WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good everyone? Just checking in from the road. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in the middle of a four-game road trip right now. We’re 2-0 so far on the trip with wins in Atlanta and Minnesota. We play at Memphis on Friday and head to Cleveland to face LeBron and the Cavs on Saturday. This should be a great test for us.
Anyway, I know the last time I blogged about my new KD II sneakers that are on sale right now, and that had me thinking about all the sneakers IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve collected over the years from a ton of great player in this league.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure what got me started on that. To be honest with you, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m such a fan of different players that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d rather ask for shoes or game-worn stuff than autographs. Some players have done their best to give them to me and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re always happy to do so. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just a big fan of shoes and seeing guys wear different shoes.
So far IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve collected KobeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Joe JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Andrei Kirilenko, O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also got LeBronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shoes. He autographed them for my little brother. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a lot of guys. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got some autographed, too. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got KobeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s autographed shoes Ã¢â‚¬” something a lot of people canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say they have. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also got Joe JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s autographed. Players are really cordial. If I ask a player for shoes, an autograph or a jersey they do it right away.
My first ones were KobeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. He wore Huaraches, old Huaraches. It was during one of my rookie games and I was at the free throw line and I was like, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœman, I like those. Can you sign them for me?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœyeah, I got you.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ So he sent them over to me. I thought he would have forgotten but he sent them right over to me after the game. I was kind of excited.
I just keep them all in a box in my closet for right now. But once I settle on a house situation and buy a house out here IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to have a room just for them.
I collected sneakers up until last season. Really, I just forgot about it, so thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the only reason why I stopped collecting them. But I think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m about to start again because thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so many new shoes coming out this year.
Oh yeah, and for all the sneakers IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve collected from different players, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve actually had a few players ask me for mine. Ron Artest asked me for mine in my first rookie preseason game. A couple of other guys have asked me for them. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an honor, too, when people want your sneakers.
If you could get game-worn sneakers from any player in the league, who would it be, retired players or current ones? Let me know in my comments section. Talk to you guys soon.
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