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Monta's AND1 Player Edition shoe

Finally.

This guy has been on the AND1 roster for 2 seasons, in which the only other recognizable player is a toss up between Rafer "Skip to my Lou" Alston & Carlos Arroyo. Monta is definitely big time compared to those two as of the 2007-2008 season, most def. Bernard Robinson doesn't even have a page filled out yet.

http://www.and1.com/athletes_nba.php

Also former warrior Speedy Claxton is on that list, but nowadays our boy Monta is the Speedy Warrior.

Two online shops with the shoe:

http://www.and1usa.com/NEW/footwear/smooth3.html

http://www.shoemall.com/catalog/product.jsp?style=619587SM&categoryId=564&subCategoryId=1705 &N=4294967278+24+4294965834





At $80 it won't hurt the wallet too much, but with AND1 seemingly more underground than ever, you can't really try on before you buy. For $80 it also doesn't look extremely cheap considering the $90 and up basketball shoes get the better tech or looks.

At $80 it still has AND1's version of the Nike Air(bubble) called Low 2 Ground. I've heard you need to break this one in a little more than Nike Air, but its still light years away from most smaller than OG (original-release-of that shoe), brick hard "Nike Retro" air bubbles.

The traction pattern looks okay, not great. Not much heel to toe pushoff/gradient for anyone to emulate Monta's speed as best they can - since the shoe is more of a flat sole. No idea on weight either since these sites don't list it like Eastbay or Footlocker, but for Monta, lets hope this is a lightweight shoe for quick cuts and leaking out for fast break speed.

Monta has worn the high end AND1 stuff this whole season, this I heard was considered his playoff shoe. It has the Warriors home team colors plus his #8 on the toe cap lip area there.

Props on this Monta article collection from last week, nice job:

http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/2008/2/27/11733/1727

At $80 it isn't bad to own a player edition of a GS Warrior. Hell, I don't even remember the last Player Edition-signature shoe of a Warrior. Jamison? Spreewell? I have Baron's 2003-ish "Reebok Boom Dizzle" but it wasn't made in real Warriors colors, sadly. He wore the white and blue ones with The City throwbacks though.

So any takers?

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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