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PJ Tucker
PJ Tucker
Position: F
Born: 05/05/85
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:224 lbs. / 101.6 kg.
Salary: $7,590,035
An hour before tipoff in Toronto, Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker sat at his locker chatting with reporters, but he was also preoccupied with the sneakers by his feet. He picked up one of those pairs, the Air Jordan 2 Retro “Eminem,” of which only 313 pairs were made in 2008, and tossed a shoe across the locker room to teammate Chris Paul. Paul, an avid sneakerhead himself and a member of Jordan Brand, took a close look at the shoe, gave his nod of approval and then tossed it back across the room to Tucker. Perhaps Tucker was trying to impress his teammate. Recently, as first told to Joe La Puma on Complex’s Sneaker Shopping, Tucker showed Paul a rare pair of Air Jordan 11 Retro “Jeter” on his phone. A week later, Paul walked into the Rockets locker room wearing the sneakers, which went for $50,000 on the resell market. “He didn’t say anything,” Tucker told B/R. “He just called my name, looked at his feet, and I was like, ‘This dude is just ridiculous, man.'”
“In anything we do, Chris wants to win,” Tucker said. “He’s just going to be the best at it. It’s not like he’s trying to do it, it’s just something that’s in him.” This might explain why Paul would show up with a pair of $50,000 sneakers just to prove a point. But it’s been a friendly back-and-forth all season. Earlier this year, Tucker, an avid collector of player-exclusive sneakers, showed up in a pair of Air Jordan 5 Chris Paul PEs from his New Orleans Hornets days. “That kind of messed him up,” Tucker said. “But when it comes to Jordan Brand, he’s got everything. My collection is just more eclectic.”
Norman Powell of the Toronto Raptors was teammates with Tucker last season. Recently, he shook his head in amazement after having an up-close look at Tucker’s sneaker collection. “His feet were crazy,” Powell told B/R. “I don’t think he wore the same pair of shoes twice, unless they were sandals.” Around the league, players are in awe of Tucker’s sneakers. Bebe Nogueira was next to Tucker in Toronto’s locker room last season and admires his former teammate’s collection of Ferraris and shoes. “One day I hope to be like him and on his level,” Nogueira told B/R. “But I’m not there yet.”
Tucker has started the past 17 games, with the Rockets winning 16. The Rockets have had the third-rated defense in the NBA since Tucker moved into the starting lineup. Tucker, however, said he was unconcerned with getting the postseason honor D’Antoni argued he deserves. “At this point, no,” Tucker said. “It would be cool, but for years, when I was mentioned as Defensive Player of the Year, they said, ‘Are you making the playoffs?’ We didn’t make it. I don’t care, man. I want to win. Whether they acknowledge it or not, who cares? It never happened before. Now, I don’t care.”