His power is already solidified and probably unchallenged. P.J. Tucker is a NBA’s sneaker king. He has boots in his collection that hypebeasts can’t even cop, and he indeed wears pairs that a biggest sneakerheads in a universe wouldn’t even brave to unbox. “With personification basketball and sneakers, there’s no line,” Tucker told Joe La Puma on Complex’s Sneaker Shopping in early March. “If we have them, I’ll play in them.” And, on a outrageous theatre of a NBA playoffs, Tucker didn’t reason back. In Houston’s 17 games during a 2018 postseason, Tucker pennyless out 22 opposite pairs of distance 14s, while averaging 8.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and sharpened 46.7 percent from 3-point range. He wore Jordans, LeBrons, Kobes, KDs, Kyries — we name it. He found sneakers that were usually meant to be sported by high propagandize players, and represented on his feet colleges a former University of Texas tyro never attended. This is a finish list of any shoe P.J. Tucker wore in any Rockets diversion during a 2018 playoffs.
WESTERn CONFERENCE Quarterfinals vs. MINnesota Timberwolves
Game 1, Apr 15: Nike LEbron Low “4 Horseman” Air JOrdan 32 “Rossa Corsa”
Tucker walked by a hovel of a Toyota Center before a Rockets’ postseason opener with a span of “Flu Game” Air Jordan 12s in his left hand. He afterwards warmed adult in a pair of “Stealth” Air Jordan 3s. Come diversion time, he ran adult and down a hardwood in dual some-more pairs of kicks: a “4 Horseman” Nike LeBron 3 Lows during a initial half and a “Rossa Corsa” Air Jordan 32s during a second half. What a approach to start off a playoffs — with 4 opposite sneakers.
Game 2, Apr 18: Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack,” Air Jordan 13 “Playoffs”
Sitting courtside during Game 2 of a Western Conference quarterfinals, rapper and Rockets superfan Travis Scott, a local of Houston, donned a span of his possess signature shoes, a “Cactus Jack” Air Jordan 4s. On a court, Tucker wore them too. It’s value noting: The shoes, desirous by a colors of a city’s former NFL franchise, a Houston Oilers, haven’t strictly forsaken nonetheless — and won’t until late June. But Trav and Tucker debuted a heat, that a Rockets brazen wore usually briefly. In a second half opposite Minnesota, he played in a span of “Playoffs” Air Jordan 13s.
Game 3, Apr 21: Custom Air Jordan 11 “ACES,” NikE Air Maestro II “Trifecta”
It took usually 3 games for Tucker to mangle out some tradition kicks: a span of white Air Jordan 11s dubbed a “Aces.” On a heel of a shoes, a red scoop replaces a normal Jumpman logo, and “PJ4” replaces Michael Jordan’s jersey array in a thinly lined, heading script. Tucker switched his boots in a locker room during halftime of a highway Game 3. This time it was to a span of “Trifecta” Air Maestro 2s (worn by Scottie Pippen in a triple-double opening in a 1993 NBA Finals) from Nike’s “Art of a Champion” collection.
Game 4, Apr 23: Nike LeBron 12 Low
In Game 4 opposite Minnesota, for a initial time in a playoffs, Tucker wore usually one span of shoes: white, gray and red Nike LeBron 12 Lows. Perhaps he left his second-half sneaks in his hotel room. Or maybe he usually got sleepy of spoiling us with a boots conform show.
Game 5, Apr 25: AIr Jordan 32 “JBC,” Air Jordan 10 “Dark shadow”
On Apr 8, Michael Jordan’s billion-dollar association hosted a annual showcase for a nation’s tip high propagandize prospects. While competing in a Jordan Brand Classic, immature stars wore pairs of player-exclusive (PE) Air Jordan 32s, embossed with “JBC 2018” logos on a midsole and tongue. Tucker is 33 — a decade and a half private from his prep days during William G. Enloe High in Raleigh, North Carolina. But, somehow, he landed all 5 pairs of boots that any JBC actor received, including a PE 32s, that he rocked a few weeks after a high propagandize all-star diversion in a closeout Game 5 win over a Timberwolves. For a second half, he substituted out a 32s for a span of “Dark Shadow” Air Jordan 10s, that were expelled on Apr 20.
Western Conference Semifinals vs. Utah Jazz
Game 1, Apr 29: Nike Kyrie 1 “WArHAWK”
Before Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinals between a Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz, a print flush of Tucker sitting in his team’s sauce room as he sifted by a outrageous raise of sneakers and boxes that flowed out of his locker. For a array opener, he motionless to chuck it behind with a span of “Warhawk” Nike Kyrie 1s, that are desirous by a World War II-era Curtiss P-40 warrior aircraft. The boots were expelled in 2015 and were given exclusively to high propagandize and college players who participated in a Nike Basketball Academy in a Barker Hangar during Santa Monica, California’s airport. But of march Tucker got his hands on a span — given a shoe tenure “limited edition” means positively zero to him.
Game 2, May 2: Air Jordan 5 “OREGOn” PE, Air Jordan 10 “University REd”
The University of Oregon — located about dual hours south of Nike’s domicile in Beaverton, Oregon — is a land of divert and sugar when it comes to PEs. Tucker contingency have a arguable block on campus, as he’s no foreigner to defeat out pairs of boots that usually a university’s athletes, past and present, should have. In Game 2 opposite a Jazz, he wore a span of “insanely rare” PE “Oregon” Air Jordan 5s, though usually for a initial dual quarters. In a second half, he sported a “University Red” Air Jordan 10s, a partnership between a Jordan Brand and famed NBA tattoo artist Steve Wiebe that forsaken exclusively during House of Hoops in Harlem, New York, in Dec 2017. Two pairs of superuncommon boots in one game. All in a day’s work for Tucker.
