There are different levels of NBA swag, but one of the rarest is to play in your own signature shoe, designed to your specifications.
Chandler Parsons, third-year forward and second-round pick of the Houston Rockets, now knows what that feels like thanks to his partnership with the Chinese shoe company Anta.
The particulars include a "38" on the inside of the tongue—a personal, motivating reminder of the 37 players drafted ahead of him—and 25 perforations on the toe to pay tribute to his grandfather, Don Parsons, a sixth-round pick of the New York Knicks in 1950 who wore No. 25 at Rutgers—the same number Parsons has worn his entire career.
Watch the video and find out which superstar expressed envy over Parsons' new kicks the first time he walked into the gym with them.