With the platform of the USA Basketball road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup in the store, various players have tried to attract attention with their patriotic couples during the training camp and early practice games.
In front of Kyle Kuzma and P.J. Tucker, it could be their last piece in Nike sneakers, as both will be one of the most sought-after sneaker-free agents of this fall, with their current swoosh recommendations ending in late September.
Both have exclusive pairs of the Kobe 4 Protro in navy, red and white so far, Kuzma expects to continue to carry the torch for the distinctive sneaker line of the former Los Angeles Lakers legend while continuing with the national team.
After sustaining an ankle injury just before team VS's victory over Spain, Tucker was forced to retire – a personal disappointment for the 34-year-old enthusiast to represent his country, and a disappointment for sneakerheads looking forward to his rotation of FIBA shoes.
Boston Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum, a fellow 2017 classmate of Kuzma & # 39; s, kicked off his new sneak deal with Jordan Brand during his time at USA Basketball, after officially switching from the Nike basketball class to the Michael Jordan subsidiary at the end of June.
"I've been wearing Jordans since I was able to walk when I was 10 months old," Tatum said. "20 years later fast forward, now I am part of the brand."
After a trial that began early in the year – "a lot of phone calls," he jokes – Tatum welcomed the internal shift to join Team Jordan after just the second season of his new shoe deal with Nike.
"I told my mother, the only way athletes can come to the brand is if Jordan approves," he said. "Getting approval from the best player of all time at the age of 21 is an incredible feeling."
When his mother asked what went into his thought process to accept the transfer, it was apparently a simple decision.
"I had something like & # 39; Jordan knows who I am? & # 39; Yes, I'm down," he said laughing.
In the week prior to his official announcement, Tatum says that 50 pairs of Jordanians arrived on his sidewalk. Several exclusive limited-edition editions were packaged alongside recent performance models, along with a handful of his favorite Air Jordan 1 colors.
During his time at USA Basketball, Tatum helped headline Jordan's latest performance neaker, the Jumpman Diamond, along with his new brand mate and team mate in Kemba Walker. Each one carries slightly different editions of the team shoe in navy, white and red accents, before switching to green kicks for the regular season.
"The creativity and freedom that you can have here, and the back and forth with athletes is really creative and new in the basketball world," Tatum said.
Although several of the NBA's biggest stars with their own distinctive shoe chose not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup, it said Donovan Mitchell to step in as the only American basketball player with his own distinctive model. The timing couldn't be better, because Adidas just released his debut D.O.N. launched. Number 1 sneaker, marked with an abbreviation for "determination about negativity", and complete with comic book themes & # 39; s.
Just as he did in the last NBA season, Mitchell continued his ongoing ritual of giving away his sneakers worn in the game to fans, leaving a young boy in awe when he handed over his exclusive exclusive navy and white Adidas shoe.
While both Tucker and Kuzma are just starting the early stages of their running sneaker-free agency, Celtics is guarding Marcus Smart may have already tipped his hand in Las Vegas at his next shoe deal. After originally signing for Adidas as a rookie in 2014, Smart was spotted in Puma gear from head to toe when he arrived for the US training camp, hardly a subtle move. The next day he sniffed Puma & # 39; s recent Uproar sneaker in white, blue and red, perhaps clearly anticipating his plans.
According to industry sources, discussions are ongoing between both parties. With athlete sponsored by Puma Terry Rozier leaving the Celtics in a free agency, the Boston-based basketball category of the company would have a mutual interest in signing Smart to continue their local pro-presence as soon as its Adidas deal officially ends October 1.
Last but not least, head coach Gregg Popovich even turned heads during team training, and broke out a clean white and navy pair of the once mass-friendly cult classic that & # 39; papa shoe & # 39; defined Nike & # 39; s Air Monarch. He even caught the attention of the ruling sneaker champion of the competition.
"Pop killed me with the Air Monarchs!" Tucker said.
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