As part of the Chinese New Year celebration, adidas is giving the D Rose 9 a Chinese New Year-themed colorway to embrace the year of the pig.
Inspired by Chinese sculptor Zhe Ren’s collection “Zhu Bajie“, an iconic swine character in the Chinese folk tale “Journey to the West“, the adidas D Rose 9 dons a black and white camo Bounce midsole with the Chinese character “能” featured on the heel counter.
The backstory of Zhu Bajie and Ren’s collection describe one’s sheer determination to defy the impossible; this tale perfectly embodies Derrick Rose’s NBA career as an injury-riddled star trying to battle his way back to glory.
The shoe is set to release during Chinese New Year (around early February) with a price tag of $140; however, the sneaker is set to only release in mainland China, so fans Stateside may need to pray for a wider release in the future.
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