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Amir Johnson Has Face on Nike Sneakers Because World Doesn't Have to Make Sense

DENVER, CO - MARCH 21:  Amir Johnson #15 of the Toronto Raptors prepares to take a free throw against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on March 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Raptors 123-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 2, 2012

Amir Johnson has a face only a true Toronto Raptors fan could love. 

That's mostly because he is one of the more anonymous NBA players in the league. But that doesn't mean he can't have his face emblazoned all over his sneakers. 

Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones blog at TheScore.com reports that the Raptors big man had his face printed on his Nikes, and it may be the best thing to happen to a pair of shoes ever—or, at least, this week. 

Only Michael Jordan can claim such a likeness being imprinted on a sneaker, and he had to settle for a Jumpman

Yet, here is Johnson's mug, smiling ever so happily on the front of custom Nike Huarache 2K4s. 

Here is a picture taken from Amir Johnson's Instagram:

We aren't exactly talking about Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James or some other easily recognizable athlete here. Still, this has to be the coolest story involving faces and sneakers we have ever heard of. 

Sure, he may have averaged a little over seven points and six boards a game last year, but sometimes you have to bedazzle your sneakers with your own face. 

Here's the odd part in this story: I now want a pair of these hot shoes of my own, and I don't want them with some face that will be recognizable to every person on the street. 

Having people see Dwight Howard on my shoe would just be lame. I want them to look down, see this face and ask, "Who is that on your sneaker?"

That's when I say, "Amir Johnson," and walk away. The confusion and need for answers will be immense, and I will have won. 

Sometimes, you have to put Amir Johnson's face on a shoe; and sometimes, that's the best idea in the world. 

 

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