Awkward, clunky “dad” shoes may be all the rage these days, but the trend apparently has its limits. Former Boston Celtics star and current New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo found this out the hard way yesterday while attending ex-teammate Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony during the Celtics’ home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden.
Flanked courtside by former championship-winning teammate and head coach Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers, respectively, Rondo paired a navy blazer and trousers with white Velcro sneakers. The orthopedic-leaning look was devoured by Twitter users, who cracked jokes about the shoes’ similarities to styles one might find in retailers such as Stride Rite or Wal-Mart.
In addition to the social media critique directed at Rondo, the Celtics didn’t fare much better against the Cavaliers. With a fresh roster, LeBron James and company looked sharp and held off the hometown favorites 121-99. James poured in 24 points in the win, while his new teammates George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood chipped in a combined 44 points. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving had 18 for the Celtics while wearing Nike Kyrie 4 sneakers inspired by Concepts’ “Yellow Lobster” SB Dunk collaboration.
See some of the funniest reactions to Rondo’s sneakers below.
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