As Zion Williamson continues to delay his expected landmark shoe-deal decision, the rest of the 2019 NBA rookie class has been stalled. A majority of the 2019 first-round picks entered summer league without having inked a shoe deal, allowing for a variety of lesser-known players to unexpectedly make their mark with their footwear.
With his older sibling’s first signature shoe launching just as Las Vegas Summer League tipped off, Dallas Mavericks forward Kostas Antetokounmpo served up the on-court debut of brother Giannis‘ Nike Freak 1 sneaker, in four different colorways no less.
Of the four colorways donned by Kostas, one in particular holds extra meaning for the brothers: The white, red and gold pair with a “Roses” theme honors their late father, Charles.
“We were in the process of designing this shoe as a team when his father passed away unexpectedly,” Nike vice president Kevin Dodson said during the preview episode of SneakerCenter on ESPN+. “That just started to take on a more significant reference point for that call out.”
As Giannis and his brothers met with Nike’s team of designers over the past two years to pepper in additional signature touches and nuances, the recently crowned NBA MVP mandated a series of family nods.
The names of all four of his brothers appear along the heel. “Charles + Veronica” can be found along the arch, speaking to the parents’ support of the family. Most important, the phras