The NBA is littered with sneakerheads. Wilson Chandler. Rudy Gay. And P.J. Tucker. Just a few names that come to mind. But it’s hard to say Nate Robinson doesn’t have as much heat — if not more — than any of them.
It certainly helps that he played in Denver, which has been a sneakerhead’s haven ever since Carmelo Anthony first showed everyone what you could do with Jordan Brand PEs in the Nuggets’ sky blue, yellow gold, and whites. From there, it was Chandler holding it down in the Mile High City. And over the last year and a half it was also Robinson, even though he was flying under the radar ever since landing with the Nuggets after three 20-point playoff performances with Chicago in 2013. Now he’s with the Clippers, and in his first game against Golden State, he wore both the “Pantone” Air Jordan XI and the “Legend Blue” XI.
So in a special edition of the Stash, we’re looking into what makes Nate the Great’s collection so ridiculous: His Air Jordans.
As Robinson once told Sole Collector, he likes loud colorways — reds and yellows especially — and at home, he often hides his favorite colorways and sneakers beneath clothes so that his friends and family never see them. He also loves to match his clothes and snapbacks to his kicks, so you know what generation he’s from. (That’s not normally what’s popping in 2015.)
As a professional basketball player, it is a little easier for Robinson to get a hold of special edition releases or to create customs. The average collector might have to scrap for the money or access. Robinson normally doesn’t. But that still doesn’t take away from his collection. Too sick.
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