The Air Jordan 13 Class Of 2002 Review – Carmelo Anthony’s Alma Mater

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Name Of Sneaker: Air Jordan 13 Class Of 2002

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During this year, we have seen the release of the Air Jordan 9 Melo Mop and Air Jordan 2 Melo to honor basketball player Carmelo Anthony. Today, there has been an Air Jordan 13 released in a new colorway that pays tribute to Melo’s High School Alma Mater. The Air Jordan 13 Class Of 2002 is now available, and you will want to cop these, especially if you are a Melo fan. You can make a purchase now.

Carmelo Anthony’s High School Alma Mater

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player who is currently playing for the Houston Rockets. In 1999, During his first three years of high school, Melo has attended Towson Catholic High School in Baltimore County, Maryland (Closed since 2009). He has become The Baltimore Sun’s Metro Player Of The Year, and Baltimore Catholic League Player Of The Year in 2001. He has averaged 2 steals, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 14 points when he was a sophomore. During his junior year (his most successful year), he has averaged 10.3, and 23 points. Melo has started to become distracted by all of the attention he was getting, and skipped classes in which he was suspended for several times.

Carmelo has decided, before his senior year, that he would be attending Syracuse University. But Melo’s grades in class were poor, and his ACT scores were unacceptable as well. In order to become academically qualified for Syracuse, improving in class was mandatory. Melo’s mother has transferred him to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth Of Wilson, Virginia, for his senior year (thanks to the recommendation of Oak Hill’s Head Basketball Coach, Steve Smith).

Melo has lead an AAU Baltimore Select Team to the Final Four of the Adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas during the summer of 2001, where he has averaged 25.2 points a game. This has caught the NBA’s attention. He has also helped the East Team win the silver medal at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival. At the tournament, he has also become friends with Lebron James.

Oak Hill has entered the 2001-2002 campaign. Melo has won MVP in the team first tournament win in the Les Schwab Invitational against Mater Dei High School. Oak Hill has also won two more big tournaments. In the Nike Academy National Invitational, they have beaten Westchester High School in the final (77-61). They also defeated St. Mary High School (The team that LeBron James has played for) 72-66. Oak Hill’s only loss was in a rematch against Mater Dai.

During his senior year at Oak Hill, Carmelo has averaged 21.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. He was able to get his ACT score up, and stared attending Syracuse after Oak Hill.

Who Is Michael Jordan?

Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player who has played for 15 seasons in NBA for the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards. During his time at the University of North Carolina in 1982, he played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and was drafted for the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was able to entertain the crowd with his prolific scoring, defensive plays, and his ability to perform slam dunks from the free throw line at the slam dunk contests, which has earned him the nicknames: Air Jordan and His Airness.

He has won his first NBA Championship with the Bulls in 1991, and also winning again in 1992 and 1993 (three-peat). During the 1993-1994 NBA season, MJ has retired from basketball in order to pursue a minor career in baseball. In March 1995, MJ has announced his return to the NBA, and has led the Bulls to three additional championships during 1996-1998. In 1999, MJ retired from the NBA for the second time, but return again to play for the Washington Wizards during 2001-2003. Currently, MJ is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.

MJ has numerous career highlights and awards:

  • 6 times NBA champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 6 times NBA Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 5 times NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
  • 14 times All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002, 2003)
  • 3 times NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
  • 10 times All-NBA First Team (1987-1993, 1996, 1998)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1985)
  • NBA Defensive Player Of The Year (1988)
  • 9 times NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
  • NBA Rookie Of The Year (1985)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
  • 10 times NBA Scoring Championship (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 3 times NBA Steals Leaders (1988, 1990, 1993)
  • 2 times NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)
  • 3 times AP Athlete Of The Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 2 times USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (1983, 1984)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year (1991)
  • NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time Team
  • NCAA Champion (1982)
  • Consensus National College Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Rookie Of The Year (1982)
  • 2 times Consensus First-Team All-American (1983, 1984)
  • 2 times First-Team All-ACC (1983, 1984)
  • No. 23 Retired by Chicago Bulls
  • N0. 23 Retired by Miami Heat
  • No. 23 Retired by the University Of North Carolina

History Of The Air Jordan Brand

In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal, but MJ showed no interest at all. MJ had plans to sign a deal with either Adidas or Converse; he loved the brands, and in North Carolina, these were the shoes that wore to play basketball in. Unfortunately, both of the brands rejected him.

Nike was offering to create a brand new line of shoes called Air Jordan, and MJ’s old agent, David Falk, saw this as a wonderful opportunity. MJ flew to the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, after being convinced by his parents , and his agent. During his visit, Nike has shown him a special video presentation of his college career highlights, plus his high-flying Olympics moves with Pointer Sister’s “Jump” playing in the background. Peter Moore, Nike’s Old Head Designer, also shown MJ sketches of the Air Jordan 1, and apparel to go with it. It was featured in Black and Red, and MJ was very interested with these designs. He has stated: “I can’t wear these shoes, those are devil colors”.

