Atlanta Hawks superstar point guard Trae Young has had as eventful of an offseason as some teams in the NBA. After leading the Hawks to an improbable run to the Eastern Conference Finals, Young has opened up a fitness center, gotten some new ink, new ice, a lot of new money, and has stayed in the gym.
He also made another appearance on HBO’s The Shop, a sports roundtable-style talkshow 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 by Adidas. We’ve been tracking it for a while and even got excited when he gave a sneak peek at a unique colorway. He one-upped that to celebrate turning 23 on Sunday.
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young drops signature shoe several weeks early
In a tweet on Sunday afternoon, Young said, “It’s my Birthday & I want y’all 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, dubbed the ‘Cotton Candy Ty1s’, featured a blue and pink match that certainly mimics the treat.
The shoes were only available on the Adidas app and weren’t supposed to be available until October after having their release pushed back earlier on. But Young debuted the shoe in a ‘Peachtree’ colorway in Game 1 of the Hawks first-round matchup with the New York Knicks.
Young said, ‘the shoe doesn’t come out for a little bit for everybody to get it. But I really wanted to play in it,” adding, “I just wanted to be able to play my first playoffs” back then.
He was obviously in a good mood on his b-day.
Of course, the shoes went as quickly as you would expect, prompting Young to tweet out another message a little while later.
Fans looking to grab a pair will just 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 postseason, put up 28.8 points and 9.5 assists while also tallying 1.3 steals per game.
Atlanta has largely been projected to finish somewhere near the fifth-seed they finished as last season. The biggest difference for them this season will be that no one will be caught off guard and opponents will be ready with their best shot on any given night.
But that is a concern for another day. On Sunday, Young celebrated and made sure his fans (and sneakerheads) could join in.