Nick DePaula: Klay Thompson debuts the KT 7, his newest signature shoe with Anta. pic.twitter.com/FeJPM3sT5Y
Sacramento Kings rookie Davion Mitchell has reportedly signed a multiyear shoe and apparel endorsement contract with Nike,according to the Boardroom. Mitchell becomes the ninth rookie to sign with Nike this year, joining Cade Cunningham, Scottie Barnes and Jonathan Kuminga among others. They join a star-studded roster of athletes, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Nick DePaula: OFFICIAL: OKC Thunder rookie and #6 overall pick Josh Giddey has signed with Nike. pic.twitter.com/aVlkWaicqi
For a young Shaquille O’Neal, signing with Nike would have, no doubt, jump-started his career — and it’s an opportunity not many would have passed up. But according to O’Neal himself, he actually sabotaged his own meeting with Nike to sign with another brand instead.
Here’s the story, where he literally wore a Reebok jacket during a meeting with Nike executives. “Nike, they had like four or five people and it was always my dream to have a signature shoe. So when I went to Reebok, they was going to give me a signature shoe. Because I already had my Shaq emblem. I already had all the commercials. I had everything done in my head on how I wanted to go. So when I went to Reebok, they said they were going to do it,” Shaq said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But we promised Nike that we would listen to them. So I wore my Reebok jacket to the Nike meeting. So I came back, and I signed with Reebok.”