When Melo first hit the court with the 1.5s, he sprained his ankle. I know that had to send you into some type of panic. Even with it not being the shoes fault, I’m sure you had plenty of people looking your way just because it happened in your shoe.
Yeah man! As a designer, and I tell this to all of my students and my former designers that I used to manage, I always accept blame for everything. Embrace the fact that it’s your fault. Because when something goes wrong, everybody is gonna look at you. Even though you probably had nothing to do with it, it’s gonna be your fault. And when it goes right, everyone else who was involved in the process wants to take credit for it. It was his first game in the shoe, I think they were in Denver playing San Antonio and Bruce Bowen undercut him. Carmelo went up for his normal J, and he came down and landed right on Bruce’s foot and turned it. It was a nasty turn, too. It was just one of those things where there was nothing you could do about it. You're stepping on someone’s foot and it’s gonna turn.
Just a traumatic experience burned into your mind.
[Laughter] Aww dude, it’s just like he’s breaking out his first signature shoe. It’s on TV, and he tweaks his ankle. Then the emails start coming, “Melo twisted his ankle in your shoe.” And I’m just like, “Dude, it wasn’t my fault!” If he was in a cast it would have rolled over. We actually modified that shoe. So when he came back, it was modified. That was the only time that his on court shoe was different than the one that was at retail. Every shoe since then was the same exact one at retail that he was wearing on court. That one we had to modify, just to make the ankle part more stable because, at that point, it was more mental than anything else. Then he tweaked his ankle again later on in that season. Then, as you know, he tweaked it again recently, 10 years later. The whole time I’m just watching that game and I’m like, “Whoa." The whole time I’m thinking about him tweaking his ankle 10 years ago, and I hope it doesn’t happen.
The whole time I’m thinking about him tweaking his ankle 10 years ago, and I hope it doesn’t happen.
It has to just eat you up seeing that happen again.
[Deep sigh] Yeah dude, it’s just crazy. I sent him a text a few months back on his birthday and we haven’t spoken but I know he was probably like, "Fuck!” I wonder if he was calling my name out [laughter] even though I didn’t have anything to do with it. It just brought back those memories of how he tweaked his ankle, because I think he tweaked it like two-three times that season.