Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves paid tribute to Mac Miller with his on-court footwear in a preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday.
The NBA star — who was a pal of Miller — stepped out in custom Nike basketball that featured images of the rapper at each toe.
In addition to the artwork, the shoes feature lyrics to some of Miller’s biggest hits, including the aptly named “Nikes on My Feet.” A fan favorite off his third mixtape, “K.I.D.S.,” the song “Nikes On My Feet” was one of the tracks that propelled Miller into stardom.
The custom kicks were designed by Kickstradomis, a prolific sneaker customizer who has also created shoes this preseason for NBA players including Marc Gasol, Lance Stephenson and Luka Doncic.
In addition to the sneakers, Kickstradomis made a “Drip Miller” canvas for Towns in September.
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The Sept. 7 death of Miller, who was only 26 years old, sent ripples of shock and sadness across the entertainment industry. The rapper had struggled with drug addiction and died of a suspected overdose at his Studio City, Calif. home.
On the day of Miller’s death, Towns took to social media to memorialize his friend. The T-Wolves center shared a video in which he gifts Miller several jerseys. “Love you brother. Miss you so much. @MacMiller,” Towns captioned the video, along with a praying emoji.
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