On Independence Day 2016, the entire NBA was shook by Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors. One of the best players in the league just joined a team that went 73-9 in the regular season. In one day, Durant’s reputation switched from humble, nice guy to traitorous snake.
This drastic change was mirrored by the change to the Nike KD 9. This model saw the inclusion of Flyknit, the first in the Durant signature line to utilize the key Nike technology. This knit material helped provide a sock-like fit with little break-in time. Another first came with the segmented Zoom Air units that made up the length of the sole. These units were particularly bouncy and provided extra responsiveness no matter what part of the shoe you stepped on.
Durant rocked the KD 9 until the beginning of the postseason, when he switched to the KD 9 Elite. Thick bungee laces were added on the sidewalls to wrap around the main laces for a tight fit. The heel was also hollowed out with a one-piece stretch collar that allowed for easier entry.