James Harden must stop wearing Nike shoes on Oct. 1
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell notes Mark King, president of Adidas North America, said “that’s part of the deal.”
“The difference between football and basketball is that a guy like Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have a walk-around shoe. Harden does, and he will be in our lifestyle stuff.”
Adidas forbidding Harden from rocking his collection of Air Jordans — which TMZ recently spotted him wearing — seems a little ridiculous on the surface. After all, it’s just a pair of shoes.
But consider this: If a company agreed to pay you a staggering $200 million over 13 years and one stipulation was to exclusively wear that particular brand, you probably wouldn’t have a problem avoiding the competitors.
Without a doubt, the impending ban on Harden’s non-Adidas shoes is annoying, but that’s simply part of the contract. Harden ought to follow through once Oct. 1 arrives and live the three-stripe life, lest he subject himself to a termination of the massive shoe deal.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Harden can’t run around his house in Air Jordans. He just might need to implement a no-picture policy.
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