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One of the most clutch players during the NBA Playoffs, and entire 2012-12 season, was Paul George. George helped the Pacers make it to the Eastern Conference Finals and took the defending champs Miami Heat to a Game 7. For all of his heroics, you would think that PG would have a massive shoe deal. But, it doesn’t look that way.
That’s right. One of the hottest players in the game doesn’t have an exclusive deal with any brand, but we’re sure after his performance this season that will change. So, who will he sign with?
The safest bet would be The Swoosh.
It’s no secret that George has rocked Nikes during the course of his young career. We’ve seen him sport a number of models like the Nike Hyperdunk, Foamposite One, Nike Kobe VII, and Air Jordan IV Cement. He’s also worn retros like the Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam,” and has stated to Complex that the Nike Air Yeezy and Nike Air Yeezy II are his two favorite shoes. Nike even posted a pic of the Pacers star on their official Nike Basketball Facebook page and created an exclusive pair of kicks for his All-Star appearance.
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This is a no-brainer. George and Nike need to get a deal done that would offer fans a signature Paul George shoe. Especially after Nike released a variety of PEs and NIKEiD models in Pacer colors in response to his performance on the court.
PG has a great sense of style in kicks and is a serious collector, going by that list we mentioned from Complex. Which is why his name and input should be a part in designing a tight pair of exclusive kicks for Nike. He respects classic models from the Jordan Brand. And, he rocked the Nike Lunar Hyperdunk 2012 “Gradient” to perfection while on the court. We think he could take his rising star power, personal sense of style and lessons from iconic shoes to produce one of the most-talked about sneaks to hit the streets.
George is in-demand. And, The Swoosh needs to capitalize on his popularity. We think it would be a great business move that would create a hot pair of basketball kicks for years to come. And, the shoes would most likely look extremely cool and sleek.
So, what do you all think? Should Paul George and Nike strike a deal? And, do you think that George could help design a pair kicks that would one day be considered a “classic”?