Naw. Not really. Actually, the only pair of sneaks I kept for myself were the ones that I wore when I was in Detroit when we won the championship. That was the only pair that I kept as far as ones with meaning. But of course, I got old pairs of shoes that I played in and they are in the closet that was like “yeah, I wore these," but it was nothing to it. Them blue and white ones though… championship all over.
Special place in the house, huh?
Yeah yeah. For sure.
The Torch pair was sick. I remember the Boston ones you talked about.
Oh yeah, those were sick too. I remember nobody was expecting that. I crushed ‘em with that. Yeah them joints was vicious with the green man on the side.
Do you remember when they first showed you that design? The shoe with your logo on it.
When I was in Portland. I came up with my natural logo and ya know, just dealing with Nike I was like can y'all put my logo on the shoes and, you know. At that time I think other guys had logos or specific names on the shoe. So they was like yeah — let’s rock and roll. It was already an existing shoe, I guess I just added another chapter on to it.
You did, you did. You kinda made it your own shoe. Being a Carolina guy, did Mike ever talk to you when he saw the logo? Because obviously Mike has his own logo.
Nah, nah. I mean… Mike logo, he’s flying. This one, I’m just turning out, non-jumping. But naw, I always liked it because it was a good silhouette. Once you see that logo, the first thing you think of is myself. So that’s what I wanted for people to do. So whenever you see the tee shirt or sneaker Nike has printed up, first thing you think of when you see the logo [is me].
It was already an existing shoe, I guess I just added another chapter on to it.
Another thing, people always said "Sheed can’t be playing in regular Air Force 1s." They thought you had Zoom Air in yours or they were custom for you.
With these here, it was just the regular insoles, because you know, I'm not playing. But in my game ones, you are able to see and take the insoles out and put in orthotics and know that they are molded to my foot.
Right! So, do you think you’re really retired?
[Laughing] Yeah, yeah I am.
So this is officially it?
Yeah, it is. Yeah, it’s a wrap. A wise man knows when to go ‘head and back off so you gotta pick and choose your fights. I know how to pick and choose.
Was this a thing where you were definitely going to come back this season, or was it like “oh man, New York."
Naw, it wasn’t definite. I mean I was talking to Woody around this time last year. They were like, “just come on up and see what’s what." I’m not doing anything else. So…