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NBA style icon P.J. Tucker takes on Paris Men's Fashion Week

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In a league where high fashion has become a staple, P.J. Tucker stands tall as one of the NBA's best-dressed players.

Along with the likes of Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Kelly Oubre Jr., Tucker has played a key role in turning the walk to the arena into a runway with his unique sartorial choices.

This summer, his off-season began with a trip to Paris Men's Fashion Week, taking in shows from some of his favourite designers, whilst also providing an escape from the hardwood.

"You're revealing your human side," Tucker said of his love for fashion in an interview with CloseUp360.

"Like some people just really think this is all you do, is play basketball. It's like, 'no actually there's other stuff I like doing, there's other stuff I love doing.' Basketball is such a small piece of who I am, like this is one of my sides, I really enjoy this."

Shuffling between high-end shows and meeting his favourite designers, Tucker takes a moment to reflect on his globetrotting basketball journey, which included stops in Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Montenegro, Puerto Rico and Germany before making his mark in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns in 2012.

Watch the full interview here, via CloseUp360.

Now a starter on the Houston Rockets, Tucker's days playing in Europe seem like a distant memory, but it's that journey that has helped mould both him as a person and his taste in clothes.

"If you'd have asked me this in 2006 - 'This is what's going to happen in 13 years, I'd have been like bulls---, like no way,'" Tucker said.

"First of all I would never see myself playing in Europe, I would have never seen myself coming back and it happening the way it happened, I would have never seen the opportunity I've gotten through all those realms and still be able to sit here like 'playing in Europe was some of the best times of my life.'

"I'd have been like no way, so you never know, you just never know, so you just gotta have the right mindset and play as hard as you can, live as best you can."

Tucker's love of sneakers shines through on the court, often spotted playing in the rarest of kicks - a nightly challenge for a man who owns more than 4,000 pairs.

At the 2019 NBA Awards, Tucker was named as Bleacher Report's inaugural 'Sneaker King', celebrating his unique personal style.

"I just do me, honestly, I do me," Tucker said.

"It don't matter if the cameras are there or not, I'd be doing the same thing. I've been doing the same thing my whole life, so especially being a professional while playing in Europe I did the same thing.

"Nobody here, it was still back doors and upstairs and all kind of crazy stuff over here going into some of those arenas and I still dressed the same way and did the same things...back then they always had jokes and crack jokes about it so it's funny now.

"I'm just being P.J, that's the number one thing, I'm just being me. Like I'm not portraying something or acting or putting on something that I wouldn't put on every day in my life or doing anything that I wouldn't already be doing. I'm just being me through and through, so whatever you get from that is what you get and what you'll continue to get all the time."

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