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Meet the OG College Kicks on Court Champion

Meet the OG College Kicks on Court Champion
Initially revealed in 2017

For anybody on the market who actually thinks they’ve the juice on the subject of rocking warmth on the hardwood, we’ve obtained 4 phrases for ya: Sit down, be humble. Representing the Left Coast and doing proper by the tradition, Patrick Christopher is right here to close down March Insanity Reminiscences.

Lacing up OGs and retros throughout his time at Jordan Model-endorsed Cal from 2006-10, his time of play spanned the transition from the NikeTalk era to that of the weblog bloom, with a set of self-made customs and Kobe rarities that cater to each crowds. Sit and a deep breath earlier than digesting maybe the best School KOC resume that ever was.

Choosing Cal

Patrick Christopher: “The Jordan Model sponsorship undoubtedly performed an enormous think about selecting Cal. My dream faculty was North Carolina, as a result of I liked Michael Jordan like everyone else. However I ended up selecting Cal with my mother, as a result of she’s huge on teachers and she or he actually pushed it. I ended up committing to Cal very early and didn’t get to take pleasure in the entire recruiting course of. I took one go to to Texas, the place Kevin Durant ended up going that yr. sixth Road was boomin! Tayshaun Prince was truly my subsequent door neighbor [growing up]so I all the time needed to go to Kentucky, too. UCLA was proper in my yard being a Compton child, too.”

Air Jordan 1

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan 1 “New Love” (photograph by Stephen Dunn/Getty Pictures by way of Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “Every time I performed, I used to be simply making an attempt to capitalize on colorways and match with jerseys. I attempted to do it on the highest degree and that’s been an enormous deal for me since my highschool profession. I beloved enjoying within the “New Love” 1s. Each degree of basketball, I performed in some 1s. I even did a stint within the AJKOs within the D League. They didn’t match, however I wore them. My concept is, if Mike did it, and if he had 63 within the Boston Backyard in them, then who am I to say it’s inconceivable? I imply, I’m not Jordan, however he did it! Properly, technically I assume he did break his foot within the 1s….[Laughs]”

Air Jordan 2

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan 2 “Chrome” with a lace swap

Patrick Christopher: “I put my very own yellow laces in there fairly a bit my sophomore yr. I additionally wore the Nu Retro 2s that Fred Jones gained the Dunk Contest in. Nick DePaula stated to not put the Nu Retro pairs on this, however hey, I did it!”

Air Jordan three

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan three “Black Cat”

Patrick Christopher: “These are biscuits now, I beat them up. Surprisingly these are the one 3s I wore as a result of the three is my favourite Jordan. In highschool, I had the ’01 Black/Cement Retros and wore them towards OJ Mayo. I performed towards KD in these, too, and had like 46 factors in New Orleans. He was on the DC Blue Devils and I used to be on California Elite — that event put me on the map. Kevin Love was there, Blake Griffin, Ty Lawson, and numerous dudes which are within the league now. I averaged like 37 and which may have put me from unranked within the nation to Prime 30. That’s all the time been my favourite shoe. I don’t know why I didn’t go to these in school as a result of that’s what I used to be hooping in throughout highschool.

For school although, it was ‘Black Cat’ 3s. I nonetheless love the ’01 Black/Cements although. The Countdown Pack was cool, however that’s the place it acquired robust to distinguish who was actually into it as a result of there’s so many choices now with re-re-releases. I truthfully simply fall again now, however in school it was cool as a result of I needed to dig and dig as a result of I wore a 14.

I had ‘Cool Gray’ 3s too, however our teaching employees was fairly on-color scheme so it was robust to rock sure issues and never increase eyebrows from the teaching employees. The ‘Cool Gray’ 3s have been a killer coloway to me personally. I had the ‘Cool Gray’ 4s in highschool, too, however the black sole threw it off to me a bit. They have been dope although, undoubtedly rocked these.”

