NBA sneakers: in PJ Tucker’s loft dedicated to shoes
When it comes to sneakers, you won’t find anyone more calculated than PJ Tucker. The Houston Rockets forward managed to bring 91 pairs of sneakers to Orlando for the NBA restart and the collection has already grown to 110.
âI have packed the sneakers in different ways. I had some sent [to the bubble] a few weeks before we even left, âexplains Tucker of the Grand Floridian on the Disney campus. âI brought back a bunch of different shoe bags, boxes and all kinds of different things. In the bubble I have them shipped to my house – my assistant takes them all out and puts them in a big box and sends them to me.
Tucker recently teamed up with eBay to unveil its sneaker loft dedicated to its extensive sneaker collection, which is approaching 5,000 pairs. It was an ongoing relationship for 15 years, as Tucker used the site to shop and find some of his favorite sneaker grails. The loft will give an in-depth look at shoes inspired by its collection and fans will actually be able to shop for new and rare shoes. Tucker says there was no inspiration behind the loft – he just needed more space to keep his wife happy.
âIt’s just about having space and honestly keeping the shoes away from my wife’s space,â says Tucker. âShe doesn’t really mind until they’re in spaces where they shouldn’t be. As if no one should have shoes on the table. When there are shoes all over the place, that’s the only time she gets really mad, so it’s just to keep her from cursing me. So that was the inspiration.
The origins of Tucker’s love for eBay began on the University of Texas campus when former Knicks teammate and current assistant coach Royal Ivey received shipments of sneakers in his dorm room.
âRoyal also loves sneakers and he would shop on eBay. The only site I visited was NikeTalk and I had never really bought any shoes. I had no idea,â Tucker says. âHe started out. receive packages and just saw the whole process. I was like, Oh wow, and I went to get my very first bank card and since then it’s been on.
Tucker, who re-signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike in November after a period of popular free agency, opened the NBA reboot by wearing a pair of Fear of God 1 PE he dubbed “The Air Tuck “.
âI pretty much showed a lot of things that I brought, but I still have a few surprises that people don’t expect me to go out on while I’m here,â he says. âBut a lot of my PE are going to be worn. I plan to wear them all.
Who are the best prospects for signature sneakers in the NBA bubble?
Outside of the bubble, there have been rumors that Trae Young will be the next player to pick a signature sneaker. The Atlanta Hawks star teased an upcoming shoe back in march and is one of Adidas’ most valuable assets. Young will join Donovan Mitchell, James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose on the signature three-stripe shoe family. Joel Embiid and Under Armor announced his signature shoe in January. but the brand still hasn’t released official images of the Embiid 1. But what about the guys in the bubble? Does anyone really have a chance of having a signature shoe in the future? Here is a list of some candidates who could be the next ones.
Morant has become a favorite in the Nike team. Thanks to his electrifying game, he has already been named the face of two of Nike’s new basketball models this season: Nike Adapt BB 2.0 and the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT.
Jordan Brand Trio: Zion Williamson, Luka Donic and Jayson Tatum
You can argue that these three types would be easy selections for an iconic sneaker from any other brand. But it remains to be seen what Jordan’s plan is for each of them going forward. Williamson is a sneaker brands dream: he’s marketable, has on-court video game capabilities, and huge social media success. Doncic has international appeal and has become a fan favorite in the NBA. Tatum is one of the most popular players in the league and the kids seem to really care about him.
It’s time for the WNBA to have a new signature sneaker star. The league is full of some of the best sneakerheads and it’s a shame that there isn’t a single player who has a shoe of their own. Sabrina Ionescu has already shown the world that she can play with the best of them and plays for a big market with Liberty. Nike, do what’s right!
New sneakers in the bubble
LeBron teased his latest signature model in the bubble. We have seen wearing several colors. The LeBron line continues with its innovative knit construction that was seen in the 15th, 16th and 17th. The sneaker will be released in September.
Zoom monster 2
Giannis Antetokounmpo made his debut with the Nike Zoom Freak 2 once players got into the bubble. The sneaker is Giannis’ most personal shoe to date. His brothers Thanasis, Kostas and Alex all helped design. The shoe harkens back to Giannis’ roots in Nigeria and you can find nods to their parents Charles and Veronica.
Converse All Star BB Evo
Converse marked their return to basketball last year with the All Star Pro BB and took the process to the next level with the unveiling of the All Star BB Evo. The brand has done a good job attracting players who show a lot of self-expression in various ways, such as art and fashion with Kelly Oubre Jr., Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Draymond Green and Natasha Cloud.
Donation number 2
Donovan Mitchell wore his latest signature model, the Adidas DON Issue 2.
Puma unveiled rapper J. Cole’s first signature sneaker: the RS-Dreamer
The RS-Dreamer was worn on the field by PUMA athletes Kyle Kuzma and Skylar Diggins. Cole spoke about the inspiration behind the shoe in a statement from Puma:
âOver the years, basketball shoes have advanced dramatically in their level of technology and comfort, but have strayed too far from designs that are stylish enough for their cultural relevance. The Dreamer hopes to change this reality. The highest level of performance on the court meets the highest level of aesthetic design for everyday use. Again, you can put on the same shoes you wore outside.
More news on sneakers
Michael Jordan hasn’t played a game for almost 20 years, but his brand is still one of Nike’s most profitable businesses. Jordan has a strong group of sponsors in the NBA bubble with Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.
In addition to collaborations with Travis Scott, Off-White and Dior, the brand also announced that the Jumpman logo will appear on all 30 NBA Statement Edition uniforms starting with the 2020-21 NBA season.
But more importantly, Jordan announced in June that they had pledged to donate $ 100 million over 10 years to have a direct impact on tackling systemic racism.