They don’t call him “Swaggy P” for nothing. Other than Nick Young’s basketball skills, the Los Angeles Laker is known for his killer sneaker game and unique off-court style. You can catch Nick on the court with a pair of rare kicks on his feet, or showcasing his style and dope shoe collection on Instagram. In a brief conversation, Swaggy P talked to Complex Sneakers about his massive sneaker collection, debuting the Kobe 9 in the NBA, and how he's still trying to get his hands on a pair of red Air Yeezy IIs.
First things first. Where does the nickname “Swaggy P” come from?
Just from hanging around the homies, and how I dress. They just came up with something and I just ran with it. They would talk about how my jeans are too skinny, and my style is different.
I know you have a crazy sneaker game, how many pairs do you own?
Man. I don’t even know. It’s too many right now. My brother has been coming to take sneakers and everybody has been coming for sneakers lately. I’ve been losing some, gaining some. I probably have 200 to 300 pairs.
I need to get those Red Octobers. I need to see if me and Nike can talk
Do you have a pair of sneakers with sentimental value?
Probably the “Swaggy P” Nike Kobe 9 sneakers. For Nike and Kobe to let me debut the sneakers, that was pretty big. They’re sold out everywhere since I wore them. I need to get a percentage [laughs].
What was it like to be the first person in the NBA to wear the Kobe 9 Elite? Are they comfortable?
Yeah they’re great, I just got to get used to them. I haven’t worn high, hi-tops in a while. All Kobe’s prior shoes were low tops. They’re hot though.
On the court you’ve been bringing out a lot of exclusive kicks, Nike IDs, and classics. What do you think you’ll be rocking for your next game?
You know, it’s been tough finding Laker colors. I’ll come up with something. I’m thinking about the old Dennis Rodman Nike sneakers. I might have to bring those out.
Is there a pair of sneakers you’re really trying to get your hands on right now?
Man. I need to get those Red Octobers. I need to see if me and Nike can talk [laughs]. They did some Beyonce, and just dropped the shoe. Nobody knew.