It is common knowledge that NBA athletes love shoes. Whether they are managing their own multi-million dollar shoe business overseas or just have a fetish for shoes, NBA players take their shoe game seriously. When questioned about their favorite pairs of sneakers, they are often quick to give a response without any hesitation. Former NBA guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton is no exception. Using the power of social media to his full advantage, he recently took to Instagram to showcase to his thousands of followers some new footwear that he added to his collection. It is obvious by checking out the new kicks that Rip is a big fan of Air Jordans.
Though Rip’s playing days are now behind him, he still takes pride in getting his hands on some of the latest pairs of Jordans. These new pick-ups are sure to have fellow shoe lovers, popularly referred to as sneakerheads, salivating. First up is a pair of the Championship Cigar Air Jordan 6s. These sneakers are a celebratory tribute to Michael Jordan winning his first NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls back in 1991. They can be viewed by clicking here. Next up is a pair of the Jordan 6-17-23 Dark Concords. This particular version of the Jordan 6-17-23s was released just this month. Click here to view them. Last but not least is a pair of soon-to-be-released Air Jordan 2s. On his Instagram post, Rip explains that Air Jordan 2s are his favorite sneakers to wear while he is playing basketball. Click here to see them.
Rip Hamilton played Division I college basketball at the University of Connecticut. He was a key member of the Connecticut squad that made it to the Final Four and went on to win the NCAA national championship in 1999. That year, Connecticut entered the national championship game as an underdog going up against heavily favored Duke. He was later drafted in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft. His glory days in the league were with the Detroit Pistons. He won one championship with the Pistons in 2004. He made back-to-back trips to the finals as a member of the Pistons in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 NBA seasons. He last played in the league as a reserve guard for the Chicago Bulls. As a player, he was known for wearing a face mask.
Rip Hamilton attended this year’s Final Four to show his support for his alma mater. Connecticut won its fourth national championship in 15 years by defeating Kentucky 60-54 in the final game. As a seven-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, the 2014 Connecticut men’s basketball team became one of the lowest-seeded champions in NCAA history.