Air Jordan four

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan four LS “Tour Yellow”

Patrick Christopher: “I used to be a fan of enjoying in 4s. I feel I had orthotics, however I’ve a large foot so 3s and 4s have been cool for me. I had ‘Lightning’ and ‘Thunder’ 4s and I didn’t hoop in both of them, despite the fact that I received them particularly to play in. My ‘Thunder’ 4s have been nonetheless deadstock my senior yr, however I used to be in a Kobe part and I remorse not hooping in these. I do know Gilbert and Nick Younger ended up enjoying within the ‘Lightning’ 4s within the NBA, however I remorse not enjoying in these, too.”

Air Jordan 5

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan 5 Black/Metallic Silver with a lace-lock swap

Patrick Christopher: “That was the 2005 retro. I feel we acquired some B’Loyal workforce Jordans with yellow lace-locks and I switched these into my 5s, so it appeared like slightly PE. I undoubtedly did that. [laughs]”

Air Jordan 6

Air Jordan 6 “Midnight Navy” (photograph by way of Flight Membership)

Patrick Christopher: “As for 6s, I had the ‘Midnight Navy’ 6s however they have been some biscuits and it was like glue metropolis making an attempt to get these to carry collectively. I additionally had the ’01 Black/Infrared 6s and I keep in mind getting these painted to yellow so I might put on them, however the sole on the entrance acquired separated. I’ll have been capable of heat up in them. I ought to’ve had a frickin’ photographer [Laughs]like a homie that would’ve documented me switching footwear every quarter. It’s humorous as a result of I ended up getting all this pub my sophomore yr doing sneaker interviews and having information individuals come to the crib. It was a factor again then as nicely, nevertheless it was extra kicks off courtroom, taking pictures of my assortment, which is wild, too.

I didn’t play within the 7s in school, however I hooped in them abroad in Europe. I left all my kicks in Istanbul and we have been white and black for staff colours and the Turkish flag was purple. I hooped in ‘Doernbecher’ 3s and ‘Bin’ 7s and I left all of it there. I ended up getting turf toe within the ‘Bin’ 7s as a result of they have been so large up entrance. I’d’ve performed within the ‘Aqua’ 8s in school, however not one of the different colorways. The all-white low tops would’ve been strong, although.”

Air Jordan 9

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan 9 Low “Pearl” (photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures by way of Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “As for 9s, I did the ‘Pearl’ Lows towards UCLA on School GameDay and I needed to have one thing strong. I needed to re-buy these as a result of they dropped once I was in center faculty and I didn’t begin sporting 14s till center faculty. Then I had the White/Black-Pink 9s and I put shoe polish on the white higher to make them black and my very own PE. Then I went to a sprig paint place and had the 23 on the again painted yellow and the Jumpman on the underside. Considering again, nail polish would’ve been a superb choice. I ended up enjoying in these towards Stanford and towards USC once I was coming again house. I additionally wore the White/Black-Reds towards Baylor and Arizona.

The 9 took my basketball profession away although. I received harm in these once I performed towards the Jazz. That was the profession ending shoe. [Laughs] I dislocated my patella and tore my MCL. I by no means had an damage earlier than in life, no knee points, no nothing. I didn’t miss a recreation in school. However I assume Jordan by no means performed within the White/Black-Purple pair, he solely performed within the ‘Cool Gray’ pair with the Wizards. Perhaps that ought to’ve been my clue. [Laughs]

For 10s, I by no means hooped in these in school. That’s when the Countdown Pack got here out my junior yr, however I had a teammate that rocked them, so I used to be cool on them. As soon as the CDPs began coming, that’s when the watered down impact sort of began occurring.”

