Former UConn legend and NBA Champion Richard “Rip” Hamilton made a surprise appearance in an edgy, post apocalyptic advertisement video for the release of Travis Scott’s new Air Jordan 6 “British Khaki” shoe. The shoe dropped on April 30 to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the shoe and Scott’s 29th birthday.
Hamilton ended his illustrious UConn career as the second leading scorer in UConn men’s basketball history, a position that he still holds to this day. He led the Huskies to a massive upset win over heavy favorite Duke in the 1999 NCAA title game, winning Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors.
After leaving UConn, Hamilton was selected seventh overall by the Washington Wizards but was traded to the Pistons three years later. He went on to become a three-time All-Star and won the 2004 NBA Champion with the Pistons. Overall his 14-year NBA career, Hamilton scored 15,708 points and was a member of the Jordan Brand basketball family.
According to Hamilton’s interview with Complex, Scott called up Hamilton on FaceTime and asked him if he wanted to be a part of the new Jordan 6 campaign.
“He’s been with the brand for a long time, just like myself, and just knowing his history of being a big basketball fan, him being a ball boy for the Rockets, all the different connections we have, I just thought it was a no-brainer,” Hamilton said in the interview.
The shoe, which features a premium brown suede upper and vibrant infrared accents on the tongue and heel, dropped on April 30th at select retailers and Nike.com for a price tag of $250. Not surprisingly, it sold out within minutes of being available and has already started to pop up on resell platforms for a much steeper price. This is starting to become the norm for Travis Scott’s Jordan products, as he’s also teamed up with legendary wide receiver Randy Moss and former professional wrestler Mick Foley to promote different shoes.