MJ has decided to finally make a deal with Nike, and has signed a 5-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. MJ has fueled the success of Nike, and the Air Jordan Brand is still popular today.

The Air Jordan 13 History

The Air Jordan 13 was originally released way back in 1997. Tinker Hatfield has came up with yet another idea for a good design on the next Air Jordan. If you were a big Michael Jordan fan during the 90’s and watched how he played on the court, you would have notice the resemblance between him and a panther. He would watch his players and make a sudden move, and MJ would have the ball before you even knew what happened!!!

Tinker has met up with MJ and told him that he looked like a panther, or black cat. He also stated: “he would read his player, and strike like a panther”. Did you know that back in the day that all of MJ’s friends called him “black cat” which was his nickname??? The unique sole featured on the 13 is a huge resemblance to a panther’s paw. The 13 also features the classic circle hologram located by the heel of the sneaker, which is said to resemble the eye of a panther. You can notice the 23 and Jumpman logo on the hologram if you look very closely. Unfortunately, the hologram would fogged up overtime.

Back in 1997-1998, the Air Jordan 13 was originally retailed at $150.00, and the low versions were $130.00.

Features Of The Shoe

This sneaker pays homage to Oak Hill, the high school that Carmelo Anthony has attended. It consist of a black, university gold and red colorway. It also comes with details of leather, suede, and nylon. Finally, Melo’s logos can be found within the insoles: “Class Of 2002” on the right, and the Melo Logo on the left.

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This is a nice tribute to Carmelo Anthony’s High School Alma Mater. These would be something you would want to collect. What are your overall thoughts on these sneakers??? Leave your comments and questions below in the comment section, and I will get back to you ASAP. Make sure to like, share, and subscribe for more sneaker content. As always, stay tuned for more news on the highly anticipated upcoming sneakers!!!

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  1. Hello Ahmad, fine post here. Darn, how many shoes do they come out with every week? I can’t even keep count of it! Thanks from the hilltops!

  2. Ooooo la la! I really enjoyed looking through your site!
    Who doesn’t love sneakers? You seem to really know your stuff and I will be back for more!

  3. I didn’t realize so much thought went into some of these shoes. Very cool! I just thought they worked with a design that the player liked or something. It’s great to read a little background about why they made the shoe and about the brand as well. Pardon my ignorance, but is the Jordan brand still a branch of Nike, or is it it’s own stand alone brand?

    • Hello TJ, thanks for the comment. The Jordan Brand is a separate company, and has surpassed Nike Basketball in terms of the basketball shoe market share.

  4. Hello Ahmad,
    You have a great site and a good niche. Wow, so much good information here. Lots of good content and easy to navigate. I will bookmark this page and refer to it from time to time.

    All the best to you.
    V. Pearl

  5. Those a some sick Melo kicks. My son will love these. Great review and thanks for putting so much of the back story in your article. You always do a great job of breaking it down!

  6. Yeah awesome site how long have you been doing this? Keep up the good work! Remember always room for more improvement but I’m not good enough yet to give you any lol

  7. I’m not a big fan of the design of these shoes. I think it is amazing that the Air Jordan brand is still crushing it even though Michael Jordan hasn’t played basketball in awhile. It is cool that they created a shoe as a tribute to Carmelo Anthony’s alma mater.

  8. That is one dope pair of sneakers Ahmed! I’m gonna let my son take a peak at those! I’m always amazed at the mind of the Creator when they keep coming up with so many different cool tennis shoes these days!! When I was a teenager, you have one or two basic Styles and that was it! I’m going to bookmark your site in case he decides he wants a pair!
    Best of success!

    • Hello Will, thanks for the comment. Sneakers go way back since the late 18th century. During that time, there were shoes called Plimsolls (rubber soled shoes) that people have worn, but was very crude. In 1892, the Keds sneakers were invented by the US Rubber Company. They are canvas top sneakes with more comfortable rubber. They started to become mass produced by 1917, and got the nickname sneakers since they were quiet, and you can actually sneak up on somebody. Also during that year, Converse All-Stars shoes were produced by Marquis Converse, and they were the first sneakers to be made for basketball, and have become the best selling basketball shoes of all time. By 1923, the sneakers were endorsed by Chuck Taylor, and now they are known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. By 1924, sneakers started to go global. Adi Dassler has created a sneaker called Adidas, which is named after himself. Adidas has become most popular athletic shoe in the world. Adi also has a brother name Rudi, who has created a sneaker called Puma. These sport sneakers were mostly used to play sports in during the first half of the 20th century. During the 1950’s kids these sneakers started to become a trend, and kids would only wear them for fashion. In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a contract with Nike to wear sneakers known as Air Jordan. The Jordan sneakers are a best seller, and are the most famous sneaker ever made. Sneakers would also begin to be produced for other sports such as walking, skateboarding, and cross training.

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