Does PJ Tucker Prefer Debuting Unreleased Shoes or Unarchiving Classics?

Jun 24, 2019 | Ian Stonebrook |

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PJ Tucker possesses a level of “you ain’t got these” that literally spans both future and past.

Over the course of his career and most notably this season, Tucker has rocked the rarest of the rare before it even hits store shelves.

PJ Tucker in the unreleased SoleFly x Air Jordan 1 “Miami” (Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
PJ Tucker in the Trophy Room x Air Jordan 5 (photo via NBA Kicks)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Air Fear of God 1 (Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

This includes debuting the likes of collaborations from Solefly, Fear of God and Trophy Room before anyone had a chance to un-DS them casually let alone rock them in an NBA game.

Perks of being poppin’ aside, Tucker is a tedious crate digger that any ’80s baby or NikeTalk OG would surely appreciate, breaking out kicks that literally had to be dusted off.

PJ Tucker in the OG Nike Air Zoom Flight 2k3 (photo by Jasear Thompson/NBAE via Getty Images)
PJ Tucker in the OG Air Jordan XX3 (photo by Jasear Thompson/NBAE via Getty Images)
P.J. Tucker in Penny Hardaway’s Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 PE

So, when it comes down to it does PJ prefer being #TeamEarly with a pair of unreleased heat or cracking into the vault for a little nostalgia.

In a recent conversation with PJ Tucker he let us know.

PJ Tucker’s locker before Game 6 (photo via BR Kicks)

“Definitely old stuff,” PJ told us. “I’m always on the hunt for old stuff. That era when I grew up, the early ’90s, that’s like the golden era of basketball sneakers to me personally. I love bringing those shoes back to court.”

“Even when my mom and people that are older are like, ‘Oh I had those!’ I love that and I love bringing old stuff back.”

Check out some of PJ’s best vault pulls from last season in the pics below.

PJ Tucker in the Nike Air Force Max (photo via BR Kicks)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Air Max2 Uptempo (photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images via Complex Sneakers)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Air Flight Huarache (photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Zoom LeBron II “Dunkman” PE (photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
PJ Tucker in the OG Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2k4 (photo by Bill Baptist via NBA Kicks)
PJ Tucker in the Air Jordan 7 “Hare” (photo by Fernando Medina via Sole Collector)
PJ Tucker in the Nike LeBron 2 “Animal” PE (photo via SLAM)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Hyperdunk “McFly” (photo via BR Kicks)

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