Air Jordan 11

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan 11 DMP (photograph by way of Cal Sports activities)

Patrick Christopher: “One other shoe that was stolen. I used to be getting hit! [Laughs] I had ’01 ‘Concords’ again then and I had perhaps like 4 pairs of DMPs. That was one shoe that hoopin’ in wasn’t a factor and I needed to get them in a 15 as a result of that was the one choice. I ended up doing an interview with one of many hoopers from the women’ squad, so I rocked them on the duvet of the varsity journal. The Cal colours have been robust. I assume I might’ve finished white and black in a number of stuff, however that might’ve been straightforward. I wore the IEs after school, however not one of the different lows.

Rising up, I went to the identical highschool as Josh Childress, and he received the ‘Cool Gray’ 11s like three or 4 months earlier than they got here out. Clearly the 11 is such a loopy shoe and everybody’s favourite Jordan by default, however once they got here out with the ‘Cool Gray’ 11s? Oh my God. Then to have the ability to have them early? He was the person for that for positive.”

Air Jordan 12

Patrick Christopher within the OG Air Jordan 12 “Obsidian”

Patrick Christopher: “I found these OGs my freshman yr. At Cal, it was sort of arduous discovering stuff to go together with blue and gold. The saddest factor is with me sporting my very own stuff, our gear supervisor wouldn’t actually give me as a lot [team issued] stuff as the opposite guys on the group. I see what Cal will get now — which is dope — however we didn’t get plenty of warmth again then, so I used to be for positive sporting my very own stuff anyway. These held up strong, I in all probability did two or three video games in them. I in all probability dropped like perhaps $250 on them. I used to be gonna say $300, however I used to be a freshman in school. Additionally, they weren’t deadstock. They weren’t biscuits, although. It will’ve been loopy to discover a pair of OG 12s deadstock in a 14. The ‘Taxis’ got here again out once I was in school too, however that’s when everyone was rocking them, so I didn’t do it.

As for 13s, I stored my eye on the Flints, however I didn’t do it. Additionally they had the low prime ‘Lightning’ and ‘Thunder’ 13s, however I couldn’t discover ’em. These would’ve been nice. That may’ve been actually, actually sick.”

Air Jordan Fusion 12

Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 12 FusionPatrick Christopher within the Air Jordan 12 Fusion (photograph by Stephen Dunn/Getty Photographs by way of Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “You ever have a shoe that you simply remorse sporting? I performed within the Fusion 12s. It went cool, I did it towards UCLA. The factor for me is I used to be an Air Drive 1 head, so to assume that you’ve Air Forces and my favourite participant coming collectively? It might’ve been a greater collaboration, however I ended up doing the most secure colorway by sporting the ‘Playoff’ pair. I’m not ashamed, as a result of my nickname was Air Drive Fish, so I’m not mad in any respect. I used to be an Air Drive 1 head.

I don’t assume anyone else performed in them and it’s not like I performed in a low prime Pressure. I imply, Sheed performed in highs! I respect him a lot for that. To do what he did when it comes to simply hooping in them and getting his personal PE out of them could be very uncommon. And the dude received a emblem! A lot respect to Sheed. He wore a 13, too. It will’ve been so killer to have a pair of these simply in respect to Sheed. I did hoop in Fusions although, and I didn’t need to depart them off as a result of it’s part of it, so no matter. No disgrace.”

 Air Jordan 14

Air Jordan 14 “Chartreuse” (photograph by way of Flight Membership)

Patrick Christopher: “As for 14s, I feel I did the ‘Chartreuse’ pair. I did these, and I did it towards Oregon too, however I performed terrible. I don’t know if it was disrespectful sporting their colours towards them. In my heyday, as LaVar Ball would say, I might’ve tried one thing like sporting Oregon PEs towards them.”

 Air Jordan XV

Patrick Christopher within the OG Air Jordan XV “Obsidian”

Patrick Christopher: “I had to make use of cement glue on these joints. These may need solely made it till halftime. [Laughs] That was towards Oregon State.”

