Should we expect anything but greatness from Nick Young when it comes to lacing up sneakers on court? The Lakers guard has a history of dominating the Kicks On Court headlines every season, and everyone, from NBA fans to Young’s own teammates, knows it.
“Nick obviously brings heat on the court,” says Lakers teammate Kendall Marshall. “He debuted the Kobe 9s, customized the Carolina Blue 11 lows – which was crazy and out there – but you expect that from Nick.”
Sure, it’s normal for Young to wear 3-4 different pairs of shoes that we haven’t seen for ages each week, but there were a number of unexpected moments from Swaggy P this season. A wear of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite before anyone, including Kobe Bryant himself, is unexpectedness at its finest.
“Honestly, I felt honored to debut the Kobe 9 before everyone else,” Young told us. “It was my first time playing in high-tops in a long while, so I had to get used to it. But, overall, it’s a really dope shoe. I can’t wait until it hits NIKEiD.”
The NIKEiD website is seemingly where Young spent most of his time off the court. The former USC Trojan wore more than 15 NIKEiD Kobe 8s as opposed to five last season. Not only did he make his mark with creative designs from the customizable site, but he delved into a couple of custom-designed, Lakers-esque colorways of the coveted Air Jordan models. He simply took the Kicks On Court world by storm, more so than any other year he’s been featured in the race.
“I hit them with a lot of stuff this year – Galaxy Foams, Supreme Foams and I scored 40 in the “Wheat” Generations,” said Nick Young, the 2012 Kicks On Court Champion. “Last year, they took my throne away from me and kind of forgot about Swaggy, so I had to get back right.”
Swaggy P mentioned that other players, such as Tony Wroten and Monta Ellis, have impressed him on certain nights when it comes to their kicks on court, but overall, he’s just happy to see the increase in participation.
“It’s just good to see everyone into the kicks on court these days,” says Young. “It’s cool to see everyone trying to upstage each other on court.”
Top NIKEiD/PE/Custom Wears:
1. Air Jordan 11 Custom (Christmas Day)
2. Air Jordan 5 Custom
3. Nike Kobe 8 “2014 Black History Month” PE
3. 15+ NIKEiD Kobe 8s
4. 4 Nike Kobe 9 PEs
Like every season, Nick Young excels in this category. He is an undeniable aficionado of NIKEiD, which he says is one of his favorite websites. He wore more than 15 Kobe 8 iDs, which triples the amount of NIKEiDs he wore last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, and he was the only player to lace up the 2014 version of the “Black History Month” Nike Kobe 8 on MLK Day. The benefits of being a team member of Kobe Bryant also paid off in this department, as he got the chance to debut two Kobe 9 Elite PEs and two Kobe 9 EM PEs. Young also took part in the custom craze by turning heads on Christmas Day with a white and purple Air Jordan 11 Low and wearing a Lakers-esque Air Jordan 5 custom later in the season.Nick Young’s Nike Kobe 8 ‘Pit Viper’ iD – Photo Credit: Beto Duran Nick Young’s Nike Kobe 8 ‘Pit Viper’ iD – Photo Credit: Beto Duran