Nick Young Comments on Why He Chose to Sign with Adidas over Nike

Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Denver. The Lakers won 111-107. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 26, 2016

Nick Young is now an Adidas athlete because Nike seemed too exclusive.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard signed a contract with Adidas at the beginning of December after wearing Nikes since his college days, per Nick DePaula of Nice Kicks. Young told Zac Dubasik of Sole Collector the reason why he chose Adidas is because Nike is focused around the NBA's biggest stars.   

“Nike is really only three people. Kobe [Bryant], [Kevin] Durant and LeBron [James],” Young said. “I like the concept of how Adidas adds everybody in their shoe commercial. The way Adidas is going and the waves they’ve got, I was getting on board.”

Young said one of the things that influenced his decision was superstar rapper Kanye West, who signed with Adidas for $10 million in 2013. The man known as Swaggy P wore a pair of West's Yeezy Boost 750s in the first half of the Lakers' Jan. 1 game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“That helped Adidas out a trillion times,” Young said, per Dubasik. “And of course I asked for the whole Kanye collection. Bring me everything.”

One of the more unique players in the NBA, Young was compared to Screech from the hit TV show Saved by the Bell by teammate Robert Sacre, per Sarah Kogod of SB Nation. Wearing West's signature shoes and establishing his own brand are just other ways Young is showing he's no ordinary athlete.


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