In light of his career-best scoring season right now, it seems as if Durant’s shoe sales with Nike are parallel to his playing ambitions. According to Forbes, Durant has closed the gap this year on James’s own shoe sales, skyrocketing about 400% to total $175 million in 2013. While James’ shoe continues to be the Swoosh’s top seller, Forbes cites a number of reasons for increased sales, including the impeccable design of the Nike KDVI, James’s infamous fit problems at the beginning of the season, and Oklahoma City’s title push in 2012. While Forbes may be an expert on the financial side, here we summon our readers: does the KDVI ultimately trump the LeBron 11? As we move into the All-Star Game, we implore you to discuss the implications below.
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