Jordan Brand ending Carmelo Anthony's signature sneaker line

Jordan Brand ending Carmelo Anthony's signature sneaker line

"Any decision made will be a collaborative one between Melo and Jordan Brand". Word has it that he will be lacing up in a several different Air Jordan pairs such as the new Air Jordan 32, his favorite retros and even hybrid renditions of his first signature shoe.

SBNation speculates that one reason Jordan could be moving away from Anthony is that its three biggest stars - Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler - don't have signature deals of their own.

Earlier today, ESPN's Nick DePaula reported that Jordan Brand won't be continuing Carmelo Anthony's signature line after a run of 13 Jordan sneakers, including the Melo M13 which Carmelo has worn throughout the preseason. Perhaps, the report is inaccurate, but DePaula is reliable on shoe news.

However, DePaula emphasized the two sides will continue to work together after Anthony signed a new contract with Jordan Brand in January.

In fact, Melo has been wearing Air Jordans ever since his high school playing days for Jordan Brand-sponsored Oak Hill Academy. Soon afterward, he wore the Air Jordan XVIII during Syracuse's 2003 national championship season, his lone college year.

"I met Melo when he was a rookie in his new top-floor apartment overlooking the entire city of Denver", said Edwards.

Anthony's tenure as an athlete with a signature shoe is the fifth-longest in basketball history.

"I actually originally designed the 5.5 first, and then we chose to start from the beginning with the 1.5", said Edwards, who designed the first five models of the Melo line before handing it off his protégé, Justin Taylor.

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