The Jordan Brand is planning to drop a new Air Jordan 9 by the end of next weekend. The upcoming Air Jordan 9 Melo Mop (Most Outstanding Player) is honoring professional NBA player Carmelo Anthony, and his National Championship in 2003 while playing college basketball at Syracuse University. He was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. How many of you sneaker fans are a fan of Carmelo?? If so, are you looking forward to this highly anticipated release??
Carmelo Anthony’s College Basketball Career
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 9 History
The Air Jordan 9 was first introduced way back in 1993. Michael Jordan was in Asia to promote for Nike while Tinker Hatfield and Nike were working on the Air Jordan 9. There are a lot of features on the sneakers that comes from Japanese Culture, in which Hatfield was very influenced by. On the bottom of each shoe, you will notice words in different languages that best represents Michael Jordan:
- Uhuru (Swahili) – Independence
- cbo6oAa (Russian) – Freedom
- Cnopt (Russian) – Sport
- Athletisch (German) – Athletic
- Muundaji (Swahili) – Hope
- Intenso (Italian) – Intense
- Liberte (French) – Freedom
- Anmutig (German) – Graceful
- Fuerza (Spanish) – Force
- Dedie (French) – Dedicated
The Air Jordan 9 is equipped with a dynamic-fit inner bootie, encapsulated air-sole unit (forefoot), large volume air-sole unit (heel), polyurethane midsole and a “one-pull” lace system. The original retail for the sneakers was $125.00.
Features Of The Shoe
This shoe consist of trophy-inspired features with brown and gold accents, and also features a white leather base. Additional features are Melo’s basketball number 15 located on the heel, Melo’s logo located on the insole, and wood grain leather located throughout the shoe. Touches of red are also applied to the insoles, and the Jumpman logos located on the bottom side of the shoe, and outsole.
On April 27th, these will be available for y’all to cop. The retail of the sneaker will be the usual $190.00. Wouldn’t you love to be the owner of these hot kicks???
Air Jordan 9 Melo Mop
April 27th, 2018
These are a must have indeed. The sneaker fans will go crazy over these for sure. Are you planning to go cop a pair on the 27th?? What are your overall thoughts on these??? Leave your comments and questions below in the comment section. I will help you out ASAP. Stay tuned, as The Latest Sneakers will updated on the upcoming highly anticipated releases. Also, make sure to subscribe to my site if you haven’t already.