Air Jordan XVI

Patrick Christopher within the OG Air Jordan 16 “Midnight Navy”

Patrick Christopher: “It type of harm my emotions when these dropped once more, however I did it in school so I ain’t tripping. Man, I used to be so excited to hoop in these. Within the first 5 minutes, I went down the courtroom and obtained some paint from the ground on them and obtained an enormous white mark on them. That was the one 16 I did. Now that I give it some thought, the ‘Ginger’ XVIs would’ve been OK on the street.”

Air Jordan XVII

Patrick Christopher within the OG Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning”

Patrick Christopher: “These have been an enormous shoe, however my automotive obtained damaged into and people have been taken. I had some gems within the automotive that night time they usually have been all in an enormous Nike bag. They didn’t take anything, simply my shoe bag. [Laughs] Berkeley was infamous for individuals nonetheless sporting warmth everywhere in the streets. I wanna say three or 4 automobiles have been damaged into, so I don’t need to say I used to be focused. However these 17s Lows, I solely received three or 4 wears out of, however I used to be lucky to get some footage. I had these on in one among my Fb profile pics as a result of I dunked on some dude.

These have been OGs clearly and I found these in school, I’ve been an avid eBay man since like 2002. I used to be looking for ‘Neon Royal’ Foamposites as a result of they have been my favourite shoe and my OGs acquired thrashed. Since my buddy informed me to search for them on eBay, I’ve been on it day-after-day. Working example, once I was in center faculty, I used to be in search of some sneakers on eBay to rock for a Sadie Hawkins dance. My buddy was cousins with Jamal Sampson, who performed for Cal once they obtained their Air Jordan 9 PEs — probably probably the greatest PEs that Jordan Model ever put out. I don’t know anyone who has these, even at PE cubicles at sneaker occasions. Jamal wore a measurement 17 and he gave my buddy a pair to put on to Sadies and he rocked them. [Laughs] So I needed to discover one thing to put on so we might sneak in. I used to be on eBay and NikeTalk since method again. Once I was rising up, I used to be on NikeTalk checking the NCAA Warmth on Ft. I don’t need to say it was my motivation, however I made some waves on there, too.”

Air Jordan XIX

Air Jordan 19 SEAir Jordan 19 SE (photograph by way of Kixclusive)

Patrick Christopher: “I needed the 19s as a result of Ben Gordon hooped in these and used to get buckets. He made these footwear tight for my part. I hooped in these in highschool, however not in school. It’s loopy, the patent leather-based on the toe field was so exhausting it scraped the pores and skin off my toe and that pores and skin by no means got here again. [Laughs] Nicely it got here again, however I discovered my lesson and by no means hooped in them in school. I additionally did the SEs in school, white and navy and black with gold. I ought to’ve hooped within the XXs. The West Coast pair would’ve been strong — I keep in mind Nick [Young] did these with the Lakers.”

Air Jordan XX2

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan XX2 Cal PE (photograph by Jamie Squire/Getty Pictures by way of Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “I did the primary drop that was in white/black after which the Cal PE. At Cal, we didn’t get any retros my freshman and sophomore yr, however once I was there we did get a dope Jordan XX2 PE — however I solely received one pair and everyone else received like three pairs! All dangerous… [Laughs] Georgetown may need had the perfect XX2 PE although, these have been actual.”

[Editor’s Note: Pat’s game runs so deep, he even remembered the Air Jordan XX2 sample that leaked on NikeTalk with 3M heel details and heat sensitive styling. Mad respect.]

Air Jordan XX3

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan XX3

Patrick Christopher: “I did the black pair. I beloved hooping in these, these have been snug to me. They have been robust to interrupt in, however as soon as they broke in they have been good. That they had fiber glass on the outsole, so for those who occurred to slip on the aspect you have been gonna take that dive. Now that I give it some thought, I feel Jordan despatched the coaches the low prime pair in white and navy. Assume the gamers acquired ’em? Nope.”

