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Warriors’ Kevon Looney got a deal with Anta because he stole Klay Thompson’s shoes

Kevon Looney, Klay Thompson

Fifth-year big man Kevon Looney of the Golden State Warriors recently secured a sponsorship deal with Chinese sportswear brand Anta. As it turns out, there is actually a pretty funny story as to how Looney was able to land this deal, and it involves Warriors teammate Klay Thompson, who happens to be Anta’s biggest star.

Looney himself narrated the unlikely turn of events that led to his own sponsorship deal, and truly, this is not something that you will hear everyday:

“I’m about to steal all [Thompson’s] stuff,” Looney said, recalling his thoughts, via Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “So I took about four or five pairs of shoes.”

“He might’ve worn them like once or twice,” Looney said. “And I saw them on Kicks On Fire or something and they were supposed to be exclusive. So I made sure I took those.”

The best part about this story is that Looney wasn’t kidding. He actually stole Thompson’s shoes, and even wore them during practice for everyone to see. Lucky for him, some Anta reps were in attendance, and as it turned out, they liked how Looney was sporting the gear. The rest, as they say, is history.

What’s even more fortunate for the Dubs big man is the fact that just hours following his announcement of his deal with Anta, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent out his controversial tweet that would spark an all-out spat between China and the NBA. With an agreement already in place, Looney’s deal does not appear to be in jeopardy, despite the fact that Anta themselves earlier announced that they would suspend all ongoing negotiations with NBA players in line with the current controversy.