Some big names from the world of hoops have been digging into their closets to contribute game-used and autographed shoes for a special auction slated to open Tuesday. The event is part of an initiative to raise money for cancer research.
NBA and WNBA stars past and present have donated their shoes to the auction, including Kobe Bryant, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Boban Marjanovic, Candace Parker, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady, Jalen Rose and PJ Tucker. Among those up for grabs will be a Paul Pierce signed Nike Air Max P2 IV worn in the NBA Finals a few years ago, several signed Pippen retro sneakers, a game-worn Kyrie 5 and a “2017 Champions” PE from Durant.
Additionally, ESPN’s NBA host Michelle Beadle, Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim, and Duke’s all-time leading head coach and Hall of Famer, Mike Krzyzewski, will also be donating their shoes.
The Jump will showcase an exclusive look into a few of these stars closets and get a closer look at their collections.
Two of the famous sport jackets worn by the late Craig Sager during NBA telecasts will also be part of the auction.
Both the shoes and jackets will be up for bid beginning Tuesday at www.ebay.com/espn.
The event is part of ESPN’s V Week for Cancer Research— beginning on Giving Tuesday, November 27, and running through December 8. All proceeds will go directly to cancer research and related programs. Last year, V Week raised a record $4.5 million, bringing the 11-year total of contributions to more than $22.2 million.