Kings’ Tyrese Haliburton flexes $140k sneaker on court against Pelicans
Sacramento Kings star Tyrese Haliburton just flexed his Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT on his on-court sneaker against the New Orleans Pelicans. For the casuals, Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) is one of the biggest NFT projects out there and the cheapest one right now is worth 31.9Ξ (Ethereum) which roughly converts to $145,000 as of writing.
And, the Kings guard is the proud owner of BAYC #8409 which he decided to slap on his sneaker on Wednesday night. Check out Haliburton making both sneaker and NFT history with his BAYC-inspired kicks (via Sacramento Kings):
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 4, 2021
For what it’s worth, Haliburton’s BAYC NFT is probably more than just $145,000 which makes his on-court sneaker way more precious. We see you, Tyrese.
Haliburton’s kicks choice was actually a major rebuttal to a Twitter taunt from fellow BAYC-owner Josh Hart. Prior to their match-up on Wednesday, Hart actually tweeted out and taunted the young Kings star that his BAYC is way better than his. But, Haliburton’s reply (plus his actual flex) was way too epic:
That’s cap! My ape will be with me on the court tonight..👀
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) November 3, 2021
Aside from winning this friendly Twitter duel, Haliburton and the Kings ended up winning the Bored Ape battle on the court with a huge 112-99 home win over Hart’s Pelicans. I guess the shoes helped.
Haliburton’s Kings have also been huge believers of cryptocurrency. Aside from launching their own NFT for, the Kings earlier this year also announced that they are giving their players the option to get paid via crypto. No wonder Tyrese Haliburton has all this ETH lying around.
For any NFT doubters out there, BAYC is arguably the biggest metaverse project to hit the blockchain this year. It has amassed a total of $623 million since its inception just last April (via CryptoSlam) and other NBA stars aside from Haliburton and Hart like Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball and even Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have also ‘aped’ in and have invested a ton of money towards the project.
This isn’t surprising really with the NFT boom rising exponentially this year. With Etheruem cementing its place as the second-biggest cryptocurrency in the metaverse with a $500+ billion market cap, use-cases for these digital currencies like these NFTs have been surging and surging. Projects like BAYC and CryptoPunks have led the way but the NBA has also made a dent in the metaverse by officially licensing its own NFT project called NBA Top Shot which players like Haliburton and even Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade have all been actively promoting.
I'm all in on @nbatopshot‼️ The new and improved version of trading cards 💯 got a couple of my 🏆 highlights on there now … if you get your 1st pack now you get one of mine for free 🙏🏾 https://t.co/63QdWGJQp1 pic.twitter.com/d6vHKlppGU
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 18, 2021
It’s been a big week for the NFT space as the entire metaverse celebrates #NFTNYC with collectors from all over the globe convening in New York City to celebrate this annual IRL conference. Aside from Haliburton flexing his ape, other big retail brands like Nike and McDonald’s have also dipped their toes in the metaverse as we continue to see mass adoption unfolding in front of our eyes.
NFTs are here to stay and it’s really up to you if you want to join the rocket ship before it launches to the moon.