Game 3, May 4: Nike Kyrie 4 “Chinese New year”
The Chinese New Year, also famous as a Spring Festival, kicked off this year on Feb. 16 and lasted by Mar 2. But Tucker was still celebrating a Year of a Dog in early May, when he showed off a “Chinese New Year” Nike Kyrie 4s in Salt Lake City for Houston’s initial highway diversion of a Western Conference semis. Tucker is a mixologist with a colors of his on-court shoes, mostly selecting to spin heads instead of relating his uniform. But these kicks, that underline a pleasing red, black and bullion floral pattern on a entertain row of any shoe, ideally element Rockets group colors. Well done, P.J. Well done.
Game 4, May 6: Nike Kd 6 Supreme “D.C. Preheat”
From a regressive “CNY” Kyrie 4s in Game 3 to a colourful “D.C. Preheat” Nike KD 6 Supremes in Game 4. Tucker had to go low in his closet for this span of Kevin Durant signatures, that initial strike a streets in 2013. More explanation that his sneaker flexibility is crazy.
Game 5, May 8: Nike LeBron 8
Why not compensate loyalty to a many widespread actor of this year’s playoffs: LeBron Raymone James? With a span of selected red-and-black Nike LeBron 8s (which creatively expelled in Oct 2010), that’s accurately what Tucker did when he and a Rockets sent Donovan Mitchell and a Utah Jazz make-up with a Game 5 win that modernized Houston to a Western Conference finals for a initial time given 2015.
Western Conference Finals vs. Golden State Warriors
Game 1, May 14: Nike Zoom Kobe 3 “Westchester” PE
In 2008, players on a basketball group during Los Angeles’ Westchester High perceived exclusive red, black and white Nike Kobe 3s. They were personalized for a school, with any shoe’s tongue featuring a “W.” So how did Tucker, who went to high propagandize in North Carolina from 1999-2000, find a span of these singular Kobes? Perhaps Rockets brazen Trevor Ariza, a Westchester graduate, bending his teammate up. But with Tucker, who unequivocally knows? The “Westchester” 3s he wore in Game 1 of a Western Conference finals opposite a Warriors competence usually be one of a strange pairs. That’s how low his shoe connectors run.
Game 2, May 16: Nike LeBron 15 “Owwhio State” PE
Tucker is a Longhorn during heart. But in Game 2 vs. Golden State, he was a Buckeye, repping THE Ohio State University in a span of all-red, player-exclusive Nike LeBron 15s. They were presented to a OSU basketball group final fall as partial of James’ secure loyalty to a propagandize he would’ve attended had he left to college. Also, don’t forget: We’ve seen Tucker in another colorway of Ohio State LeBron 15 PEs. The initial pair, primarily in white, was apparently usually a warm-up.
Game 3, May 20: Nike Kyrie 4 “Yellow Lobster”
In 2009, usually 36 pairs of a “Yellow Lobster” Nike SB Dunk Lows were made. Nearly a decade later, Nike paid reverence to a iconic skateboarding sneaker with a bigger, nonetheless still limited, recover of a “Yellow Lobster” Kyrie 4s. Before lacing adult a kicks in Game 3 opposite a Warriors, Tucker arrived to Oracle Arena in a magenta suit. He was unequivocally in his bag with his character choices that night.
Game 4, May 22: Custom Off-White Nike REact Hyperdunk
Between Games 1 and 2 of a Western Conference finals, Tucker took to Instagram, where he posted a print of one-of-a-kind OFF-White Nike React Hyperdunks — a work of sneaker craftsman Dominic Chambrone, aka The Shoe Surgeon. Tucker teased a tradition kicks in warm-ups, though they didn’t beauty a justice until Game 4. To unequivocally conclude a partnership between Tucker and Chambrone, we have to remember what a normal span of a OFF-WHITE Hyperdunks demeanour like. Moral of a story: They started out as white and finished adult an distilled red. A loyal masterpiece.
Game 5, May 24: Nike LeBron 15 “OREGON” PE (Black)
From afar, Tucker’s Game 5 boots seemed to be a elementary span of black LeBron 15s. Yet, adult tighten you’ll notice a pointed “O” on a heel tab, that signifies one thing: Oregon. Somebody in a school’s apparatus dialect contingency unequivocally adore Tucker.
Game 6, May 26: Nike Lebron 15 “Oregon” pe (Green)
In a difference of a one and usually DJ Khaled, “Another one!” — Tucker’s third span of Oregon actor exclusives in a playoffs. Peep a yellow steep wings pattern on a midsole of these immature beauties. The university competence as good sinecure him to learn “PEs 101.” He’s as familiar as they come on a topic.
Game 7, May 28: Nike Kobe 4 “Del Sol”
Tucker entered Houston’s home locus before a wilful Game 7 vs. Golden State on Memorial Day carrying a span of “Grinch” Nike Kobe 6s (the best Christmas Day sneakers in NBA history — and don’t even consider about @ing us). But when he and a Rockets stepped feet on a court, with a outing to a 2018 NBA Finals on a line, Tucker had pulled an okey-doke. Instead of a Grinches, he wore “Del Sol” Nike Kobe 4s. Yet he couldn’t utterly channel his middle Black Mamba, as a Warriors sealed out a 2017-18 deteriorate for a Rockets. There’s small doubt, however, that Tucker had a freshest boots of a night — and of a whole playoffs.
Aaron Dodson is an partner editor during The Undefeated. Often mistaken for Aaron Dobson of a Arizona Cardinals, he is one minute divided from being an NFL far-reaching receiver.