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P.J. Tucker is widely recognized as the sneaker king of the NBA. This season, the Houston Rockets forward is once again reaffirming the title by breaking out Nike Kobe 6 Protro PEs inspired by Yeezy colorways.

Tucker debuted the first iteration last night, channeling Kanye West's "Cheetah" Air Yeezy 2, an unreleased colorway of the rapper's second Nike sneaker that drew similarities to the Christmas "Cheetah" Kobe 7. P.J. showed up to the Rockets' game with both the "Cheetah" Air Yeezy 2 and the subsequent Kobe 6 Protro PE, donning the Yeezys before taking the court and then the Kobes during the game.

In an Instagram post, Tucker revealed that Kanye is his biggest influence outside of basketball. "From thru the wire days with the pastel polos and Jay’s wit the crazy LV backpacks it began for me," he said, going on to add that he will be wearing Yeezy-inspired Kobe 6 Protro PEs throughout the 2020-2021 NBA season. The only question that remains is will any of them release to the public?

While NBA-related sneaker deals are sometimes reserved for the league's top-tier players, Tucker managed to secure a contract with Nike seemingly in part due to his sneakerhead status. Since signing a new deal in 2019, he has been awarded his own Kobe 5 Protro PE and other exclusive Player Editions.

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