Basketball players are often defined by their sneakers, which makes the new Foot Locker commercial with Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Brooklyn Nets rebounding machine Kris Humphries all the more hysterical. Not only do the players themselves care about what shoes they have on, but that rule also applies to their entourage.
In the commercial, another one of Harden's buddies nearly learns that the hard way. By committing the terrible crime of...wearing the same shoes on consecutive days, he nearly gets himself TRADED to another player's entourage.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Apparently, basketball players can trade entourage members.
In this case, one unlucky man by the name of Maurice found himself traded from Harden's crew to that of Humphries. Instead of going to fun parties, he now finds himself with Humphries and the rest of the entourage in Humphries' home, just staring into the mirror and saying how great the Nets forward is.
On one hand, it's good to see that Humphries does see a "changed man," and is able to sort of make fun of himself following the Kim Kardashian fiasco. On the other hand, it's hard to not feel bad for Maurice. He went from hanging out with Harden and his gang and having fun to just sitting around with Humphries, being quiet and boring.
Talk about giving a whole new meaning to the term "Fear the Beard," right?
More importantly, I have one question. Do basketball players really have the power to trade members of their entourage? I'm no professional baller, but if that's the case I would have traded my friend Robby years ago for not passing me the ball on the playground back in fifth grade!
Anyway, that's not the point here. The fact is that Foot Locker has put out a great commercial with two of the NBA's more (or least, in Humphries' case) popular players, and it's one that everyone can enjoy.
Oh, and for any readers who hang with basketball players regularly, don't forget to mix up your kicks!