Born in Tbilisi
Practicing in freezing gyms while wearing sweaters and hats is how Zaza Pachulia’s basketball career started in his home country of Georgia. Those humble beginnings laid the foundation for the tenacity that’s required to have the 16-year NBA career that Zaza had. He was 6’8” at age 13 and was quickly recruited to play professionally in Turkey. At 19, Zaza jumped to the big leagues when he was drafted in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.
Known for his effective defensive skills, there’s been a handful of stops on his NBA journey and finally two championships, with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018. The first player from the Republic of Georgia to do so. While celebrating with the Larry O’Brien trophy in his home country, Zaza was gifted shoes from a Georgian designer that he would implement into his fashion statements for the rest of his career. Brothers and designers of Crosty sneakers, George and Shota Mikaia gifted the shoes and Zaza wore them before every game for the rest of his career. Today, Zaza consults in the basketball operations department for the Warriors while he continues to slay the fashion game.
For Zaza, supporting fashion designers from his home country honors the struggles and forward movement of the land that raised him. Fashion fuels an opportunity for Zaza to reveal his personality and the path he’s taken as a professional basketball player. His 6’11” frame is always in tailored, European influenced styles that usually finish with an athletic flare with Crosty sneakers.
- Basketball in the blood! His mother was a professional basketball player in Georgia
- Zaza participated in the NBA job shadow program with the real estate firm, Douglas Elliman
- He has a basketball academy in his home country of Georgia
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