NBA had prior plans to have NBA All-Star 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina but due to a gender law, the NBA didn't feel it was right to keep the game in the Tar Heel State. And by the looks of things, Nike made arrangments to honor North Carolina with a bunch of releases in Carolina Blue of course.

Two classic 1990s sneakers were mocked up in a University Blue and White colorways. These Quickstrike releases of the Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 and Air Max Uptempo 97 would have been very special offerings if the All-Star festivities were still in NC. This collection of shoes will be only available at select Nike retailers including Sneaker Politics locations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette in Louisiana. It's not clear if the change in cities is the reason Nike doesn't have an All-Star shoe lineup this year but it there clearly were plans for North Carolina in some sorts for this month!