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.
Also former warrior Speedy Claxton is on that list, but nowadays our boy Monta is the Speedy Warrior.
Two online shops with the shoe:
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:
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?