While some players circle team matchups on the calendar, P.J. Tucker is known to also circle specific cities. He’ll plan to pack rare exclusives made for the University of Oregon in Portland, haul a stash of limited Kobe Bryant classics when in Los Angeles or break out more vibrant and colorful kicks for the bright lights of Miami.
Still, there’s no comparison to the aura of Madison Square Garden for Tucker.
“They deserve better,” he jokingly said of his sneaker rotation.
As he faced off against the New York Knicks at the start of the week, the Houston Rockets center kicked off the game in a ridiculously rare pair of the Nike LeBron 8, designed a decade ago by New York native and longtime music staple DJ Clark Kent.
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“The basketball history runs really deep, so being able to tap into the history of the brand, retelling those stories and bringing that alive, there’s a lot of fun things that we can do with the brand that I’m looking forward to,” he said.
As the Lakers and Clippers are set to face off later Sunday (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET), both LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard can be expected to break out new editions of their namesake sneakers.
Already this week, both were seen in strong pairs, as James surprised with an original 2009 pair of his LeBron 7 model.
After wearing his debut New Balance signature model in recent weeks, Leonard switched back to the brand’s OMN1S sneaker, donning a gradient fading “Sundown” theme that speaks to the hard work required late in the night to reach the heights of your hoop dreams.
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