How NBA Players Paid Respect to the Late, Great Nipsey Hussle

Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known widely as Nipsey Hussle, was shot and killed on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

The rapper was outside of his Marathon Clothing store located in South Los Angeles in a place that he transformed and gave back to the community as a means of economic empowerment in hopes of prosperity.

Nipsey Hussle in the PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt “Purple Glow” (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Nipsey Hussle was more than just a rapper who began selling his mixtape for $100 and sold over 1,000 copies in a matter of hours. He was more than a record label founder. He was more than a Rap Album of the Year Nominee at this year’s Grammy’s.

Nipsey Hussle was a champion of the people raised by the streets and celebrated and adored by so many. He was a father. A brother, A husband. An entrepreneur. An activist. A winner.

His death has left a sour taste in the mouths of many. Both the hip-hop and basketball community are mourning with his family and the community he contributed so much to.

NBA players have paid their respects to Nipsey and his music ever since the news broke on Sunday afternoon. Take a look at the shoes worn below.

Our hearts go out to his wife Lauren London, his family, the Crenshaw community and others.

The Marathon Continues.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the Nike KD 11 “Just Do it” (Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ KCP dropped 23 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday
+ Both the Lakers and Clippers have honored Nip. Shout out to LA unity.

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe 11 Elite Low PE (Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe 11 Elite Low PE (Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ The Compton naive has sported a lot of Kobe heat this season including these 11s and 4s
+ DeRozan pays his reposted to Nipsey, his album and his roots of Crenshaw

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay in the PUMA Uproar Palace Guard (Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ The Uproar Palace Guard is inspired by the Palace Guard back from the ’90s with its ode to Detroit Pistons
+ Shoutout to Rudy Gay for putting on for his fellow PUMA family member Nipsey

Danny Green

Danny Green in the PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt PE (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ Danny Green inscribes his Court Disrupts with Nipsey’s legal name
+ It appears as though the inner heel cup has a checkered flag in honor of Nipsey and his Victory Lap album. Tough.

Montrezl Harrell

Montrezl Harrell in the Reebok Question (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ Harrell has rotated Jordans, adidas, Nike and Reebok all season long
+ LA Clippers made a custom jersey for Nip upon hearing the news earlier that day

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard in the New Balance OMN1S PE (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Kawhi Leonard in the New Balance OMN1S PE (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

+ Kawhi has become the face of the NB Basketball resurgence with the OMN1s
+ Leonard writes Nipsey’s label name “All Money In” on the midsole of his shoe

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (via NBA Kicks on Twitter)
Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (Isaiah Downing for Complex Sneakers)

+ IT seems healthier than ever as him and the Denver Nuggets prepare themselves for a playoff run
+ Thomas in one of the few Nike Athletes that have been blessed to rock fire colorways of the heavily admired Kobe 4 Protro

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade in the Li-Ning Way of Wade 7 PE ( Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dwyane Wade in the Li-Ning Way of Wade 7 PE (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

+ Wade made his last appearance in the TD Garden with a nod to Nipsey
+ The colorway pays homage to the UNDFTD x Nike Air Huarache “LA” that Nipsey was a a part of before he joined PUMA

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook in the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 PE (Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook in the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 PE (Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ Westbrook and Nipsey have always had a strong relationship due to their mission to give back to their respective communities
+ Brodie went off for 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in honor of Nipsey and his Rollin 60’s crips. You can read more about Westbrook’s historic performance here

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