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In 1994 NBA MVP Hakeem Olajuwon released a $35 sneaker instead of endorsing shoes from Nike or Reebo

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by DOLPHIN2k2, Jan 8, 2014.

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    The Dream was a profound man.
     
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    And now he sells overpriced men's wear :p
     
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    And scams NBA players by teaching them things that can't be taught? ;)
     
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    I too read reddit sometimes :p
     
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    I guess he has to make his living somehow. DH and other NBA players can afford his training . Its up to them to take what's learnt and apply it. :)
     
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    Thanks Tinman.
     
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    hell yeah man. I got a pair because they were basketball sneakers I could actually afford. didn't look as cool as Jordan's or chucks, but

    1) I got a pass because I was in Houston (Holland middle school represent) and
    2) no one was going to jack me for some Olajuwon 34's.
     
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    OK.

    But why do they have to buy Nikes and Reeboks? I am sure you can buy three pairs of cheap shoes that cost $120 or so.
     
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    Unfortunately, it's about the brand, not the endorser. There were other basketball sneakers around back then for a cheap price, but kids want the big brands, not Spalding. You still had a kid here and there grab Dream's shoes, but I can't recall kids, who usually had higher priced sneakers, ever downgrading to Spalding. I think it just gave kids, who were going to get cheap shoes anyway, an option to be prouder of. That's still a great thing, of course.
     
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    Patrick Ewing did something Similar with Spalding that year too.
     
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    A Spalding logo and a #34 on the side of the head doesn't count. :p
     
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    Yeah, and he finished his career in Toronto with Nike.
     
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    I bought several pairs and played in them! To be honest, they were kind of heavy and slowed me down a bit. Always curious whether he wore these in his later years and whether it affected his play.
     
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    Hakeem was a nightmare for some corporates , i remember him demanding Steve Francis to sell his corvette and. Buy a safe car for his safety and future wealth sustainability, Steve did that and bought a Mercedes
     
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    I had two pairs. My favorite shoes. I still have the box.
     
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    You were a kid once. You never got the least bit jelly when the kids around you had cooler stuff than you did, causing you to want those things too?
     
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    I wouldnt mind copping a pair of them 34's
     
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    He sells 250 dollar sneakers now.

    However I think you get what you pay for. I know nikes are over priced, but you can tell the difference between a good pair of shoes and 40 dollar shoes.
     

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