We have recently seen the release of the Air Jordan 9 Melo Mop honoring Carmelo Anthony’s Most Outstanding Player award during his college basketball career. The Jordan Brand is planning to re-release the Air Jordan 2 Melo this month. Originally released back in 2004 during Carmelo’s rookie year with the Denver Nuggets, this PE colorway will be returning for the first time after 14 years. Who’s planning to cop???
Carmelo Anthony’s Basketball Career
Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player who is currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He went to Towson Catholic High School and Oak Hill Academy. During the 2002-2003 NCAA season, Carmelo has played for the Syracuse Orange Men’s Basketball Team for only one season. He has led the team to their first ever NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament title in 2003. In the Final Four semi finals, Syracuse has beaten the Texas Longhorns (score 95-84), which led the team to face off against the Kansas Jayhawks in the Championship Game. Syracuse has beaten Kansas (score 81-78), and Carmelo has earned the Most Outstanding Player Award. He was also described as “by far, the best player in college basketball” by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. Afterwards, Carmelo was drafted by the Denver Nuggets on June 26th, 2003, where his NBA career began. He originally planned to stay at Syracuse, but has abandon his collegiate career, and founded himself eligible for the 2003 NBA draft.
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 2 History
The Air Jordan 2 was originally released back in 1986, designed by Bruce Kilgore and Peter Moore. It was the first Air Jordan sneaker to NOT feature the Nike Swoosh. It was also the first Air Jordan sneaker to be made in Italy, it features a faux-lizard skin on the upper, and a design inspiration from a women’s boot. This sneaker was known by sneaker collector as the first “luxury” basketball shoe. The Air Jordan 2 comes with a length encapsulated Nike air bubble for maximum comfort. Michael Jordan has played the 1987 All-Star Game and his first Slam Dunk Contest in the Jordan 2s. The Air Jordan 2 released in high and low tops, and was retailed at $105.00.
Features Of The Shoe
This shoe features the Denver Nuggets colorway. It is dressed up in White, Maize, and University Blue. Finally, Melo’s Branding can be found on the insole, and the inner tongue.
Are you ready for this shoe to hit the stores once again??? They will be available June 9th, retailing at $190.00. Who’s copping???
Air Jordan 2 Melo
June 9th, 2018
Video Of The Sneaker
These sneakers have always been a sneaker collector’s favorite. We are proud to see that this classic kicks are returning to the scene once again. How many of you are planning to cop when they drop this weekend??? What are your thoughts on these??? Feel free to leave your comments and questions below in the comment section, and I will get to you ASAP. As always, stay tuned for more future sneaker updates!! Make sure to subscribe for more sneaker content.