Limited edition AJ9s celebrate Melo's M.O.P award from 2003.
In celebration of the 15-year anniversary of Syracuse's first and only men's basketball title, Jordan Brand has plans to release a special edition Air Jordan 9 honoring the Most Outstanding Player of that tournament, Carmelo Anthony.
The "MOP Melo" Air Jordan 9 is inspired by the trophy that Melo hoisted over his head after posting 20 points, 10 boards, and 7 assists in the NCAA Championship game against the Kansas Jayhawks.
"To commemorate Melo and the award that foreshadowed his future success, Jordan Brand is set to release a trophy-inspired Air Jordan IX. The shoe’s gold and brown accents are offset by Melo’s number, 15, on the heel, his logo on the insole, and embossed leather resembling wood grain. And though Melo was wearing the Nike Shox Supremacy during the finals, a quick glance at the Air Jordan 9 “Melo” recalls the moment he kissed the award and launched a legendary NBA career."
The kicks will officially release via Nike's SNKRS App tomorrow, April 27, at 10am ET for $190.