Taurean Prince was strategic with his joints. The former Hawk-New-Net took the next step as a tribute to Allen Iverson in Philadelphia Reebok's Question Mids and earned a reputation for King James and his social engagement in Cleveland with Equality's LeBron 15s. These were explanations, proof that a man was thinking about how to prove his knowledge and respect for sneakers that few would ever consider.
"I've thought about being creative and doing things differently than others," says Prince KICKS.
While most players did not think so much about their shoes, Prince was ready for his moment as a sneaker-free agent. His contract with adidas expired immediately before the start of the 2018/19 season. At that time, he was no stranger to engaging in rare kicks. He wore T-Mac 5s, T-Mac 3s, and even two different pairs of Kobe's first adidas signatures while still at The Three Stripes.
However, in 2018-19 he had real heaters. He played in the "Fairfax" LeBron Zoom Soldier 3. He played in the "OVO" Air Jordan VIII. He played in Reebok Answer IV "Stepover". He really did play in Nike 20-5-5s, a silhouette invented after LeBron's legendary rookie year and not yet retro. They are extremely rare.
"To be honest, I did not really try to compete with PJ (Tucker) or Trezz (Harrell) These guys, it's cool," says Prince, "but they'd rather spend a lot of money on it. That's not what I'm all about. I really do not care about putting on the most expensive shoe. It's literally the way I want to wear it that day or in this game, it's just what I'm going to wear. I'm not questioning if anyone will post it. I know they will catch it, so it will only be what I like. "
He also had a very good season. Although he had to overcome an injury on his left ankle, which kept him away from over 20 games, he showed a significant improvement on offense. He ran pick-and-roll better than the previous year, drilling catch-and-shoot threes that hit nearly 40 percent from afar.
The Hawks traded him in early June against the nets and he is already thinking about his work for Brooklyn.
"Everyone knows my husband is KD," Prince says of his new team-mate Kevin Durant, who now has twelve signature sneakers at Nike. "So I'm going to cook a lot of iDs with him, I'll probably carry a lot of things he would wear if he plays.
"I'll probably be more spontaneous with it this year, I'll probably switch between a lot of old Kobes and old KDs Bron, he'll get a bit of a taste this year, but you know how it is, if you're with the other best player You need to tame that, "he adds with a laugh.
And speaking of Brons, the sort of "Equality" 15 fell into the lap of Prince at the perfect time.
"I was actually in Cleveland then," says the 25-year-old. "My boy, he has a consignment store called Restock. So I went in and he actually carries my size. (The "equality" 15s) were right there in the case. I asked how much they were. They were a good little price, enough to get them at this moment. So I cut her off right here and carried her that night. "
Prince says it has become normal for him to do business on the street.
"If we have five games on the street, I honestly bring 10 to 20 pairs," he says. "I can change at half-time, I can not. Just depends on the mood. Maybe I'll go to town with 12 pairs of shoes, then go to a shoe store and coil three pairs and wear those three. "
With New York as his new home, Prince is not finished yet. Imagine what he can find in every sneaker shop in Gotham.
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