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Rockets’ PJ Tucker never set out to be the ‘sneaker champ of the NBA’

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Houston Rockets veteran PJ Tucker is widely regarded as the biggest sneakerhead in the entire NBA. His collection of rare and hard-to-find kicks is unmatched, and the 34-year-old is not at all shy about sharing his passion to the rest of the world.

However, as admitted by Tucker himself, the fact that he is now considered to be the “sneaker champ of the NBA” is not something he ever hoped for. Collecting shoes started off as nothing more than a hobby for him — and a very expensive one at that — which snowballed into becoming a pretty big deal.

“I never really cared, and I never wanted to be a champion of sneakers. I don’t even know what that is,” he said, with a laugh, via ESPN’s Nick DePaula. “Honestly, it’s just something that’s pretty cool to be thought of as.”

The 6-foot-6 forward went on to say that in his mind, he would still be doing what he has set out to do, even if there was absolutely no hype surrounding his unmistakable fondness with sneakers.

“If there were no Instagram, if there were no video cameras at games, I would still change shoes and do it every single day like I do,” he said. “It’s part of my life, and something that I do every day.”

Tucker will be a sneaker free agent this fall, and he is expected to be one of the most coveted endorsers in this very lucrative market. Big brands such as New Balance, Puma, and of course, Nike have all reportedly been in touch with the former University of Texas at Austin alumni, and it does appear that Tucker is in store for quite a big payday pretty soon.