If George Jetson's son Elroy had grown up to be a basketball player, these would have been his kicks.

In the day these futuristic black, metallic silver and mango Nikes were released, Ty Lawson's pal Brandon Simpson went to multiple sporting goods stores before finally finding the shoes, which he carried to the Toyota Center court only eight minutes before tipoff — when Simpson was stopped by security.

"They were like, 'No, you can't come through,' " the Nuggets point guard said. "So I had to go over and get them."

As Friday's anthem singers warmed up their pipes, Lawson laced up his fresh LeBron 9 Nikes — which go for a cool $170 — and proceeded to play the best game of his season.

"It might be my shoe for the rest of the year," Lawson said Saturday, after wearing the shoes at Denver's practice in San Antonio, where the Nuggets play the Spurs tonight.

In Friday's win at Houston, Lawson flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds and a career-high 15 assists. And he committed only one turnover. So, since working on his jumper with a shooting coach during the all-star break — while resting his sprained ankle — Lawson has played two games, finishing with 24 assists and only three turnovers.

Not bad for the fellow in metallic silver and mango. Coach George Karl continues to push Lawson, knowing he can get more out of his point guard.