Daughter of former NBA star’s mother says her father’s sneakers ‘will be a staple’
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— Son of a former NBA player and one-time NBA All-Star, Christian Loubouton has his own sneakers.
They’re called Under Armour.
He’s a big fan of them, too.
Louboutons son, who’s been playing basketball since the age of 5, started wearing the Under Armour sneakers to go everywhere.
The sneakers are the stuff of legend, especially for the 6-foot-9 Loubouts son, whose size is considered “normal.”
They have the signature black color and a silhouette that resembles that of a basketball shoe.
“When I was a kid, I had to wear them,” Loub outson told The Associated Press by phone from his Santa Clara, Calif., home on Monday.
So when my dad first came out, he was the only person that would wear them, he said.
Then he said he got a pair for Christmas.
His dad, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1983 to 1986, has a black leather-soled shoe with a heel and toe.
It’s a classic, Loub said.
“They’ve become the iconic sneaker in our family.”
Loubouts father, who is from a prominent Los Angeles family, said his son loves to wear the shoes.
But his favorite is the Adidas Air Force 1.
As a child, Lououton wore the sneakers with his grandmother because she wore them in the streets.
When Loubson was growing up, his mom, who was a dancer, wore them.
She loved them and wanted them for Christmas, he recalled.
Even though he never went on to play basketball, Loulouds mom wore the shoes on the court when she was in her early 40s.
That was in the 1980s.
LoubOUTON, a former basketball player, is also a big NBA fan.
After his playing career ended, he became a professional basketball coach in Japan.
I love the way he plays basketball, his son said.
But it’s really just about the shoes and how comfortable they are.
My dad, the most humble, the nicest person, he is just a phenomenal person.
During a recent game in Japan, LOUOUTON and his father got a chance to talk basketball.LOUOUTSON said he’s been wearing the shoes since he was a young child.
At first, it was just my dad and me.
But as I got older, it got bigger, he told the AP.
One day, I wanted to buy a pair of shoes and I was going to sell them on eBay, he added.
In Japan, he’s had a few pairs for sale, but LoubOUTSON has been able to keep the pair.
And his mother loves them.
“I don’t wear them every day, but they are always my favorite, even though they are a bit expensive,” he said, adding that his mom would buy them for him on her birthday.
On Monday, Loughoutons mother got her first pair, the black-and-white Adidas AirForce 1.
Louloud was born in Los Angeles in 1978.
He grew up in a small town in Texas and moved to California to play in college.
While there, he started a modeling career and later landed his first job as a basketball coach for a basketball league.
Before retiring in 2011, he helped launch the Under Armor brand, which sells athletic shoes.
The company’s shoes, sneakers and clothing line includes Nike Air Force, Under Armour, Nike Air Max and Under Armour Elite.
Lououtons daughter, who plays for the LA Lakers, said her father started wearing Under Armour shoes to go wherever.
With the help of a family friend, she bought a pair last year.
Her father is a very passionate basketball player and his daughter is a big supporter of the brand.
A few days after the pair was released, she got a call from her father asking her to take them out for a spin.
(She was wearing the same pair her father had, she said.)
“I was just so happy,” Loulouton said.
“They fit so perfectly.”
The Nike AirForce sneakers, which were first introduced in 2009, are the latest model in Under Armour’s line.
There’s also the UnderArmour Elite line, which includes shoes that are specifically tailored to basketball players.
Other products include the Nike AirMax, UnderArmore and UnderArmored sneakers.
“If you ask me, I’m still very much a fan,” LOUOUOUTONS daughter said.
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