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Tamera ‘Ty’ Young’s Epic Sneaker Closet | Houseguest with Nate Robinson | The Players’ Tribune

Tamera ‘Ty’ Young’s Epic Sneaker Closet | Houseguest with Nate Robinson | The Players’ Tribune


– This is the first pair of sneakers…. – The ’95s? – … my mother got me
in ’95 for Christmas. – First pair of kicks…. – I had to almost cry to get those. – …that your momma got you. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Academy award goes to…. “Momma, please! Momma!” – You finally made it, baby! – I feel like if you could drop in from the pyramid that’s an accomplishment. – If I don’t get this I’m spending the night. Forever. – It’s my favorite room in the house. – Come here. I’m a little nervous! I don’t want to break him! – “Houseguest.” We out here. – What’s up, y’all? Today, I get to visit a very special young lady. A baller. But on top of that, she has some of the coldest kicks in the game. And me, I’m a sneakerhead, so you gotta come correct. – I think I’mma have to go with these bad boys right here. We’ll see how she likes them. – Yeah, yeah. – Yo, what up, Nate? – What’s up, Ty? What’s up, baby? – How you doing? – Good. Welcome to the A! – You know, I could be in a A and not…. You know what I’m saying? – Yeah? Exactly. You gotta come through. – I gotta see this sneaker closet you’re talking about. – Yeah, it’s a little somethin’-somethin’. – That’s what’s up. – You’ll see. That’s my college jersey. – Any significance to the 11? – Teresa Weatherspoon was number 11, she was one of my favorite players. My aunt was a New York Liberty season-ticket holder since I was little, so that’s why I used to
go to the Liberty games and watch Tea Spoon. – And what’s this right here? – This was from … I
just got this last year in November, from the
athletic hall of fame from my college. – Oh nice. Congratulations on that! – Thank you, I appreciate it. – I know why you’re here. You want to see the kicks. Let’s go upstairs. – See, that’s why I had
to bring these babies. – You brought the heat! – You feel me? Wait, hold on. This is Michael Jordan’s high school right here. – Yeah, that’s my high school jersey. We went to the same high school. – You went to the same high school as Michael Jordan? – Yep, and both of our
jerseys are retired. – What’s that like? To be a GOAT with the GOAT? – It’s crazy. Like who would think that their jersey would be retired with MJ’s? You know what I’m saying?
So I went back home for the hall of fame,
and I saw my jersey up, hanging. MJ jersey. I’m like, “This is crazy. How many people would
probably believe this?” You know? Heading to the sneaker room. – Hey, hey, hey. – It’s my favorite room in the house. – I don’t even know why I’m so excited to be in here, like … you know? See other people’s kicks. – ‘Cause you’re a sneakerhead, you know. – What are these right here, sneaky? – Oh, those the L.A. Dunks. – What? I’ve never seen these. These are nice. – De La Souls, the De La Souls, yep. – Oh, these are fire. Yeah, you’ve got kicks I’ve never seen, I can give you that. – From one sneakerhead to another, I mean, we all love gifts. – Mm-hmm. – Is there any gifts or
shoes that your friends or family or, you know,
other NBA, WNBA players shipped you, or gifted you? – Well in this aisle,
we got some autographed kicks from D-Wade. – Whoo! – He’s one of my friends. This is his actual game shoe. – O.K. – And he gave me other shoes. – Dwyane has big ol’ feet. Damn, these D-Wade’s? – Yeah, these D-Wade’s. – Damn, D-Wade! These are fire. – So he gave me other ones, you know, for my size. Chris Paul, one of my friends. I got a lot of shoes from Chris. He sent me my game shoes
for the summer, and family and friends pairs, as well. These is … what? Only 54 made? Eleven of 54. – I like these. – Family and friends. – I like this. What is this? – It’s suede. – Suede. Yeah. See I’m a big fan of suede kicks. – And red is like one of my favorite colors for sneakers. – I got WNBA kicks…. – See these. – … from my WNBA friends. Swin Cash, Catch, Diana, Cappie, Ticha Penicheiro – Oh, I love Cappie, too – Syl, Seimone. – She’s dope. – Maya. – Maya is fire. – Piph, Elena, Sloot, Skyler. What you see? Yeah, those the Teyana Taylors. She actually signed those to me. – Ooh, you might have to really show your feet heat. – Coming to the game, what is your whole method and thought process behind what shoes are
you wearing for that day? – You look good, you feel good, you play good. – Like Deion Sanders. – So, if it’s a TV game…. – You going behind…. – … you know you gotta bring the heat. You know what I’m saying? – Word, word. – Exactly. – So if we’re playing tonight, you going up against Candace Parker. What you bringing out when you in L.A.? – Well aside from playing in my CP3s, you know my guy, the retro 10s is probably
one of my favorites so I gotta bring…. How many people got the linen 10s? – Not too many. I got ’em, for sure, but these is fire. – So I gotta hoop in the linen 10s. – Yeah, these, O.K. – You know what I’m saying? Bring back the…. Those haven’t even been re-retroed since the time they came out. – This is the first pair of sneakers…. – The ’95s? – … my mother got me
in ’95 for Christmas. – First pair of kicks that your momma got you. – I had to almost cry to get those. – Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Academy Award goes to…. “Momma, please! Momma!” – Hey, I got a story for
these cool grays, though. – Tell me. – I faked sick in high school. – Just to go get ’em? – Just to go get ’em. They had like a rerelease or something, like noon on like a Wednesday. – Right. – “Daddy, I’m sick. Can you come pick me up from school? Oh, by the way, can we go
by the mall real quick? I gotta get these J’s.” It worked. – It worked every time, huh? – I made some PGs that
I’mma bring out this summer. – Ooh, let me see. Mmm! – Blocking. – How’d you get this idea? – So my dad, he passed from pancreatic cancer,
which is the purple ribbon, at the age of 59. So that’s where I got that from. His favorite team was the Lakers, with the purple and gold. My favorite sneaker color is red, and then I just thought the royal blue would go well with it. Inside, it says R.I.P. DADDY. – So talk to me, how you created that
sneaker room upstairs? – O.K., first I started with just sneaker boxes. But then, after playing in so many different cities, going overseas, the boxes is too much for travel. And I saw other guys that
had like sneaker rooms with the wooden shelves. – That’s what I had. – And I’m like, “It’s dope,” you know. You can see your shoes out, and it just looks way better than the clear containers and all of that. I changed it so many times with like the number from Jordans
to like the Colorways. It’s like every so often I go in there and I’m like making changes to it ’cause it’s like my favorite thing to do. I think high school is when I became like a real sneakerhead. And my friends used to
have all the Jordans, all the new Air Force 1s,
and I was still rocking sandals and dress shoes from Payless. – Some guys like, you know, Rip Hamilton, Mike Bibby, when I was in the league, Quentin Richardson – they had the Nike, the Jordan, deals already. You know, I had like a Nike deal, but it wasn’t like, you know, theirs…. They was getting shipments
of J’s every week. And they was coming to the locker rooms, and I’m like, “Bro, what are these?” They was getting shoes I’ve never seen. I’m like, “Bro, that’s crazy.” – That’s why I’m so
heavy into my collection, ’cause I’m like … I’ve
never had a deal from nobody, Nike, Adidas, nothing. So all my shoes I’ve
paid for, or had friends that will look out for me. – Is there any goals that you’re setting for yourself for this upcoming season? – I want to be a WNBA All-Star. A couple of times in my career I was close and got shortchanged
like at the last minute. And definitely a championship – 2014 we made it to the finals. We lost to Phoenix, and that was the closest I’ve got. Definitely looking forward to making the playoffs this year. – I just want to thank you for having me. I appreciate, you know, the hospitality. – Sure. – I got to see some dope kicks, you know, learn some good history. – Definitely. I thank
you for coming through. Good talk, always – Now we know where’s she gonna put those shoes that she’s
gonna take off her feet? – See, look, they leave the evidence. You gotta put ’em back right here, it’s where they go. – Put ’em back where they come from. – I told my son, that’s my rule. “You come and take my shoes, you gotta put ’em back where you got ’em.” It’s like going to the library. You gotta return your
books to the library. You know what I’m saying? – Return your sneakers back. – Return your sneakers back to the sneaker rack. – To the sneaker rack. – Yes, put it back on the rack.


