Atlanta Hawks superstar playmaker Young Traé has had an offseason as hectic as some NBA teams. After leading the Hawks on an unlikely run to the Eastern Conference Finals, Young opened a fitness center, got new ink, new ice, lots of new money and stayed in the gym.
He also made another appearance on HBO’s The Shop, a sports roundtable style talk show by LeBron James and Rich Paul.
For many, the most anticipated part of the offseason has been the release of his signature shoe, the Trae Young 1 from Adidas. We’ve been following him for quite some time and we’re even excited when he gave a glimpse of a unique colorway. He went beyond that to celebrate his 23rd birthday on Sunday.
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young drops signature shoe weeks earlier
In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Young said, “It’s my birthday and I want you to have something !!” It was a link to a different colorway than the one he teased on his Instagram post a few weeks ago, which was a collaboration with Atlanta-based So So Def Records.
This one, nicknamed the “Cotton Candy Ty1s”, featured a blue and pink match that certainly mimics the candy.
The shoes were only available on the Adidas app and weren’t supposed to be available until October after being pushed back earlier. But Young made his debut with the shoe in a “Peachtree” colourway in the Hawks’ first game against the New York Knicks.
Young said, “The shoe doesn’t come out for a little while for everyone to get it. But I really wanted to play it,” adding, “I just wanted to be able to play my first playoffs” at the time.
He was visibly in a good mood on his birthday.
Of course, the shoes went as quickly as expected, prompting Young to tweet another post a bit later.
Fans looking to buy a pair will only have to wait for the full release.
Young averaged 25.3 points, 9.4 assists with 3.9 rebounds during the regular season and, in the playoffs, had 28.8 points and 9.5 assists while totaling 1.3 interceptions per game.
Atlanta is largely expected to finish somewhere near the fifth seed they finished last season. The biggest difference for them this season will be that no one will be caught off guard and the opponents will be ready with their best shot every night.
But that’s a concern for another day. On Sunday, Young celebrated and made sure his fans (and sneakerheads) could join in.