Not one to shy away from representing his Filipino roots, Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson now has a new customized pair of shoes to show love to the Philippines.
Behind the brilliance of Maui Lucero, a Canada-based Filipino sneaker artist, a white pair of Nike Zoom Freak 2 turned into an artistic footwear for Clarkson, who showed it off in a social media post with "Puso!" as caption.
The design revolves around Clarkson's memorable stint with Gilas Pilipinas and his recent success with the Jazz in the 2020-21 NBA Season.
The left shoe showcases the 6-foot-4 guard in Gilas threads and the words "Laban Pilipinas" painted on Nike's patented swoosh, a clear nod to the Clarkson-led national team that competed in the 2018 Asian Games.
The right shoe, on the other hand, features a depiction of the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in a Utah Jazz uniform.
For his part, Lucero, who operates as thebrocustom on Instagram, expressed his gratitude to PBA stalwarts Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood and Rey Nambatac, all of whom helped him connect with the Clarkson family.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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