2017 saw a summer of speculation and hype after Paul George formally requested a trade. While the Lakers were widely rumored, the Indiana Pacers eventually traded PG to the Oklahoma City Thunder to form a “big 3” with Russell Westbrook and the newly acquired Carmelo Anthony. George started the season in the PG 1, up until January 2018 when the PG 2 was officially unveiled.
Tony Hardman returned after designing the freshman signature style, changing up the bootie construction of the PG 1 in favor of a more traditional separated tongue. To continue to have a lockdown fit, Hardman added “dynamic wings” to the forefoot lacing to provide snugness in the PG 2. For those who enjoyed the strap from the first model, this was later added on the PG 2.5. The responsive Zoom Air unit placement was retained under the forefoot, but was made larger for extra bounce.
Among the new colorways to drop, the Playstation collaborations were some of the most memorable with a black PS4 colorway selling out for the PG 2. Alternate white, grey, and blue versions payed homage to past Playstation consoles for the PG 2.5 as well.