Cool Naruto kicks and other anime-themed pairs in the NBA

Nov 28, 2018

THE Sacramento Kings may have lost to the Utah Jazz, 133-112, on Monday, but that didn't stop Willie Cauley-Stein from breaking out his custom Nike PG 2, which sported a couple of familiar anime characters.


Unfortunately, not even the combined chakras of Naruto and Sasuke could help the fourth-year center duplicate his first two performances against Utah this season. After averaging 23 points and seven rebounds per game, he had a mere six points and four rebounds in their second defeat to the Jazz.

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Cauley-Stein, who is having a career year, should've worn a Sakura-themed headband for good measure.

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The thing is, he isn't the first NBA player to channel his inner otaku through his shoes:

Rudy Gobert

Gobert (18 pts 15 reb 5 ast) must've made every matchup with Cauley-Stein personal. Last season, he laced the Nike Air Max Dominate, featuring Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece-done by legendary sneaker artist Kickstradomis.

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It's no secret that the league is obsessed with Dragon Ball Z. Spencer Dinwiddie called it his favorite show growing up, while De'Aaron Fox onced yelled "Kameha" before making a three-point shot. Some ballers just take their fandom to the next level.

Jordan Bell

Luka Doncic

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Karl-Anthony Towns

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