Reader Comments

  1. I swear girls wit da baby dolphin 4head is adorable bruh 😩…..πŸ€­πŸ’πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜™πŸ’¨πŸ’•

  2. 𝐒𝐑𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐒𝐬 π‚π‘π€π™π˜.. #JuHeard

  3. Nike or Jordan brand needs to sign her ASAP. But on another note, she’s fine asl 😍 too bad for us fellas she plays for the other teamπŸ˜”

  4. Amazing how MJ of Nike doesn't take care of his own hs alumni and doesn't support this beautiful woman. Glass Ceiling re-instated. MJ GIVE HER A SHOE MY NIGGA!

  5. Boy always knockin on doors that got doorbells.. I do that real life thoughπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  6. One of the best collections because she's an authentic sneaker head. She actually picks which shoe to buy and know the history

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  8. I remember her hooping for the Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream she has a dope shoe collection especially the Air Jordan 1's πŸ‘Œβ€..

  9. I knew her shoe game was mean way back in 2001 when we waited till noon for the cool grey 11s that following Monday cause Bosemans in Wilmington NC ain't get em that Saturday which 3/3/2001
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  10. I always liked TAMERA SHE'S a beautiful woman but i would have to pass on any woman " TATTING " the LEGS and too many on the hands either.

  11. Who else thought they was at a Shoe Store at first by looking at the thumbnail πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ ??

  12. Kudos Ty. Do ya thing n big leagues! Glad u representing NC. Remember playing u in 02. #34 from New Bern High School. Do u ever make it back to Wilmington much?

  13. I LOVE THE NIKEID PGs made for the cancer tribute; I made a KD 4 and 6 for my poppa years back for the same purpose different cancer. This collection goes crazy and she knows her stuff
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  14. How come everybody has to comment on how she look? What does her looks have to do with her sneaker closet? Is Joe la Puma fine? Boys smh Great Vid Nate and Ty!

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