Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier announced he will leave Nike to sign a shoe deal with Puma on Thursday with an incredible quote, via Bleacher Report.
“Me signing with Puma is basically letting you know, I’m taking over the Puma world,” Rozier told B/R Kicks. “You got guys taking over Adidas, you got guys taking over Nike, whatever. I’m competing with the Puma world and I’m taking over that (expletive). From the jump. That’s my whole thing. I feel like I’m going to turn it up because–I ain’t gonna knock nobody on Puma, but I feel like I’m very marketable, I’m the guy that they needed to sign.
“I ain’t (expletive)in’ with nobody else but Puma. That’s just what it is. I don’t care that I wore Nike, I’m with Puma now.”
Puma has been making a splash in the basketball shoe game this summer, signing multiple incoming rookies including No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley, and Philadelphia 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith.
Rozier, however, is their first truly established signee coming off a highly successful playoff run in the East as the Celtics’ starting point guard, and he’s the type of personality that could sell a significant number of shoes. Rozier jumpstarted a Scary Terry movement after accidentally calling Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe “Drew Bledsoe” during the first round. Teaming up with popular Mickstape podcast, Rozier sold Scary Terry t-shirts that trolled each one of Boston’s Eastern Conference opponents throughout the rest of the postseason, and the shirts caught on quickly in Boston.
Per the Athletic’s Jared Weiss, Rozier only wore Nikes courtesy of teammate Kyrie Irving, and he had an agreement with Puma three weeks ago, but they wanted to make a splash with their signing. Rozier seems to have effectively made that splash himself.