Remember the stranglehold AND1 had on the NBA during the magical streetball era? Let’s go way back.
How many sneakerheads can claim they got a vault of AND1 goodness amidst their collection of every Nike shoe imaginable?
Rooted in Rafer “Skip” Alston’s playground-to-pro story and branching into players like Kevin Garnett and Jason Williams repping, there was a time when AND1 made a serious play for brand real estate and baller influence. Sports Illustrated even put the Mixtape crew on the cover with the tagline of “The Other Game.”
Then Vince Carter and the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest happened. You want AND1 Tai Chi’s because VC wore them? You can still get them today. AND1′s better days may have waned but those better days made a lasting mark on sneaker history and basketball culture.
In the spirit of retrospective, we’d like to present a look back at 10 of the illest AND1′s to ever pound an NBA court…