Air Jordan 2010

Patrick Christopher within the Air Jordan 2010 “Silver Anniversary”

Patrick Christopher: “The D Wades. Fascinating story, that was the 25th Anniversary of Jordan Model and that was the yr they did the silver jerseys. Round that point, I secretly acquired my palms on the “Livestrong” Kobe IVs. [Editor’s Note: Our guy Nick DePaula sent them south to Pat…] I used to be in my Kobe part at the moment, so I warmed up within the ‘Livestrong’ 4s with the silver jerseys they usually have been crackin’! The footwear appeared superb, particularly with the silver jerseys. Everyone else was rocking the anniversary footwear, so I don’t know if I seemed like a dick, however no matter — I’ve received the ‘Livestrong’ 4s so you’ll be able to’t actually say nothing!

So after warmups, we get again to the locker room and Coach Montgomery goes, ‘Patrick, the place are your footwear?’ And I’m like, ‘In my locker.’ He goes, ‘You wanna go put ’em on?’ And I’m like, ‘No.’ And he goes, ‘I feel you must go put them on.’

I’m not confrontational, however for those who begin messing with my shoe recreation, then we’ve received points. Man, I used to be scorching, however I needed to go put ’em on. The factor with me was I didn’t wanna mess up the 2010s! Cal didn’t give us a bunch of footwear, so I needed to maintain ’em on ice. And in addition, I’m for positive not into sporting the identical shoe as everybody else. So, I find yourself placing them on and the primary day trip I find yourself scuffing them white all the best way throughout the higher. These have been silver, so you possibly can’t deliver these again. Man, I used to be so mad I don’t even assume I appeared on the basket, I simply ended up capturing each time the ball got here to me.”

Nike Kobe IV

Patrick Christopher within the Nike Zoom Kobe IV “Livestrong” (photograph by John Storey by way of SFGate)

Patrick Christopher: “The subsequent recreation we ended up enjoying Arizona State for the Pac-10 title. I ended up lastly sporting the ‘Livestrong’ IVs in that recreation and we gained the convention title for the primary time in 50 years. The confetti got here down and it was an actual memorable second. Tayshaun got here by means of. He by no means got here to any of my video games due to conflicting schedules, however the Pistons have been on the town to play the Warriors, so he ended up sitting courtside. It was cool, it labored out the best way it was imagined to.”

“I don’t need to say the Kobe IV revolutionized kicks, however man that shoe was loopy. I had a whole lot of these. The Decrease Merion joints and all. I additionally did the Zoom Kobe 1s, that was a very good shoe. They have been broad and I wore these my freshman yr, then introduced them again my senior yr.”

Nike Kobe V

Patrick Christopher within the Nike Kobe V “Chaos”

Patrick Christopher: “I wore the ‘Bruce Lee’ Kobes earlier than they got here out. I stumbled upon a pair and Kobe hadn’t rocked them but, so I don’t assume I used to be purported to put on them, however I ended up rocking them anyway — I feel towards Oregon. I used to be in a Kobe part at the moment they usually seemed sick with our uniforms. I need to say I performed within the ‘Jokers’ earlier than they dropped, too. Each have been dope with our uniforms. Ultimately I went again to sporting Jordans, as a result of everyone began sporting Kobes.

Afterward once we performed Duke within the tourney, that they had their very own Kobe PE they usually beat the shit out of us. I ended up discovering a pair of Rice Kobes that appeared fairly dope with our street uniforms. Kyle Singler to today nonetheless owes me a pair of these Duke PEs. I noticed him this previous summer time and stated, ‘You owe me a pair of footwear bro!’ He goes, ‘Man, Kobe Vs…’ [Laughs] I’ve recognized Kyle since Nike Camp [in High School]so I requested him for a pair that recreation throughout tip-off.”

