After a team loses, there’s lots of chatter about what went wrong: too many turnovers, not enough defense, or bad shots. Rarely, does a shoe get blamed for ruining a highly-anticipated basketball game–until now? Duke basketball player Zion Williamson was injured after his shoe exploded during the team’s matchup against North Carolina.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game, featuring the league’s biggest stars, brought out some of the best sneakers of the season
This is around that time during the NBA season in which fraudulent teams start to get exposed and the real contenders begin to pull away. That also stands true when it comes to Vol. 5 of our Sneaker King Power Rankings. These are the moments where the extensive shoe game gets put on display and when the battle for the top spot starts to truly take shape. In Vol. 4, we tried to warn youwere seemingly coming together all at once to show off as much sneaker heat as possible.
At NBA All-Star Weekend, the Rockets forward partnered with eBay for charity
Onlookers watched as Williamson fell to the floor less than a minute into the game. Footage shows the athlete grabbing his knees and his blown apart Nike shoe, which slipped off his foot.
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The NBA All-Star Game has historically been the platform for the league’s brightest stars to debut the latest and greatest shoes out of their respective sneaker lines for the season. The showcase event pins the top players in the league against each other on the court and when it comes to their footwear. The defense might be optional for three-and-a-half quarters, but fire footwear is a must and these guys won’t be caught slipping.
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During the 2017-18 NBA season, Tucker spent $200,000 on sneakers and wore 106 different pairs on the court in 99 games. Throughout the 2018 playoffs alone, he rotated between 22 pairs in 17 games. This season, his sneaker reign has continued in expansive fashion all the way up to the 2019 NBA All-Star break. This weekend, Tucker, along with other sneaker connoisseurs, such as international stylist Aleali May, YouTube/social media influencer Jacques Slade and customizer Kickstradomis, partnered with eBay to sell pairs of sneakers from his collection for charity. He donated a pair of exclusive “friends and family” Nike Air Fear of God 1s, a signed off his first player exclusive (PE) Nike Hyperdunk X, as well as one of his signed NBA jerseys and a basketball signed by the entire Rockets team.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers and memorabilia will benefit Project Fit, an organization that creates new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and live a healthy lifestyle. eBay also collaborated with Highsnobiety to create a pop-up sneaker gallery called “The Vault,” which featured shoes on display from a wide range of collectors. The Undefeated sat down at The Vault with Tucker, who discussed being the NBA’s “Sneaker King,” how he tracks down pairs, and that time Michael Jordan asked him, “Where’d you get those?”
Nike responded that the company is investigating the issue.
“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” Nike said in a statement to Darren Rovell of Action Network. “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”
For the matchup between Team LeBron and Team Giannis, we’ll be breaking up the sneaker rankings into three tiers: These Guys Wore Shoes, Now Those Are Special and I’d Trade My Car In For A Pair. To start things off, the “these guys wore shoes” tier is for the players who simply laced up shoes because, well, you need kicks to hoop in. The “now those are special” tier concentrates on the guys who put a ton of effort into their All-Star Game kicks and made a conscious choice to bring out some fire. Finally, the “I’d trade my car in for a pair” tier – and, yeah this has happened before – is strictly reserved for the upper echelon of sneakers that’ll have the sneaker community buzzing for weeks to come.