Ben Simmons’ Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage “Motivation” sneakers will be out tomorrow at 10 a.m., available at Foot Locker and House of Hoops.
He joined Slam’s Instagram Live on Wednesday night to talk about the shoes, which are part of a Nike and Jordan Brand Pregame Pack that also includes sneakers from Luka Doncic, De’Aaron Fox and Britney Griner.
“Growing up, I used to wear a lot of Chuck [Taylors]. It has that kind of look, that dirty feel,” Simmons said.
There are several phrases featured on the shoes, including “Heart in the Game,” “Dedication” and “Pride & Passion.” Simmons said “Pride & Passion” is all about his heritage.
“I try to represent my country and my people at the highest level. ... I’m very prideful to be Australian,” he said. “I’m big on trying to do the right things and setting the right examples for my country.”
He recommended wearing the shoes with light blue jeans or black jeans, though we imagine they’d work just fine with basketball shorts, too.
The two-time All-Star, an avid competitive gamer, also gave his list of the five best NBA Call of Duty players: Devin Booker, Meyers Leonard, Grayson Allen, Dante Exum and, of course, himself.
Though he didn’t discuss the suspended NBA season much, Simmons did indicate he’s prepared for any situation. General manager Elton Brand has said he’s “very optimistic” Simmons will be able to play if the season resumes after the 23-year-old suffered a nerve impingement in his lower back in February.
“Been working, staying locked in, of course. … Never know what’s going to happen, but staying ready,” he said.
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