Scottie Pippens, an American former basketball professional player who played 17 seasons in the NBA and won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, has ushered his new year in style, launching new virtual sneakers in the metaverse.
In a January 2 blog post, the former basketball player confirmed plans to launch a new collection of NFT virtual sneakers to continue celebrating his career this new year. The new virtual collection will launch on January 04.
Gm! It's a new year, and we're starting off strong ✊
The reveal of the SP33 artwork is on track for January 4. Who's ready to see what they got? pic.twitter.com/76I5tmRYtC
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 2, 2023
Scottie Pippen Set To Launch New NFT Virtual Sneakers
Pippen’s metaverse project appeared just a few weeks after the NBA legend launched a similar virtual collection in December 2022. At the time, Pippen partnered with Orange Comet, an NFT promotional and digital assets incubation studio.
The non-fungible token collection, which featured a limited edition of 1,000 virtual sneakers, aimed to celebrate Pippen’s career life from his early days as a basketball player to his legendary days with the Chicago Bulls.
Remarkably, the SP 33 virtual sneakers sold in only 77 seconds on the OpenSea NFT marketplace. Scottie Pippens anticipates launching a similar virtual sneaker collection to celebrate his new year.
More Sports Champions Join The NFT Space
Despite the NFT market suffering from a recent bear market in 2022, the industry continued to attract many celebrities, brands and investors to seed in NFTs. Several basketball stars have recently shown interest in investing in NFTs, including LeBron James and LaMelo Ball.
In May 2022, the basketball star Kevin Durant filed 26 trademarks application with United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) related to Metaverse and NFTs. Durant anticipated launching NFTs and crypto marketplaces.
Other sports stars in the NFT space include Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently teamed up with crypto exchange Binance to launch new NFT collections and Argentinean professional football stars Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
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