Josh Childress has a rule about his sneaker collection, which features more than 800 pairs and includes custom models from other NBA players.

"I would only ask guys for shoes if I could fit them and wear them," Childress says.

The exception?

A pair of Air Jordan 12's that Gary Payton wore.

"It's bright," Childress says of the yellow-and-white color scheme. "Somebody would know it's not a general release. I had to have this shoe."

Childress, the Hawks' 2004 first-round pick from Stanford, says he grew up with a big fascination for sneakers. Childress recalls how his older brother motivated him to get good grades by dangling sneakers as the prize.

"It's a big part of basketball culture in general," says Childress, who played eight seasons in the NBA, plus two in Greece. "There were times when I used to tune into games just to see what guys were wearing."

Check out this video as Childress gives a tour of his collection that has lots of old Jordans, including one with a mocha-colored trim, and other classics:

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Dec. 30 vs. Texas, Alamo Bowl

Ducks win 30-7.


Nov. 29 vs. Oregon State

Ducks win 36-35.


Nov. 23 at Arizona

Ducks lose 42-16.


Nov. 16 vs. Utah

Ducks win 44-21.


Nov. 7 at Stanford

Ducks lose 26-20.


Oct. 26 vs. UCLA

Ducks win 42-14.


Oct. 19 vs. Washington State

Ducks win 62-38.


Oct. 12 at Washington

Ducks win 45-24.


Oct. 5 at Colorado

Ducks win 57-16.


Sept. 28 vs. Cal

Ducks win 55-16.


Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee

Ducks win 59-14.


Sept. 7 at Virginia

Ducks win 59-10.


Aug. 31 vs. Nicholls State

Ducks win 66-3.


Bonus: 2014 Spring Game

May 3, 2014, in Eugene, Oregon.

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