Nike Air Zoom Era

Patrick Christopher in the Nike Air Zoom GenerationPatrick Christopher within the Nike Air Zoom Era (photograph by Andy Lyons/Getty Pictures by way of Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “Recently I’ve taken such an enormous backseat to sneakers, particularly since I’m not even hooping proper now. I’ve two youthful brothers now and one in every of them wears a 14, so I’ll give him a gem right here and there to rock within the playoffs or the AAU circuit. Then my different brother is a measurement 12, however I introduced him some ‘Wheat’ Air Zoom Generations, deadstock, and he didn’t even perceive these! Hey, I’m not mad at them bringing again the AZG, however don’t do one thing so near the OG just like the ‘Vachetta Tans’ they did. However for those who nonetheless have your OGs, you’re nonetheless recognized.”

Nike Zoom LeBron IV

Patrick Christopher within the Nike Zoom LeBron IV

Patrick Christopher: “Freshman yr was cool. I used to be sporting LeBrons and I did the White/Navy IVs. Nick Younger and Gabe Pruitt truly wore the gold All-Star Recreation LeBron IVs at USC. I attempted to do it too at Cal, however coach shut it down in lay up strains. I had obtained my pops to hurry to NikeTown so I might put on these towards UCLA, however no probability.”

The Pac-10 When Pat Was at Cal

James Harden within the Nike Zoom LeBron VI “Taxi” (photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs by way of Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “Sophomore yr was an enormous yr for me as a result of my common went from 5 factors to 15 factors a recreation — the most important scoring improve within the nation. It was an enormous summer time for me understanding, as a result of I went to LeBron’s camp and Vince Carter’s Expertise Academy. I did plenty of stuff that summer time and anytime you’re prepared for that, you’re prepared for it sneaker clever, too. We had a squad, too. We had Ryan Anderson, DeVon Hardin, and I don’t assume anybody anticipated me to play the best way I did.

That yr, the Pac-10 had six groups go to the tourney and we weren’t even one in every of them. USC had OJ Mayo, Oregon had Tajuan Porter and Malik Hariston, Arizona had Chase Budigner, Nic Sensible — my roommate at Nike Camp, that was my man — and Jerryd Bayless, Washington had Quincy Pondexter, Isaiah Thomas, Spencer Hawes and Justin Vacation — they have been our largest rival, Stanford had the Lopez twins and Landry Fields, Arizona State had James Harden and UCLA went to the Last 4 with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. The convention was loaded with execs.”

Pat’s Favourite School Kicks On Courtroom of His Period

OJ Mayo within the Nike Zoom Kobe III “All-Star” (photograph by Stephen Dunn/Getty Photographs by way of Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “In terms of rocking Kobes in school although, the title goes to OJ Mayo sporting the ‘All-Star’ Kobe IIIs at USC. Until someone did the ‘Wheat’ AZGs, that’s the most effective, as a result of USC is tremendous robust to match with. Isaiah Thomas did the ‘Linen’ 10s at Washington, too, which was robust. In case your faculty colours aren’t straightforward and also you make it match? That’s killer to me. He did that after my Cal days, however I nonetheless keep in mind that.”

Tayshaun Prince in the Nike Shox BB4 Kentucky PETayshaun Prince within the Nike Shox BB4 Kentucky PE (photograph by way of Sole Collector)

“Rising up although, Tayshaun Prince was my subsequent door neighbor, so Kentucky was actually the one NCAA staff I watched. Tayshaun was not a sneaker man, however that they had the Shox BB4, which was so dope as a result of the school dudes received the suede pair. Man, these have been coveted. As soon as they put them on NIKEiD that was cool, however you needed to be a university man to get the early ones. Like man, Vince Carter jumped over a dude in that shoe! The ‘Boing’ commercials have been so dope, too. I feel Vince Carter has been part of each sneaker model of all time! He’s performed in every little thing.”

Lead picture by Stephen Dunn/Getty Photographs by way of SLC Dunk & choose imagery by way of Golden Bear Sports activities

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