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Sick Naruto Kicks And Other Anime-Themed Pairs In The NBA

Some players take their fandom to the next level
by John Paulo Aguilera | Nov 27, 2018
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The Sacramento Kings may have lost to the Utah Jazz, 133-112, on Monday, but that didn't stop Willie Cauley-Stein from breaking out his custom Nike PG 2, which sported a couple of familiar anime characters.

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Unfortunately, not even the combined chakras of Naruto and Sasuke couldn't help the fourth-year center duplicate his first two performances against Utah this season. After averaging 23 points and seven rebounds per game, he had a mere six points and four rebounds in their second defeat to the Jazz.

Cauley-Stein, who is having a career year, should've worn a Sakura-themed headband for good measure...

The thing is, he isn't the first NBA player to channel his inner otaku through his shoes:

Rudy Gobert

Gobert (18 pts 15 reb 5 ast) must've taken every matchup with Cauley-Stein personal. Last season, he laced the Nike Air Max Dominate, featuring Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece—done by legendary sneaker artist Kickstradomis.

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It's no secret that the league is obsessed with Dragon Ball Z. Spencer Dinwiddie called it his favorite show growing up, while De'Aaron Fox onced yelled "Kameha" before making a three-point shot. Some ballers just take their fandom to the next level.

Jordan Bell

Luka Doncic

Karl-Anthony Towns

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