LeBron James, Chris Paul and the NBA shoe obsession

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We know that professional athletes like to buy things, lots of things. But sometimes, they buy things that they will never use. Ridiculous things, even.

Like, a storage unit full of sneakers they will never wear.

Wilson Chandler, of the Nuggets, did exactly that and then showed them off for NiceKicks.

“I started when I was younger, the cooler guys had the cooler shoes,” Chandler said. “When that I got older, got a job, I just started collecting shoes. Mostly from wearing, and stuff like that, just to get by.”

It's clear from watching, however, that Chandler isn't just trying to get by. He did say that he was trying to re-box them and get them together to sell.

Why all the shoes?

It's apparently a status symbol and Chandler is far from alone.

In fact, the whole NiceKicks brand is about showing that off.

Stephen Jackson, for instance, has a whole floor to ceiling wall filled with sneakers in what he calls his first home.

The Lakers' Nick Young has a sneaker closet that has its own sneaker keeper, who joking said “I guard these with my life.”

NBA player and former Duke Blue Devil Shelden Williams has a crazy collection of closets filled with shoes, though he says he doesn't wear them out, partially because he'd be embarrassed to wear someone's signature shoe when he goes out to play pickup games against them.

The list goes on

It's actually quite fascinating to see how many shoes people really have. More shoes than they can actually wear, obviously.

The Clippers' Chris Paul has a ton of Jordans.

LeBron's got shoes and shoes and shoes too.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has a ton, including the shoes Penny Hardaway used to wear and plenty of vintage basketball shoes.

Little man Nate Robinson has a collection in his closet too, though it's not easy for him to reach the Jordans on the top shelf.

Oh, and Josh Childress has a sneaker garage, where he estimates he has 800 shoes.

LeBron James
Denver Nuggets
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