Nick Young, aka Swaggy P, isn’t being shy about celebrating his new deal with Adidas. ESPN.com reports that the shooting guard/small forward for the Lakers wore the Yeezy Boost 750 “lifestyle” sneakers at the Rockets game Saturday night, even though they technically weren’t made for playing professional basketball games. Wearing the shoes was symbolic, since Young recently signed a shoe deal with Adidas, the company that makes the Yeezy Boosts.
— ESPN (@espn) December 13, 2015
“I just signed with Adidas: Welcome to the three stripes, Swaggy P,” an enthusiastic Nick Young said to the Associated Press. “And I had to come in with some style, and that’s basically what it’s all about.”
The street shoes are grey suede, futuristic-looking high tops that are very difficult to find at the original retail price. So few of them were made so now they sell for thousands of dollars on Ebay. Swaggy P caused quite a stir on social media when he came out in the Yeezy Boosts 750. He posted a picture of himself wearing the shoes on Instagram, and it currently has well over 30,000 likes.
According to ESPN, some people were worried that Young would hurt himself during the game, but Young scored 13 points against the Houston Rockets.
“It felt good,” he said. “It actually felt good on my feet. I was worried about the same thing, but once I put them on and got out there on the court, it was just time to play.”
The Lakers lost the game, though, by 29 points in a season that hasn’t been going well for them at all. They’ve only won three games so far. But Young did something against the Rockets that Lakers fans have never seen: his first assist to Kobe Bryant ever. Nick Young gave the Yeezy Boosts credit for the assist.
“It was the Yeezys tonight that got the assist for him,” he quipped.
In the past, Nick Young has seemed to take subliminal shots at Kobe Bryant’s reluctance to share the ball. At a post game interview after the Lakers lost to reigning NBA champions, The Golden State Warriors, Young said that the Lakers needed to “play” as a team and “not let one guy determine everything.” Kobe took 14 shots in the game against The Warriors, while Young was the only one who took more than eight, Larry Brown Sports reports. Kobe, on the other hand seemed to gloss over his role in the Lakers’ team work issues.
“I could have scored 80 tonight, it wouldn’t have made a damn difference. We’ve got bigger problems,” Bryant said, according to a tweet by Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News.
Kobe” “I could have scored 80 tonight, it wouldn’t have made a damn difference. We’ve got bigger problems.” — Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 25, 2015
In terms of the Adidas deal, Nick Young is the latest player to sign with the company, following Derrick Rose and James Harden. He also plans on wearing them on the court again.
“Yeah, Swaggy P don’t have no limits when it comes to shoes,” he said. “As long as I can play, I’m going to bring some heat out here.”
He isn’t the only baller who is a fan of wearing Yeezys when he plays, ESPN reports.
The Phoenix Suns’ forward, P.J Tucker, wore Yeezys at his last game against the Portland Trailblazers. He wore the “Red October” Nike Air Yeezy 2.
— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) December 12, 2015
Young says expressing his individuality is helping him get through the Lakers’ recent slump. They’ve lost 6 games in a row.
“You’ve got to do something to try to get your spirits up while you losing and all that, and that’s where I find confidence and my joy and trying to keep doing it, keep doing stuff like this,” he said.
[Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images]