After a whirlwind of a summer where NBA contracts are signed and endorsement deals are inked, the League’s latest rookies jump right into the 82-game season in their new sneakers. Just like NBA contracts, sneaker deals are usually short-term at first. Most rookies don’t receive significant monetary compensation, but rather just all of the footwear and apparel that they need. But for top-tier players like Victor Oladipo and Tim Hardaway Jr., they are called on to immediately be contributing faces of their respective brands. After being paid to play basketball for a living, there is little like signing your first sneaker deal.
Tim Hardaway Jr.: “Go with what is comfortable for you. Don’t take anyone else’s advice. Go with what is right for you and what shoe feels right on your feet, because it’s your body and your career. It’s your time to go out there and do your thing. Just trust your ideas and your decisions, not someone else’s.”Tim Hardaway Jr. defends in his adidas Crazyquick PE Victor Oladipo in the Jordan Prime.Fly
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