DeMar DeRozan issues warning to Rockets’ PJ Tucker

DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs talks with PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs talks with PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images) /

San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan made the rounds on Wednesday night, as he issued a warning shot to Houston Rockets 3-and-D specialist P.J. Tucker.

Houston Rockets ace P.J. Tucker is known around the league for being one of the more physical, tenacious defenders, while also being one of the best corner 3-point shooters in the league. Tucker is one of the quintessential 3-and-D players in the league, as he’s led the league in corner threes and is automatic from that area of the floor, and he embraces the challenge of defending the opposing team’s best player on a nightly basis.

But although Tucker has made a name for himself with his play on the court, he’s also earned quite a reputation for something that has nothing to do with his defense or his shooting. Tucker dons the best shoes on a nightly basis, as we’ve seen him with player exclusives and rare colorways of Nike and Jordan Brand products.

Tucker can typically be seen entering the arena with several pairs of shoes at a time, which makes sense because he’s previously stated that he often changes shoes at halftime, and especially if he gets off to a poor shooting start in the first half. To say that Tucker is fascinated with shoes would be an understatement, as he recently bought a house, just to store his shoes.

Tucker’s propensity for wearing the most exclusive, eye-popping kicks captured the attention of Nike, who inked him to an endorsement deal several years ago. In fact, Nike recently gave him a contract extension prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, clearing the way for Tucker to continue to live up to his reputation of the Sneaker King and even the Shoe God.

But although Tucker turns heads with his extensive sneaker collection, it seems as if he’s got a challenger for the title of the Sneaker King, as San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan made it known that he has an impressive shoe collection of his own.

The audacity of DeMar DeRozan! Does he not know that PJ Tucker holds the titles of the Sneaker King and the Shoe God?

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) October 22, 2020

DeRozan issues warning to Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker

DeRozan took to Instagram to warn Tucker that if he posts one more photo of his shoes then DeRozan would offer proof of why he deserves Tucker’s crown, while making it known that he was taking a playful jab. As one would expect, Tucker didn’t back down, as he made it clear that he isn’t afraid of DeRozan’s warning shots.

Well it didn't take long for PJ to respond.

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) October 22, 2020

Like Tucker, DeRozan is signed to the Nike label, as he’s become synonymous for donning the Nike Kobe V Pronto PE, which is an ode to the late great Kobe Bryant, who he grew up idolizing, which makes sense considering that he hails from Compton, which is near the Lakers’ Staples Center.

DeRozan and Tucker were briefly teammates during the 2016-17 season, as they played 24 games together with the Toronto Raptors, prior to Tucker’s decision to join the Houston Rockets in the 2017 offseason.

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It seems as though DeRozan may very well get a chance to show off his own personal shoe collection, as Tucker will almost certainly continue to show off his rare and exclusive kicks.