Victor Oladipo & Tim Hardaway Jr. Discuss the Process of Signing with a Sneaker Brand

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Summer League

Unless you’re LeBron James, who signed a $90 million contract with Nike before he even got drafted, many new draft picks figure out their team contract before they worry about their sneaker deal. The NBA Summer League is a rookies’ first opportunity to get a taste of the League, and their first chance to try out different brands on court. Both Tim Hardaway Jr. and Victor Oladipo fully embraced the freedom in 2013, lacing up multiple models and brands over the course of the week to test them out in live action.

Victor Oladipo: “I was just trying the shoes out, really. Trying to see which one I really liked. I wore a different shoe every game, to see which one felt the best, and I just ended up going with Jordan Brand.”

Victor Oladipo in the adidas Crazy Light 2 and Nike KD V TB

Tim Hardaway Jr.: “That was just a way for me to feel the different shoes. To see what shoes I liked, what shoes I didn’t like, and what was comfortable. I wear orthotics, so any shoe I wear is kind of comfortable because I have my own mold for my foot already. So it was just a look and something different. (Adidas) shoes felt great, not only when I was at Michigan, but also when I was playing in the Summer League.”

Tim Hardaway Jr. in the adidas Rose 3 Low and Nike KD V Elite

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