P.J. Tucker gets recognized by fellow players as NBPA’s Sneaker Champ
Sneakerheads marvel at the NBA’s giants such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, among others, for their impressive signature kicks. But behind these big-time names lies the one who virtually has it all — Houston Rockets bruiser P.J. Tucker.
For years, Tucker has had his game-day shoes as eye candy for drooling sneakerheads. That hasn’t changed up to now and his fellow players are aware. Fittingly, the National Basketball Players Association has recognized the burly forward as The Sneaker Champ.
Tucker’s legend only grew exponentially when even Michael Jordan himself took notice of one of his game-worn kicks. In an appearance for Complex’s Sneaker Shopping, Tucker recalled one time when Jordan asked him where he was able to cop his extremely rare Shawn Marion 5 pair.
“I’m literally in the corner and like, I just hear somebody calling my name. In NBA games, that happens all the time. But that voice was distinctive; I knew who it was,” Tucker told Joe La Puma. “So as soon as I turned around and seen him, I couldn’t even respond.”
Here are some snapshots of Tucker’s rarest KOTDs over the years.
— NBAKixOnCourt (@NBAKixOnCourt) November 12, 2016
P.J. Tucker wearing the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 in today's game vs. the Knicks pic.twitter.com/SoRVP1aM1I
— JustFreshKicks (@JustFreshKicks) April 9, 2017
— Biff Bill (@BiffBill12) December 4, 2017
— Dame (@DameStr8Cash) December 19, 2017
PJ Tucker with the Rip Hamilton shout out. pic.twitter.com/r3ko158KZa
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) January 21, 2018
There are just too much good stuff out of Tucker that one locker isn’t enough.
What a season. PJ Tucker really took up two lockers 😂 pic.twitter.com/lwMRRxV97w
— B/R Kicks (@brkicks) May 29, 2018